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2/21/11 12:39 P

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What a nice segue NEWHORIZONS, we are having Bean Day today on The Pantry Challenge thread. They have lots of fiber and calcium and other nutrients. Come join us every one, on The Pantry Challenge thread.

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2/21/11 11:29 A

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I have a lil 2 quarter too. I bought it because I thought it was cute and it was like $5 on a clearance table. Anyway, I halve recipes sometimes, but mostly I use it to cook beans for one. In trying to keep my sodium low and use beans in my diet I find that I really like the taste of fresh cooked beans. I realize this post is not very helpful I just wanted to plug the bean use.

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2/20/11 7:34 A

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I searched the net and didn't have much luck, other than some books for sale.

I don't have a crockpot that small, though I always wish I had one at Thanksgiving to keep the gravy hot.

But it looks like you've been given some really terrific advice here.

Curry Zucchini Soup for 2qt Crock Pot
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If a booklet came with it, check there; I kept all the booklets that came with mine because there are tested recipes in them.

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2/19/11 12:32 A

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Thank you for sharing the crockpot cooking tips!

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2/18/11 11:16 P

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This was on AARP web site tonight. It might help some one.



Crockpot Cooking Tips...
posted at 01/31/2011 12:06:12 PM EST

Don't know if these are already posted in the group..

1. Use the right size
Slow cookers range in size from 1 quart to 6 quarts. Use the size of slow cooker called for in each recipe. It's best if the slow cooker is two-thirds to three-fourths full, but being half full will also work.

2. Keep a lid on it
Each time you open the slow cooker lid, you must add 15 to 20 minutes to the cook time. Slow cooker recipes do not require stirring during the long cook time, so there is no need to lift the lid.

3. Brown meats first
Browning meats before placing them in a slow cooker improves the color of the meat and helps lower fat. It also improves the flavor and overall appearance of the slow cooker recipe.

4. Cover the potatoes with liquid
Prevent darkening of peeled potatoes by covering them with a liquid when cooking in a slow cooker.

5. Use the right amount of liquids
Slow cookers do not allow for evaporation, so don’t add extra liquids to your recipes. Ingredients may appear dry before cooking, but they should turn out okay if you follow the slow cooker recipe.

6. Choose the right cook time
Know in advance how long you want to cook your food in the slow cooker. When recipes have cook time ranges, such as 8 to 10 hours, the food will turn out differently when cooked for 8 hours than if cooked for 10 hours.

After 8 hours of cooking, large pieces of meat can usually still be sliced. After 10 hours, the meat will shred.

7. Add vegetables last
Add tender vegetables that require short cooking times, such as fresh tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini, at the end of the recipe cook time to retain their color, texture and flavor.

8. Thicken the juices
Liquids tend to be thin after you remove the meat and vegetables from the slow cooker. You might want to thicken these juices before serving your meal. This usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes and is worth the time. Use flour to thicken and cook for the recommended time according to the slow cooker recipe.

9. Thaw first!
Thaw frozen foods, such as frozen vegetables, before adding them to a slow cooker.

10. Save and reheat safely
Never reheat foods in a slow cooker for food safety. Leftovers should be placed in shallow containers and refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking.



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2/18/11 10:39 P

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2/18/11 6:48 P

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hey stanswx thanx 4 asking ?. i needed the answer also.

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2/18/11 4:25 P

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Thanks for the info! I'll have to give them a try and see how it works.

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2/18/11 1:24 P

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When allrecipes.com adjusts the ingredients, you don't have to change cooking times for crockpot recipes. Especially since you have a smaller crock. 6 hours on low for 8 servings would still be 6 hours on low for 2-3.

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2/18/11 11:42 A

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Hi there, I've just started using my crockpot and it's FANTASTIC!

I cook for two also, but I usually make a few servings and freeze the extra ones.

I think you can just adapt "normal" (non-crockpot) recipes and use the following cooking times instead:-

If normal recipe states 15 - 30 minutes (Crockpot 4 - 6 hours)
If normal recipe states 35 - 45 minutes (Crockpot 6 - 10 hours)
If normal recipe states 50 mins - 3 hours (Crockpot 8 - 18 hours)

From what I've discovered, it seems to be really difficult to overcook something in the crockpot.

Let us know how you get on!

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2/18/11 9:45 A

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I have a Continental Electric 2-qt. Slow Cooker that I received as a gift last year. I have never used it because all the recipes I've seen out there are for the bigger crock pots or huge serving sizes. Most of the time it's just me who I want to feed. Are there any recipe websites or books out there for these smaller crock pots and smaller serving sizes (1-2 servings) I saw the one link for allrecipes.com that would automatically adjust the ingredients, but it did not adjust the cooking times or anything else.

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