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I just got a slowcooker and I'm so excited it try it out! Something I'm a bit worried about is that I got a relatively big 6-quart model and I usually only cook for two people. Is there something that I can put in there to basically take up space and therefore raise the liquid level? Of course, it would have to be non-reactive and not leech any flavours.

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  1. I also have a 6 qt. and there are only 2 of us, but I make a full pot and then freeze whatever I want to. What are you concerned about making in there?

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    1. re: danhole

      We have pretty limited freezer space right now, so making large batches isn't always going to be an option. First dish is going to be pulled pork and I have a relatively small cut of pork shoulder (maybe 1.5 lbs?).

      1. re: spiffy_dude

        Well, since you don't need a whole lot of liquid in the crock pot anyway, I would just go for it, and cook on low.

    2. I cook for one and use my crockpot regularly with no problems. I do cook on low most of the time and you really don't need any liquid unless the recipe calls for it-trust me, I learned the hard way!

      1. I just made a fantastic pulled pork (6lb bone in shoulder) and only used 1/2 cup on liquid. I never realized that a small amount would work so well. I used ginger ale as my liquid, next time I want to try apple cider. Have fun, you are better off with a lrg one since you can use it for both big and small. I hear people complain that they have a small one.