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Slow and Easy Crockpot Cooking

You DO Have Time for Home Cooked Meals


2/4/2010 4:53:43 PM

I like to use my crock pot even when it isn't for a whole meal. You can put potatoes in on low for about 4 hours depending on the size of the potatoes, when they are finished they taste just like they were baked in the oven.
1/29/2010 1:53:27 PM

GO2GIRL99's SparkPage
i too luvvvvvvv taco soup is a staple at my house. I own 2 crockpots and use them both all the time....sometimes at the same time if we didnt have a crockpot my hubby would starve hahaha as work ite and he works days....and hes really not into cooking....tons of crockpot ideas online...just sub out the bad items with more healthy options....tried cooking with frozen veggies and its awful...they come out a soggy mess prob cuz i like my veggies witha lil cruch just my $.02
1/26/2010 4:19:02 PM

One reason not to put in frozen veggies (or meat) is because it can radically cool down everything. It not only slows down the cooking process, but if you dont add in the extra cooking time, to compensate for them , the meat may not heat/cook properly. Dangerous with Pork and Chicken especially. Bacteria from the meat never really gets killed properly.
Cant wait to try the Fix It and Forget It cookbook!
1/26/2010 2:02:17 PM

FOOHILDA's SparkPage
I love my crockpot!! It makes it easy for me to get dinner on the table after a long work day - or enables dh to get the kids fed if I'm going to be super late. I have a favorite blog that is full of crockpot recipes - some healthy - some not - all gluten free. I love the feedback she provides after she makes her recipes - really helps me make adjustments. I've made a bunch of her recipes - salmon with lemon and spinch - super healthy and easy (but you only cook it two hours - so it's good to throw it in - take the kids to the park or fold clothes and come back to DINNER! Her baked potato soup is great - the salsa chicken soup.... oh wow - the makhani chicken is simply heavenly...mmm...taco soup (I make it with turkey and skip the sourcream). ANYWAY - I'll have to add these recipes to the nutrition tracker and see how they work out calorie-wise now that I'm "working on my fitness".

Many of your family favorites can convert to the crock pot. The blog mentioned above gives you some hints on how to do that too.
1/6/2010 3:49:52 PM

SEWNSEW16's SparkPage
My favorite thing for my crockpot I learned from a blind lady. I never liked pot roast the way the cookbook tells you but this way I love it. I put the roast in the crockpot without browning it. Add a sliced onion and about 2 to 3 tablespoons of beef base. B\Found with bouillion but this has more flavor and lower in salt, there is even a reduced salt version. Don't add water, it makes pleanty of juice. Cook on low or high the recomended time. You can thicken the juice for gravy or have it like Au Ju. Wonderful.
12/3/2009 2:02:54 PM

My family's favorite crock pot dish is pulled pork. I confess I cut up large chunks of frozen pork from costco and just add a jar of my favorite salsa. 8 hours later, it's delish! I do set the crock pot on high for about an hour (while I'm getting ready for work) and then turn to low.
11/30/2009 7:57:33 AM

I too put in frozen veggies. Never had a problem.
11/18/2009 3:24:20 PM

Hmmm... I've put frozen veggies in the crockpot many, many times with no problem. Wonder why I'm not supposed to?
11/12/2009 9:02:35 AM

wish you had included a link to recipes
8/31/2009 10:40:14 AM

TUATHA's SparkPage
I use my crockpot for all kinds of things and find it a wonderful and worry free time saver.

But one thing I didnt like about this article was the suggestion of substituting canned soups for the liquid. Who needs all that sodium?
8/21/2009 9:29:10 AM

fantastic! thanks for the infomation! New owner here iam a slow cooker!!

Anyone with some recipes please send them!!

:) family in need of some fresh ideas for the taste buds :)
7/28/2009 1:38:28 PM

((AUDREY))'s SparkPage
if you've never used a crockpot, borrow one from a friend or family member and try it out. you might find that you don't want to give it back, haha.
7/28/2009 12:52:56 PM

AWYEAGLE's SparkPage
I LOVE my crockpot and use it all the time. Thanks for reminding people what a great tool they are. There are a lot of crockpot cookbooks out there and once you learn to use one most things can be made in them - I even make lasagna in mine.
7/28/2009 8:38:15 AM

I, too, would appreciate a link to healthy crock-pot recipes... it's a wonderful tool, but I'm not very imaginative! Great info, thanks.
4/4/2009 12:45:50 PM

LAINYE's SparkPage
I found this interesting. I use my crockpot to make oatmeal. I make a weeks worth on Sunday night and Monday have it ready to go for breakfast. I divide the rest into the correct portion size and then just put them in the microwave the rest of the week.

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