13 mistakes you’re making with your slow cooker

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You may being making simple mistakes that are ruining your slow-cooker dishes. corners74/Shutterstock

  • Insider asked professional chefs and food experts about the most common slow-cooker mistakes.

  • Not adding enough liquid and removing the lid too frequently can mess up the final results.

  • You shouldn’t add dairy or herbs until the end of the cooking time.

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Overfilling the slow cooker can lead to uneven cooking.

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It’s best to only fill it up 3/4 of the way. Lighttraveler/Shutterstock

Slow-cooker cookbook author and recipe developer Marye Audet-White told Insider that adding too many ingredients can result in undercooked or unevenly cooked food.

“Try not to fill the crock more than 3/4 of the way for the best results,” she said.

On the other hand, not adding enough ingredients can also be a problem.

“The crock should be at least 2/3 full to avoid dry or

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Trisha Yearwood’s ‘Trisha’s Southern Kitchen’ Earns Daytime Emmy Nominations

Trisha Yearwood’s popular Food Network cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, has picked up two Daytime Emmy nominations!

The show is nominated for “Outstanding Culinary Series,” as well as “Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing.” In the “Outstanding Culinary Program” category, the show is nominated alongside Linda’s Kitchen, Lucky Chow, Pati’s Mexican Table, TasteMakers, Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like A Pro, and more.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen premiered in 2012, with each episode featuring the superstar singer, actor, author and businesswoman sharing her favorite recipes, and inviting family, friends and superstar guests to help out in preparing the delicious meals.

This isn’t the first time the program has earned recognition from the Daytime Emmys. In 2013, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen won in the “Outstanding Culinary Series” category and was nominated in the same category again in 2017.

In addition to working on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Yearwood is prepping

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15 easy summer dinners for when it’s too hot to cook

Weeknight dinners can be hard to figure out anytime of year but when temperatures soar and you don’t feel like turning the oven on it’s easy to feel at a loss. Instead of ordering takeout, there are plenty of things home cooks can do that require minimal effort and no heat.

“When the summer season starts, I rely on lighter meals that require little cooking,” said Palak Patel, chef at the Institute of Culinary Education in an email to TODAY Food. “I use lots of seasonal produce, fruits and easy dressings to pull a meal together.”

Related: Bye, boring salads. Go beyond the greens with these fresh takes on fruit, bean, and pasta salads.

Patel suggested putting chopped salads on the top of your menu.

“Use any number of vegetables (chopped into similar sized pieces), a can of chickpeas and your favorite seasoning like tahini, hummus or any citrus

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