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A great way to cook for those busy days at work and an other way to save room for the stovetop for when you have all the burners going. TIPS----- DENSE VEGGIES- like potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables should be cut no larger than 1" thick, and placed in the bottom of the pot, since they take longer to cook. Meats generally cook faster than most vegetables in a slow cooker. LIQUIDS-may be decreased in slow cooking - about half the recommended amount. Unless the dish contains rice or pasta, 1 cup of liquid is usually enough. Cooked pasta should be cooked until just slightly tender before adding to the pot. Add 1/4 extra liquid per 1/4 cup uncooked rice, and use long grain converted rice for the best results. For long-cooking recipes, add cooked rice shortly before serving. BEANS- Soak beans overnight before cooking them in the crockery cooker. Presoaking then boiling for at least 10 minutes in unsalted water, draining, then add to the crock pot before adding sugar or acidic ingredients. If your recipe includes tomatoes, salt, or other acidic ingredients, the beans should be tender before beginning. Or use well rinsed canned beans. GROUND HERBS/SPICES tend to dissipate over long cooking times, so add some during the beginning and then refresh with more near the end of cooking. Whole herbs release flavors over time, so are a good choice for slow cooking. Adjust seasonings, before serving. Flavorful spices such as garlic and chili powder will intensify during long slow cooking. DAIRY- Milk, sour cream, and cream break down over long periods of cooking, and should be added during the 30 minutes. Condensed cream soups are good substitutions for milk and can be cooked for extended times. Be sure to use low salt and reduced fat cream soups if you need to use canned soups which can be a nice substitute. Cheeses don't generally hold up over extended periods of cooking, besides curdling they stick to the bottom and burn, so should be added near the end of cooking, or use processed cheeses and spreads. Add water only to cover ingredients in soup, and add more after cooking if necessary for a thinner soup. For milk based soups, add 1 or 2 cups of water and during the last hour, stir in milk, evaporated milk, o cream as called for. MEATS- It isn't necessary to brown most meats first, but it does flavor and brown it for a nicer appearance, cutting down on the fat as well. For roasts and stews, pour water, wine, beer, canned tomatoes or stock over meat. Using no more liquid than specified in the recipe. More juices in meats and vegetables are retained in slow cooking than in conventional cooking. Roasts can be cooked without water when set on LOW. But a small amount, however, makes the gravies are especially tasty. The more fat or “marbling” the meat has, the less liquid you need. FROZEN-You can cook frozen meats in your Crock-Pot/slow cooker, be sure to add at least 1 cup of warm water or stock to the stoneware before placing meat in the stoneware. Don`t preheat the slow cooker. Cook recipes containing frozen meats for an additional 4 to 6 hours on Low, or an additional 2 hours on High. Use you thermometer to check if properly cooked to Temperatures for Food Safety. The slight fluctuations in power do not have a noticeable effect on most appliances; however, it can slightly alter the cooking times due as can altitude or even extreme humidity so get to know your crock pot. DO NOT preheat the slow cooker. Great for BEVERAGES & DIPS. Keep it on the Low setting to maintain the proper serving temperature. Because there is no direct heat at the bottom, always fill the stoneware at least half full to conform to recommended times. Small quantities may be prepared, however, cooking time will be affected.
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8 Reviews |  By Rita~

Lots of spice and good cheer to warm you and your guest during the cold winter holidays! Hibiscus flowers can be omitted or hibiscus tea bag can be used. Serve right from the crock pot so it stay warm can be diluted with a little warmed water or cranberry juice. Garnish with fresh Cranberries.

Recipe #76366

12 Reviews |  By Rita~

Lots of vegetables gives this sauce a meat sauce look but isn't. I had friends come over while it was cooking and taste it a thought it was a meat sauce. I great way to get a variety of vegetables into your family without the I don't like that veggie! This freezes well so you can divide into freezer bags for future use (if it lasts). Use on pasta, in stew, bean dishes, top a pizza, or in soups. This can make this on your stove top as well.

Recipe #101240

3 Reviews |  By Rita~

I made this with my Zucchini, Pineapple, Ginger Jam #95600. BUT you can use store bought pineapple jam. These are so tender and tasty. My son couldn't wait for them to brown under the broiler so he ate them right out of the crock pot!

Recipe #101736

7 Reviews |  By Rita~

Fruity and Spicy (cinnamon sticks,allspice, cloves, cardamom pods, vanilla bean) Cider to warm the soul!

Recipe #105942

5 Reviews |  By Rita~

This is a comfort drink that gives your Home a Beautiful Aroma. Full of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger & cardamom. Like fruity Chai. I favor the Apple Schnapp or Buttershots if you opt for booze. You can always make it without the booze and let those that want it add it themselves. It would be fun to try the different kinds.

Recipe #105740

14 Reviews |  By Rita~

This is one of the dishes I made for a big crowd that will be partying with us on the Fourth of July. (You can cut the recipe in half or you can freeze for a latter day).I used venison but you can use lean beef. Venison is very lean. I use small cubed pieces of meat as well as ground. Gives it more texture. But its melt in your mouth cubes of meat. It really does melt in your mouth. All the different ingredients blend together to give you a nice spicy almost 5 alarm chili. I used Goya beans which are not to be rinsed. Check your cans most do need a rinse.The picture shown is one serving and topped with grated cheddard cheese, sour cream, and Salsa Verde recipe #84339.

Recipe #94785

17 Reviews |  By Rita~

St Patty's Day meal made easy! Serve with Rye bread or my Irish soda bread recipe #50600. And some green beer (beer with green food coloring added. In the pictures is the corned beef topped with the pineapple glaze #57813.

Recipe #55394

14 Reviews |  By Rita~

Spicy!!!! Crock pot recipe! Yes! There is no reason you can't make these stove top. Just simmer till flavors meld and meat is tender. I also puree an optional carrot and red bell pepper for sweetness and extra nutrients for the family

Recipe #55051

19 Reviews |  By Rita~

A nice way to scent to home and warm the spirit!

Recipe #77800

5 Reviews |  By Rita~

No added fat just lots of flavor in this chunky meat sauce. Not just chunky from the meat but from the diced vegies which adds flavor and keeps the fat down without adding to much meat! You can sweeten the sauce if the tomatoes are not sweet enough but wait till it simmers for 1/2 an hour then taste and season as you like. The carrot has a way of taking any tang from the sauce and the onions sweeten it. This make alot so you can have some for dinner and freeze some for the future.

Recipe #158431

2 Reviews |  By Rita~

Here's a recipe for roasted garlic without added fat and roasted in it's own skin to retain moisture. This is a great for roasting garlic, so it can be ready when you start cooking in the evening. I've even done it overnight and started cooking in the morning. Mashed potatoes, add to some extra virgin olive oil a touch of salt for a great dip in bread, mix into dressings for veggies or top some broiled fish or meats. Roasted garlic goes great with mashed potatoes, on pasta, or simply spread on crusty bread. Perfect for making garlic bread! I've made 1/3 the recipe in a mini crock pot with great results!

Recipe #205796

16 Reviews |  By Rita~

You can braise this on the stove top as well in the crock pot! This is a long cooking recipe to make a very tender texture. The braised red cabbage of Alsace, counterbalances the fattiness making pork, duck or a traditional Christmas goose a great to serve with it. Seasoned with apples, ginger, cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. Try even some lavender in it!

Recipe #105229

1 Reviews |  By Rita~

Posted for love4culinary. This tweaked tropical bread pudding is made easy in a crock pot. Serve with Grand Marnier Sauce recipe #52907 or pineapple ice cream.

Recipe #118876

A delicious recipe using red cabbage, fragrant spices & apples or pears; whilst this is happily cooking away, the spicy smell pervades the kitchen & indeed the rest of the house and heralds the start of my festive baking & freezing season - who needs expensive pot-pourries! Not only is this dish delectable to eat alongside turkey, pork, beef and hams in particular - but the colour is just gorgeous, a rich jewelled ruby red! This cabbage can be kept warm for long periods, reheated and also freezes very well, making it a very well behaved recipe!!

Recipe #191313

2 Reviews |  By Rita~

A smokey lightly spicy hearty soup made easily in the crock pot. Having chorizos and chipoltes for heat. Saving the spinach till the end for brightness and freshness. Have your freezer bags ready to save the leftovers. Leftovers are great for last minute meal. Defrost in microwave oven and ready to go.

Recipe #224437

15 Reviews |  By Rita~

Easy, spicy. You can spice it up or down as much as you'd like. Great for the Superbowl.

Recipe #82464

This was Great... would suggest to toss the rice in last after chicken has been cooking a while... I prefer not so mushy rice! To each his own... if you prefer mushy rice put it all together. I also omit the peas (peas are yucky-lol :).

Recipe #278551

44 Reviews |  By Rita~

Hearty, tender beef in a red wine sauce. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread! In Memory of our Julia Child.

Recipe #54850

22 Reviews |  By Rita~

The eggplant just melts away just like the meat!!!!!!!!! You can use beef,veal and or chicken! You can also make this on the stove top or in a crock pot. Top it with Grated Cheese!!!!!

Recipe #50610

4 Reviews |  By Rita~

I guess the Polish is coming out in me again! My mom's not so favorite (It's not hers) but I like it!! I've also cooked this slow cooker and stove top. Your choice. And many times cooked for three hours. Makes great left overs! Better the next day!

Recipe #51719

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