11 things you should never make in a slow cooker

Chicken in slow cookerFlickr / Christopher Paquette. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0Chicken skin turns rubbery in a slow cooker.

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a nice warm meal.

While some meals are perfect to make in a slow cooker, you should stick to making certain meals in an oven or stove top.

Here are 11 things you should never make in a slow cooker.

Pasta

Noodles turn mushy in a slow cooker.

Noodles continue to absorb liquid as the dish sits, so making pasta in a slow cooker will result in mushy noodles.

Fresh herbs

Herbs wilt in a slow cooker.

When cooked for a long time, herbs become wilted, brown, and
flavourless. It's best to add fresh herbs to your dish at the very end.

Chicken skin

Slow cooking chicken skin can make it rubbery.

Unlike baked chicken skin, which is crisp and flavorful, chicken skin gets rubbery and gelatinous in a slow cooker. Yuck.

Make sure to remove the skin before adding your chicken into the crock pot if that's not the effect you want.

Rice

Rice is best cooked in a sauce pan.

Cooking rice in your slow cooker results in brittle rice around the edges and under cooked grains in the center. It's best to stick to making rice in a sauce pan and serve it with your dish after.

Raw meat

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Raw meat will come out lacking flavour if you cook it in a slow cooker.

Although technically you can cook raw meat in your slow cooker, it's best not to. Your cut of meat will lack flavour.

Instead, sear it first before adding it to the cooker.

Wine

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Wine doesn't cook off in a slow cooker.

Unlike cooking with wine on a stove-top, wine has no way of escaping in a slow cooker. That means the alcohol won't cook off, and may saturate your dish with an unpleasant flavour.

Dairy products

Don't cook dairy products in your slow cooker.

If you add dairy to your slow cooker, it will likely curdle. If your recipe calls for dairy, it's best to add it in the last few minutes of cooking.

Delicate vegetables

Asparagus will wilt.

Delicate vegetables like asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, and peas, will overcook in a slow cooker. It's best to stick to sturdier vegetables like carrots and potatoes.

Couscous

Couscous gets mushy in a slow cooker.

If cooked in a slow cooker, couscous can get super
mushy. Much like rice, it's best to cook it separately and add it to the dish right before you serve it.

Seafood

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Seafood will overcook.

It takes very little time for fish to cook, so preparing it in a slow cooker will overcook it -- making your fish taste rubbery
. It's best to stick to cooking seafood on the stove-top.

Boneless chicken breast

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Leave the bones in.

When lean meats are cooked for a long time they can dry out easily. Leave the bones in the chicken to achieve fall-off-the-bone tenderness.

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