I don't. They say it will give your finished product a better flavor but in my universe, having to pull out a pan and brown something on the stove before putting it in the crock pot TOTALLY DEFEATS THE PURPOSE of the crock pot.
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I sear if I am doing a roast - beef or pork - in the pressure cooker but I have never seared for the crockpot or slow cooker. I can't imagine it would make a difference for either of those. I have found that it does produce a better tasting meat when using the pressure cooker.
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