Slow cookers can be real time savers, and coming home to the smell of a delicious stew simmering away is always comforting–problem is, any vegetables other than onions that you throw in are liable to be way overcooked after 6 to 8 hours of bubbling away. jono37 has worked out a great solution that allows for truly appetizing one-pot meals from the slow cooker: wrap any vegetables in a foil “hobo pack,” set it on top of your meats and liquid, and cover. The vegetables steam in the foil instead of soaking up liquid and resting near the heating element. Unwrap the foil packet and mix in the veggies at the end of cooking, before you serve.

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