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Is it safe to cook a steak that was left out (raw) for 7 hours?

I left a round steak out for 7 hours in a container of cold water. It was wrapped very well, hadn't been opened yet. Is it ok to cook this? I planned on cooking it in the crockpot for 8 hours.
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Is there a difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot?

What is the difference between a crock pot and slow cooker? Both terms seem to be used for the same thing. Is this correct? Are they the same? Or is there some key difference between them?
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What is the difference between roasting, baking, and broasting?

For example, when making a turkey for Thanksgiving, I generally place it in the oven (covered in foil or a turkey bag), and cook it for many hours at the recommended heat setting. I can crock-pot a ...
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How to avoid chicken getting too tender when cooking in a crock pot?

I'd like to cook chicken in my Crockpot but just about every time it comes out so well done that it shreds when you try to cut it. How can I make it so it's not as well done; more like it comes out ...
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Why does meat in the crockpot always end up dry?

Just cooked some chicken breasts today. All day in the crockpot and when done the meat was horribly dry. I put chopped onions, carrots, spices, and coconut milk and 1/2 cup water and 4 chicken ...
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How to stop oatmeal from sticking to the sides of my slow cooker?

When I cook oatmeal, I usually do steel-cut oats in the slow-cooker overnight. They are tasty, etc., but invariably there is a layer of oats stuck/burned on to the side walls of the ceramic ...
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Should I brown meat for stew?

I always look through the comments on recipes I find online that I want to try. The comments are usually helpful and give great tips on how to make the dish even better! I recently found a great ...
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How do you keep corned beef from falling apart in the crockpot?

I cooked 3.5 pounds of corned beef in the crock pot last week with the intentions of making reubens. Taste wise the dish was great, but the corned beef fell apart and I did not get those pretty deli ...
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Is it possible to do sous vide cooking in a crock pot?

I'd never heard of sous vide before coming to this site, but all the posts about it here have made me want to try it. I've seen the beer cooler method, which I also want to try, but, for a smaller ...
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Is it bad to leave the crock pot on “warm” (not low) all day?

I just bought all the ingredients to make a soup in the crock pot. I was planning on having it cook all day, but I just realized the recipe only calls for it to cook on low for 3-4 hours. If I cook it ...
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Cranberry beans on a slow cooker (crock pot)

I have only made a few stews on my slow cooker so I want to try a different recipe. I want to try cooking cranberry/cargamanto beans for a bandeja paisa (similar to a Brazilian feijoada) on a slow ...
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slow cooker / crock pot temperature confusion (everything boils)

On a whole I'd like someone to explain how slow cooker / crock pot recipes are supposed to work? I mean they tell you to cook xxx all day on high, or yyy for 6 hours on high then switch to low, etc, ...
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How long do meatballs in sauce need to be heated in a crock pot?

I'm participating in a pot luck lunch this week. I'm bringing fully cooked meatballs, served in pasta sauce. My plan is to make the meatballs (around 30 - 40) the night before, cook them fully in ...
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Corned Beef in a slow cooker?

I have my corned beef cooking in my crock pot for about 6 hours on low. Should the meat be falling apart by now? It is still one big hunk of meat. I thought it would be ready in about 1.5 hours. ...
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Can I put raw ground beef in the crockpot when making chili?

When making chili in the crockpot, must the ground beef or turkey be precooked, or can I just throw everything in and cook it all day?
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Cooking a chicken and peppers in a crockpot instead of sauteeing, how much water should I add?

My father shared a recipe with me and my mother "gently corrected" some of the details, but it sounded good, and I wanted to replicate it, but cook a little more to have some leftover for later. The ...
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Can I use a larger crockpot than the recipe calls for?

I have a recipe that calls for use of a 4 qt crockpot. However, I only have a 6 qt. Is it okay to use the 6 qt instead? The recipe is for a pudding cake.
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How can I make herbs easy to remove from a Crock-Pot?

I made a soup in a Crock-Pot and placed rosemary directly in it. Once the soup was finished the rosemary had dispersed all over the soup. The process I used: Lightly spray Crock-Pot with Pam Cut up ...
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Uncooked meatballs out in crockpot all day? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to cook a steak that was left out (raw) for 7 hours? My boyfriend and I prepared a delicious meatball dinner but forgot to plug in the crockpot !! we left them ...
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What temperature should a crock pot slow cooker cook at?

I have a crock pot that will generate a low boil on the "Low" setting and dries out anything that is cooked for a long period. I'm wondering if the temperature regulator is too high, but I can't know ...
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Brown Rice vs White Rice in Stuffed Pepper

I often make a stuffed pepper in my crock pot stuffed with a ground meat and rice mixture. For liquid, I pour some tomato juice into the pepper. I used to make it with white rice, and it worked ...
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New crockpot cook times rule?

Apparently many people really do not like the "newer" and "hotter" crock pots. With the temperature being hotter, many people are reporting their food being burnt. Thing is because most of the ...
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raw chicken in an “off” crockpot

I put chicken in a crock pot and thought it was on low. It was off. It's been two hours. Do I need to throw out the chicken? It was fairly cold because it was mixed with a cold teriyaki sauce among ...
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Cooking with a crock pot - temp

I'm thinking about getting a slow cooker, so I was checking out some recipes. Many say something along the lines of: Cook Time 4 - 5 hours on LOW 2 - 2.5 hours on HIGH Slow Cooker 4 - 4.5 Quarts 6 - ...
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can a crock pot go bad?

We have a late 1970s/early 1980s slow cooker (Hamilton Beach Crock Watcher), inherited from my in-laws, that we used to use on roasts, pork loins, etc. and get incredibly tender, easy-to-shred, ...
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Put pork in crock pot and accidentally set to warm [closed]

I put a large pork roast in the crock pot this morning and accidentally set it to warm. I noticed it about 2 hours later and turned it to high. Is it safe to eat or do I need to toss it and buy a new ...
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Will a lid with a hole in it work with a crock pot?

I have an older crock pot, and the lid needs to be replaced. It's an odd size, and the only appropriate lid I could find has a tiny hole in it for venting. Will the crock pot still work normally if ...
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Should I cook my pot roast on high or low?

My pot roast recipe says to cook on high for 6-8 hours or low for 3-4 hours. However, the instructions for my new Crockpot say that the low setting is just for warming, and should never be used for ...
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How can I use my crock pot for a stove top soup?

Some soup recipes want the soup to cook on the stove for a few hours. Most of the time it is not a problem for me to do that if I am home. However, sometimes I have to leave the house for a few hours ...
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Will changing the setting on my Crock Pot reset the timer?

If I have a Crock Pot "Smart Pot" set to "High" (or 4 hours) and then I change the setting to "Low" or 10 hours, does the time start over or will it just cook for 10 hours from the time I changed it? ...
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Food safety after pork loin left in crock pot that was turned off [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature? I cooked about 2lbs of pork loin in the crock pot for 8 hours on low last night. It was on low from ...
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Used warm setting by accident [duplicate]

I put some uncooked stew meat and veggies on this morning and left for 5 hours. When I came home I realized it was only set on warm. Is my meat safe to eat? I have now put it on the stove to cook.
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Can I use a 4 quart crock pot instead of a 6 quart?

For a recipe that calls for a 6 quart crock pot, can I use a four quart crock pot? Should I only use 2/3 of each ingredient?
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How would I quickly defrost chicken if it's going to be cooked in a crock pot?

I've read that it is O.K. to defrost chicken via the microwave or in a sink of cold water, but only if you're planning to cook the chicken right away. (How to quickly and safely defrost chicken?) I'm ...
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Adapting a large crock pot recipe to a smaller crock pot [duplicate]

I've found similar questions, but they have all be very generic. I'm curious about a specific recipe, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/smothered-meatloaf-recipe.html It calls for a 5-qt ...
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Cooked chicken left in crock 7 hours after I turned it off, is it safe to eat? [duplicate]

I put chicken thighs with bbq sauce and onions into a crockpot at 630 p.m, turned it off at 12:30 a.m. Forgot about it until 7:30 this morning. Is it still safe to eat? The internet hasnt given me a ...
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Is pork ok if seared and left in crockpot 1hr before turning on?

I seared a 6 lb pork roast, put it in crockpot, then forgot to turn it on for about an hour. Then turned on low and will cook 8hrs. Is it ok?