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Old 04-26-2006, 10:13 AM   #1
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Smile New Crock Pot user with lots of questions!

Hi! This is my first time here and I am new at using a crockpot/slow cooker. I've never used one before and now that I am a new mom and have a full time job I need I figured this will help me save some time a few times a week. I have some questions.
1. Can I put frozen meat/poultry in the crock pot?
2. Can I prepare the foods the night before, store it in the fridge then put it in the crock in the morning before I leave to work?
3. I'm usually out of the house at 7am and get back around 6pm. Is it ok for the food to be in there that long even if then recipe calls for 6 hours of cooking? Will it burn or dry out??
4. Do I have to add water even if a recipe does not call for it??

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Old 04-26-2006, 10:29 AM   #2
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Welcome to Discuss Cooking, Ana. Someone will be along soon who uses a slow cooker and answer your questions.
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:32 AM   #3
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Welcome to the site. You will get a ton of great info here!

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1. Can I put frozen meat/poultry in the crock pot?
I would worry about putting the Crockpot in the freezer. I am not sure on this, but I would be worried about it cracking.


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2. Can I prepare the foods the night before, store it in the fridge then put it in the crock in the morning before I leave to work?
That would depend on the recipe. It will work for some, but not for others. If you have specific recipes in mind then feel free to post them and we can let you know if it will work.
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3. I'm usually out of the house at 7am and get back around 6pm. Is it ok for the food to be in there that long even if then recipe calls for 6 hours of cooking? Will it burn or dry out??
Again this will depend on the recipe, but generally this should not be a problem. Use the Low setting instead of High.
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4. Do I have to add water even if a recipe does not call for it??
Nope. one thing you will notice with Crock Pot cooking is tht you always end up with more liquid than what you started with. Most (but not all) recipes will have you put some liquid in or will use ingredients that have a lot of liquid to begin with (like tomatoes). Follow the recipes the first time you make then to see how it works and then you can tweak them after that.
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:47 AM   #4
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I use my crock pot often and by now now exactly what to do with it, but it took at least few times to get it right. They are all diffrent you know. And cook diferently.

4. I'd say 11 hours of cooking insted of 6 will require more water, so

3. add an extra cup or two. Most crock por recipes can handle extra cup of water anyway.

1. You cannot cook frozen meat. So defrost night before.
(Hey GB, you are also not reading the post!)

2. Of course you can prepare everything from night before, as the matter of fact prepare everything from night before and even put into your crock pot (not the electrical part) and leave it in refrigerator, in the morning just add water turn it on and off you go. Of course, it depends on type of vegies you are putting it in. You know some of them get dark and so on.

Okay I think that is all.
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Old 04-26-2006, 10:56 AM   #5
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1. You cannot cook frozen meat. So defrost night before.
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:11 AM   #6
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1. Can I put frozen meat/poultry in the crock pot?
Yes-but you will have to add time to the cooking and may have to reduce the liquid, if that matters.
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2. Can I prepare the foods the night before, store it in the fridge then put it in the crock in the morning before I leave to work?
I have made chili and other soups that way.
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3. I'm usually out of the house at 7am and get back around 6pm. Is it ok for the food to be in there that long even if then recipe calls for 6 hours of cooking? Will it burn or dry out??
That should be fine. I usually put a cookie sheet under it because it will boil over if you fill it too much. I also make sure there is enough liquid.
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4. Do I have to add water even if a recipe does not call for it??
Not usually unless it has lots of noodles or rice.
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:35 AM   #7
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I wouldn't put frozen meat in the crockpot. I'm afraid it would spend too long at at an unsafe temperature.

You know, you can buy a timer at the discount store for a very reasonable price. You just plug the timer into your outlet, and plug your crockpot into the timer, set the time you want the crockpot to come on, and you're good to go!
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:40 AM   #8
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I wouldn't put frozen meat in the crockpot. I'm afraid it would spend too long at at an unsafe temperature.
i completely agree with this!

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You know, you can buy a timer at the discount store for a very reasonable price. You just plug the timer into your outlet, and plug your crockpot into the timer, set the time you want the crockpot to come on, and you're good to go!
I would be too worried about the danger zone with this method as well.
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:41 PM   #9
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Absolutely NO frozen meat in the crockpot. Never never.
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Old 04-26-2006, 02:11 PM   #10
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Do you have the instruction booklet that came with your crockpot?

Because all of the questions you've asked here are probably answered therein. What's also important about reading the instruction booklet is that every brand/model/size of crockpot IS different. So what might be taboo for one, might work with another.

If you don't have the instruction booklet, do yourself a favor & do an online search for the manufacturer. They all provide instruction booklets for their different models online these days.
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