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Re: The Slow Cooking (Crock Pot) Thread...

I just downloaded the Martha Stewart Everyday Food app on my iPad and look what I found

Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies

makes 14 active time: 15 min total time: 4 1/4 hr + cooling

The center may look undercooked when time is up, but it will be perfect once cooled.

nonstick cooking spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)

1 Lightly coat a 5-quart slow-cooker insert with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment paper and lightly coat with spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

2 Place butter and chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted. Add sugar; stir to combine. Stir in eggs. Add flour mixture, walnuts, and chocolate chips and stir just until moistened (do not overmix). Transfer to slow cooker and smooth top.

3 Cover and cook on low, 3 1/2 hours. Uncover and cook 30 minutes. Remove insert from slow cooker and run a knife around edge to loosen brownies. Let cool completely in insert on a wire rack, about 2 hours. Turn out onto a work surface and cut into 14 brownies. (Store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.)

per brownie: 339 cal; 25 g fat (11 g sat fat); 6 g protein; 37 g carb; 3 g fiber

This recipe came from the Martha Stewart EVERYDAY FOOD magazine iPad app. Download the iPad app now!
For more great recipes or to subscribe to EVERYDAY FOOD magazine, please visit everydayfood.com.
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Re: The Slow Cooking (Crock Pot) Thread...

Just registered to say thank you for this post on slow cooker recipes - this is by far the biggest collection and I can't wait to try them out!

Here two more links:

Sub-Reddit devoted to slow cookers and recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes | Crock Pot Recipes (A collection of recipes I started myself)

Enjoy!
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Old 16.10.2011, 16:38
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Just registered to say thank you for this post on slow cooker recipes - this is by far the biggest collection and I can't wait to try them out!

Here two more links:

Sub-Reddit devoted to slow cookers and recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes | Crock Pot Recipes (A collection of recipes I started myself)

Enjoy!
Now it's cooling down, I'm using my slowcooker much more again. I'm always interested in new ideas for it and these two sites are both very helpful.
I especially appreciated the cooking converter you put up on yours, very useful indeed.
Makes it that I don't have to buy a special slowcooker recipe book, or get onto the computer whenever I'm thinking of using it, so many thanks.
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Old 19.10.2011, 05:18
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Re: The Slow Cooking (Crock Pot) Thread...

We just had another roast in our crock pot when I asked my DH if they are used in CH. He didn't know! So glad this thread was on here... Don't think I'd be too happy if I couldn't get one there!!
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Crockpot (slow cooker) for dummies (me)

Hello, good morning!

I just received my first new cooker Crockpot from the Youkay today. It is pretty and shinny, I can't wait to use it.

There is tons of recipes online but I would like to hear from our dear EF members their favorite ones and how they like it or not.

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Re: Crockpot (slow cooker) for dummies (me)

I was given a slow-cooker as a present last year, and thought it would be the ultimate in convenience - just throw in meat and veg and spices, set on low and come home to a delicious meal. The results were underwhelming. I found that the whole thing tended to liquify into a amorphous tasting sludge. Any spices put in at the beginning had all of their flavour cooked out of them. I tried to adjust by putting in spices later, browning the meat first, putting in vegetables half way through, etc. But I never achieved the "Ahah" moment. It has been sitting on a shelf in the cellar ever since. If you ever find out the right way to use it, please let me know!
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Re: Crockpot (slow cooker) for dummies (me)

Right now, I have no idea what I am doing. I put 2 cups of rice, two cups of water with chiclet stuck and I will put the chicken breast on top with broccoli and carrots. I'll put it on low cooking and see.

On one website they say to put dry spices from the beginning and fresh spices at the end only.
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Old 02.01.2013, 11:40
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Re: The Slow Cooking (Crock Pot) Thread...

Should everything be cover by liquid when cooking?
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Right now, I have no idea what I am doing. I put 2 cups of rice, two cups of water with chiclet stuck and I will put the chicken breast on top with broccoli and carrots. I'll put it on low cooking and see.

On one website they say to put dry spices from the beginning and fresh spices at the end only.
It will likely take you a few times to get the cooking times right... best advice I can give is just don't overcook the chicken, as in my eperience it turns an unpleasant, "bitty" texture and just kind of falls apart. As long as the chicken isn't too thick then I reckon 5 or 6 hours on Low (from when the cooker is fully heated up, I recommend running it on High for 30 mins before switchin got Low) should be alright. Check it after that time and make sure it's cooked though, if not then try another 45 mins or so and check again.

Personally though, I don't cook much meat in it unless it's part of a curry (which turn out very nice), stew or sauce... roasted meat and joints done in an oven will always taste better to me than meat done in a Slow Cooker, as well as end up being a nicer texture. With vegetables, I'd also rather steam them. A Slow Cooker is a great thing and very convenient, but for me it only it has specific uses; curries, stews, soups and sauces.
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Old 02.01.2013, 11:51
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Hello, good morning!

I just received my first new cooker Crockpot from the Youkay today. It is pretty and shinny, I can't wait to use it.

There is tons of recipes online but I would like to hear from our dear EF members their favorite ones and how they like it or not.

Why not just put it at the back of the kitchen cupboard now? It will save you from having to do it later.
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It will likely take you a few times to get the cooking times right... best advice I can give is just don't overcook the chicken, as in my eperience it turns an unpleasant, "bitty" texture and just kind of falls apart. As long as the chicken isn't too thick then I reckon 5 or 6 hours on Low (from when the cooker is fully heated up, I recommend running it on High for 30 mins before switchin got Low) should be alright. Check it after that time and make sure it's cooked though, if not then try another 45 mins or so and check again.

Personally though, I don't cook much meat in it unless it's part of a curry (which turn out very nice), stew or sauce... roasted meat and joints done in an oven will always taste better to me than tmeat done in a Slow Cooker, as well as end up being a nicer texture.
Ok thanks!

So I changed the setting to 30 minutes on high and I will check if it start cooking. After, I'll put it on 5 hours low and check then, again if it seems ready or not.

First few times, I don't expect to do anything great nor digestible.
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Why not just put it at the back of the kitchen cupboard now? It will save you from having to do it later.
And give up my Martha Stewart skills???
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Re: The Slow Cooking (Crock Pot) Thread...

I just love my crock pot! I cook a lot of stews/chilis in it. Plus, I love roasts cooked in it. Tip: put anything that takes longer to cook on the bottom (e.g. potatoes/carrots, etc.) and work your way up. It will make a lot of liquid, so I usually use less than the recipe says.. saying that, I've NEVER made rice in it, so I don't know the ratios for cooking rice!
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The only rice dish you would generally make in a slow cooker would be something like a risotto or a biryani curry perhaps. Doing rice by itself would be pretty pointless I think!
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The only rice dish you would generally make in a slow cooker would be something like a risotto or a biryani curry perhaps. Doing rice by itself would be pretty pointless I think!
Yep, learned it the hard way.
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Yep, learned it the hard way.
It's kind of just common sense really... rice is a quick job and best done boiled in a pan. A Slow Cooker is a lot more effort and clearing up for nothing.
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It's kind of just common sense really... rice is a quick job and best done boiled in a pan. A Slow Cooker is a lot more effort and clearing up for nothing.
Well, I thought so but I saw many videos and recipes with rice cooked in the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Something they are doing must be right if it work.
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Re: The Slow Cooking (Crock Pot) Thread...

not sure if it's been mentioned on this thread. Try slow cooking with a Le Creuset Doufeu, fantastic method. Basically a cast iron pot, the lid hold ice or water to keep the moisture and flavour inside. I usually put a full chicken in there, wine, veggies, mustard plus whatever herbs etc, around 4 hours, bootifull!
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Well, I thought so but I saw many videos and recipes with rice cooked in the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Something they are doing must be right if it work.
Yes with other ingredients (thats what I posted)... I meant not rice by itself.
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Yes with other ingredients (thats what I posted)... I meant not rice by itself.
Of course not. I had lots of veggies and meat as well. It didn't work.

Anyway, third attempt today and I did a very good chicken tikka masala.
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