i really love my crockpot ? is there anyone who doesn't like it ?

@Sissygrl (10915)
Canada
September 17, 2009 4:39pm CST
Tonight i cooked ribs in honey garlic sauce.. wait.. THIS MORNING i cooked them.. started them. i actually left them overnight in the sauce.. mmm they where so tender and juicy.. i LOVE cooking stuff in my crock pot. Best investment ever!! Do you have something you love to put in your crockpot, or do you use one often ? Or do you not like it.. my aunt told me recently that she bought one and my uncles doesn't like how it makes the food taste.. i found that odd.. and i just went on raving about how awesome my crockpot is. hahaha.
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@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I just did a roast chicken in it today. I put it in around 11 AM thinking my husband had to be at work at 6 so we would eat at 5. While I was at an appointment my husband called and said he was at his Mom and I should come and join him there to eat. I ran home reset it to low and when I got home around 7 it was perfect. The only problem was because it was so big I had to scramble to find something big enough to store it for the fridge. Of course had we been home to eat it, there would have been just a little left. But now tomorrow dinner just has to be heated.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
hi barb! mine the crockpot part comes right out of the base.. so when i have left overs i just store it right in the crock in the fridge after its cooled!! mmmm chicken in the crockpot is sooo good.
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• United States
17 Sep 09
I've never actually used a crockpot. I have access to one and my partner and I talk about using one of those to make some meals on some days but when it comes down to it, we never actually use it. We just leave it in the box, in the closet and worry about what we're going to fix and when we're going to fix it on the days that we have staggered. I've love to find a good recipe site so we have something to really base our ideas on. However I have yet to find one. Do you have any suggestions?
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
The very best thing i have cooked in the crock pot so far is the ribs.. haha i love them. but any type of roast, a whole chicken anything you would bake in the oven, you can put it in the crockpot and put the veggies right in there with.. then the juices from the meat make the veggies taste like the meat and are juicy too.. I find if the meat is a little fatty it works better, more flavour. so i really love pork roast in the crockpot. put a layer of potatoes on the bottom, then put the roast on top and put the rest of the potatoes, carrots, any other veggies you want to put in there, all around the roast, and then add anything you want to the top of the roast, or spices. Little water in the bottom, or you can completely cover it if you'd like (but leave room for juices that may come from the veg's and meat) and cover. turn it on. and walk away!
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• United States
19 Sep 09
Hi, highflyingxangel! In regards to your question about a good recipe site, a good one to try is www.allrecipes.com . I use it all the time! My favorite part is that they have a lot of user reviews (more than most sites) and discussions about the recipes to help you choose the best for you and tweak it to your liking. "Crock pot" and "slow cooker" each turned up over 800 recipes when I searched just now. Crock pots are really handy! You can make tasty meals very easily in them and use less electricity than you would if using the oven. Plus, they don't heat up the house the way the oven does, which is nice if you live in a warm climate or don't have air conditioning. Also, you mentioned that y'all have staggered schedules - this is another way that crock pots are handy, because most of them have a "keep warm" feature that allows you to keep the food hot until you're ready to eat it, sort of like a buffet. They're also portable, if you are taking something to eat at someone else's place, and most of them can go into the fridge after a little cooling down, which means easy clean-up. I love my crock pot, if you can't tell! And it is about as basic as they come. Good luck with your crock pot cooking!
• United States
18 Sep 09
I too love cooking in my crockpot. I love to cook pinto beans, stews, smothered cabbage and other meals. It is so easy to use. The recipes I use you can put all your ingredients in at once and just let it slow cook. You are right cook with a crockpot is awesome.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
oooo smothered cabbage? that sounds like it tastes good... do share!
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I love my crock pot too....I like making either a pork or turkey loin in them...I did a turkey loin with lemon and garlic on it.......man it was so good it was almost addicting....my son was actually here that night and ate over half of the loin by himself....also the pork loin with sweet potatoes under it and a cherry jell on top is also top notch!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Myself and my fiance don't cook that much yet. We don't have our own crockpot but I do like to eat crockpot food. I'm pretty sure I'll be using the crockpot (when we get our own)... There's so many things you can start cooking and leave on all day while you do chores etc... Lol, it's funny that your uncle doesn't like the way the food tastes, I don't think it tastes any different, but the meals i have in the crockpot are ONLY cooked in the crockpot, lol, so I wouldn't know the difference anyway!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
hi cowgirl, you really should invest in one when you move! especially when/if you start to have babies. you can do the prep for the meal the day before and put it in the pot, so that when you wake up in the morning your whole meal is ready you just have to plop it into the cooking part and plug it in and set the temp! ohhh it sure has made my life easier! that and the meat you cook in there is always so tender!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
17 Sep 09
Hi Sissygrl, much as I'd love to eulogise on the delights of food produced from my crock pot, I can't. We don't have those things over here, I think they must be American, that is unless they are what the Brits refer to as a slow cooker. A cooking pot with an electrical lead which you can leave food to cook in all day, would that be the same thing? If it is I don't have one of those either. I imagine it's the same effect as cooking something long and slow in a casserole dish in the oven. If it's the same I come into my own in that in winter with tasty casseroles.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
Thea, yea slow cooker is another word for it.. but lets get something straight here LOL i'm not american :P i'm canadian!!!! you may have already known that.. but i'm proud to be canadian. It would have teh same effect i bet, but less electricity used in the crock pot i believe!
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• United States
17 Sep 09
I love my slow cooker as well! However, I attempted some recipes from a slow cooker cookbook that were terrible. Don't attempt pasta or dairy in a slow cooker. I'm looking forward to making soups this winter!
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
haha yea i dont go by the recipes, i just go with what i know.. my friends step mom doesn't put water to the top!! she puts the meat on celery sticks, and just a little water in the bottom! and covers the meat in some sort of spice or glaze and then puts the taters around.. i tried less water once and it turned out pretty good, but takes longer for the veg to cook wihtout water..
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@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
Try doing a roast in it yumie it's GREAT I just love my I make chillie. stews. Ijust love it to. cd
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
mm i love chili but i dont think my young kids would eat it! well the youngest might, but older one so wouldnt... do you cook the burger first and then add all the ingredients ? and same ingredients as you would cook it on the stove ? haha if you have a recipe i would love to try it out.. winter is coming! chili is soooo good in the winter! (PM the recipe though i think its against guidelines to post recipes in discussions)
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• Canada
20 Sep 09
If you're worried about Mylot guidlines, then send me your E-mail address in a private message, and I'll send you my slow cooker recipe. crazydaisy
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I like my crock pot. I have made some wonderful things to eat in it. I like to set it in the morning and have dinner ready when I get home. It is very nice to have a hot meal waiting for me.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
oh yea and the smell when you walk into the house is phenomenal!! like you have a chef in your kitchen cooking all day while you where gone!! lol.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
Yes, the aroma is great.
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• United States
18 Sep 09
My girlfriend got a crockpot as a present. She was so happy with it. She would go out of her way to use it for anything she possibly could.
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• United States
29 Sep 09
It's true I do really like it. I love throwing a meal together and knowing I don't need to worry about cooking later in the day.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I love my slow cookers, I have more than one, that is mostly how I cook now, I put them on in the morning when I am cooking breakfast and in the afternoon or evening my dinner is done. I have no problem with mine, and wouldn't trade them for nothing. They are an awesome invention.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
heh oh yes. . why do you have more then one? different sizes ? you should look into a crockpot like Irishes (from page one of this discussion) if so, apparently... HERS can switch sizes...
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
I like my crock pot or slow cooker. Its really great at cooking my foods and you can just set the ingredients and food into the pot. I just plug it in and leave it to cook the foods for a few hours and don't have to worry about it. The foods turn out delicious. I love it.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
mm the crock pot is the best invention ever.. well you know.. after electricity and running water... and indoor plumbing.. and. sliced bread.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I love my crock pot. I will get up in the morning and start a spagetti sauce or a beef stew or chicken stew....it is the best. Also pot roast is excellent in it. One of our favorites is to take stew meat and simmer it all day in a beef gravy and serve it over mashed potatoes with a vegetable on the side. getting hungry just thinking about it.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
mmmmmm that sounds delicious!!! i did put something in gravy in there once.. i forget what it was.. i think a roast, but i know i cooked the potatoes IN the crock pot with the gravy haha it was yummy.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
18 Sep 09
i have one but seldom use it. i am usually home in order to make supper so i dont need to use it. i havent found any issue with the taste but just the time involved.
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@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Hi Sissygrl I love my crockpot! I make stews and soups, I also make beans, I even take leftovers and throw them in the crockpot and have pot luck. When the weather gets cold I make a lot of soups and also chili, I like the convienence of not having to sit there watching something cook over the stove I can sit here and MYLOT without having to get up , do my housework,watch a little tv all sorts of things . and cleanup is great because you only have one pot to wash!
• Canada
18 Sep 09
I love my crockpots! I have three (different sizes) LOL It's funny because a lot of people I know think that crockpots are only good for spaghetti sauce, chili or soup. One good cookbook and they would see all the things they could do with it. Granted I do make a lot of soup in mine (kitchen sink soup is great on the budget LOL uses up every little thing in the fridge!). I was lucky when I got my first crockpot, years ago - Rival was offering a bread and cake pan that fit inside it... so I ordered that, along with their cookbook. I can make breads and cakes in the crockpot so I sort of keep one of the three for doing that. I've made gingerbread to die for (as a tall cake, not cookies) and there's an applesauce cake I can do that's very much a "breakfast" kind of cake (much healthier than muffins, it uses applesauce (obviously!), raisins, nuts, and is economical... it only uses about a cup of flour). I wanted to get a second bread and cake pan but it seems they don't offer it anymore, far as I can tell :( Maybe I can find one on ebay or something. As far as meals go, I love to make roast pork, curried chicken, there's a meat macaroni dish that the kids really like, and a lot more. The days I use the crockpot are just so much easier... nothing to worry about at dinner time. It's already prepared :)
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@dragon54u (31634)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I think your uncles think it tastes different because it's a new method--crocks are ceramic and the food tastes great! I'd be afraid to leave it plugged in overnight, what if it develops a short and starts a fire? That's just paranoid me, though. When my crockpot is on low, after a few hours the sauce burns onto the sides. Am I doing something wrong?!
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@Archie0 (4669)
18 Sep 09
I really love cooking food in croc pots, they get a total different taste when cooked in it.I remeber my mother cooks lentil soup in a crock pot she makes it more tastier by putting oil and some spices to it.It just tastes apart from the worlds best foods.I want to cook in croc pots always and never leave this tradition because its the age old trdition in my home.
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@babyjesus (277)
22 Sep 09
i remember my mother bought one when i was yound but she find it very slow. Maybe because she is just at home she is more up to sauting and boiling guru. I wanted to try to but have not the time to look for it. I've read some recipes using the crockpot and it seems helpful to those who are really busy. I will try to find my mom's and try it.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Hello I am just getting into the whole cooking thing, sucks I know, I don't own one but I will, I hear they are very good, there is so much to have to learn, I will and when I get the hang of everything nothing will stop me, I will cook just for the heck of it never to late to learn right? Thank you.