Slow Cooker Hints........
* Slow cookers are great for cooking cheaper cuts like beef brisket, pork shoulder, lamb shoulder and chicken thighs. You can also use less meat as slow-cooking really extracts a meaty flavor that throughout the whole dish. Bulk up with vegetables instead!
* The lid should fit snugly over the slow cooker with no gaps for steam to escape. Slow cookers depend on bringing your food up to a stable temperature (usually around 210°) and keeping it there. If the lid isn't snug, the cooker won't work as efficiently. If your lid doesn't fit snugly and has some gaps, wrap a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the cooker to seal everything in.
* A lot of slow-cooker recipes require only some basic prep work like cutting vegetables or trimming meat before everything gets added into the slow cooker. If you have time, you'll get better flavor in your final dish if you also brown the meat and sear the vegetables.