01/18/2012 04:57 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

How To Use Your Slow Cooker Like A Pro

If you're thinking about investing in a slow cooker or you own one but it's tucked away on a shelf, this week is tailor made for you. From Monday til Friday, here, on Small Kitchen College, The Naptime Chef , and the sites of our wonderful partners, we're plumbing the depths of the electric slow cooker, as well as slowly cooked food (in the oven, on the stove) in general. Slow-cooked food gets incredibly tasty, tough meats grow rich and soft, and soups come away with extraordinary flavor. You have to plan ahead, but you get to do less work at the last minute. Welcome to the world (or at least the week) of slow cooking!

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--Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen

**How To: Use Your Slow Cooker Like a Pro**

How to Use Your Slow Cooker Like a Pro