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Old 10-04-2007, 01:25 PM   #31
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This thread explains why I keep getting horrible roasts out of my slow cooker as well. I was starting to think it was me, or the cut of meat. I think I might go back to oven-roasting.
You CANNOT roast meat in a crock pot. You can only stew, braise, or simmer. Roasting is a method of using dry heat. You have to add at least a cup of water to your crockpot in order for it to work properly. If you want to roast meat or poultry you have to use a dry oven method.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:14 PM   #32
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You CANNOT roast meat in a crock pot. You can only stew, braise, or simmer. Roasting is a method of using dry heat. You have to add at least a cup of water to your crockpot in order for it to work properly. If you want to roast meat or poultry you have to use a dry oven method.
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Actually, that poster never said they were roasting in the crock-pot. They said they were getting horrible “roasts” from the crock-pot.....as in a cut of meat and not a cooking methodology. They are now considering changing the cooking methodology for the roast, a cut of meat, from crock-pot slow cooking to oven based roasting.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:18 PM   #33
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And actually, you can cook in the crock-pot without added liquid. Look at most of the meatloaf recipes that are out there. It's not as common, but it can be done.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:53 PM   #34
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Actually, that poster never said they were roasting in the crock-pot. They said they were getting horrible “roasts” from the crock-pot.....as in a cut of meat and not a cooking methodology. They are now considering changing the cooking methodology for the roast, a cut of meat, from crock-pot slow cooking to oven based roasting.
Thanks keltin. And ya, I use plenty of liquids, I know you can't "roast" in a slow cooker. How else would I get my gravy?
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:30 PM   #35
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I use my crock pot alot - trying alot of new and different recipes and cooking the same old ones too. I have made a roast successfully - not a beef roast but a pork roast. I added a cup of chicken broth with 1/2 cup cranberry juice with a cup of dried cranberries. The two lb. roast cooked in 3 hours - sooner than I thought. I turned the crock pot off and it sat for 1-1/2 hours. I made sliced it with the electric knife and it was very juicy. I made a gravy by added a bit more cranberry juice mixed with cornstarch on the stove.

I have also cooked a turkey breast in the crock - no liquid - and it is fantastic! I have also made a whole chicken - again, no liquid - again fantastic - with lots of juice when it is done (plenty to make a gravy with).

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Old 10-04-2007, 05:37 PM   #36
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I have also put a whole chicken in the crockpot (the perdue oven stuffer roaster,) and I watch for when the little thing pops up. It usually takes less time than I imagine. I have put onions, carrots and cerely chunks in the bottom, than sat the roaster on top. Yum.. comes out so tender, and I usually make chicken salad from that. I'm doing this tomorrow, as a matter of fact! (I'll be sure to NOT set it early in the morning.. maybe come home and set it around noon for it to be done by 4.) In the mean time... my hubby said he will look into replacing the cord on my old crockpot. Yay!
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Girl, I will tell you what, my bf and I are both pretty busy during the day and I have school on Tues and Thurs and don't get home in time to start dinner before the old man gets home. (He is stove illiterate :)) So right before I leave around ten I cut a whole onion in large slices and put them in the bottom of the crock pot. I then fill the crock pot with salsa or bbq sauce and slice up a rack of ribs, into about four ribs per portion. If you have a bigger crock pot to fit bigger rib portions, I recommend it. But I let them cook on low for 6 hours and then serve them right out of the bowl. They are tender and have a wonderful taste.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:40 PM   #38
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Reading through this thread, I feel so badly for all the folks who are owners of the newer crock-pots. I still have my original Rival one I bought in the early '70s and it's still cooking like a champ. All - yes I have bunches more in many different shapes and sizes (all Rival) - the others are older ones I've purchased at yard sales or thrift stores for almost pennies. I wouldn't have the new ones if someone gave one to me. I wish everyone well who is struggling with their new crock-pots. I wish there is a good solution to your dilemma.
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Actually, it just occurred to me that there IS a way to convert the new slow cookers back to the days of old. Rival has stated that the cooking temperatures are set by the Wattage being used by the heating element. Wattage is a measure of power:

P = I * V

P = Power
I = Current
V = Voltage

I is further expressed as V / R

V = Voltage
R = Resistance

So, P = (V^2) / R

That’s V squared divided by R.

This means that the Resistance of the unit is preset and tuned at the factory, and it is set for a 120 volt AC input. Obviously, if the voltage is greater than 120, the power (wattage) goes up and it runs hotter. Conversely, if the voltage goes down, then the wattage too goes down, and the unit runs cooler. THAT is the interesting part!!!

Before moving on, it should be mentioned that this is inversely true of resistance. If the resistance goes down, wattage goes up, and vice versa. Obviously there is not much we can easily do about the resistance of the unit as it is preset in the factory.

However, you can easily change the input voltage with a simple device known as a table-top dimmer.

By adjusting the dimmer to a lower setting (lower voltage) you are decreasing the voltage available to the unit thus decreasing the total wattage thereby decreasing the total cooking temp.

If you have a VOM (Voltage Ohm Meter) then measure the resistance across the AC plug of the crock-pot. With the unit turned off, it will measure infinite (open) resistance. On low you get a reading, and on high another reading. But don't plug the unit in for this! Simply measure across the plug at each of the switch settings! This measurement shows you what the AC voltage is confronted with when it enters the unit.

For mine, it measures:

Low = 71 ohms
High = 61 ohms

In knowing that the input voltage is 120VAC (that’s nominal; realistically it is anywhere between 110 and 120), we use the formula of V / R to find I (current)

Low = 120 / 71 = 1.69 Amps
High = 120 / 61 = 1.96 Amps

The power formula then gives us: P = V * I

Low = 120 * 1.69 = 202 watts
High = 120 * 1.96 = 236 watts

Thus proving that Low and High cook at different temperatures and speeds.

Now, if we change the input voltage with the dimmer to say about 90 volts, we get:

Low = 90 / 71 = 1.28 --> 90 * 1.28 = 115 watts

This is 87 watts lower than the factory set position. The only thing is, we don’t have the actual temperature settings for each wattage (i.e. 202 watts = 230 degrees, etc), but a little trial and error with the dimmer and a thermometer would easily allow you to find the perfect cooking temps of the old days that is around 170 degrees.

And that concludes today’s DIY electronics lesson!

Oh, but if you do try this, then make sure you get a dimmer rated for the max your slow cooker can draw. On the bottom of mine there is a UL sticker that states it is rated to 250 watts. The dimmer I’ve linked to is 300 watts, so it is perfectly fine for my cooker. All slow cookers should have a UL sticker showing it’s max possible power consumption (wattage used). If there isn't a sticker then calculate max power using the VOM readings for your cooker and formulas given here.
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Brilliant, keltin. Now, all those folks with the newfangled "hot" crock-pots can have the same wonderful cooking experience as those of us who have the older crock-pots. Good thinking.

However, how many people will actually make the change...that's the real question.
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