How to thicken sauce in a crock-pot

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How to thicken sauce in a crock-pot
Crock-pots are convenient ways to make hot meals without slaving over a stove. (pork in a slow cooker image by pr2is from Fotolia.com)

The Crockpot, or slow cooker, has become a common appliance in kitchen's today with the fast-paced world we live in. Crock-Pots make it simple to make a hot meal at home without having to slave over a hot stove. Although slow cookers are convenient, sometimes the juices inside do not thicken as they do on the stove. Fortunately, there are ingredients that may be added and tricks to try to thicken the juices into a delicious, flavourful gravy.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • Flour or cornstarch
  • Water or melted butter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Add 1/3 cup of quick-cooking tapioca to the Crockpot along with the other ingredients of the meal. Stir well. The tapioca will help to thicken the ingredients as it cooks.

  2. 2

    Prepare a paste of 1/2 cup flour (or substitute with cornstarch) to 1/2 cup of water (or substitute with 3 tbsp of melted butter.)

  3. 3

    Life the Crockpot lid approximately 30 minutes before serving and check if the sauce has thickened. If it's not thick enough, pour the flour (or cornstarch) mixture into the Crockpot and stir well.

  4. 4

    Replace the lid on the Crockpot and turn the heat up to high for the remaining 30 minutes of cooking time.

  5. 5

    Turn the heat off after the meal has finished cooking and allow it to set for 5 to 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken upon standing.

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