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Old 01-06-2007, 08:45 AM   #1
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Crock pot cooking vs roaster slow cooking

Because crock pots are relatively small in size to cook for a large crowd;would a roaster be a good replacement?

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Old 01-06-2007, 09:34 AM   #2
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We have I think 3 Crock Pots...realy old ones...We rarely if ever use them.
I prefer low & slow either on/in the oven with a cast iron dutch oven or over a camp fire..Also we have several stainless "pots" with tight fitting lids that do a nice job!

So I would not necessarily "replace" the crock pot...just add the "roaster" to your arsenal!
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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They sell some larger crock pots these days, what size are you looking for?
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:24 PM   #4
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Actually, Vangie, there are several ways to slow cook something.

One is on top of the stove in a cast iron pot over very low heat. I've done roasts, soups and stews this way. Or take the pot off the stove and slow cook the food in the oven.

The other way is in a slow oven with a covered roaster that has a tight-fitting lid (Boston Baked Beans were done this way for many years).

Then there the electric slow cooker. And also, a large electric roaster. Ribs can be slow cooked in the counterop roaster or regular oven.

I've slow cooked with all those methods, but it's hard to tell which one is better since they all do an equally amazing job.

They are true staples in the kitchen that will help you get the job done.

And yes, the roaster can accommodate a large crowd.
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:28 PM   #5
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I have a 6qt. slow cooker, I really like it for beans,stews.

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Old 01-06-2007, 01:14 PM   #6
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Slow cookers braise. That is, they cook food slowly with liquids. Braising s meant for tenderizing tough cuts of meat.

You can accomplish the same effect in any tightly closed container with low heat, either in the oven or on the stove top. The key is to brown the meats over high heat then add liquids, and seasonings, cover tightly and cook slowly with lower heat.

This is they way it was done before slow cookers came along.
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:21 PM   #7
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Speaking of that, I'm tempted to make either some beef stew over rice this weekend, maybe tomorrow, or some chili.

I got a hankering for some homemade beef stew.
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I've been wanting some chili too. Maybe next week...
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In the current issue of Diabetic Living, there is a recipe for slow cooked Hearty Beef Chili, but the recipe calls for cubed beef or pork instead of ground beef.
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Old 01-06-2007, 05:06 PM   #10
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Because crock pots are relatively small in size to cook for a large crowd;would a roaster be a good replacement?
vangie,
depends on what your cooking, when we have enchiladas or tacos, I do my meat in the slow cooker, with 12-16 of us at those times, the slo-cooker does the job, but for these same people a prime rib or tenderloins or several whole chickens go into an oven roaster. If your making stews,soup, and beans for a crowd, I'd use several slow cookers..Hope this helps a little and hope I've answered correctly.
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