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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    You can brown your meat first! But when its on for 9 hours your not going to get anything but well done! You put liquids in with the meat and it stews pretty much and makes it super tender and moist.

    Believe me, those things even on low get SUPER hot! No worries about doneness

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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    [quote author=Deseret link=topic=737.msg11247#msg11247 date=1289335220]
    Perz,that would make me nervous,to...plus no browning doesn't make for the most yummy meat. Perhaps browning it first, in a pan or under the broiler, then putting it in?
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    I always brown the meat first otherwise it looks unappetising. And to get the slo-cooker up to heat quickly I put it on High setting, then as soon as it starts to look as though it's boiling (generally about an hour or so) turn it down to low. Give things a stir every few hours to make sure the middle is cooked. Makes great doughboys for a stew, too!
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    Slow cookers get pretty damn hot...as in, boiling liquid. I've never worried about meat not being properly done...tbh, if you are talking about the hours and hours that the food is in there in the first place, undone meat a helluva lot more likely to happen on a grill or skillet, or even in the oven if you aren't using a meat thermometer every time you cook. Depending on what you are making, browning is pretty unnecessary for a good stew...but great for a roast.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    [quote author=thalassa link=topic=737.msg11260#msg11260 date=1289339320]
    Slow cookers get pretty damn hot...as in, boiling liquid. I've never worried about meat not being properly done...tbh, if you are talking about the hours and hours that the food is in there in the first place, undone meat a helluva lot more likely to happen on a grill or skillet, or even in the oven if you aren't using a meat thermometer every time you cook. Depending on what you are making, browning is pretty unnecessary for a good stew...but great for a roast.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    since i look up everything online

    http://www.slowandsimple.com/

    i usually make roast beef or pork roast. but i have also made goulash or sloppy joes (if its for a lot of people).
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    Yeah, quantity is a key indicator. I have several different sizes, from a small 1-person crock pot to a huge 18 quart 'family size'.

    I've made all sorts of things, ranging from BBQ meatballs and/or cocktail wieners to Buffalo Stew to Swedish Meatballs to Spaghetti and meatballs to chili or even rich homemade chicken noodle soup.

    In essence? I think it's the slow and easy (aka: convenient) replacement for a Dutch Oven. Perfect for just about anything but frying, broiling or rotisserie.




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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    I've never actually gotten anything to come to a boil in a slow cooker. I don't know what I'm doing wrong or if I am just buying crappy slow cookers or something. Usually, I use them for work potlucks - I cook stuff in the oven & put it in the crockpot to keep it warm.

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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    Slow cooker works for wild rice too ... But my fav is a roast, potatoes, onions, celery, cherry tomatoes, garlic and black pepper ... If it is pork then a bit of mint and no garlic ... Tiny new potatoes work best ... Not bad for bear either ... Gets rid of some of the gamey flavor ...
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    I cook pork loin in mine often... whether I'm cooking a roast or making pulled-pork.
    A pork loin, cream of mushroom soup, some potatoes and carrots + a slow cooker = awesome!
    I use it to make cheese dip a lot: velveeta, a can or two of extra hot rotell and some browned hamburger meat or sausage. oh-yeah.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    Tanx for reminding me of the carrots ... You can dice up any meat, toss in all your veggies and make a killer soup too ... Or thicken it and make a stew ...
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    The Chief nodded in agreement.

    The official continued; "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

    The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied.. "When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine Man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex."

    Then the chief leaned back and smiled; "Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that."




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