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some tips on slow cooking... feel free to add your own

Posted by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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Slow Cooking is Good Cooking

After a long day, walk in the door to the enticing aroma of a delicious, slow-cooked dinner.




Is Browning Better?

You don't need to brown meat before cooking it in a slow cooker, but there are some advantages. If you sear it with a little oil in a hot skillet, the meat develops more complex flavors. Always brown ground beef or any ground meat before adding it to your slow cooker: otherwise, the meat will clump together and add lots of grease to the finished product.



Go Easy on the Juice

Because slow cookers work at low temperatures with lids on, there's nowhere for the liquid to go, so it just collects on the lid and bastes the food. If you're adapting your favorite recipes from the stovetop or oven to the slow cooker, decrease the amount of liquid you use.



Lightly Spice

Whole spices such as bay leaves, peppercorns, or cinnamon sticks will give slow cooker items a very intense flavor if left in the pot for the entire cooking time, so use them sparingly. Ground spices as well as fresh and dried herbs, on the other hand, can lose much of their flavor if allowed to simmer for several hours in the slow cooker. It's better to add these items during the last two hours of cooking if you can manage it.



Sooner or Later

The slow cooker is one of the few cooking methods where you can cut the cooking time by turning up the temperature and still get great results. If something takes 10 hours on the "low" setting, you can safely cook it for 5 hours on the "high" setting with very similar results.

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johnny4ever
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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Use Reynolds Bags

Stevied13
by Steph on Oct. 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Great tips
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stellarmom1
by Becca on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM
Ditto this!! They are amazing!

Quoting johnny4ever:

Use Reynolds Bags

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jaytee
by Jen on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM
Awesome tips!
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RADmomma
by Sara on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM


Quoting stellarmom1:

Ditto this!! They are amazing!

Quoting johnny4ever:

Use Reynolds Bags

I bought some. used 2 and gave the rest to my mom. I didnt like them...

but we are weird and dont heat anything in plastic...so maybe I was bias from the begining... My mom liked them. I just couldnt handle it.

they do make clean up easier though.

stellarmom1
by Becca on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Can I ask why you feel that way?! Just curious if there was something I don't know about them! They are bpa free, I checked before I used them. I know that's always a concern when I comes to plastic. ;)

Quoting RADmomma:


Quoting stellarmom1:

Ditto this!! They are amazing!



Quoting johnny4ever:

Use Reynolds Bags

I bought some. used 2 and gave the rest to my mom. I didnt like them...

but we are weird and dont heat anything in plastic...so maybe I was bias from the begining... My mom liked them. I just couldnt handle it.

they do make clean up easier though.

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campingmomof4
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

 I have never tried the bags.  I have 2 crockpots oval and round.  Love both of them.  These are great tips. 

RADmomma
by Sara on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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it started with BPA back before the bags came out... but it just made its way to anything plastic. (didnt like that my tupperware got stained when heating things or the plastic would look funny from heating in the microwave or even the dishwasher. We only use plastic ware to store cold leftovers then heat in a regular glass dish... I hand wash all plastic & never heat it...

you never know what other chemicals are leaching into the food that they just havent figured out yet...or decided to tell us about yet.

** I am a little crazy about some things when I get stuck on it though...

Quoting stellarmom1:

Can I ask why you feel that way?! Just curious if there was something I don't know about them! They are bpa free, I checked before I used them. I know that's always a concern when I comes to plastic. ;)

Quoting RADmomma:


Quoting stellarmom1:

Ditto this!! They are amazing!



Quoting johnny4ever:

Use Reynolds Bags

I bought some. used 2 and gave the rest to my mom. I didnt like them...

but we are weird and dont heat anything in plastic...so maybe I was bias from the begining... My mom liked them. I just couldnt handle it.

they do make clean up easier though.


AmosFarkle
by AmyV on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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My tip:

When cooking something like a cobbler or roasting a chicken, where you don't want a lot of extra moisture, put several layers of paper towels under the lid.  They'll collect the condensation.

SammiBaby
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I'm rattling my brain trying to think of some to add to what has already been said. I do know if you are without a slow cooker, you can always substitute by placing in oven safe dish at 200 for the amount of time needed. Does the job just as well.

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