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    Increasing size of crock-pot recipe

    Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:44 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Do you need to add extra time to the total cooking time if you are going to double or triple the amount? How to figure out how much extra time?
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:20 pm
    Forum Host
    If the resulting volume of food is 1/2 to 2/3 of the crock pot volume (say 4 quarts in a 6 quart pot), then no, the time given in the recipe should be good. Crockpot times are predictable when the food occupies 1/2 to 2/3 of the pot volume. Outside of that, it will either need shorter or longer cooking times. A meat thermometer will be your friend.

    Could you give us a little more information? Your crock pot size, the recipe you are using or past history with this dish will help.

    Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:47 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    One of the crock pots in a 6 quart and the other is a 4 quart. I was thinking of quadrupling the meat portion in the recipe for the 6 quart and only tripling the sauce as there is way too much in the original recipe. The original recipe takes up a very small portion of the crock. I was thinking of tripling for the 4 quart and easing back some on the sauce - a little more than double as I don't want to risk it being too dry.

    The original recipe claims to be for four but we always have enough for 2 dinners (2 adults & 2 kids) Our family generally eats good size portions.

    The exact number of people attending is unknown at this time but a good guess would be about 40 - 50. Most are families with 2 parents and 2 - 4 kids of all ages.

    Here is a link to the recipe
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:19 pm
    Forum Host
    Hey Rooster,
    If I read you right, the 2 lbs of sirloin in the recipe with the sauce and ketchup is supposed to feed 4 people (1/2 lb steak each) but you feed 2 adults and 2 childern twice or 1/4 lb steak on avg per person.
    I also read that the sauce is too much.

    Figuring 1/4 lb per person, 40 people, with half the sauce called for, I get 10 lbs of sirloin, 30 oz of sauce and ketchup. That's roughly 200z and if it all weighs like water, that's 6.25 quarts. If the pots are 2/3 full that will take 9 1/2 quarts of crock pot space (which you have).

    To stick with the original recipe, 15 qts are needed, 20 lbs of steak and 120 oz sauce.

    I would split the difference and borrow another crock pot, but that's me you seen to have plenty of crock pot volume for the 1/4 lb/person average.

    Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:53 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks so much for all of your information. I think I'll take your suggestion and use 3 crock-pots instead of 2. I'm sure I can borrow one from a friend. I'm so glad I'm researching this a few weeks ahead of time to work out any problems! Hopefully the advice I get on the rice will be as helpful!
    Red Apple Guy
    Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:10 am
    Forum Host
    Glad to help Rooster. Let us know how it comes out.
    Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:10 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I'm glad this showed up because I couldn't find the info anywhere. It is okay then to use a smaller recipe in a larger slow-cooker? I have a 6qt and I don't need it since I am now single, but I don't want to buy another.
    Red Apple Guy
    Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:02 pm
    Forum Host
    Welcome Wattamess.

    A crock pot transmits heat from the sides usually and is efficient when 1/2 to 2/3 full. Above and below that level is trial-and-error as to cooking times and results.

    You can fill the pot with space-takers like oven-safe bowls full of water or vegetables like potatoes or cook larger batches and freeze the left-overs.

    When planning to cook a recipe, consider each food item to weigh about what water weighs and remember a pint is a pound the world round. So a lb of meat or water or vegetable occupies about a pint or 1/2 quart. A 6 quart pot when 1/2 full would hold 3 quarts or about 6 lbs of food and liquids. That's a lot of food.

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