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How to cook 4 qt of food in a 6 qt slow cooker

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I'm about to purchase the 365 slow cooker cookbook but I've noticed that the author makes a lot of the recipes using a 4 qt crockpot. Her website gives instructions on how to use make the 6 quart into a 4quart but the instructions were too complicated for me to figure out. Has anybody done this and can help me figure out how to do it?

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  1. I'm not sure what the problem is. Throw it all into the six quart, and turn it on. :)

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    1. re: jaykayen

      Agreed. No need to fuss if is at least half full. Less than half, and, you may need to adjust cook time. Only difference I see in temps is the amuont of time it seems to take to warm up.

    2. I cook everything in our 6-qt slow cooker. If it's less than half full, it sometimes just cooks in less time. I think the "method" for converting smaller recipes is to just place a smaller bowl or pan within your slow cooker, but I think the reasoning is to make sure the food is adequately covered with liquid without adding too much liquid.

      Because I only use the slow cooker when I won't be home, I'm only making things cooked on the "low" setting for 8 hours. Any recipes designed to cook on "high" or within 3 hours, I would just do in a dutch oven on the stove or in the oven.