Another great guest post today, this time from Allie from Everyday Adventures where she blogs about anything and everything. I am particularly enjoying her book suggestions but when she isnt reading, she is cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
I’m not going to pretend I know anything about cooking. One hundred percent of the time, I follow other people’s recipes — to the letter — because I don’t know how or why certain ingredients go together, and I’m afraid of screwing up a perfectly good meal by messing with the balance.
That’s not to say I haven’t taken a little bit of a walk on the wild side when it comes to cookery.
My favorite kitchen appliance is my Crock Pot. And while there are plenty of cookbooks and blogs and websites that cater specifically to my love of slow-cooked food, there are way more cookbooks and websites and blogs for non-slow-cooked food. It would be a shame to miss out on so much deliciousness just because the recipe is not Crock-friendly! So I recently began adjusting recipes for slow-cooker usage.
This original recipe for beef stew required cooking on the stove for almost two hours!
Mind you, I’m not changing a single thing in the recipes I make; I just adjust the order of when ingredients are added, and eliminate intermediate steps that add a lot of hands-on time.
So here is my absolutely not-foolproof guide to turning any recipe into a Crock Pot recipe! It has not failed me yet!*
*If it fails you, it’s not my fault. I warned you this wasn’t foolproof.
- Start in the morning. (Or the night before.)
- Prep your vegetables and meats the same way as you would for non-Crock cooking.
- Prep any sauces the way the recipe says to.
- Put all ingredients/sauces into the Crock Pot together, and turn it on. (Use your best judgment if there are any things that should maybe wait until the end to be thrown into the Crock, like cornstarch or rice.)
- Cook on low for six to eight hours, or high for four hours. Soups and stews can go longer. Fish should go WAY shorter — about two hours on high.
- Look at all the time you have to do other things!
Beef stew without slaving over the stove! Still tasted delicious to me!
Have you discovered any tips or tricks to make cooking quicker? I’d love to hear them!