Can I Put Another Dish in My Slow Cooker?

updated May 30, 2019
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Q: I now have a slow cooker, which is too large for my needs, as I live alone. I wanted to ask if it would be OK to put a small casserole dish with the ingredients into the slow cooker, and then switch it on?

Sent by Jeff

Editor: The short answer is yes. As long as the dish is oven-safe, it can go into your slow cooker. Although by the time you scale down a recipe to fit into a dish small enough to fit in your slow cooker, you may find it easier to cook it in the slow cooker itself. Just be sure to adjust the time accordingly.

If you find that you want to continue cooking smaller-batch recipes, a three-quart slow cooker is ideal for two to three servings.

Kitchn readers, how do you scale down slow-cooker recipes? Do you cook recipes in an extra inserted dish?