First it was the microwave, now it's the slowcooker!

Slowcooker/Crockpot - A picture of a slowcooker
@Humbug25 (12551)
September 30, 2008 12:27pm CST
At least 150 of you mylotters will know what I am talking about! Well a while ago I started a discussion about what you cook in your microwave ovens but now I want to know what to do with a slowcooker or crockpot as some of you call them. I basically cook stews or do a soup in mine but I know it is possible to make rice pudding/creamed rice in it too as I have a recipe for it. I would love to know what else I could cook in it. Do you have a crockpot/slowcooker? Do you ever use it? What do you cook in yours?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I use my slowcooker for spaghetti sauce and meatballs, stews, cheesy potatoes, spare ribs, chicken, soups and chili. I use it mostly in the fall and winter months. It is so great to have a nice warm meal on a cool evening.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Sep 08
Hi there sunshine4 It most certainly is nice to have a lovely hot meal during the cold winter months. How do you do cheesey potatoes in your slowcooker? Thanks for your response
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I make cheesy potatoes the lazy mans way. I buy the frozen bag of shaved potatoes ( I think that they are hash browns). I take the slowcooker and spray it with pam. Put 1/2 the bag of the potatoes in the bottom. Then take shredded cheese and put the cheese on top of the potatoes. Top that with salt, pepper, garlic powder and dabs of butter. Then redo another layer exactly the same way. Take 1 can of evaporated milk. Put on low and cook all day. The potatoes bake down and are so yum. I put a ton of cheese in because I love cheese. Enjoy!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Wow that sounds great, my mouth was watering as I was reading it! Thanks for letting me know
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@icegermany (2524)
• India
1 Oct 08
no i dont know whats a slow cooker and i have never heard of it. i just use a normal pressure cooker to do my cooking work faster and i have rice cooker and i carry that when i am on my trips and that set about cookers and tell me more about your slow cooker, i really want to know more about it. and tell me do you like slow cooking and do you have time to spend so late, please dont mind me asking this.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hello icegermany I don't mind you asking questions it is nice you are interested. What is great about it is that you can just chop all your veg up and put it in and your meat add some water/stock and seasoning and just leave it to cook. You don't have to worry about it boiling over but you have to make sure there is enough liquid in there so that it doesn't cook dry. Also you should just brown your meat to seal it or else all the fat comes out during cooking in the slowcooker. Thank you for your response and please don't hesitate to ask any more questions if you have any!!
• India
2 Oct 08
ok thanks for the information about the slow cooker does it help you in finishing your work faster and i think you might be excited to prepare in it and cook. hope you can do more recipes and dishes out of it and good luck.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
4 Oct 08
I find that it just takes a bit of time cutting the veg that's all but then you just put it all in the slowcooker add the liquid and browned meat and leave it!
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I have made roast beef in them, beans, there are recipes books that give you great ideas about that. ( I would not cook on my microwave tho, I used it for tv dinners and heating things)
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Sep 08
Hi there ShellyB I don't understand how you can do roast beef in it.. I mean like you have to put in some sort of liquid right? I know I am being a bit thick but that is why I started this discussion. Many thanks for your response
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I had at the times this recipe on the back of a enveloped for seasoning for beefroast for slow cookers, and it worked, I believe there is some liquid (water) to mix the seasoning, also the slowcookers will need more water when on high, when on low they retain the same water (more or less)
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
I would love to have a recipe for roast beef for a slow cooker because there is nothing worse than drying your beef out in the oven, it tastes awful so I don't want that to happen.
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• Malaysia
1 Oct 08
Hi Hambug25, my wife do use slowcooker for cooking. She use that to cook lots of stuff, but mainly for Chinese herb soups. The main reason is it require long hours and need low heat for the soup to get cook well done. Also, we use that to cook my little princess's porridge. Just a simple recipe, slice the potato, carrot and pumpkin into pieces, put some meat, then put some rice and let the slowcooker cook for 2 to 3 hours, that's it. That's my little princess favorites.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hi there adriants78 That sounds like a risotto, hadn't thought of that. Thanks for your response
• Malaysia
3 Oct 08
Welcome and hope you can try out also. Do take note, that's for kids meal.
@chaska (170)
• United States
1 Oct 08
The possibilities are endless. I cook chicken in it using all different kinds of seasonings, recipes, and with or without the bone. After the meat slow cooks the meat can easily be pulled from the bone. I cook fish in it that would usually dry out in the oven. I use it alot to make barbeque the kids love to make sandwiches from it. I have slowly cooked an entire ham in it once. It came out very well and cooked throughout tender and juicy. Ooh my I am getting so hungry . Is it lunch time yet?!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hi there chaska Mmm fish sounds good, do you have a recipe for that? Thanks for responding
@rkotaker (60)
1 Oct 08
Like another mylotter said chilli's are fantastic in them esp if you like yours hot hot hot. Also like using them for curries to mmmmm
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hey there you!! Have you got a good recipe for a good curry and/or chilli for me then? Cheers for responding PS When are you gonna get a decent avatar?
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• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Hi humbug25 What is slowcooker means?? I use only microwave..
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hi there jeleen_tintoy05 Well it is like a pot that is placed inside another pot and keeps a continual heat so that you can cook things slowly. Did you see the picture of the one I added to the discussion at the begining? Thank you for your response
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@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
1 Oct 08
I love my slow cooker and cook everything and anything in it I cook casseroles, currys, roasts you name it, and it ends up in there LOL they are brilliant things for when you are in a rush and you can just throw everything in there and hey presto it is cooked.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hey there AbbeyB I would love a great recipe for a good curry that would be great if you have one you could give me!! Thanks for your response
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• United States
1 Oct 08
Slowcookers are the best invention yet...I love mine. It takes the stress out of cooking. It's the best feeling when you walk into the house after a long day of work and supper is pretty much done for you and your family. I do all kinds of things in it. Beef roast, vegetable soup, chili, pork, swiss steak...the list is long. If anyone wants any recipes, let me know!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hi there allerae and welcome to myLot Mmmm they all sound good, I might have to get you to send me some recipes that's for sure. Thanks for your time to respond
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I use mine for lots of things. You can make a nice roast with potatoes and carrots or any kind of meat. I also use it for apple cobbler, meatballs and hot dips for parties. I make sloppy joes in mine. I have even heard that there is a special pan that can be inserted in certain brand crockpots that can bake a cake. I just picked up a crock pot cook book at a yard sale the other day(I collect cookbooks). There were recipes for warm drinks and punches too. I love my crock pot. My husband picked me out a new one that has three separate sized bowls. They can be stored inside of each other. Any one of them can be simply set upon the base and the glass lid fits all three.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hi ya rocketj1 Wow that sounds like a great crockpot. I have never heard of one like that. The problem with mine is that it is very big and you have to have it filled with some sort of liquid half way or else it will dry out and no doubt over heat the element. Thanks for your response
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Oh my. I am always cooking in my crockpot. I just bought me one of the digital stainless steel ones. First you have to adjust to your cooker. Some have really low temperatues and some actually get hot enough to boil something. Once you have mastered that you can fix almost anything in it. I use mine for, as you mentioned, soups, stews and such in the winter. But I also fix pork chops and stuffing, spaghetti sauce, roast (and yes you do add water and seasonings, roast, then fresh veggies on top and turn it on high and let it cook). apple butter, Goulash and on and on. This new crock pot that I have has a lot of new recipes with it. Experiment around a little, You'll be surprised what you can fix in it!
@Humbug25 (12551)
2 Oct 08
Hi ya fasttalker Thanks a lot, I didn't realise you could do so much. Am definately gonna get it out more this winter. Thank you for your response
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@Anne18 (11036)
30 Sep 08
Whats a slowcooker?? We haven't one of those in our house so can't help you out, I would like to know what a dishwasher is as well?? LOL Hope you find some good stuff to cook in it and please share as one day I might get a slowcooker!!!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Sep 08
Hi Anne18 Check out what I said to aslanlight that will hopefully explain what one is. If you see the picture I included with the discussion I expect you will look and say 'ahhh one of those'! Cheers
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• United States
30 Sep 08
Check out the many recipes on the web for crockpots.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Sep 08
Thanks sherlock
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@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
6 Oct 08
My wife also bought a crockpot in terms she also like to called it but she know her kitchen better than I and she said it is good to cook in there this soup dishes in which she said it would stay a long hours(hot)....
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Oct 08
Hi there iyah10 Yes they are good for cooking soups in. Thanks for your response