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    Crockpot/Slow cooker Tips and Tricks

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    Chef Patience
    Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:47 am
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    Julesong wrote:
    Basic Crock/Slow Cooker Tips, from About.com

    The slow cooker is usually thought of as a way to make a fast meal by combining several ingredients, turning it on, and leaving it unattended for the whole day. This can result in an overcooked meal which, depending on the ingredients, might turn out good, but then again it might be barely edible. No wonder so many people keep theirs on a closet shelf or gathering cobwebs in the basement!

    Tips for recipe success

    Buy roasts and other large cuts of meat that will fit in your crock pot, or plan to trim them to fit.


    Please click on article title above for the full article at About.com.


    Last edited by Chef Patience on Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:46 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Chef Patience
    Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:47 am
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    Julesong wrote:
    Common questions about crockpots, answered by About.com

    Crockery cooker or slow cooker - what's the difference?

    The most common models have a crockery pot insert and the heating elements are housed in the sides, so the heat actually surrounds the food. The two heat settings are low (200 degrees) and high (300 degrees). The slow cooker, or "multi-cooker" usually cooks from the bottom and might have a thermostat allowing a wide range of temperatures. Even if your slow cooker has a crockery insert...

    Please click on the article title above for the full information at About.com, including the following questions answered:

    What are some advantages of slow cooking?

    Does a slow cooker get hot enough to cook foods safely?

    What foods are not suited to slow cooking?

    Do I have to brown meats before adding them?

    Why are my potatoes still hard after hours of cooking?

    Can I use a timer on my slow cooker?

    What size slow cooker should I buy?

    Is it safe to leave my slow cooker unattended all day?

    Can I start with frozen food?
    Chef Patience
    Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:48 am
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    Julesong wrote:
    Oven to Crockpot Conversion General Information, from About.com

    It's difficult to give exact conversion information on translating traditional oven recipes to the crockpot. Below you will find some general guidelines for converting your favorite recipes to the crockpot. Since crockpots vary, you should consult your owner's manual for instructions.

    Crockpots may vary but generally, the LOW setting is about 200 degrees F. and the HIGH setting is about 300 degrees F. One hour on HIGH is approximately equal to 2 to 2-1/2 hours on LOW. Most crockpot recipes recommend cooking 8-10 hours on LOW. Some recipes recommend the HIGH setting based on the nature and texture of the food. You will have to judge your recipe accordingly. For example, beef cuts will be better cooked on LOW for 8-10 hours to get a more tender texture, where chicken can be cooked on HIGH 2-1/2 to 3 hours.


    Please click here for full article, including charts for: General Oven to Crockpot Cooking Time Conversions, and General Crockpot Cooking Times for Specific Foods.
    Chef Patience
    Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:49 am
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    Last edited by Chef Patience on Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:56 am, edited 1 time in total
    BakinBaby
    Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:48 pm
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    icon_lol.gif What a great collection of information. Thanks for the post.
    Maryanne
    MaryAnne
    Sat May 19, 2007 9:35 pm
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    I found this site and it has :

    Parts and Accessories, VERY reasonable. icon_biggrin.gif
    A Crock Pot Outlet Store
    Crock Pots
    Crock Pot Recipe Books

    http://www.jardenstore.com/products.aspx?bid=17&cid=1467

    I hope you will find it useful.
    MaryAnne[/url]
    Chef Patience
    Mon May 21, 2007 10:22 pm
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    MaryAnne wrote:
    I found this site and it has :

    Parts and Accessories, VERY reasonable. icon_biggrin.gif
    A Crock Pot Outlet Store
    Crock Pots
    Crock Pot Recipe Books

    http://www.jardenstore.com/products.aspx?bid=17&cid=1467

    I hope you will find it useful.
    MaryAnne[/url]


    Very Nice find. Thank you!
    appetizerqueen
    Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:08 pm
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    Thanks for posting this article. i recently bought a new crockpot and have been trying the MANY great recipes on Zaar.
    This article is very informational.
    Barefoot Beachcomber
    Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:12 am
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    Hi there!
    Just a heads up that the link above,
    to Hamilton Beach is no longer available.
    I'll look for a new one.
    BB
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:54 pm
    Forum Host
    Thanks for the heads-up. Hamilton Beach has a tips page now for slow cookers but I'm not sure it has the same info. Use this link and click on page 2: http://hamiltonbeach.com/cooking-tips/cooking-tips.php

    RAG
    Chef Grandma Fran
    Wed May 14, 2008 5:01 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I read in one of the Taste magazines, by Reiman Publications, that the newer crockpots cook at a higher temperature to keep the food above "poison" stage. I had just bought one of the new programmable crockpots from Rival at the time and couldn't understand why even low kept the food at a faster simmer than I was used to. I found some mushier food. Started things later and all is fine, but the answer above saved my curiosity as I thought my cooker might be defective.
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu May 15, 2008 6:37 am
    Forum Host
    Welcome Fran and thanks for the comments. There are now some alternatives out there like the Hamilton Beach cookers. The one I have cooks at more reasonable temps and offers multilple sizes of crocks for the same pot.
    MaryAnne
    Thu May 15, 2008 9:04 am
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    I would think that taking the temperature of your food when it's finished could tell you if it has been hot enough to make it safe.
    If temp is not high enough, I wonder if putting it on High until it reaches the proper temp would solve that problem.

    MaryAnne
    Chef Grandma Fran
    Fri May 16, 2008 10:52 am
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    Good idea. icon_idea.gif A thermometer is a very important tool for a cook. If you find you need to turn your crockpot to HIGH you need to allow for the time it takes for it to go from LOW to HIGH and then cook time to your safer temperature.

    Sometimes I use the slow and easy crockpot, then in a microwave-safe container, give it a zap for as long as I think it needs. I microwave those squirrely carrots a tad before putting them in the crockpot as those guys can come out kinda not done, especially if you lose track of time and don't put them in on time.

    Thanks for writing back. fw
    Chef #1111462
    Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:45 pm
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    Whatever you cook in the crock pot, a good tip is to cover the top with a sheet of foil before putting on the lid. That way you are sure of an air tight seal, so flavours don't escape & also, you don't get cooking smells wafting round the house.
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