7 Slow Cooker Tips from George Duran #ConAgraFoods

by Migdalia Rivera

George Duran
Last week I had the opportunity to join a virtual cooking class with Chef George Duran. We learned some great slow cooker tips and even saw a demonstration of the Fiesta Chicken with Rice and Beans. Click here to see the video and read The Motherhood’s recap.

During the chat, one item stuck out the most for me. I have to admit it boggled my mind when I read the comment. It seems you can make cake – yes CAKE – in a slow cooker! Am I the only one that thinks this is crazy cool?! Please tell me I’m not!

I’m not sure if the idea of a slow cooker cake appeals to me because I haven’t eaten dessert since I became a Lucille Roberts Ambassador or because it came from George Duran’s lips. Sigh. In the end, it doesn’t matter because I cannot let that cake, or any other cake for that matter, touch these lips or it’ll definitely they’ll definitely land on these hips!

What I can focus on are George Duran’s 7 tips noted below. They will make this busy Latina’s life so much easier.


  1. Slow cooker recipes can be made up to two days in advance.
  2. To make clean up easy, spray your slow cooker with PAM. Use PAM before adding ingredients and the slow cooker washes out easily.
  3. Fish does not cook well in a slow cooker.
  4. Try sauteing beef before adding to the slow cooker. By searing the beef, you caramelize the outside and add a lot of flavor to your dish.
  5. Fresh vegtables can get mushy in a slow cooker; as a result, you should add them at the very end.
  6. Consider using canned ingredients, versus fresh ingredients, in your slow cooker. They have a richer taste and retain more of the nutrients.
  7. It doesn’t matter what slow cooker brand you use, as long as the design, size and options work for your needs.


Not sure what to make in a slow cooker? Go to readyseteat.com for fast and easy slow cooker recipes.


Let’s talk! Do you have any slow cooker tips you can share? Leave them in a comment!


Disclosure: As a host of the cooking connections class, my time is compensated. As always my opinions and love for cooking are solely my own.

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 KR February 9, 2012 at 12:22 am

Am a recent convert to the Slow Cooker Crew! That baby helps making that family meal easy, breezy! I love a good pot roast in slow cooker, making sure to pre-marinate the protein before it goes into the cooker! Um-um-good! Not sure if I’d ever try the cakes, but who knows, maybe if I have a couple of folks over…might give it a whirl!

2 Bicultural Mama February 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

A cake? Wow, that’s creative. I use my slow cooker once in a while, but definitely not enough!
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