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Slow and Easy Crockpot Cooking

You DO Have Time for Home Cooked Meals


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.
3/12/2012 9:25:49 PM

52DIANE's SparkPage
I have used a crock pot for most of my married life abt. 30 years now and I just love it. Coming home after a long day of work and walking in to my house smelling wonderful is so inviting a calming. If you haven't tried it you are sure missing out.
3/2/2012 8:52:08 PM

I have used the crock pot to make hawaii bbq country ribs, stew chicken and other dishes.. food is very tender.

As for creating healthy recipes all you have to do is create your own recipes. And you can put anything that you want in it... You can choose how many ingredients that need to go in it.

For example: to make stew beef, chicken

Your choice of meats ( you may want to brown the meat or not)

Potatos, Onions, Mix Vegetables of your choice

You determine the spices you want to use ( you can use your favorite spice and limit it to maybe 3 or 4. See how it will come out.

Or you can buy the alreadt made spice and just add it to your crock pot

Start off on low temperature, then go to high. This depends on if you are home... if out reverse the temperature setting
2/22/2012 10:22:39 AM

I love to make Crock Pot meals. I have used it for years and just recently received a pressure cooker for Christmas. I am not exploring the use of the pressure cooker. It is electric and has a browning, slow cooker, pressure cooker, steaming functions and delayed cooking setting. It is supposed to replace the crock pot, steamer and reduce use of the stove top. I have tried pressure cooking, browning and a slow cooker recipe in it and have been pleased with the results. I have learned several new things in this article that I have been doing incorrectly for years. The order that you add ingredients and the pre-heating of the food on high are all great new tips.
4/22/2011 8:01:55 AM

BHOLMAN1005's SparkPage
I sold my crock pot at a yard sale when I moved I really miss it. Have it on my list for Mothers Day. I have cooked some London Broil in the oven at 200 degrees for four hours and it has worked until I get the gift I hope for
3/2/2011 2:48:12 PM

If you're in a hurry, pressure cookers can be a life-saver. Maybe I lack the patience for my Crockpot. :-)
10/7/2010 9:51:48 PM

This was a very interesting article. I was not familiar with some of the tips given. Great information.
9/24/2010 1:13:20 PM

I love my crock pot too and use it quite frequently but I'm wondering if anyone else finds that oftentimes beef or chicken almost becomes dried out in the crock pot, even though there's always a ton of juice on the bottom. I have a Rival and I generally use the low setting. Am I cooking things too long?
9/24/2010 10:28:09 AM

I recently made some gingered chunky applesauce in the crock pot. It was divine.
9/15/2010 5:22:49 PM

I am another one who loves the crock pot. One great dish for slow cooking is Corned Beef. I put it in the crockpot, cover it with water, and cook 8 to 10 hours, until the meat is sooo tender it falls apart. Then I put some of the water (broth) from the crock pot into a pot for the stove and boil the cabbage until done. Putting the cabbage into the crock pot at such long periods causes the cabbage to desolve to mush. I do,however, add some carrots to the crock pot while cooking the corned beef. Yummy. (Only problem, my hubby does not like to leave the house with the crock pot cooking)
8/19/2010 10:10:57 PM

I love (love, love, love, love) my Crockpot. I use it at least once a week (except for during the summer) to make yummy vegetarian food - casseroles or soup. Then I can use the left-overs in my lunch for the rest of week. Using a Crockpot helps you to get in a lot of veggies, too. Just as a note, I don't pre-cook anything, I just plop all the ingredients in the stonewear the night before, refrigerate it over night, and then put it in the actual cooker in the morning before work. The food smells (and tastes!) so good when I get home. :)
8/10/2010 1:16:20 PM

BLOND1E's SparkPage
Crockpots are awesome...and this coming from a relatively new user! The writer needs to revist some of their suggestions. I found a recipe for Red Beans and Turkey Kielbasa that is awesome, and guess what? You don't pre-cook the beans! You just have to follow the recipe and use enough water, and in fact, I've never had dried beans turn out better than they did in the Crockpot!

1 lb dried red kidney beans, 2 celery stalks chopped, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped green pepper, 1-2T of creole seasoning (to taste), 1 pkg Turkey kielbasa, 7 cups of water. Cook for 8 hrs on high. How easy is that?

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