Although slow cookers are a very popular method of cooking at the moment, meat, poultry or fish should not be cooked straight from frozen in a slow cooker. This is because slow cookers cook the food low and slow, meaning that it will take long for frozen ingredients to reach the temperatures needed to kill bacteria, leaving more time for bacteria to multiply. This creates an unsafe cooking environment.
However, this doesn’t mean slow cooking is off the menu altogether! Simply follow our instructions on how to defrost meat and then add it to the slow cooker. Frozen vegetables however, can be added to the slow cooker from frozen. So you can defrost the meat in the fridge overnight and prepare the meal for your slow cooker the following morning for that evening’s meal.
Cooking in the slow cooker from frozen
- Meat, poultry or fish should not be cooked from frozen in a slow cooker
- Slow cookers cook food slow and low. Slow cooked food from frozen will take longer to reach temperatures to kill bacteria leaving more time to multiply.