It was a cold and rainy day so we made a pot of chili, no beans in the crock pot. Boy it was fine with a pinch of shredded cheese on top!
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791 11/13/09 10:48 A
I had never eaten steel cut oats before. After the suggestion on this page, I tried it out yesterday. I used one cup of steel cut oats, 5 cups of water, low setting for five hours (I got this recipe off the net). It was good but a bit soggy. I will try out Jocelyn's recipe the next time. I am also going to get some Irish oats (never eaten this either). Thanks for the info.
Great ideas Jocelyn. I haven't use my crock pot for oatmeal in awhile now. But I noticed that the top edges were burnt when I woke up. Then I started putting it on the warm setting, which helped a little. I'm definitely going to try the PAM tonight. I have so much Irish Oatmeal that I need to eat. I love Irish Oatmeal with cinnamon butter (1/2 tbsp. of unsalted butter, teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/2 tbsp. of honey). It's so good!
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36 11/12/09 12:13 A
Good idea. Thank you for the tip. Yes, a slow cooker is easy to use and versatile. I use it to make breakfast, steel oats overnight. It tastes so good.
I use my slow cooker allll the time, and it makes the best food! We love beans, soup, and meat cooked this way! Yum!
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363 11/9/09 8:46 P
Hi, I make big batches of oatmeal every Saturday and then put them in gladware bowls and microwave them all week. This week I have Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal. I used 1 bag of fresh cranberries - covered with water and cooked on med-high until they broke open. I then poured them into my crock pot with steal-cut oats and some Irish Oatmeal mixed together (I didn't have enough of either one). The secret this:
1. Spray the crock with PAM - I use butter flavored 2. Depending on the amount you want to make, cook between 2 and 4 hours. I would experiment with your crock pot during awake hours and see what time works for your model and brand. 3. I do not add the nuts during the cooking time. I like them crunchy - but you can. 4. Just microwave a minute or two and serve.
To sweeten, I add a squirt of honey or a little maple syrup before eating.
YUM!! YUM!! Hope this helps. Jocelyn
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1,384 11/9/09 6:07 P
I am not complaining, but if the cold weather ever gets here I will start making homemade soup. Another favorite is pot roast.
I make pot roast and round steak in mine......for the steak just cut it in serving-size pieces and throw it in, The best trick I learned is to use COFFEE not water. I make STRONG instant coffee and put a cup or 2 in the crock pot with the meat and set it on high. When it is getting close to fall-apart tender, add some baby carrots and quartered potatoes. The coffee gives the meat a rich flavor, as if it was heavily browned in cast iron.
I do pasta in the crock pot also...just throw everything in and give it a stir. The sauce cooks the pasta as it heats,
For easy clean-up, I use Crock pot liners-I think Reynolds makes them and they are found in the aisle with plastic wrap and such.
A slow cooker is a great investment because they are cheap! Go to Walmart. At Christmas time last year I saw small one for $6! It is reasonable to expect to pay $30 or under if you shop around for a good size slow cooker.
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537 11/6/09 12:01 A
is a slower cooker good investment
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914 11/4/09 9:31 P
I bought a slow cooker recipe book- it's wonderful. You can cook anything in that pot. there is a recipe for lasagna- one of my favorites.
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791 11/3/09 10:01 A
When I first bought my crock pot I used the recipe book that came with it. I soon learned that in a stew the veg stays firm and does not mush and the meat is really soft. Use less of whole spices and herbs than you would normally use. e.g. bay leaf as the drawn out flavour is quite intense. I also use it at parties to warm chicken wings, meat balls etc. I even used it to make mulled wine one Christmas.
I also love my slow cooker. I use it to make brisket. Brisket is an expensive cut of meat, but you can use a less expensive cut. Talk to your butcher. (Most grocery stores have one you can talk to) I just sear the meat in a frying pan with some garlic and onion. Then I put it in the slow cooker with ketchup and water! You can add spenda or brown sugar and a touch of wochester sauce if you like. It is all about what your taste buds tell you. Sometimes I add baby carrots. Anyway, the meat melts in your mouth and it freezes will too. If you stick the crock pot in the fridge you can just scrape the fat off the top. I mix that fat in with my dog's food. HE is SKINNY!
Also, one of my favorite things to do with the slow cooker is to use it to cook a large batch of dried beans. I then divide them into small (1-2 cup) portions and freeze. They're much tastier and cheaper than canned beans, and since you control the sodium, they can be healthier too.
I haven't done it personally, but I know that many people do this, especially with steel cut oats, which are perfect for the slow-cooker! Sometimes people add a little more liquid to them for consistency as they tend to absorb a little more moisture as they sit (much like leftover pasta does), but that's the only "issue" I've heard.
I HAVE had frozen and reheated steel cut oats, and they held up perfectly.
Ok, I just bought a slow cooker and I'm loving it. I want to try some oatmeal recipes in it but I live alone and all the recipes serve 4. I wa thinking it would be extra helpful if I could make up the 4 servings and keep them in the fridge, heating in the microwave as the week goes on. Has anyone tried this? Does the oatmeal hold up well to being kept and reheated? Does anyone have any other tips or tricks for slow cooker use?
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