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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
1/22/11 7:27 P

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You're absolutely right Cinderella, I definitely did not mean to cover with liquid, just cover the pot with the lid.
You made an interesting observation - my pots are about 5 years old, they only go from low to high to warm, and I have never had them overheat on low. I usually start everything on high until the pot gets hot (usually 1/2 to 1 hour) then turn it to low for the amount of time called for. Never had a problem with either over or under cooking. If you keep the lid closed, I can think of virtually no way to burn the contents because the moisture content (even with foods that take no extra liquid) stays high in the pot.
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1/22/11 3:37 P

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First, to clear up some confusion: you do NOT have to cover your contents with liquid. I think Long was just saying to keep it covered with the lid.

Secondly, most of the "newer" (aka last ~10-15 years or so) crocks cook hotter than the older generation. That's why your food gets overcooked. The best suggestion I have for you is (IF you have a programmable one) to cook it for a fraction of the time. Then, when it automatically goes to the "warm" setting, it will finish cooking. I'm a nurse and work 12 hour shifts, and this is what I do. If a recipe says to cook it for 8 hours and I'm working that day, I will actually program it for 6 and it comes out perfectly.

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1/22/11 8:32 A

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My mom's crock is like that. My lowest setting would never do that--just different crocks I guess. If you are already using the lowest setting, I would try cutting the meat in half so it's all in the liquid (I'm thinking roast or ham).

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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
1/22/11 3:18 A

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You don't need a lot of liquid (can be anything from water to booze - whatever you like) if you put all the food and liquid in, close the lid, leave it closed and let it cook for the amount of time called for in the recipe. Don't open it, don't peak, don't let the heat and steam escape until the food is done. The object of a crockpot is to cook your food slowly, which will tenderize tough food, blend the flavors, and make a good meal with little fuss. But if you let the heat out it takes a long time to build it back up (because it heats slowly), so you are defeating the purpose of the crockpot. I suggest that you go on line and pull up Crockpot Cooking and take a look at some of the basic instructions for good crockpot use.
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1/21/11 11:33 P

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Huh, I always thought that you weren't suppose to use much liquid in a crock. I have no idea where I gleaned that information, however. Maybe I dreamed it? I think I also thought that if you put in too much liquid, it would end up overflowing by the end of the cook period. Did I just totally make those things up? Ha! Wow, at 52, shouldn't I magically know these things? I only started using a crock a couple of years ago, though... in my defense... lol. That's funny.

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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
1/21/11 11:28 P

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Yes, yes, and yes. Crockpots cook with steam, kind of like cooking a stew all day - therefore if the lid isn't on TIGHT, you lose the liquid, and defeat the purpose of using the crockpot.
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1/21/11 11:22 P

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So, Fran, or anyone, lol...

Do I need to cover what I'm cooking completely? It only gets burned looking where the liquid doesn't cover. It happened with my roast last night. Don't get me wrong, it was still good! But I wouldn't probably have wanted to serve it to company. Of course, the company I have over are great enough friends that they'd just be grateful someone else did the cooking!

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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
1/21/11 11:09 P

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Cathie, most crockpot recipes are written for 8 hrs on low. If your crockpot is closed tight the liquid should not go away. Perhaps you aren't putting enough liquid in the pot?
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1/21/11 9:21 P

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I think you're really gonna love your slow cooker. For me, it's the only way to cook. emoticon (Or just about, anyway.) I love to throw stuff in the slow cooker overnight and then divide it up into single serving containers the next day. I freeze the single servings and we have food for our lunches for a few days or a week.

I love to cook lasagna in my slow cooker (there's a really good Spark recipe for this) and I also love to cook meatloaf this way. (Another good Spark recipe.) I also do beans in the slow cooker. I have yet to try a pot roast, but I think I'm going to try one soon.

There are a lot of good recipes available for slow cookers so go find a few and then enjoy yours. emoticon

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1/21/11 8:52 P

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That cabbage and turkey sounds yummy! I found the recipe and I want to try it!
I'm trying to figure out how to find recipies, too, Lilmahogany! I think we can go to the Spark recipes and look up "crock". I'll go try that now!

The biggest problem that I find I have, is that even on low, I'm usually gone so long that some of my meals get over cooked or almost burned where the liquid doesn't touch the meat. Should I be using different kinds of recipes?

Cathie

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1/21/11 8:45 P

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What are your favorite things to eat? Almost anything can be adapted to cook in the slow cooker.

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1/21/11 7:36 P

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I made the Crockpot Cabbage/Ground Turkey Stew - it's a recipe by WANNABEFITNSASSY. I actually used a can of chicken instead of ground turkey (or beef) and it is EXCELLENT. Might want to try it. FULL of good veggies - I also added some brown rice just for fun.

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Hey,
I am trying to lose weight because a new stage of my life is coming, finshing my BS (bachelors of science)degree in biomedical engineering, getting my first house, and getting married next year.
I work 2 jobs and go to school lots of time I get home around 1130pm and it is to late to cook. I bought a slow cooker with the hopes that I would cook more and stop relying on fast food for lunch. I could cook a meal all night. It would be ready in the morning, then I could take it with me for lunch at job 1(around 1pm) then dinner at job 2(around 630pm)so far is worked great I just need some recipes

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