Do you use a crockpot?

@4ofmyown (1119)
United States
February 17, 2009 10:27am CST
I love my crockpot. I actually have 2 that I use quite often. One is an average size and one is really big, since we have a big family. I probably use mine at least twice a week. I seem to be kind of stuck making the same things in it though. Pasta sauces and chili are awesome in the crockpot. I also roasts, short ribs, cut up chicken but I think I need some more variety. I have a few crockpot cook books but alot of the recipes sound really gross. Do you have a favorite meal that you make in your crockpot?
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I love cooking in the crock pot. I have a large family one and a smaller one too. Many times for picnics and gatherings, I am using both. It is so easy and when I come home from work, dinner is done. My favorite is either a beef roast or beef stew cooking in the crock all day. I also love the BBQ ribs and the homemade baked beans.I have a couple of cookbooks but my favorite one is called Fix it and Forget it. You can even cook homemade bread and cakes in your crock. It really has more uses than most are aware. It is easy to cook and easy to clean, a busy woman's dream. A maid and chef would be better though, LOL.
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@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I completely agree with you about the maid and the chef!!! I have heard that you can make other things in one but have only tried the usual recipes like you mentioned. I have heard that baked beans are really good in a crockpot, I think I will try the next time we have a big family get together. And, I will have to look into that cookbook you mentioned. Thanks
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
19 Feb 09
wow that is really cool, I just got a crockpot, I am going to make pea soup, that will be my first use for it. I need to get some recipes as well.
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@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I hope your soup turned out good....if I get any good recipes I will pass them on.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I like to use my crockpot a lot. I have even cooked a complete meal in it at times. i put in a whole chicken foil wrapped potatoes and the acorn squash and cooked them all at the same time. I have also made meat loaf with baked potatoes and fresh green beans. have to watch and put the beans in later so they don't turn to mush. I have even added added baked biscuits or rolls to the meal to heat them up. I make chili and soups and dry beans in it too.
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@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have never thought about foil wrapping my potatoes and adding them that way. I usually just cube the potatoes and have roasted with whatever I make. Thanks for the great idea.
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@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
18 Feb 09
i used to have one and although convenient, i found it a pain in the neck to clean. also my family is not big on things that you would cook in a crock pot like stew and such but i love that kind of thing. my mom used to make pot roast and chicken fricasie in the crock pot and it was so awesome. so much flavor. i have a friend who uses hers most everyday because she is a working mom and she turns it on when they leave the house in the morning and dinner is ready and waiting when they all get home. i think i would be worried about leaving an electrical applicance on all day that gets hot/warm.
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@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
19 Feb 09
They can be a pain in the neck to clean especially the bigger ones because the crock can very heavy. Usually, my husband is the one that ends up cleaning it. I did worry the first couple of times leaving but nothing has ever happened and I have never heard of anything ever happening.
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• Netherlands
20 Feb 09
I don't have a crockpot any more since I moved to Holland but when I did, I cooked about the same things as you do, soups, roasts, chili, spaghetti sauce, chicken catchatori, stews etc. but I usually stuck to recipes I knew because I was in too much of a hurry to read a cookbook as when I used it, which was quite often, I needed to be gone early and wouldn't be home until late so I just threw stuff in there and it always seemed to work out! Good part about it is you can cook almost anything in them so they are handy to have but they don't have the same types of crockpots over here as they did when I left the States! Here is a link for some easy crockpot recipes if you are interested: http://www.easycrockpotrecipies.com/ Good luck and hope you find some new recipes you can enjoy! ;)
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Why don't you get another one in Holland? Especially if you used it so much. Thank you for the website information.
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• Netherlands
22 Feb 09
They have a different type of crock pot here in Holland and I haven't used that type but I suppose it would behoove me to learn how wouldn't it? Hope you can use some of those recipes and enjoy them! ;)
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I love to make crock pot lasagna. 1 lbs hamburger/sausage or your choice 1/2 cup of your favorite veggies 15 ounces of tomato tomato sauce 6 oz tomato paste 1/2 teaspoon each, salt, pepper, basil, oregno. 12 oz uncooked lasagna noodles Mozzeralla, Cheddar, and Ricotta/Cottage cheeses, as much or as little as you like. Fry your meat in skillet. (hambuger/sauage or your choice) season to taste, along with adding any veggies you may want. Drain. Add, your favorite tomato sauce, can of paste, and seasons you like, garlic, onions, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and basil and oregno. Add meat back to sauce and simmer for few minutes. I always use a crock pot liner... spray with Pam, or cooking spray. Spoon layer of meat in bottom, take broken up lasagna noodles, and add a layer of them over the layer of meat sauce, add your cheese, mozzeralla, cheddar, ricotta/cottage cheese, and grated parmesan, then just go threw your layers until all meat and cheeses are used up. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours. Sometimes, you may need to add little water to your tomato sauce to thin it out to help cook the inside noodles... It's good though, love to throw this on in the morning and head out and do what needs to be done, to come home to a good ol lasagna. I serve with salad, and garlic bread.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I am definitely writing down your recipe...it sounds really good. I have never heard of crockpot liners though, where do you get them?
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I'm glad I could help you. I have a few more that I will look threw and send your way. The Crock pot liners are made my Reynolds. They are a total life saver on cleaning. You just drop one in, cook your meal and when your done just pull it out and throw it away, and you don't have a mess to clean up in the crock pot... I love them! lol.. I could probably own stock in them as much as I use them. They sell them at wal mart, and just about every grocery store I've been in, they are with the zip lock bags and all that good stuff.
• United States
18 Feb 09
I also love my crockpot but I seem to use it a lot more in cooler weather for hearty stews. Today I am going to use it and make a nice thick creamy New England Clam Chowder.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I would love to know how to make that...it sounds really good. If it is not a family secret could you share your recipe?
• United States
18 Feb 09
Here is the link to the recipe I use. For extra low cal I leave out the bacon. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/New-England-Clam-Chowder-I/Detail.aspx
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
Crockpot? What is that? Is that an instant food maker? For me, I love pillsburry they are easy to do it especially if you're in a hurry.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
17 Feb 09
A crockpot is basically a slow cooker.
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Ahhh okay thanks for the information :)
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I will make just about anything in my crockpot! I love to make roasts in it, and stews. Sometimes I'll even cook chicken in it all day with enough water to cover it, then put the chicken in a casserole dish, only because it's easier if it's precooked. Something I've started lately is cooking meats in a can of soda in the crockpot. It gives it an added kick and it's very interesting. A great site for crockpot recipes is Recipegoldmine.com
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
17 Feb 09
My husbands favorite is turkey thighs cooked in the crockpot all day, which I don't mind because I can get 4 of them for about $5 and there is always enough for him to take for lunch. I have done the same with chicken, I make chicken and dumplings with mine once it is cooked. Thanks for the website.
• United States
17 Feb 09
i haven't made chicken and dumplings in the crockpot. What I've done is cook the chicken in the crockpot, then fix the chicken and dumplings and bake that. If I try to bake it without cooking the chicken first, it would take hours, but with cooked chicken it takes about half an hour or so.
• United States
1 Dec 09
I use mine quite frequently, although I haven't been using it as much as I prefer lately. No reason why though. I make anything I can possibly throw in the thing, from sauces, soups, stews to roasts...I've even used it to bake potatoes. Almost anything can be converted to a crock pot recipe, usually by increasing the fluid and time, although recipes can vary. It really depends on what your family likes and dislikes...what about something like pulled pork? Sloppy Joe mix is super easy to make in the crock pot, and you can freeze half for another night. :)
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Pulled pork sounds like a really good idea...that is something I have never made. I use mine still all the time....I actually made dinner in it tonight. I like the idea of making bigger batches of things and freezing it for later. Especially this time of year, soups and stews would be really nice to have on hand. Thanks for your response.
@busibee (187)
• United States
18 Feb 09
My mom gave me a small crockpot for Christmas and she taught me what to do with it (as I had no idea). Since I leave for class early in the morning, I'll through a bunch of things in the crockpot and turn in on and go to class, and by the time I come home in the afternoon I have an early dinner just waiting for me. I try no to eat a lot of meat, so I usually throw in a lot of vegetables and vegetable broth and spices... but sometimes I throw in a pork loin with the veggies. It is very healthy and delish... and I have lunch for the next day! XOXO
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
They are awesome for people on the go definitely! It seems like no matter what you throw in there it always comes out so good.
• United States
18 Feb 09
I wanna love my crockpot, but it seems to heat too high or something (even on low). I can cook beans and chili fine, but things like rice turn to mush. I have slow cooker cookbooks that I get my recipes from and even following them don't turn out. Chili turns out really good. Come to think of it I might make some tomorrow.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
My newer slow cooker gets really hot sometimes even when on low, as well. But it also has a simmer button so I use that when I know it is going to be in there for a while. My older used to be like that but now I think it works perfectly. It was kind of like I had to break in for a couple of years.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
18 Feb 09
4ofmyown, I've used crockpots for years! I have a small round one and a large oval one. I use it for soups, chili's, stew, fondue, just about anything. The one thing that I have heard that can be done in a crockpot is cakes, but you have to have a special liner for that. Has anyone tried doing a cake that way? My family loves pork chops and sauerkraut. I get a family pack of chops, two large cans of sauerkraut. Drain one can and then starting with the kraut, layer it till the final layer is kraut. I pour any left over juice from that can in with the chops. Turn it on high for about 4 hours and Presto, dinner! I make mashed potatoes, a side of cornbread and my family can't get enough of it. DCMerkle
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
That sounds really good. I know my husband and I would enjoy that but I don't think the kids would. I have heard of people baking in their crockpot but I have never done it. I know there is a way to make like a french toast sort of dish that you can let it cook over night so it would be ready for breakfast.
• United States
18 Feb 09
Yes I use mine a lot also. I make meatballs a lot recently. I have done everything from roasts, stews, soups, baked beans, and even lasagna. I think that they are so nce to have for keeping food warm as well. Especialy when you have family over, and you know they will keep eating. This just keeps it warm for them.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I agree with you about having it for when family is all together. You can make alot of food and it basically keeps it self at the perfect temperature. I will have to look up how to make lasagna...that sounds good. Thanks for the idea.
• United States
18 Feb 09
My girlfriend got a crock pot but we've never actually broken into it to use it. I've tried to think of good things that we could make with it because it would save us the hassle of worrying about eating cafe food especially on weekends. We're more tempted to eat out on weekends than we are during the week and I'm trying to think of all the ways we can cut costs and we definitely need to cut back on our eating out budget. So we may have to break out the crock pot soon.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Most definitely, you have to get it out and try it. It is pretty amazing how easy it is to prepare a meal and everything always turns out good. Once you start using it you will be glad you did.
@joharp (2)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I come from the south and my mother used to use a crockpot quite often when I was growing up. I crockpot to me screams "throw it in and i'll cook it." I usually just run through the pantry and fridge, grab what looks appetizing, and throw it on in. I'm not saying get too crazy with it. Make sure it is in good taste. Throw on your favorite spices and maybe a little broth and see what happens. You may be surprised at how amazing it turns out. Try it a few times and YOU may be the one writing the crockpot recipe book. Have fun.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I have done something similar to that a few times and nothing really ever turns out bad. I am sure that is how alot of recipes for the crockpots came about to begin with.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I like making the same as you do in my crock pot, but I also like making split pea soup in it too. I just follow the recipe on the back of the split pea bag.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I have made split pea soup before in mine, with salt pork. It is my husband favorite and it turns out really good...so easy!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
17 Feb 09
I love my crockpots too. I also have two - one small one and a larger one - both are used frequently. My favourite meal to make in them is soup. I just fling in all vegetables and red peas and let it cook all night. I then puree it and before serving add coconut milk. It is thick as potatoes are put in to. It is so delicious
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I never thought of making soup like that before in the crockpot. I will have try something like that while the weather is still cool.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
17 Feb 09
i don't actually... to be honest with you, i don't even know what a crockpot is... i did use slow cooker in some of the meals that i make like beef caserole, beef rendang (indonesian dish) and chicke stew... hope you can find some interesting recipes from other users here for your crockpot menu... good luck... take care and have a nice day...
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Basically a crockpot is a slow cooker. I think crockpot is the brand name. I have received quite a few ideas, thanks.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I have a crock pot and use it to make beef stew for my husband. I actually, took the meat out of the freezer today, so that it can thaw and I am making it for him tomorrow. I like using the crock pot because you just have to put the food in there and forget it, the pot does all of the work.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Exactly!!! If I know I am not going to be home most of the day, then it is definitely a crock pot day!