Friday, October 30, 2009

Crock Pot Cooking: General Information

I have always enjoyed using a crock pot. On those days when I have to work, or when I have a hectic day, the crock pot always comes to the rescue. This past week I was able to attend a "Gourmet Crock Pot" class, given by the USU Extension in Provo, UT. The presenter was Ginger Hack who is a fabulous cook. After the class I asked her if I could post her recipes on this blog, and she enthusiastically said Yes! So, all the upcoming posts on crock pot recipes are used with permission by Ginger.

How do I convert cook times between High and Low?



3 hours

7 hours











It is not recommended to convert recipes with cook times less than 7-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.

To time an adapted recipe for the slow cooker, edtimate 3-4 hours on low for every hour of conventional cooking. Estimate about 2-2.5 hours on high for each hour of conventional cooking.

Great foods to cook in slow cooker:
  • tough cuts of beef (rump, chuck, stew meat)
  • stews
  • soups
  • chili
  • braised foods
  • steamed puddings
  • pork roasts, or loin
  • poultry
Foods that don't work particularly well:
  • fish
  • duck
  • prime rib
  • cheese & dairy dishes (although if you keep it on low, use evap. milk or heavy cream, it will work better. Heavy cream and evap milk are both more stable than regular milk in the cooker)
Using a slow cooker for 10 hours costs approximately 8-10 cents. You can't beat that!!

Upcoming slow cooker recipes: Artichoke Cheese Dip, Classic Swiss Fondue, Mexican Style Pot Roast, Chicken Cacciatore, Beef Bourguignonne, Steak Diane, Chicken Casablanca, Slow Cooker French Cassoulet, Jambalaya, Chicken Seville, Potatoes Euphoria, Herbed Rice Pilaf, Roasted Summer Squash with Pine Nuts & Romano Cheese, Cinnamon Ginger Pears, Stuffed Apples with Maple-Rum Butterscotch (my favorite!), and more!

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  1. I can't wait to try out some new recipes... I LOVE crockpot cooking!

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