Slow Cooker-Magic: Easy Crock Pot Recipes You Can Load & Go, Plus Make-Ahead Tips (Page 2)

1. Prep Ahead

If you want to start your slow cooker in the morning before heading out the door, get your ingredients ready the night before. Refrigerate meat, vegetables and liquids in separate containers, not in the slow-cooker insert. Starting with a cold insert keeps food from heating quickly, which can be a food-safety risk.

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