Wish Me Luck!

@carolbee (16241)
United States
February 13, 2012 10:43am CST
I am older than dirt but never made a crockpot meal in my life. Decided to make chicken, broccoli and carrots with rice. At the end of 8 hours I will know how this all turned out. Because my taste is limited, result of an accident a few years ago, I pretty much have to guess on the amount of seasonings used because tasting just doesn't work. Would love to hear about your crockpot experiences whether they be good, bad, funny or a total disaster. Thanks in advance.
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17 responses
@maezee (33932)
• United States
14 Feb 12
Is a crock pot the same as a pressure cooker? I'm unsure there is a difference, and so I'm sure you've deduced I am a lousy/novice 'cook'. . I have made roasted veggies in a pressure cooker before and they've turned out good! Of course I slather ketchup on just about everything I cook, so it kind of masks the taste anyway. Ha ha. I hope your dish turns out good! What can really go wrong with rice, broccoli and carrots? Sounds good to me!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
14 Feb 12
A pressure cooker is different. I am not a good cook. Never could master it but can tell you this chicken meal I made today was excellent. It was easy and clean up was fast. Thanks for responding.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
14 Feb 12
Hi Maezze and Carolbee. A pressure cooker you have to tighten the lid on an a crock pot you just put the lid on. The pressure cooker cooks fast the crock pot cooks slower. I bet you both are great cooks. The secret to cooking is tasting what you cook as you cook. Spices is easy think of what you like and put that in what ever you cook it will come out believe me. I didn't know how to cook anything when I married my first husband other then beans and potatoes. Surprising he taught me how to cook biscuits. They are real easy to make but you got to use quality flour and Crisco the grease not the oil. Meats do as I put in the response above. In your meats when you are baking them add potatoes onions carrots anything that takes a long time to cook and believe me you will be surprised at how good they come out. Try it who knows you might like it.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
16 Feb 12
Only one problem with tasting while cooking is I can't taste. Result of an accident a few years ago. So the meal was trial and error and I am here to tell you it turned out terrific. It was melt in your mouth chicken and the veggies were unbelievable. Thanks for responding.
@free_man (7337)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Hi Carolbee. Bet your dinner turns out great cook stuff in the crock pot. I use the crock pot all the time always turns out just great. And it is a lot easier to cook in the crock pot. Best advice I can give you for the spices if you never put in more then a 1/4 teaspoon of any spice it won't be too much. I don't use too much salt my husband has a problem with his blood pressure so salt isn't a good thing to use with him. Me on the other hand love the taste of salt and it don't affect me at all thank God! But I only salt my food after it is on my plate. Good luck with your pot luck dinner! It is a good thing to try new things. I like to bake my meats in the oven with different kinds of dressings on them they turn out great!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
14 Feb 12
Our meal was excellent. Actually I was a bit surprised it would taste as good as it did. It did need more salt but because my husband and I both have high blood pressure, I used very little. What kind of dressings do you use on the meat? Sounds interesting. Thanks for responding.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
14 Feb 12
I found that sea salt isn't as bad for you just hard to find where we live. I use salad dressings we like on our salads. The meat comes out so tender and just falls off the bones. On hams, turkeys and chicken I use orange juice. When I have turkeys and chicken I cut an orange or two in quarters and stuff them inside the turkey or chicken. You can taste the orange in the bird meat. I also use pineapple juice on the meat too it does taste great. Try it you will be surprised at how good it taste. I always season to taste as I cook. Your always welcome my friend!
• United States
13 Feb 12
I’ve always had good luck with doing crock pot meals Carolbee. I like to boil chicken and then take it off the bone and put it in the crock pot with a bottle of barbecue sauce. I let it cook down a good bit and then have it on hamburger buns. I do the same with pork… I bake a pork roast and then pull it and bbq it in the crock pot. Yummy!
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Anything slow cooked in bar-b-que sauce is yummy. My stove and oven were both turned off about a year ago. There was a problem with the pipes below the stove. Not an actual gas leak but the pipes weren't connecting right. Haven't replaced either yet so can only use a crockpot which limits my ability to boil or bake anything. Thanks so much for responding.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
13 Feb 12
You can cook the roast in the crockpot in broth, lift it out to a plate, pull it , add it back to the pot, add the BBQ sauce...DELICIOUS!!! The meat is seldom dry this way.
@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Wishing you luck!!! You'll be just fine!!! Only one suggestion...be careful with the salt!!! My rule of thumb is to follow the recipe exactly for the first try & then play with it to mold it to my liking on the subsequent tries!!! Oops, just thought of a second suggestion...careful with the liquids as they tend to grow while cooking. You will think you don't have enough liquid & add more. The next thing you know, the liquid will be running out of the pot. So, I repeat, follow the exact recipe the first time & play with it later. Now, I don't even use a recipe; I choose a meat of choice a soup flavor of choice & then I start tossing in veggies, mushrooms, onions to taste. I love okra, so I often add a hand full or two of okra because I like the flavor & it also works as a thickening agent. I add pasta one time, rice the next & potatoes the next. I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised as to how good a meal you come up with!!! I remember my first one. I cooked nothing but crockpot meals for the next 2 weeks because it was soooo freakin convenient to have my meals pre-prepared!!!. Then I made none for a long time as I had crockpot overload!!! One last suggestion...they sell crockpot liners at Walmart & grocery stores. They aren't very expensive, but are well worth it when it comes time to clean up!!! They are soooo good if you don't break it with the spoon that you can just lift & toss followed by a quick swipe of the dish cloth. Anyway...GOOD LUCK!!!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Thanks, LadyMarissa. I appreciate any feedback. I didn't have a receipe with actual amounts of water, etc. I will for sure watch the liquids however I am adding rice towards the end of the meal and know that can plump up and suck up some of the juices. I've never been a gourmet cook so my cooking ability is limited! Thanks again and have a good day.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
13 Feb 12
I know you're shocked, but you just gave me another thought. Careful of the amount of rice you add or you'll end up with mud. Since everybody's taste is different. I'll stop here, but I do suggest buying the liners for easier cleanup. I know it's too late for this one, but you'll be glad you did the next time. Here they are only $2.98 for 12 bags & well worth it!!!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Have a box of brown rice in the kitchen. Don't know how much to use since I found the recipe online and there wasn't any measurements listed. It looked yummy so I thought why not. Thanks for the warning. My husband is use to eating mud since that's basically how I cook....lol He sure didn't marry me for my cooking skills, poor guy!
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Feb 12
you know what? we got one for a wedding present (this october will be our 25th wedding anniversary) and we never used it however, my co-worker loves hers (she has been married for 3 years! i may to use it some day lol! hope you will tell us how it worked out!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
I used it once before but it was years ago and can't remember what I made. Must not have been that good or I would remember. Thanks for responding.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
14 Feb 12
The crockpot dinner was excellent. I would highly recommend it. I cooked chicken for 8 hours and it would just melt in my mouth. My husband made fun of it when he saw it but then ate 2 huge helpings...lol
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
13 Feb 12
I love using the crock pot. Sometimes in the morning before I leave for work I'll stick in part of a pork loin and potatoes and carrots.....when I get home its almost done and I can have a decent meal without alot of hassel. I don't like messing up my kitchen just for me....and it's a more nutricious meal. Good luck...hope it turns out wonderful!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Good idea. Sounds yummy. I hope it turns out really good since it was so simple to put together. If I am not back online tomorrow, the meal killed me or my husband threw me out in the cold. He's not picky so I should be fine. Thanks for responding and have a great day.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
13 Feb 12
You're NOT going to die & he's NOT going to throw you out!!! If he did, that would mean he'd have to cook for himself & I bet that ain't gonna happen!!!
@vandana7 (68490)
• India
13 Feb 12
I dont know what crockpot is but I know that feeling ..you want to make something and are not sure if you will succeed..worse...it is to be cooked for somebody else..and worst..it turns out to be rotten and the other person eats it silently..yuck..I've not yet replaced salt with sugar but if a dish turns out to be bad it feels pretty much the same. :)
@vandana7 (68490)
• India
13 Feb 12
And wish you all the best.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
It's like an electric skillet that slow cooks meals. Takes about 8 hrs. to cook chicken, according to what I read. Sure hope it turns out and we have a decent dinner tonight. This is my first attempt and hope not my last! Thanks for responding.
• United States
11 Mar 12
How did it turn out? I've had some disasters too usually involving the meal being nothing but over cooked mush and maybe even burnt to the sides. You figure out in time what works well for you. I will say some recipes though you require you to home a portion of the day as many things cook at different rates. Like you said you put in rice, well if you have instant rice that will be done before the rest so you'd need to use long grain instead.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
15 Mar 12
I was totally surprised that it turned out fantastic. I would make it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for responding.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
13 Feb 12
We've never had a total disaster from the crock - the only problem is that the roomie is a "bit" too generous with hot (black pepper, ginger) for my liking. Tho yesterday she made a pot of soup that had too much celery for my taste too - I really don't like celery...
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
14 Feb 12
I had a great experience today using it the first time. It was excellent. Thanks for responding.
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• Canada
13 Feb 12
I have never made a crockpot meal in my life but I definitely want to try it some day. Your crockpot meal of chichken, broccoli with carrots and rice seems and sounds like a nice combination and tasty meal.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
I should know if this is really good in about an hour. I mean it looks yummy. I know lots of people who work and let the crockpot cook all day while they are gone. I was a little skeptical this morning since my crockpot is old and wasn't sure about leaving it on when gone. Thanks for responding.
@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
13 Feb 12
You'll do ok. I love the crock pot I can put the beans and some ham hocks and set it on low and it is just right for supper that night. Or a Pork Butt makes a great meal cut up some veggies and add a cup and half of broth, cook on low for about 8 hours.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Another good idea that sounds great. Thanks for responding.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
13 Feb 12
I have never made one of them either in my life. Just reading the hints above has made me feel more educated before I go and try it. I will try to remember all the helpful tips. Sorry if I can't help you more, but I can offer you some encouragement and also say that if you first don't succeed, try try again. I'm sure you will make a great recipe with it though. How did it turn out? What did you make?
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
13 Feb 12
Thanks for the encouraging words. It's cooking now and we will have it for dinner if it's edible...lol My husband will tell me what he really thinks. Take care and thanks for responding.
@AmbiePam (50257)
• United States
17 Feb 12
Older than dirt?! I think not!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
16 Feb 12
Well, I have to say that the combination of chicken, broccoli and carrots in the crock pot sounds like something that I would really like to eat. One of my favorite things about using the crockpot is that I can just throw the ingredients together and turn it on and then I really don't have to worry about our meal too much except for feeding the family. I've been lucky because I've never had a bad experience with my crockpot.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
14 Feb 12
Good Luck! I've never made a crockpot meal either, but I think it can be pretty easy if not a bit of a 'waiting game'. I hate to wait, but I know meals from the crockpot come out delicious! There's even cakes and stuff that can be made in a crockpot, the recipes are endless.
• United States
14 Feb 12
I made pig feet last night and let it cook all night. It is now tender and good. I will serve it over rice and put some hot sauce on it.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
14 Feb 12
Hahaha, I don't even know what is a crock pot Reading the above comments and trying to figure what is a crock pot and how to cook with it. Sound very interesting. I guess it is something like slow cooker make from claypot. Am I right or wrong? In Malaysia (mostly Chinese) we will use slow cooker to boil soup, make dessert/sweet paste, porridge, rice with meat etc. We will put all the ingredients in and put on slow, we can let it overnight or we can always on in the morning and by the time evening, it is ready for dinner. The meat will be tender and fragrant too!