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Can I use "oven cooking bags" in my crockpot?
Sharon from Southern Illinois
Using your good old reliable crock pot can save you plenty of time and cash, but if your model is aging, give it a test. Bacteria can grow when food is kept under 140 degrees F for four hours or more. Test your crock pot dish after three hours on low and see if it's actually getting to that temperature. If it's not, it's time for a new crock pot.
It's also a good idea to jack the dial up to HIGH for the first hour to bring the food up to 140 as quickly as possible. You can adjust it after that and continue on low until finished. A crock pot in good working condition should be able to maintain 140 degrees F for the rest of the cooking cycle. Let's be careful out there, crockpotters!
By Candy Killion from Hollywood, FL
|Stovetop Cooking Time||Crockpot Cooking Time|
|High Temp||Low Temp|
|15-30 minutes||1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs||4 - 8 hours|
|35-45 minutes||3 - 4 hours||6 - 10 hours|
|50 minutes - 3 hours||4 - 6 hours||8 - 16 hour|
Seasoning: Spices will be diluted overtime as they cook in a crockpot. So add spices in the last hour of cooking.
Ground Beef: Brown ground beef before adding to the crockpot. It will taste better and have better texture this way.
Raw Vegetables: Uncooked vegetables like carrots, potatoes and onions should be place at the bottom of the crockpot for faster cooking.
Dairy: Add sour cream, heavy cream and other dairy ingredients during the last hour of cooking.
Cleaning: Do not add cold water to a hot crockpot to clean it. Either let it cool down or add warm soapy water.
Garnish: Many vegetables will lose their color in a slow cooker. Add a colorful garnish like fresh parsley, chives, tomatoes, red peppers or cheese for color.
Cooking Tip: Keep your crockpot at least half full to avoid overheating and overcooking food.
Thickening: Add a cornstarch in the final hour of cooking to thicken juices.
Use your crockpot outside in the summer to help keep your house cool.
What are your favorite crockpot tips?
Recently, I put up a crockpot full of chicken and marinade. Leaving it overnight, it was perfect the next morning. By noon, however, it was a bit dry. That is when I realized what I had done.
We all know how easy it is to use a slow cooker to make dinner, but the clean up can be a time-consuming job. We recently found the Reynolds Slow Cooker liners at the grocery store, WalMart, etc.
It is 96 degrees and humid today, so I took out my trusty slow cooker this morning. Cooking in the slow cooker keeps my kitchen cooler, plus the whole meal can be cooked in one container. My slow cooker is great for less tender cuts of meat, which are less expensive to purchase.
I cook my meat in my crockpot for a few hours while I'm gone. Then I pop it in the oven for 20 or 30 minutes to brown and crisp up before serving.( while I fix the rest of dinner) My husband does not like meat from the crockpot.
When I went back to college and my kids were in school, I figured out a way to do things to where we still had a good meal. I used a lot of things and bagged them in freezer bags. Before I left, I took a bag out and placed it in the Crock Pot. It was ready by the time we all arrived home.
Before you contemplate buying a crockpot, check out the smallest ring on your electric cooker. I found out that my past two cookers were usable this way by reading the information that came with the contraption. I didn't trust it to start with so I stayed in all day just to make sure.
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I am making green beans in a cooking bag in my crockpot. Do I set it on high or low? I haven't ever used the cooking bag crockpot method before.
I have never used the cooking bags/liners so I decided to do a 'satisfaction' research and I found there is a lot of controversy about using them.
Some users say they sometimes burn (no matter how they use them) and others say they give some food a 'plastic taste'........
There are more good remarks than bad and it seems that as long as you're using good quality liners there are few problems.
As to whether to use high or low - the liner does not change the cooking method so the liner companies state you follow your recipe as to temperature and length of cooking - no change if using a bag/liner.
I did read that fresh green beans should be cooked like this:
"Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. Cooking time may vary depending on how tender you like your green beans."
I liked this site so maybe it could help you with using liners.
Research is always good when using something new.
Hope your food will taste delicious.
I know there are cooking liners for crackpots and also cooking bag that come with frozen foods or even food you can add to the bag to cook in a pot of boiling water or even the oven. Normally there are instruction on the item that will tell you how long to cook this. You should follow the same instruction the company has given you for cooking temp and also how long to cook the item so it is not under or over cooked. The only advantage I can see about using a cooking bag in a crock pot is the clean up time and how easy it should make it. I did read some people saying that cooking in plastic is not idea for your health and it should be avoided. I do a lot of fresh cooking for myself and try to avoid packaged foods or food that come in cooking bags. I just find that fresh foods taste better and are better for your health.
I use slow cooker liners consistently. However, I often want to cook several different items in the same pot that I do not wish to mix. For example, tonight I cooked a bacon-wrapped pork loin roast, corn on the cob, and a baked potato. I had to use a huge liner bag for the roast and another huge liner bag for the corn (cooked in butter), and wrapped the potato in foil. It would have been great if I could have had a smaller bag for each item. Does anyone know if such a thing exists on the market, and if so, where to purchase them?
Does frozen meat need to be thawed before placing in the crockpot?
LINDA FROM CA.
I do this all the time. Just throw it in, add seasonings, cream of whatever is on hand. Add 2 cups of water, and turn on low for 8-10 hours. Success every time. I've tried all kinds of meat, always works.
I have never had a problem crocking frozen meat. You must add sufficient liquid, but it always turns out fine. (Well, the times it doesn't, it's more me and the recipe than the frozen meat! :) )
No you do not have to thaw the meat. We take a frozen roast into a slow cooker and add mushroom soup to it and some black pepper. Start out on high and when you start to smell it turn the meat over and check it to make sure it is not burning. Don't open the lid but two times. Then reduce the heat and cook all night. There is a lof you can do also like put in frying pan brown each side then put in the cooker. Chicken do this to and use cream of chicken soup. Brown before starting and it will help too. Good luck and happy cooking...
The only time I thaw the meat is when I want to brown the outside of the meat. I found that if you do this, the meat stays juicer.
Have a great day
Several of the cooking shows that I watch have been featuring crock pot cooking lately. The one thing they all say is to remember one rule - cold crockpot - cold meat. Hot crockpot - Hot meat or product. The deal is, is that if you put cold meat in a hot crock pot or vice versa it may crack your crock pot.
Just make sure you have plenty of time to let it cook. I put a whole frozen chicken in mine last Sunday thinking we would have chicken later that day and I had to come up with an alternative because being frozen it was taking a lot longer than I thought it would.
I just got back from Milwaukee where my mother in law made a pork roast from frozen and my sister in law made a beef roast from frozen. They started it in the morning at low and it was done by 5:30 -6 at night. It was so good and I never knew you could do that!
Is it possible to substitute a regular plastic bag for a slow-cooker liner?
By Linda T.
Does anybody know if you can successfully cook rice in a crock pot?
Susan from Columbus, OH
My children despise certain veggies -- each different, of course. Can you cook different veggies inside your crock pot in Ziploc type bags? For instance, when making veggie beef soup, since neither child likes corn, could I put the kernel corn in a quart bag with small holes pierced in the bag and place inside the crock pot with all other ingredients? This way the corn cooks along with the soup and even allows the flavor to mingle. Then when ready to serve the kids don't pick out the corn, but hubby and I can add some from the bag to our bowl. Sounds like a win-win this way. Is this possible? I aways cook on low heat.
Request: This slow cooker has a liner that can be used directly on the stove top. Any opinions?
Holly from Richardson, TX
I have one of that type also. Just be sure to use the metal ring that comes with the slo cooker if you use it on the stove. That way the liner is not directly on the burner.
I put a 4 pound lamb roast in my crock pot for 5 hours. It is cooked, but I still have about 2 hours before dinner time at the most. Can I leave it on low until we eat, should I turn it off, or should I put it on auto? or let it cool and put it in the fridge, or I could transfer to another pan and set my oven to warm? Help :)
By Nicole D
If I half a slow cooker recipe and use a smaller cooker, do I cut the time?