So one of the biggest fears of using the slow cooker is not knowing how long to cook things.

And of course, this is a completely understandable fear because improperly timed food won’t taste good.

So here is the BookSumo Press table for using the slow cooker.

We recommend that you print out this blog post.

Or copy paste this information into your phone to use later.

Or even better you can memorize everything.


In order to determine the right slow cooking time for a dish.

You have to first look at the normal time needed to cook the same thing with the stove.

So let’s say you have a recipe for cooking carrots.

The recipe says that you need to cook the carrots for 30 mins on the stove.

Use this 30 mins to determine the slow cooking time.

Follow this easy table.

  • Stove-top time: 15 – 30 mins
    • Slow cooker time (High Heat): 1 – 2 hours
    • Slow cooker time (Low Heat): 4 – 6 hours
  • Stove-top time: 30 mins – 1 hour,
    • Slow cooker time (High Heat): 2 – 3 hours
    • Slow cooker time (Low Heat): 5 – 7 hours
  • Stove-top time: 1 – 2 hours
    • Slow cooker time (High Heat): 3 – 4 hours
    • Slow cooker time (Low Heat): 6 – 8 hours
  • Stove-top time: 2 – 4 hours
    • Slow cooker time (High Heat): 4 – 6 hours
    • Slow cooker time (Low Heat): 8 – 12 hours

There it is.

That table will save you a ton of effort when venturing into the world of slow cooking.

And the best thing is:

You no longer need to look for slow cooker specific recipes.

You can convert any recipe to a slow cooker version.


Practice makes perfect.


Read some of these asparagus recipes, from our Easy Asparagus Cookbook, and try converting a few of them for the slow cooker.


Convert these recipes:


Vive La Slow Cooker,
BookSumo Press



When you cook asparagus with wet heat i.e. with a slow cooker.

The resulting taste well be very natural and earthy kind of grass-like but still delicious.

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