How to Change Your Slow Cooker Setting (From Low to High)

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There are a lot of benefits to using a slow cooker, but one of the main ones is that you can set it and forget it. The low setting on most slow cookers is around 200 degrees, which is a safe temperature for food to cook at for extended periods. But what if you need your dish to cook a little bit faster? Can you change a slow cooker from low to high?

The answer is yes, and you can change a slow cooker from low to high. But you should be aware that doing so will change the cooking time and temperature.

By switching from low to high, you cut down the remaining time by half.

For example, cooking in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours, switching midway would mean cutting the remaining time to 1 hour instead of 2. Vice versa changing from high to low, you extend the remaining time by half. For example, if you are cooking on high for 2 hours and switch to low in the middle of it, it extends the time needed by additional 2 hours.

LOWHIGH
2 Hours1 Hour
4 Hours2 Hours
6 Hours3 Hours
8 Hours4 Hours
10 Hours5 Hours
12 Hours6 Hours
14 Hours7 Hours
16 Hours8 Hours
18 Hours9 Hours
20 Hours10 Hours
A quick table of low to high conversion times

Of course, these are general rules of thumb, and the times may vary based on your chosen recipe.

How do you change a slow cooker from low to high?

A slow cooker is a convenient appliance to have in the kitchen, especially when you want to make a meal without standing over a stove. However, when the time comes to turn the slow cooker up to high, some people may not know how to do that. 

To change a slow cooker from low to high, you’ll need to locate the switch on the back or side of the device. Once you’ve found it, flip it so that “high” is now at the top instead of “low.” Make sure that whatever you’re cooking can handle being cooked faster in a shorter amount of time.

As you might know, the high and low setting on a slow cooker doesn’t refer to temperature but the time needed to reach a simmering point. You can find out more about this in my article here. 

If your recipe doesn’t require adding additional ingredients or changing any other settings, you’re ready to go!

What are the benefits of changing a slow cooker from low to high?

When it comes to slow cookers, there are two main settings: low and high. Most people know that the low setting is for slowly cooking food over a long period, while the high setting is for quickly cooking food. However, not many people know about the benefits of changing a slow cooker from low to high. 

The first benefit of changing a slow cooker from low to high is that it can save you time. If you have a recipe that calls for cooking on low for eight hours, you can cook it on high for four hours, and it will be just as tender. 

The second benefit is that it can save you money. If you have a recipe that calls for cooking on low for eight hours, you can cook it on high for four hours, and it will use half the electricity.

What are the risks of changing a slow cooker from low to high?

When most people use a slow cooker, they set it to low and let it cook all day. However, some people might want to speed up the process by changing it to high. While this is an option, some risks come with doing so.

The first risk is that the food may not be cooked evenly. When you have it on low, the food cooks slowly and evenly. 

When you have it on high, the food can cook too quickly in some spots and not get cooked in others. This can lead to bacteria growth and make you sick. Another risk of changing the setting is that the food may not taste as good as being cooked on low. The low setting allows the flavors to mix and create a delicious dish.

When should you change a slow cooker from low to high?

A slow cooker is an excellent appliance in the kitchen, especially when short on time. There are two temperature settings: low and high. When do you know it’s time to change the slow cooker from low to high? 

The general rule of thumb is that if the food inside the slow cooker has been cooking for eight hours or more on low, it’s time to switch it up to high. This will help ensure that your dish is cooked all the way through. 

It won’t help that much. You have to adjust the remaining time by cutting it in half to compensate for the heating element temperature change. I would recommend doing this as a last resort solution.

If you’re not sure whether or not your dish is done, use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the food. If it reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, it’s safe to eat.

Can I speed up a slow cooker recipe?

You can do a few things to speed up a slow cooker recipe.

One is to cut the ingredients into smaller pieces. This will allow them to cook faster. You can also add some warm liquid, like broth or water, which will help to speed up the cooking process. 

If the recipe calls for browning the meat before adding it to the slow cooker, you can also do that ahead of time. Finally, if you’re in a hurry, you can turn up the heat on your slow cooker. Just be careful not to overcook the food.

Always keep in mind to adjust the cooking time according to the setting set. If your recipe calls for 8 hours on low and you want to use high, change your timer to 4 hours and vice versa.

Happy slow cooking at your desired temperature.

Vojta Vevera

Combining a love for cooking and using all kinds of technological gizmos helps Vojta to bring the experiences and excitement to all his articles. He is always doing his best to serve you with great information. Mixing over 15 years of cooking experience with his analytical mind and love for all technological things.

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