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    Pot Roast Emergency

    Sat May 28, 2005 10:23 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster

    I just bought a new crock pot and tried it out for the first time. I made a pot roast, and followed the instructions to the "T," except I halved it. It said to cook on low 6-8 hours. I checked it after 7, and it is really tough, not tender like Mom used to make.

    First off, what do you think I might have done wrong, and secondly, is there a way to fix it?

    Do you think I should have shortened the cooking time because I halved the recipe? It is a sad thing when you mess up a dish in a crock pot ! icon_smile.gif

    Sun May 29, 2005 12:50 am Groupie
    Did the recipe come with the crockpot or from elsewhere? If it was from elsewhere the "low setting" may be different. Otherwise I would check the liquid levels.
    Sun May 29, 2005 9:13 am Groupie
    I usually cook my roasts in the crockpot for 10-12 hours on low.
    Sun May 29, 2005 9:53 am Groupie
    Like Coffeemom said, I would check the amount of liquid. Was the roast dried out on top or did all of the liquid cook away? If there is enough juice the roast should get more tender with a longer cooking time.
    Roxygirl in Colorado
    Sun May 29, 2005 10:39 am Groupie
    I think it got overcooked. I have two crock pots and one cooks things way too fast, and even the other one usually is done on the quicker side, sometimes an hour early. Especially if you halved the meat. I cooked a super small pot roast one time and was amazed how quickly it cooked. Just try it again while you're home and can check it. Once you have used the crock pot more you will feel more comfortable leaving home while cooking. That is really a frustrating experience!

    Roxygirl in Colo.
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