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Old 03-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #11
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the high altitude thing makes sense, I didn't see where you live. I don't use a crock pot much any more, but I did (and do) find that bringing your ingredients up to temp before cooking helps a lot in a number of dishes. It may sound odd, but a lot of recipes for any and everything assume room temperature or even warmer ingredients, and since a crock is at low heat by definition, may work better if you simply nuke the ingredients (in this case the potatoes in the broth) to boiling before dumping into the pot!
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
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i always put potatoes, carrots or any other long cooking veg. on the bottom. generally don't add liquid to pot, unless soup, etc. there is plenty of liquid from meat and veg. they are always done and a bonus is they hold their shape. good luck. i do bring it up to temp. by starting it on high for a couple hours.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:23 AM   #13
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So much great info here - thanks everyone! I'll definitely be using the advice given and appreciate everyone's thoughts!

Looking forward to being a member of the forum! :-)
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #14
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BTW... Welcome to DC kai!
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:07 PM   #15
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Thanks Dave - I'm a Poe fan, so your tag line makes me smile!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:19 AM   #16
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Have you heard his entire take-off on it?
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No - did someone redo the whole poem? :-) I love to read that!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:06 PM   #18
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No - did someone redo the whole poem? :-) I love to read that!
This is the opening of the Good Eats episode Fry Hard II ....




He does a great cooking take off on the poem , complete with a bust of Julia Child.
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Hysterical!
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GREAT point! That would definitely need to be taken into consideration. I found this online:

"If you live at a high altitude, you might need to increase your crockpot cooking times by up to fifty percent! This is because the air pressure in the atmosphere is lower. Water boils at 212 degrees F at sea level. If you are boiling water at 7500 feet however, it boils at 198 degrees F, which makes a big difference to your crockpot recipes. The difference in the water boiling temperature affects the food cooking processes and therefore the flavor of the food as well as the cooking time."
At the camp where I am working at the boiling point of water is 188F. But most people don't live at this altitude. Good thing I only have to eat lunch on site.
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