Crockpot newbie needs help adjusting cooking time for smaller roast
I'm planning on making a pork loin roast today... it's my second adventure with the slow cooker and I need help!
The recipe I'm basing it from calls for a 4 pound roast - cooked on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 8-9 hours.
The biggest pork loin roast I could find at the market was 1.75 pounds. Any thoughts on what I should adjust the cooking time to? (I'd use a meat thermometer to test if it's done, but I don't have one!!)
I'm thinking on low for 5-6 hours... does that sound about right?
One of the most important things to remember about using a slow cooker (Crockpot) is to keep it cover at all times throughout the cooking process. Because you'd have to either remove the lid to check the temperature or leave an opening between the lid and the body of the cooker for a remote sensor type thermometer it isn't practical to consider using a thermometer with that cooking vessel. Frankly, I think your 5 - 6 hour time frame is a bit too long - I might shoot for 4 - 5 hours with a roast of 1.75 pounds, with one hour on high and three or four on low. But I'd check the temp. (after it was removed from the cooker and allowed to rest about ten minutes) to make certain it was properly cooked.