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Old 09-24-2007, 03:14 PM   #1
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Question Highest area temperature in slow cooker

I'm making beef and vegetable stew in the crock pot. If I cut the vegetables fairly large and the meat is cubed on the smaller side, where should the vegetables go to get more heat??

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Old 09-24-2007, 03:21 PM   #2
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I don't think it matters. The liquid in the CP will even out the heat distribution. Because the meat will take longer to cook than the veggies, larger veggie pieces will encourage everything's being done at the same time.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
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It doesn’t really matter. Are you throwing everything in at once, or are you browning the meat first?

Personally, I put the veggies in first, then the meat, then the liquid and let it go. Eventually, you’ll be stirring the pot, so trying to lay the veggies in a particular spot is rather futile. Further, the whole mixture will come up to a set temp anyway (the boiling point of the liquid) and won’t get any higher than that. Granted, the walls of the crock pot can be a little hotter, but for the most part it doesn’t matter since the temperature throughout the liquid is fairly uniform.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:23 PM   #4
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Uh, yeah....what Andy said!
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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Ahhhh,looks like someone else forgot to read the owner's manual. All owners' manuals and slow cooker cookbooks state that the veggies and potatoes should always go on the bottom - under the meat - because vegetables will take longer to cook than meat and there is more heat concentrated at the bottom of slow cookers. They don't recommend cutting vegetables or potatoes larger than 1 1/2 inch dice. Now for tonight's homework..........
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:41 PM   #6
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Actually, I've done it both ways and didn't notice any difference in the two and also diced my veggies all different ways and, again, saw no discernible difference.
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Actually, I've done it both ways and didn't notice any difference in the two and also diced my veggies all different ways and, again, saw no discernible difference.
Me too! I've put meat in first and I've done it veggies first, and I can't tell a difference.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:00 PM   #8
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I've done it both ways, too ... and if there was a difference it wasn't significant enough for me to notice.

But, yes, DramaQueen is right ... I think the books do say to put the vegies in first and the meat on top.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:00 PM   #9
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I did veggies on the bottom, meat on top. Meat slightly overcooked veggies done. Will get larger beef cubes next time. Thanks to all for input.
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