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

    [quote author=perzephone link=topic=737.msg11417#msg11417 date=1289373411]
    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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    the point of a slow cooker is to cook for a long time at a low temp i don't think they get hot enough to boil... i could be mistaken though.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    Huh. I think it might depend on the slow cooker. You won't get a "rolling boil" but it will start bubbling. I've been able to thicken up a stew by letting it simmer (low boil) uncovered. It certainly gets hot enough, on the high setting, to actually burn food.




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

    [quote author=ChainLightning link=topic=737.msg11695#msg11695 date=1289428786]
    Huh. I think it might depend on the slow cooker. You won't get a "rolling boil" but it will start bubbling. I've been able to thicken up a stew by letting it simmer (low boil) uncovered. It certainly gets hot enough, on the high setting, to actually burn food.
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    Yeah, I've never had a slow cooker that didn't do a nice slow bubble...roiling boil, no...but a good simmer is all you need anyhow.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    [quote author=thalassa link=topic=737.msg11771#msg11771 date=1289439244]
    Yeah, I've never had a slow cooker that didn't do a nice slow bubble...roiling boil, no...but a good simmer is all you need anyhow.
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    Ditto.

    I love my slow cooker and don't use it nearly enough! (incidentally, it earned a place on my counter at all times!)

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

    [quote author=perzephone link=topic=737.msg11417#msg11417 date=1289373411]
    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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    it should be able to boil, at least gently. Make sure the lid fits tightly, and it stays covered while warming up. If it doesn't boil on high after an hour or so, you might want to ask santa for a new one.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    One of my favorite recipes for a slow cooker is little smokies http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/little...es/Detail.aspx
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    [quote author=Deseret link=topic=737.msg11203#msg11203 date=1289326627]
    Rafe posted on Facebook about making ribs in her slow-cooker, and I realized that while I have one, I have no clue what to do with it!

    I make two things in my slow-cooker: Cracked wheat or oatmeal that I start the night before, or beans.

    Can someone please enlighten me about the other options out there?
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    put food it it and turn it on? :P. Just pick out a soup or stew recipe from a cookbook and put it on low before you go to work is all

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

    [quote author=Freyja link=topic=737.msg22661#msg22661 date=1292442963]
    put food it it and turn it on? :P. Just pick out a soup or stew recipe from a cookbook and put it on low before you go to work is all
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    Heh, thanks for the humor, Freyja...there have been some really excellent ideas in this thread. I've been really impressed with the ways that people use a slow-cooker! You might want to take a read through the responses.

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

    [quote author=Deseret link=topic=737.msg22689#msg22689 date=1292448678]
    Heh, thanks for the humor, Freyja...there have been some really excellent ideas in this thread. I've been really impressed with the ways that people use a slow-cooker! You might want to take a read through the responses.
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    Re: No idea what to do with a slow-cooker

    One of the cook books I use is called SLOW GOOD by Weight Watchers. I use my slow cooker a lot in the winter months so my wife can have a dinner when she gets home from her job and I'm at mine.

    P.S. No implications because it Weight Watchers. I just like their cook books.
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