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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:04:10 AM
Is Mr. Crockpot

so what are you cooking in yours these days


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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:21:51 PM

Never had one......... But a high quality Dutch Oven is basically same thing and you can also use to to sear meat on stove top or in oven. 

By far the first utensil to own.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:22:16 PM
That and a bunch of wooden spoons
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:22:41 PM
And a dishwasher safe cutting board.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:23:17 PM
Ice maker
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:25:00 PM
Natural Gas
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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:51:25 AM
sliced bread
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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:26:57 AM

cubed venison, two cans cream of mushroom, about a half a cup of water, and one pack of lipton's onion soup mix, You can add some peppers from the garden and some shrooms near the end if you wish. You can work outside all day and all you have to do is boil some rice and some corn on the cob when you call it a day and you are in the money  

 

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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:32:47 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by be easy:

Is Mr. Crockpot

so what are you cooking in yours these days




What's that?   Never heard of it...

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Posted: 10/13/2012 12:17:43 PM

A basic slow cooker consists of a lidded round or oval cooking pot made of glazed ceramic or porcelain, surrounded by a housing, usually metal, containing an electric heating element. The lid is often of glass seated in a groove in the pot edge; condensed vapour collects in the groove and provides a low-pressure seal to the atmosphere. The contents of a crock pot are effectively at atmospheric pressure, despite the water vapor generated inside the pot. A crock pot is quite different from a pressure cooker and presents no danger of an abrupt pressure release.

The ceramic pot, or 'crock', acts as both a cooking container and a heat reservoir. Slow cookers come in capacities from 500 ml (16 oz) to 7 liters (7.4 US quarts). Due to the placement of heating elements (generally at the bottom and often also partway up the sides), there is usually a minimum recommended liquid level to avoid uncontrolled local heating.

Many slow cookers have two or more heat settings (e.g., low, medium, high, and sometimes a "keep warm" setting); some have continuously variable temperature. A typical slow cooker is designed to heat food to 77 °C (170 °F) on low, to perhaps 88-93 °C (190-200 °F) on high. Many recipes that include sauce or liquid will reach the boiling point around the edges, while food in the center remains gently cooked. This may be because slow cooker settings are based on wattage, not temperature.[4]


Raw food and a liquid (such as water, wine, or stock) are placed in the slow cooker. Some recipes call for pre-heated liquid. The cooker lid is put on and the cooker is switched on. Some cookers automatically switch from cooking to warming (maintaining the temperature at 71–74 °C [160–165 °F][5]) after a fixed time or after the internal temperature of the food, as determined by a probe, reaches a specified value.

The heating element heats the contents to a steady temperature in the 79–93 °C (175–200 °F) range. The contents are enclosed by the crock and the lid, and attain an essentially constant temperature. The vapor that is produced at this temperature condenses on the lid and returns as liquid. Some water-soluble vitamins are leached into the liquid.[6]

The liquid transfers heat from the pot walls to its contents, and also distributes flavours. A lid is essential to prevent warm vapour from escaping, taking heat with it and cooling the contents.

Basic cookers, which have only high, medium, low, or keep warm settings, have to be manually turned on and off. Others have settings for high and low (e.g., four hours high, eight hours low) which allow the cook to choose a cooking time after which the cooker switches to "keep warm" mode. The most advanced cookers have computerised timing devices that allow the cooker to be programmed to perform multiple operations (e.g. two hours high, followed by two hours low, followed by warm) and to delay the start of cooking.

Because food stays warm for a long time after switching off, slow cookers can be used to cook food to be taken to be eaten elsewhere without reheating. Some cookers have ways of sealing the lid to prevent the contents from spilling during transport.


Cheaper cuts of meat with connective tissue and lean muscle fibre are suitable for stewing, and tastier than stews using expensive cuts,[8] as long slow cooking will soften the connective tissue without toughening the muscle. Slow cooking leaves the gelatinised tissue in the meat, so that it may be advantageous to start with a richer liquid.

The low temperature of slow-cooking makes it almost impossible to burn food even if cooked too long; however, some meats and most vegetables will become nearly tasteless or "raggy" if overcooked.

Food can be set to slow-cook before leaving for the day, and will be ready on return. Some models include timers or thermostats which bring food to a given temperature, and then lower it. With a timerless cooker it is possible to use an external timer to stop cooking after a set time, or both to start and stop.

Cooking the meal in a single pot reduces washing up, and the low cooking temperature and glazed pot make cleaning easy.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 7:06:08 PM
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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:49:12 AM
That thing that sprays oil
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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:28:42 AM
things essential to my kitchen

rice cooker...  dont know why people would cook rice any other way...  an asian friend gave me his old one and now I cant do with out one...   similar to a crock pot good ones actually have a keep warm setting...

I make two things in my crock pot... tortilla soup and chili...  I posted a thread about crock pot recipes years ago...

what do you cook in your crock pot?
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Posted: 11/19/2012 3:01:54 PM
Beef/venison stew is a good one for the CP.  I'll even slow cook spag sauce all day.  Pork butts work well in there (although you have to season the meat after you shred it)....just make sure you get rid of the fat as time goes by.  Pot roast.  

I once did an Italian beef deal in there and sliced it thin for sandwiches.  

Shredded BBQ chicken:  6 boneless chicken breasts along with BBQ sauce, some brown sugar, red pepper flakes and worcerstercire (however you spell that) sauce.  Slow cook all day and then shred into its own sauce.  Perfect on hamburger buns....and perfect to freeze in batches.  Easy peasy.  And WAY cheaper and better for you than that store bought crap.  
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Posted: 11/19/2012 8:25:04 PM
hutch I am going to think that bbq chicken sandwhich and maybe add that asian garlic chili sauce that stiln keeps talking about,
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Posted: 11/20/2012 11:39:12 AM
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That sounds pretty solid.  

I'm actually going to make a variation of it tonight as well....Shredded buffalo chicken.  Chili powder, cayenne, and Franks Red hot sauce.  Throw if on a toasted bun with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato.  

That's the beauty of it....you can do just about anything with it because chicken is so flexible.  

Just think about whatever sounds good on a chicken wing and you can make these instead.  Much better for you (way less fat) and super easy to freeze in batches.  
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Posted: 11/21/2012 2:11:26 PM

Pork Chops..chopped up onion..cream of mushroom sauce..couple of dashes of this or that..bada boom bada bing.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:37:13 AM
Many items qualify for best invention in the kitchen.  Most people mention food or appliances.  For modern kitchen, basic essentials are countertop, sink, cabinets, fridge, stove, fan and dishwasher.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 12:20:16 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by thirdperson:

Many items qualify for best invention in the kitchen.  Most people mention food or appliances.  For modern kitchen, basic essentials are countertop, sink, cabinets, fridge, stove, fan and dishwasher.


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Posted: 12/11/2012 4:54:02 PM

 The boat motor.........great for mixin protein shakes

 Had a really good "Seal-a-meal" type machine that disappeared..........thing was great for saving anything.....

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Posted: 12/12/2012 5:22:51 PM
Love the boat motor.  Use that for creaming soups quite a bit.  

I made lasagna in the crock pot the other day.  It was fantastic. Forgot the recipe at home....will bring it tomorrow.  
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