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Old 04-13-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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Cooking on High?

I've used a slow cooker for more than 30 years, but I don't recall ever using the "high" setting. Always figured that meat would be more tender and juicy if cooked on low. Can anyone who slow cooks on high comment on the quality of the result?


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Old 04-13-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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I generally don't have the time for low, 10-12 hours, we eat dinner about 5, I'd be chopping veggies at 4am.
I have no complaints, but I suppose I can't say a lot, not having used low very often.

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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I've always use the high setting, meat was always tender.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:44 PM   #4
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I rarely use HIGH. When I do, it's because I'm short of time and need to make up the cooking time a bit.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:48 PM   #5
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I only use high for certain recipes. Soups can be done on high and so can things that have ground meat. If it is a whole piece of meat then I always cook on low.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:57 PM   #6
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My slow cooker's setting go from 1-5. If the roast is started by 11 AM and I want to eat sometime between 6-8, 3 works well. If I want to eat in four hours, then I will turn it up a number or two. I never really noticed a difference, but then I never checked things out with a thermometer either. I just figured slow cookers have a lot of leeway.
You've got me curious the other way.... what would setting it at its lowest setting result in?
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:45 PM   #7
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I have two slow cookers. Both have essentially two settings: low and high. One is at least 20 years old. Its low setting will bring water to about 190*. The newer one brings water to about 211* (and so its actual temperature probably is higher).

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Old 04-13-2008, 08:00 PM   #8
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I have very rarely cooked on my low setting. When I put a hunk of meat in I like it to be VERY tender to the pulling stage. Even at high you have to remember you are cooking "slow". I like a good 10 - 12 hours for a roast on high.

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Old 04-13-2008, 11:37 PM   #9
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When I'm starting out with FROZEN chicken I will use HIGH for the first hour or so to bring the temperature up and then turn it to LOW for the rest of the day.

Some recipes add things at the last stages and a shift to HIGH so these items are properly heated/cooked before serving.

HIGH is also used to shorten the total cook time for many items to 3-4 hours. On LOW it is generally 6-8, though some dense meats go longer to really become tender.
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Old 04-25-2008, 12:41 PM   #10
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I think it depends on the crockpot. I had a crockpot that I always cooked everything on high just to get it hot enough. Since then I have another and I always use low because high will cook it too fast and too hot.

when I first read the post I thought "Cooking on High"...isn't that something only a catholic would do? (having been brought up catholic myself) ~Blissful

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