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Old 11-20-2014, 12:01 PM   #21
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The thing I use my slow cooker the most is yogurt. Works awesome.


How do you do that? Very interested.....
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:13 PM   #22
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Bring the milk to warm. If it's too hot turn it off and let it cool. Add a little bit of starter, usually I use existing yogurt. Turn on keep warm. Let it sit until set. remove to refrigerator. You can add salt or vanilla.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:22 PM   #23
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ISO feedback using slow cookers

Can you use fat free milk, Charlie? I'd love to try this too.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:35 PM   #24
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Yes, you can. I usually use whatever I can get for free.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:21 PM   #25
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Mine gathers quite a bit of dust. I love cooking dried beans in the slow cooker but for most other things I prefer other methods.

Pot roasty things and stew generally taste better in a large pot where I can brown the meat first, then I add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook in a slow oven. The oven isn't as energy efficient as the slow cooker but in the end the food tastes better because of the searing.
I take 10 minutes or so to sear in a frying pan first, then put it in the cooker.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:28 PM   #26
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I take 10 minutes or so to sear in a frying pan first, then put it in the cooker.

Yep, RP, I do the same thing. It only takes a few minutes and the enhancement in flavor is notable.
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:01 PM   #27
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I love my slow cooker for certain things like pulled pork and carnitas, it works great!

I have also heard (though I do not know the exact numbers) that the slow cooker's electricity use is very low, especially when compared to an oven or the like.


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Old 11-21-2014, 10:58 AM   #28
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The thing I use my slow cooker the most is yogurt. Works awesome.

I made yogurt in the CP last night, and this morning it turned out perfect! Thanks for the idea, Charlie!
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:25 AM   #29
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I don't use my slow cooker a ton, but I'd never be without one. Pot roast, pulled pork, long cook stews etc..

I also love to use it to make Dolce de leche, by pouring sweetened condensed milk into 1/2 pint jars, screw on tops cover with water in the slow cooker and let is go all day on low. The jars come out sealed and ready for storage.

Next, I'm going to try apple butter!
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I make dulce de leche in the unopened can the SCM comes in. Good idea using the Mason jars.

You'll enjoy slow cooker apple butter, Bakechef.
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