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DylloS 09-14-2011 06:47 PM

slow cookers/crock pots
 
school me on them. I really like the idea of coming home to awesome food being ready.

Basically my monday - friday diet consists of meats, veggies, low glycemic carbs like sweet potatoes.

I'm like to just toss a crap load of chicken, beef or pork in the crock pot with some veggies and have something good waiting for me.

If you guys could recommend a good cooker and some good recipes that would be great.

brew 09-14-2011 07:28 PM

Chicken broth, chopped up onion, tons of spices + meat. That's about 75% of what we do with our crock pot. Beef roast, pork roast, white chicken chili, carnitas, BBQ pulled pork, chicken curry, etc. etc. Find a good store that sells cheap bulk spices and buy tons of pre-mixed spice blends. We have a store that sells stuff like garam masala, jamaican jerk, greek seasoning, bbq seasoning, etc. out of big glass jars.

EDawg 09-15-2011 03:52 AM

^ what seasonings do you use to make carnitas? i've always wanted to make some.

DylloS 09-15-2011 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by brew (Post 13584950)
Chicken broth, chopped up onion, tons of spices + meat. That's about 75% of what we do with our crock pot. Beef roast, pork roast, white chicken chili, carnitas, BBQ pulled pork, chicken curry, etc. etc. Find a good store that sells cheap bulk spices and buy tons of pre-mixed spice blends. We have a store that sells stuff like garam masala, jamaican jerk, greek seasoning, bbq seasoning, etc. out of big glass jars.

that sounds good. I wonder where I can find those around me.

ride365 09-15-2011 12:03 PM

Here are some resources for the thread.

tips
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/stephanie-...ry?id=12589356

amazon top-rated
http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/kitchen/289940

roast beef recipe
http://www.jenniepperson.com/food/sl...er-roast-beef/

http://jenniepperson.com/wordpress/w...8/IMG_0348.jpg

ride365 09-15-2011 12:19 PM

Some more recipes from a random site.

jambalaya
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/...d9eb914c96.jpg

sandwich beef
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/...8415bb8013.jpg

burrito beef
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/...a5a523d150.jpg

green chili pork
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/...97d3c8c24f.jpg


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EASY PULLED-PORK
  • pork shoulder
  • bbq sauce
  • 1 can root beer
  • 1 onion

http://happypeacock.files.wordpress....pg?w=500&h=331

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Hello Kitty crock pot :thumbsup:
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget...._crock_pot.jpg

accolade 09-15-2011 12:35 PM

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DylloS 09-15-2011 12:37 PM

thanks for the tips guys. I'm really looking forward to this.

brew 09-15-2011 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by EDawg (Post 13586176)
^ what seasonings do you use to make carnitas? i've always wanted to make some.

I'm not sure - my wife makes that. I would assume onion, garlic, canned diced green chilis, salt, pepper, chili powder, maybe some salsa thrown in as well. The way I tend to make mexican style stuff is to just buy the Asada seasoning mix from Grocery Outlet - it's like $1 a jar and has MSG and is awesome and seems popular with hispanic shoppers - and add liberal amounts of that with chopped onion.

Oh, and to add more stuff to this thread, here another dish we made:

Lamb shanks
http://talesfromthetrough.blogspot.c...el/Crock%20Pot
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_birI4_14E9...Q/s400/007.JPG

6 (1-pound) lamb shanks
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
10 garlic cloves, peeled
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 large onion
1/4 c dry white wine
1/2 cup diced tomatoes in juice (I used one large fresh tomato from the garden-yum!)
14 oz low sodium beef broth
1 tsp gravy flour
1/4 c chopped parsley for garnish

1. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker with meaty ends down. I had the butcher cut the shanks down so they would easily fit into our slow cooker. Add garlic, rosemary, thyme, onion, wine, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and cook 8 to 9 hours on low or about 5 hours on high until shanks are very tender.

2. Remove shanks from liquid, cover, and set aside. Remove and discard any herb sprigs, remove garlic, and mash with a fork, then return to broth. Skim excess fat from broth and whisk in a small amount of thickener until smooth (gravy flour worked well. Pour over lamb and serve sprinkled with parsley.

OrisuE46 09-19-2011 11:41 AM

bout to get a crock pot for the new place im moving to.
:thumbsup:

evolved 09-19-2011 12:16 PM

My wife and I have been using the crock pot a lot lately. We just recently made this and it was by far one of the best things we've made in it, so far:

-2lbs chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
-32 oz of salsa (your choice....we used 16oz of habenero lime and 16oz of chipotle salsa)
-1 packet of taco seasoning
-1 can organic black beans (don't drain)
-1-1/2 cups of corn (frozen is fine)
-1 chopped medium yellow onion

Combine all ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours. So, start it in the AM when you are on your way to work. When you come home, take the chicken out and shred it, then return to the pot for ~1hr. Serve with yellow corn tortillas. For salsa we took a red onion and cilantro and chopped it so that it was fine. It was fantastic.

DylloS 09-19-2011 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by evolved (Post 13598513)
My wife and I have been using the crock pot a lot lately. We just recently made this and it was by far one of the best things we've made in it, so far:

-2lbs chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
-32 oz of salsa (your choice....we used 16oz of habenero lime and 16oz of chipotle salsa)
-1 packet of taco seasoning
-1 can organic black beans (don't drain)
-1-1/2 cups of corn (frozen is fine)
-1 chopped medium yellow onion

Combine all ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours. So, start it in the AM when you are on your way to work. When you come home, take the chicken out and shred it, then return to the pot for ~1hr. Serve with yellow corn tortillas. For salsa we took a red onion and cilantro and chopped it so that it was fine. It was fantastic.

that sounds awesome man. my gf said her mom is buying me a crockpot for my bday so i'll get it sunday. I wanted to start creating things sooner lol

217Bimmer 09-19-2011 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by DylloS (Post 13598888)
that sounds awesome man. my gf said her mom is buying me a crockpot for my bday so i'll get it sunday. I wanted to start creating things sooner lol

$10k your crockpot never makes it out of the box. :P

DylloS 09-20-2011 08:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 217Bimmer (Post 13598942)
$10k your crockpot never makes it out of the box. :P

haha assh0le

evolved 09-20-2011 09:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DylloS (Post 13598888)
that sounds awesome man. my gf said her mom is buying me a crockpot for my bday so i'll get it sunday. I wanted to start creating things sooner lol

Had it again last night (we froze the leftovers) and they were amazing, again. If you get to using the thing, I've got good pulled pork recipe that's great for sunday football and tailgating.

217Bimmer 09-20-2011 10:20 AM

simple italian beef using dry onion soup mix is easy. have to dig up the recipe for the fall/winter.

get a good crockpot cookbook. lots of simple recipes there with minimal prep.

never made taco stuff in there, but that sounds good! might make it this sun, either that or chilli

DylloS 09-26-2011 09:33 AM

Got it last night. AWWWWW YEAAAAAAA

OrisuE46 09-26-2011 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DylloS (Post 13620042)
Got it last night. AWWWWW YEAAAAAAA

AAAAWWWWWW YEAAAHHHHH

post up some of your food

DylloS 09-26-2011 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OrisuE46 (Post 13620396)
AAAAWWWWWW YEAAAHHHHH

post up some of your food

Definitely will. I'll be making some kind of chicken recipe for tomorrow.

DylloS 09-26-2011 08:24 PM

So I put all this stuff together to cook while im at work tomorrow and it seems like it will end up being soupy. Any advice evolved?


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