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    New to cooking with a slow cooker looking for recipe

    Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:34 pm Groupie
    Okay I have always been afraid of the slow cooker/crock pot I know seems silly but I'm two months away from 25 years of marriage and I took the plunge! I want to be able to make some dinners that I can have that will be warm and filling but because of pain I'm unable to stand for any amount of time so this seemed like the way to go. I know to some the slow cooker or crock pot is a dirty word and like I said I've always been afraid of it. I know there are probably 100s of recipes but I'm looking for your favorite, ones you would make again and again and recommend. I'm looking for soups, ribs, hearty meals and thank you in advance and I apologize if something like this has been posted before, I'm just excited to hopefully have found a way to cook for my family. With this kind of pain and not being able to stand I feel like I let them down with just quick meals and take out.
    Red Apple Guy
    Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:47 pm
    Forum Host
    Welcome Pumpkie!

    I think a crock pot is a perfect tool for low and slow cooking and tenderizes cheaper but tasty cuts of meal like beef chuck roast or Boston Butt pork roast.

    Go easy on liquids as there is little or no evaporation and use a meat thermometer to learn how hot your pot cooks. Meat tends to fall apart at 190 to 200 F. Raise the lid only periodically to maintain the low heat.

    Fill the pot 1/2 to 2/3 full as most pots cook from the sides. Use Veggies to increase volume in the pot.
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    More later....
    Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:35 am Groupie
    thank you for replying
    Chubby Cook
    Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:16 am Groupie
    I have severe Arthritis in my ankles and often cannot stand for long in the kitchen either and I love love love love my slow cookers -- I have a 4 cup "Crockette", 2 quart, 4 quart and a 6 quart -- and use at least one of them a couple times a week.

    Here are some cookbooks in the database with lots of good recipes:

    I especially love making baked beans and soups, besides the convenience of being able to toss in frozen chicken pieces or meat with my vegetables and seasonings and have dinner 8 hours later without all the standing and prepping.
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:13 pm Groupie
    I was always afraid of the crock pot too, in a way. I've never gotten one before just a few months ago, because I thought they would take more electrical energy than they do, and I thought the uses were limited to casseroles. I thought it was obligatory to put a mixture of stuff in in the morning and leave it there all day until evening. lol

    Well, a few months ago a major store went out of business and they had 1.5 quart slow cookers on sale, and I said well,, what can I lose with that? So I got it.

    The first thing I made was a couple of small baked potatoes, and they came out better than I've ever had them! They didn't dry out like they tend to do in the oven. Then I tried baked sweet potatoes and wow! again,, the best I've ever had, baked well and still moist. I got excited then. I tried to do roast chicken breast with veggies,, and it was wonderful! Then I tried to do cornbread, using a box of Jiffy, and it came out GREAT! with a bit of a crust the way I like it.

    there are so many things we can do in a crock pot, and a lot of them only take like 1 1/2 houirs.

    Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:48 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster

    Not sure if you still are looking for recipes, but we've got a few and plan on posting more. We just purchased our crock pot last month and love it! Sorry to hear you are in pain and are unable to stand...quite a few of our recipes are "dump the ingredients in and turn on the cooker" to accommodate our busy schedules. We love homecooked meals, but don't always have the time to stand in the kitchen for hours.

    Check out the Salsa Chicken, marinated wings and fish recipes. They are all fairly easy and yummy!


    Aloha! icon_smile.gif
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:24 am Groupie
    This is good timing. I just made my first fish dish in a crockpot a few days ago and am thinking about doing more fish dishes in the crockpot. icon_smile.gif
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:02 pm
    Forum Host
    Hey Rainbow,
    I would do that as well, but my family would move me and my crock pot out on the deck. I'm the only one who loves fish here.
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:12 pm Groupie
    Yeah, well, I wanted to move my crockpot and microwave out to the deck after that little incident with the whole fish. phew! but I still like fish. icon_razz.gif
    Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:21 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Great! Hope you enjoy them and if you come up with some new recipes, please let us know! We're still going to try Chinese style and a Thai style fish. We both love fish, so we don't mind the smell in the house!

    Thank you!
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:57 pm Groupie
    I like the smell of fresh fish, but what happened was that when I put it iin the microwave to finish it off, it exploded all over the place, and was hard to clean up, and there were little pieces of,, well,, you don't want to know. Just that the smell lingered longer than was nice.
    Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:49 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Pork Chops and Sauerkraut for 2 - recipe came out very tasty. We used a little too much brown sugar trying to cut down on the tang. Will be making this again!

    Mary at
    Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:00 am Staff
    This is great, sharing your favorite recipes, but we encourage you to upload the recipes here to share with other members. While we do not permit links to blogs within the forums, you are more than welcome to place the link in your profile.

    hapacouple wrote:
    Pork Chops and Sauerkraut for 2 - recipe came out very tasty. We used a little too much brown sugar trying to cut down on the tang. Will be making this again!

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