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Old 08-30-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Hi friends,

I was gifted with a crock pot last night for an anniversary present.

My first crock pot. I've been Googling recipes and have found several that I want to try--as soon as the weather cools down a bit. They sound hearty.

But I wanted ask you all something...what'S best still to do on the stove top and where does the crock pot shine brightly as the star cooking method?

Any other CP tips or treasures you want to share would be most welcome?

Thank you.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Crock pots are for long, slow cooking. Roast potatoes , onions and carrots. Stews , roasts, beans and chili. Plenty crock pot recipes . Wife says these are good ones.

365 Days of Slow Cooking
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Old 08-30-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I could not live without my crockpots (I have 2). You can cook ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in them.
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:49 PM
 
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I have made everything from stews to whole chickens, corned beef and cabbage, chicken and rice, roast beef with potatoes and carrots and onion, to chicken con queso dip, they are wonderful.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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I really need to remember to use mine with this heat...will check out that link with 365...
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Hello. My name is Oildog, and I love to use the crockpot once the temperature gets below 60F. Chicken and dumplings, beef stew, rueben casserole...oops I just burst a ventricle.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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I received a crockpot last year for Xmas and never used it. This may be a stupid question but multiple people on here stated saying they like using it when the weather gets colder. Is it because the crockpot warms the room up somewhat or just the food out of the crockpot is good for that type of cold weather environment?
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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We live in SW Florida and I've just gotten back into crockpot cooking. You see, since it's never really cold here, we've decided not to eat "seasonally" any more. By that, I mean, if we want chili and it's 94 out there, we have chili. And I find that the crockpot is great to have something like that without heating up the entire house.

So far, I've done swiss steaks, spaghetti sauce w/meatballs and sausage, lentil soup, and some other stuff I'm sure I've forgotten. I find you generally get a richer flavor from slow cooking. Oh, our favorite thing in the crockpot? BBQ'd baby back ribs! They come out so tender and DH doesn't have to stand outside in the blazing sun, waiting for them to cook. They're wonderful.

Enjoy.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Happy anniversary. Ain't nothing you can't cook in a crockpot.

Here's a tip: Say you're making chili, but you don't feel like watching the pot to keep it from burning. Dump it in the crockpot, and at least double the usual stovetop cooktime on high, and quadruple it on low. If you want some liquid to evaporate -- I make spaghetti sauce in the crockpot a lot (again, to avoid watching the pot, lazy butt that I am, LOL) -- tip the lid a little to vent the pot.

Oddly enough, the veggies take longer to cook in a crockpot than meats. You'll see recipes that tell you to put the veggies in first, then layer the meat over top. Sounds weird, but that's the best way to do it.

Simple meal: Dice a half an onion, put it in the pot. Top with Italian sausage, and pour in enough spaghetti sauce at least to cover the meat. Cook on low 6 hours; 4 on high. You can make a sandwich out of it on a long roll, or serve it with pasta.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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Yes, Happy Anniversary

Before you use your crookpot pick up Reynold's Crockpot liners, invaluable and no cleanup afterward.

I do a lot of catering and my crockpots do all the work.
Chili
Soups
Spaghetti sauce
Stuffed peppers & cabbage
Stews

They do not generate a lot of heat and you can leave for work and when you come home dinner is done. Get yourself a good crockpot cookbook and start enjoying the convenience of not having to stir a pot.

*NOTE, every time you lift the cover to check, you lose 20 mins. cooking time, so don't be tempted to pick up the lid.
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