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Slow and Easy Crockpot Cooking

You DO Have Time for Home Cooked Meals


7/21/2012 5:20:34 PM

SANDFLEA28's SparkPage
It depends on how many people your trying to feed, I use my 2 qt a lot, but on campouts and pot lucks I may use 1 or 2 5 to 8 qt depending on what I am going to do for my part, and how many there are of us.
7/21/2012 5:16:04 PM

SANDFLEA28's SparkPage
I'm single and use mine for stews, a simple one is 1 med can of stew, 1 can mixed veggies, drained, 1 can diced tomatoes, drained, set on low, about 1/2 to 1 hr ahead of dinner add 1 c of rice, or pasta, or 1 small tube of refig bisquits, the little ones make good dumplings, and what you don't use can be "baked" in a small cast iron skillet on stove top.

I do this a lot, all day on low when working, 1 hr hi, then low for 1/2 day when home, using a 2 qt pot.
enough food for 3 med or 2 large meals.
7/21/2012 4:55:40 PM

FRACKIAM1's SparkPage
I have a crock pot and use it at least once a week and love it. BUT I have a question. Can you put frozen meat in it and let it cook all day? If anyone has or has not done this I would like to know.
7/21/2012 12:03:32 PM

MCFITZ2's SparkPage
I love using my crock pot, although I use it more in the winter.
7/21/2012 7:16:14 AM

--KREN's SparkPage
From someone who REALLY uses a crockpot, frozen veggies work just fine! Do you think a package of frozen broccoli won't cook in 6 hours in a crockpot? LOL. I also put meat and chicken in my crockpot right out of the fridge. No problem.
7/21/2012 3:35:09 AM

SIRIUS7N's SparkPage
Thank you for all these tips.!!
7/4/2012 10:26:50 AM

OCLIAO's SparkPage
what size crockpot is the best?
6/7/2012 4:07:22 PM

Crock pots are great for batch cooking if you have a weekend off cook something each night and each day over the weekend and you get out of cooking for 2-3 weeks.
5/23/2012 4:21:00 PM

TAZZ2300's SparkPage
I thought you were supposed to have your meat the same temp as the crock pot... example if your crock pot is cold, your meat should not be hot.

I haven't made much in my crock pot except pot roast. I do need to utilize it more though. THe awesome thing about mine is it has a timer, so you set it to high/low and program the hours for it to cook, then after that it goes to keep warm. It's so awesome.
5/23/2012 3:25:24 PM

APONI_KB's SparkPage
I use frozen vegetables in my crock pot all the time. We keep little containers in the freezer for leftovers. When we want stew we thaw them just enough to get the veggies out and toss the little chunk of icy veggies in.

I also don't precook beans but I do soak them overnight before cooking them.
5/23/2012 2:41:43 PM

I don't work outside our home; however, I have three slow cookers & use them almost daily. I have one going now. To this gal the crockpot is the best kitchen appliance - even more so than a dishwasher.
5/23/2012 2:19:59 PM

TISTYEN's SparkPage
I've used mine for pot roast and for spaghetti sauce, but I'm more likely to use it on days my roommate works and I have off because I don't have time to brown meat and peel spuds in the morning if I have to work. Both come out really well. The spaghetti sauce can't be left alone for the 12 hours between when I leave for work and when I get home, though, so it's more of a weekend thing.
5/23/2012 11:56:11 AM

I've been using a crockpot for more years than some of the posters have been alive - LOL!!!

I don't brown meat first and I've used frozen veggies, unthawed. I've NEVER put the crock in a microwave to warm it up. And when pressed for time, I make up the recipe the night before, place the crock in the refrigerator. Before heading out the door the next morning, I plug it in & turn it on low. I've NEVER had a problem.

5/23/2012 11:49:48 AM

JENNAAW's SparkPage
I received a crock pot as a gift but until now I seldom used it because the recipes I found were not that healthy (too much emphasis on meat and pasta, etc.). But this is a great motivator!
5/23/2012 8:34:28 AM

OUBACHE's SparkPage
Great tips, thanks! I need to get more use out of my slow cooker.

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