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What temperature, in degrees, should I set my slow cooker to for a 5-pound pork shoulder?

I'm making pulled pork with a 5-pound pork shoulder in my slow cooker. My cooker has a temperature control that ranges from 200 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I hope to have it done in 6 to 8 hours. What ...
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What kind of sausage could I use as a substitute for Cumberland sausage?

I live in the USA and Cumberland sausages don't exist. They have sausage links and patties but I don't want to make sausage casserole and have the flavor altered because I picked the wrong kind of ...
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What's the basic technique for long braising of pork?

I boiled 1kg chunk of pork 12 hours: first boiling 45 min 8 h at low heat 45 min boiling low heat now some hours I am not sure if this was a good strategy. I know there's no single "right" ...
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When slow cooking a whole chicken for curry, should I put the vegetables in at the same time or wait?

Hi guys I need some quick advice. I am about to slow cook a whole chicken and I and one question: Should I put the vegetables in while its slow cooking or will it be too mushy?
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Optimal cooking tool for long-duration steaming

I'm a recent college graduate, and will begin working 40 hour weeks soon. I'm not good at cooking, and I prefer to cook all of my food (fish, chicken, turkey, vegetables) by steaming them in a small ...
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Slow Cooker: Recipe says Medium, mine has high and low only

I want to cook a recipe that says to cook at medium-high for eight hours, however my slow cooker only has high and low. How do I cook my recipe so the meat doesn't resemble old shoe leather? Thanks :...
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Pork left on low all day after cooking [duplicate]

I cooked a pork roast and saurkraut all night in my crockpot, then left it on warm all day,"unexpected errands" is it still safe? I ate some and it tasted Funny. Not like it normally does. Someone ...
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I would really like to go to bed, but the slow cooker isn't done

I've got a 6.5qt slow cooker going, with about 7lbs of corned beef in it. I had put it on HIGH around 4:30pm, figuring that it would take six to eight hours to cook. Well, it's half-past midnight, ...
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When cooking pulled pork in a slow cooker, should the meat be submerged in liquid? [duplicate]

I am making pulled pork in my slow cooker this week. I am going to use a pork shoulder and am planning on cooking it on low for 8-10 hours while at work. How much liquid should I put in the slow ...
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How to use slow cooker for cooking meat without it turning into soup or stew?

I was surprised when I completed using the slow cooker for the first time and it did not look like the ingredients anymore but the water I had added per the directions has turned into a thick brown ...
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When to add vegetables in slow cooker?

I'm doing a nice beef roast in the crock pot today. Normally I roast the carrots and potatoes together in the oven but due to other things I need the oven for I'm going to add them with the roast. I ...
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Will cooking a beef topside joint on a very low heat overnight make it dry?

I bought a 1.8 kilogram joint of beef topside (called round in the US, I believe) and I am kicking myself for not buying a rib joint because it had more fat on it. Anyway, there is so little fat on ...
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Slow cooked chicken

I recently had four chicken legs to cook, but my oven had failed a few days earlier. Grilling or microwaving didn't seem like a good idea, so with some trepidation I skinned them and then crammed ...
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New to sous vide and not having any luck

Tried a pork loin that had been well marinated. Cooked it at 140 for 3 hours. Was very tender and did not have any character and no taste of marinade. Next try was chicken tenders. Cooked at 140 for ...
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Do I put the pot roast above or below the vegetables in my crock pot?

When cooking a pot roast in a crock pot, do I put the meat above or below the vegetables? And does cooking it on hi or low have effect on this?
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How long can I leave a pork roast in a PC550 slow cooker on warm after it's cooked?

I recently prepared a pork roast, but it wasn't ready in time for supper. Once it was fully cooked, I switched it over to "warm" for the night to be ready for today. But now I'm a little worried if it ...
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Whoops- put turkey chili in the crockpot on warm all day. Is it safe once cooked? [duplicate]

I just called home & hubby said the chili was still raw when he got home . He turned it up to high and is making something else for tonights dinner. He did not put in thermometer before turning ...
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Is Hobgoblin a good substitute for Newcastle Brown in a beef stew recipe?

I've bought some beer called Hobgoblin. I was going to buy Newcastle Brown as the ingredients in my recipe say brown ale. However, someone in the supermarket said Hobgoblin was not a brown ale. So ...
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Cooking Potatoes

I'm having a problem cooking potatoes using a slow cooker recipe. I'm using russet potatoes. Recipe did not specify what to use. Recipe said "thin sliced". Used mandoline to crinkle cut 4.5mm thick (...
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slow cooking chicken thigh in a spice mix

I have a 'Parampara' branded Butter Chicken spice mix packet that is meant to be cooked with diced chicken thigh. The directions on the packet suggest frying the chicken (5 mins) and then simmering it ...
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How much black garlic to substitute for regular garlic in a slow-cooker?

My wife and I are currently making a slow-cooker brisket taco recipe and decided to substitute black garlic for the garlic it called for. The recipe called for two medium cloves and I used the same ...
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Should beef be cooked before adding to the pot for Stroganoff?

I'm following a recipe for Beef Stroganoff in a slow cooker. The recipe does not say whether I should cook the stewing beef at all before adding it to the slow cooker. I tend to thoroughly brown ...
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Can I cook beans without salt?

I made some refried beans in a slow cooker, loosely following the recipe from my cookbook. The recipe says to cook the beans with ½ teaspoon of salt. Is this necessary to properly cook the beans? I am ...
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Preparing slow cooked meats for the next day

This may be a basic question but I have never done it before (I have slow cooked meat before just not for the next day): I want to prepare different slow cooked meats, beef, pork and a lamb leg, for ...
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What is the best way to cook chicken for enchiladas?

I'm new to cooking and I'm cooking chicken enchiladas and obviously I want to shred the chicken. Most recipes say to use a slow cooker, but some say boil. Why would one be better than the other? I ...
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Sous vide octopus for maximum tenderness

A few years ago I had a delicious 15-hour slow-cooked (then charred) octopus at a japanese restaurant in New York. The flesh was moist and tender without being gelatinous, and I could sense the ...
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Can I slow cook in short intervals?

I'm making tonkotsu ramen broth, cooked over twelve hours (some people cook it even longer). I'd rather not leave my gas stove on overnight, so I'm wondering whether the same effect - breaking down ...
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Can I cook a slow cooker recipe on high instead of low, but for shorter time?

This morning, I was supposed to prepare our chili recipe for tonight in the slow cooker, but I have forgotten. Now it's too late to start the recipe as usual and cook it on low. However, it's not ...
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Will it wreck the dish if I pre-soak beef in brine, and then slow roast with Marsala? [closed]

I've found that pre-soaking my beef in brine helps to break down the fibres, making the subsequent roast tender. I've found a recipe for slow-roasting beef with Marsala. I'm wondering if I can ...
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How do I quickly get okra to stop being goopy?

It's irritating to cook any recipe with okra. I love okra, but it always takes a long time to burn off all the goopy stuff. Is there a way to get rid of it more quickly so my okra will be ready sooner?...
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Maximum cooking time for beef joint in slow cooker?

I usually cook a joints of beef by browing it in a pan and then putting it in the slow cooker all day (about 8 hours) completely submerged in stock. At the weekend I have family coming over, so the ...
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Slow Cooker makes a mess

I tried googling this one but I just kept getting recipes. I bought a slow cooker (Proctor-Silex 33043 4-Quart Slow Cooker), which seemed to have good reviews. However I try to make stock, which I ...
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Why is the rice in my mushroom risotto always very hard?

I'm a fan of Italian mushroom risotto and I love to cook it from time to time, but cooking the arborio rice well seems impossible to me if I follow traditional recipes. Last time I pre-cooked the ...
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Slow roasting potatoes

Is it possible to slow roast potatoes? I am slow roasting a pork belly in the oven at 130c for 4 hours, can I add whole (small-medium sized) potatoes as well? Would they need the full 4 hours? How ...
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Substituting parchment for foil in slow cooker

A slow cooker gooey brownie recipe calls for using aluminum foil as a liner. Can I substitute parchment paper for the foil? Since the OP seems to be long gone, I'm going to edit in this recipe, ...
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Can I slow cook a 3.25 beef roast for 4 hours on high, refridgerate in the crock pot overnight and then cook on low again in the morning for 4 hours?

Can I slow cook a 3.25 beef roast (not browned) with vegetables for 4 hours on high, refrigerate in the crock pot overnight, and then cook on low again in the morning for 4 hours? I am new to cooking ...
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Chicken stock in slow cooker - danger zone?

How does one know if slow cookers are holding foods in the danger zone too long? I cooked chicken stock on high (a bit too full, water one inch from the top) but it wouldn't simmer, it seemed like 2-3 ...
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Chicken curry in a slow cooker turns out watery

My first question on here, so please go easy on me. I have recently got a slow cooker and have been very pleased with the results, but that was using ready-made sachets of cooking mixes. I am ...
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Is it safe to prepare a crock pot recipe the night before?

I'm looking at slow cooking a beef stew on a workday. The stew includes raw beef. Recipe: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/14685/slow-cooker-beef-stew-i/ Is it safe to combine the ingredients the ...
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Braising with 2 dutch ovens - time?

So, the wife and I are in charge of New Years dinner. That involves 2 5-lb boston butts. One dutch oven is allclad, the other dutch oven is cast iron. The braising recipe calls for 8-10 hours on low ...
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Cooking a large pork roast in a slow cooker

I need to cook a 9 pound pork roast in a crock pot/slow cooker. How long do I need to cook it? I have a recipe for a 3-4 pound roast; is there any way to adjust it for a larger roast?
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Is my ragu missing an ingredient?

I'm following a recipe for a pork rib ragu that calls for one onion, 2 carrots and one stick of celery along with 500ml of stock. It suggests that I let this simmer for 2-3 hours. When I return to ...
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dealing with curved ribs in a flat rib recipe

I'm trying to make a pork rib ragu, and the ribs I have got are rather... curled. the recipe doesn't really specify which ribs to get, but in the video they're rather flat, making browning them, and ...
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Best beef joint for slow cooker

I'm wondering what beef roasting joints will come out of the slow cooker best? I'd like to be able to slice it rather than pull it though. I've tried before with Brisket, it was delicious, but fell ...
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How (or is) “low & slow” turkey safe?

If I slow-cook a turkey over low, low heat for 12-18 hours, how does it stay "safe" when the turkey has been in the danger zone for a large majority of the cooking time? I've been slow-cooking ...
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Candied almonds made In a crock pot didn't harden, are still gooey

I made candied almonds In a crock pot according to a recipe. They did not get a candy coating on them. Now I have a large bowl of gooey nuts and don't know what to do with them. They are too expensive ...
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Crock-pot/slow-cooker basmati sushi/ketupat

I have successfully made sushi rice or ketupat cakes with long grain basmati using the slow cooker. I see the advantage that I could use fragrant or any usual household rice rather than sticky rice. ...
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How can I adapt slow-cooker recipes to allow more pre-preparation?

I started to ask about adapting slow-cooker recipes for longer cook times, but noticed there were a few questions about that already that look helpful. My next question is about how to prep a slow ...
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What is the target internal temperature of pork back ribs for maxium tenderness?

Although there are many variations for how to cook 'baby back' ribs, there seems to be scant information concerning the target internal temperature of the meat when finished. The question may be ...