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Old 10-22-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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The Crock Pot.

Or slow Cooker.

Call it what you may.

Who has had success with them?

And if you do what's your secret?


I do fine with chili and soup and dish's like that but I haven't been able to get a beef or chicken recipe to work well.

When I tried a pot roast recipe from the manufacturers last weekend I ended up with dry meat. The flavor was okay but I'm not very fond of shoe leather on the plate. Ketchup & horseradish let me get it down but I am in search of more.

Beef seems to dry out and Chicken seems to be Yucky for lack of a better term.

What I've been looking for is something I can throw in the Crock Pot at 6:30 - 7:00 am when I leave and is ready when I get home around 5:00 - 7:00 pm (I prefer to eat later rather then sooner.)

I think some of my problem comes from too much time in the pot.

Have you folks found the times given in recipes to be too long?

I believe that's a large part of my problem. I have a cheap timer I could use but I don't know if it's worth the effort.

I'm open to any and all suggestions. The slow cooker is a great concept but so far I haven't had much luck with the toss it in the pot in the morning and have good eats when you get home.

Could the size of the pot be a consideration? I have 3. 2 Qt,4 Qt, 7 Qt. I try not to over load but don't want to under load either.

Thanks for any and all suggestions and comments I know you good folks will have.

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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Head to crockpotladies.com. Fool proof recipes. We use ours quite often for everything from a whole chicken to pulled pork to a fantastic brisket. I think every slow cooker is a bit different. Our last one always cooked a bit hot so we never used high. The last time I used it I came home and it was boiling a mile a minute. Tossed it and got a new one that has a true low, around 200 - 210 and it works perfect.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #3
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Head to crockpotladies.com. Fool proof recipes.

Fool proof???

You underestimate me.


Thanks and I'll be heading that way.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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I haven't used mine as much as I should, but one of the first recipes I got advice about here, was for pulled pork in the slow cooker - and it was fabulous.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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Check out the DC Slow Cooker threads under recipes and ingredients>soups, stews and casseroles.

I've not made a CP meal that I didn't like.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:27 PM   #6
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I haven't used mine as much as I should, but one of the first recipes I got advice about here, was for pulled pork in the slow cooker - and it was fabulous.

Well Katy you better get on the ball and use it as much as you should.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #7
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Well Katy you better get on the ball and use it as much as you should.
Oh I plan to Zagut!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Check out the DC Slow Cooker threads under recipes and ingredients>soups, stews and casseroles.

I've not made a CP meal that I didn't like.

I've checked them out Dawgluver and I need to delve into them deeper for sure.

I haven't had a problem with soups or stews but I'm interested in the roast type of recipes I see.

They just always seem to be lacking.
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Oh I plan to Zagut!

That's good to hear.


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I've checked them out Dawgluver and I need to delve into them deeper for sure.

I haven't had a problem with soups or stews but I'm interested in the roast type of recipes I see.

They just always seem to be lacking.
Cooking lean protein in a crockpot dries it out. No way around it. So you need to be choosy about the cuts you cook that way.
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