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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Crock Pot Cooking

    What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    wrong? Thanks.

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    merryb Guest

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    On Sep 21, 10:14*am, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    > recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    > pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    > couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    > come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    > cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I wasable
    > to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    > thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    > trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    > wrong? Thanks.


    Did you brown the meat beforehand?

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    dsi1 Guest

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    On 9/21/2012 7:16 AM, merryb wrote:
    > On Sep 21, 10:14 am, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >> What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    >> recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    >> pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    >> couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    >> come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    >> cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    >> to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    >> thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    >> trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    >> wrong? Thanks.

    >
    > Did you brown the meat beforehand?
    >


    Mostly, the OP should learn how to use seasonings - any experienced cook
    could taste a problem recipe and fix it easily but it's tough going for
    an inexperienced one.

    I made some chili last night using the method that I saw on TV. I just
    dumped the hamburger with a bunch of other stuff in a pot, mixed it up,
    and simmered it for a couple of hours. No browning at all. Towards the
    end, a can of beans was tossed in. It's easy and tasty chili. Easy and
    tasty is good. Very good.



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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:16:16 -0700 (PDT), merryb <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sep 21, 10:14*am, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >> What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    >> recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    >> pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    >> couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    >> come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    >> cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    >> to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    >> thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    >> trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    >> wrong? Thanks.

    >
    >Did you brown the meat beforehand?


    For the stew, no I didn't brown it. The recipe called for dusting it in flour
    and putting it in the crock pot with the veggies. No mention of browning it. I
    do brown the chuck roast for the pot roast and the spare ribs. The recipe calls
    for it. This is my first ever crock pot and I'm new to it, so I'm following the
    recipes as I read them.

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    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    merryb wrote:
    >
    > On Sep 21, 10:14 am, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > > What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    > > recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    > > pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    > > couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    > > come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    > > cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    > > to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    > > thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    > > trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    > > wrong? Thanks.

    >
    > Did you brown the meat beforehand?


    That and find a decent recipe. I've never cooked a bad meal in a crockpot.

    G.

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    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > For the stew, no I didn't brown it. The recipe called for dusting it in flour
    > and putting it in the crock pot with the veggies. No mention of browning it. I
    > do brown the chuck roast for the pot roast and the spare ribs. The recipe calls
    > for it. This is my first ever crock pot and I'm new to it, so I'm following the
    > recipes as I read them.


    I made beef stew in a crock pot years ago. It was ok but not all that. then
    I heard of searing the meat in a frying pan first. What a nice difference!


    G.

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried
    > several
    > recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and
    > they are
    > pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've
    > tried a
    > couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and
    > they
    > come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are
    > chicken
    > cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was
    > able
    > to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    > thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    > trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be
    > doing
    > wrong? Thanks.


    A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. You need to add more
    seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.



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    Chemo Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    On Sep 21, 1:54*pm, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >
    > > For the stew, no I didn't brown it. The recipe called for dusting it inflour
    > > and putting it in the crock pot with the veggies. No mention of browning it. I
    > > do brown the chuck roast for the pot roast and the spare ribs. The recipe calls
    > > for it. This is my first ever crock pot and I'm new to it, so I'm following the
    > > recipes as I read them.

    >
    > I made beef stew in a crock pot years ago. It was ok but not all that. *then
    > I heard of searing the meat in a frying pan first. *What a nice difference!
    >
    >
    > G.


    You got it!

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    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. You need to add more
    > seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.


    LOL!

    G.

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    Chemo Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    On Sep 21, 2:21*pm, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > > A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. *You need to addmore
    > > seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.

    >
    > LOL! *
    >
    > G.


    No. ROTFLMAO!!!!!

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >> A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. You need to add
    >> more
    >> seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.

    >
    > LOL!


    No, it's true!



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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    Chemo wrote:
    > On Sep 21, 2:21 pm, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    >> Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >>> A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. You need to
    >>> add more seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.

    >>
    >> LOL!
    >>
    >> G.

    >
    > No. ROTFLMAO!!!!!


    Why is this funny to you? All of my Crock-Pot cookbooks say that the long
    cooking will dilute the seasonings and you need to taste and reseason
    towards the end.



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    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    Gary wrote:
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> For the stew, no I didn't brown it. The recipe called for dusting it in flour
    >> and putting it in the crock pot with the veggies. No mention of browning it. I
    >> do brown the chuck roast for the pot roast and the spare ribs. The recipe calls
    >> for it. This is my first ever crock pot and I'm new to it, so I'm following the
    >> recipes as I read them.

    >
    > I made beef stew in a crock pot years ago. It was ok but not all that. then
    > I heard of searing the meat in a frying pan first. What a nice difference!
    >


    Browning red meat before does make a huge difference in the flavor.

    I have not bothered when I've cooked fowl in a crockpot though. I tried
    it once and it was more work for less gain. With fowl I decided the
    goal was reducing liquid in the end. I will thaw and dry the chicken as
    much as I can before putting it in the slow cooker and not add any
    watery veggie until the very end. I run it with the liquid a little bit
    open so some of the steam escapes to help dry it out. I do like
    cooking a chicken with a can of condensed mushroom soup but that does
    come out as a stew with more liquid than I want. Only add non-root
    veggies near the end.

    I've read in cookbooks that a slow cooker brings out more flavor from
    dried herbs. Not to me. Add more. But fresh herbs are fragile so only
    in the last hour or less.

    Beans I'll bring to a boil in a regular pot, drain and then transfer to
    the slow cooker. I cook them more than a day to give them time to meld.
    Get the starch or fiber out of the center of the beans into the maxtrix
    of the liquid to act as a binder.

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    George Guest

    Default Re: Crock Pot Cooking

    On 9/21/2012 4:12 PM, [email protected] wrote:
    > On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:16:16 -0700 (PDT), merryb <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Sep 21, 10:14 am, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >>> What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    >>> recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    >>> pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    >>> couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    >>> come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    >>> cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    >>> to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    >>> thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    >>> trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    >>> wrong? Thanks.

    >>
    >> Did you brown the meat beforehand?

    >
    > For the stew, no I didn't brown it. The recipe called for dusting it in flour
    > and putting it in the crock pot with the veggies. No mention of browning it. I
    > do brown the chuck roast for the pot roast and the spare ribs. The recipe calls
    > for it. This is my first ever crock pot and I'm new to it, so I'm following the
    > recipes as I read them.
    >



    The dishes you mentioned will come out fine in a crockpot.

    Long cooking tends to really flatten flavors and you definitely need to
    adjust seasonings towards the end. Don't just use an exact recipe and
    hope for the best.

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    Chemo Guest

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    On Sep 21, 2:46*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > Chemo wrote:
    > > On Sep 21, 2:21 pm, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > >> Julie Bove wrote:

    >
    > >>> A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. You need to
    > >>> add more seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.

    >
    > >> LOL!

    >
    > >> G.

    >
    > > No. ROTFLMAO!!!!!

    >
    > Why is this funny to you? *All of my Crock-Pot cookbooks say that the long
    > cooking will dilute the seasonings and you need to taste and reseason
    > towards the end.


    Gotcha!!

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    merryb Guest

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    On Sep 21, 2:45*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > "Gary" <g.maj...@att.net> wrote in messagenews:[email protected]...
    > > Julie Bove wrote:

    >
    > >> A Crock-Pot will cook the seasoning out of the food. *You need to add
    > >> more
    > >> seasoning towards the end of the cooking time.

    >
    > > LOL! *

    >
    > No, it's true!


    This will be one of the times I agree with you- I also think you need
    to add the minimum amount of water.

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    William Guest

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    On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:13:50 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    >recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    >pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    >couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    >come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    >cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    >to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    >thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    >trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    >wrong? Thanks.


    get a pork Boston Butt roast, through it in your slow cooker fat side
    down, cook on low for 8 hours...use fork to swish it around...voila,
    you have created pulled pork you will not throw out! Spoon it on to
    hamburger buns and top it with your favorite sauce and cole slaw.

    William

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    jmcquown Guest

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    wrote in message news:[email protected]..

    On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:16:16 -0700 (PDT), merryb <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sep 21, 10:14 am, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    >> What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried
    >> several
    >> recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and
    >> they are
    >> pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've
    >> tried a
    >> couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and
    >> they
    >> come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are
    >> chicken
    >> cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was
    >> able
    >> to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it,
    >> which
    >> thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up
    >> on
    >> trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be
    >> doing
    >> wrong? Thanks.

    >
    >Did you brown the meat beforehand?


    For the stew, no I didn't brown it. The recipe called for dusting it in
    flour
    and putting it in the crock pot with the veggies. No mention of browning it.
    I
    do brown the chuck roast for the pot roast and the spare ribs. The recipe
    calls
    for it. This is my first ever crock pot and I'm new to it, so I'm following
    the
    recipes as I read them.
    ***********************

    I believe the little recipe booklets that come with a crock pot are
    intentionally bland. You've got to break out of that mold. If you knew to
    brown the chuck roast, why not also brown the stew meat? Anyone who knows
    anything about cooking knows you don't dust meat with flour then just plop
    it in a crock pot with some liquid. (Also, don't use water, use some beef
    broth or stock.) The food is only as good as what you put into the pot.

    Having said that, I make a very tasty chicken stew in the crock pot. I
    remove the skin and boil the chicken first. Debone, then add the meat to
    the crock pot along with carrots, celery, potatoes, and chicken broth or
    stock. *Definitely* add poultry seasoning - salt, pepper, sage, marjoram,
    onion powder (if you're not adding actual onions) to the stew. I also throw
    in a bay leaf. Cover and you can let this cook on LOW about 8 hours. I
    always add some drop dumplings at the end of cooking. 10 minutes uncovered
    in the bubbling hot stew, 10 minutes covered. Dumplings thicken the stew
    and besides, I just love chicken stew with dumplings

    Jill


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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:07:48 -0400, William <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:13:50 -0400, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >>What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    >>recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    >>pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    >>couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    >>come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    >>cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    >>to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    >>thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    >>trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    >>wrong? Thanks.

    >
    >get a pork Boston Butt roast, through it in your slow cooker fat side
    >down, cook on low for 8 hours...use fork to swish it around...voila,
    >you have created pulled pork you will not throw out! Spoon it on to
    >hamburger buns and top it with your favorite sauce and cole slaw.
    >
    >William


    That's it? Just the pork butt fat side down and absolutely nothing else?

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    William Guest

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    On Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:59:48 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >On Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:07:48 -0400, William <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:13:50 -0400, [email protected] wrote:
    >>
    >>>What am I doing wrong? I bought a crock pot a while back and have tried several
    >>>recipes. Only two have ever come out decent, rather good actually, and they are
    >>>pot roast and spare ribs. So I keep doing them over and over. But I've tried a
    >>>couple of other recipes, following the recipe exactly as I read it, and they
    >>>come out a total waste of time and money. Two that come to mind are chicken
    >>>cacciatore and beef stew. Just bland and watery. No taste, The stew I was able
    >>>to salvage to come degree by dumping two jars of beef gravy into it, which
    >>>thickened it a little and gave it some flavor. But I'm about to give up on
    >>>trying anything else because I end up throwing food out. What can I be doing
    >>>wrong? Thanks.

    >>
    >>get a pork Boston Butt roast, through it in your slow cooker fat side
    >>down, cook on low for 8 hours...use fork to swish it around...voila,
    >>you have created pulled pork you will not throw out! Spoon it on to
    >>hamburger buns and top it with your favorite sauce and cole slaw.
    >>
    >>William

    >
    >That's it? Just the pork butt fat side down and absolutely nothing else?


    that's right, no water just put it in a dry Crock-Pot with the lid on.
    Makes wonderful barbequed pork and there will be a half inch of
    drippings in the bottom of the pot when you get through.

    William

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