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Brining…at high temp?

I read that brining makes meat moister by causing protein cells to absorb water from the brine via osmosis (Wikipedia) So I thought, hmm, why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone: brine + slow-cook ...
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Pulled Pork (with leg)

I have always made pulled pork with the shoulder, but this time I want to make it with the leg of pork. Will turn out dry, does it need less cooking time?
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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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Do canned kidney beans contain Toxins?

I'm attempting my first slow-cook today but, of course right after I started it, I read that there's some nasty chemical in uncooked kidney and cannellini beans that can cause vomiting. And apparently ...
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Defrosting approx 3.5kg of pork, and then cooking more than once?

I've got about 3.5kg (7.5lbs) of rolled pork (with lots of skin crackling) vacuum-packed in my freezer which has been there for just under a month. I've got around 20 coming to eat on Saturday for a ...
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How can I use a “cook for 3-4 hours” slow cooker recipe when I'm away for 8+ hours?

I've run across several slow cooker recipes that call for a slow-cooker time of 3 - 4 hours on low heat. I'd love to use these, but on work days I'm out of the house for at least 8 hours. What can I ...
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Can onion based recipes such as bolognese be cooked in slow cooker?

Slow cookers seem like an easy way to cook a meal if you are prepared to wait the 8 hours or so for the meal to cook. Can you simply put all the ingredients, including onion, for something like ...
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Slow cooked lamb [closed]

I have accidentely put a whole leg of lamb in slow cooker and turned to warm. It took 6 hours until I noticed. Is it safe to eat if I either cook on high or put in preheated oven?
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Slow Cooker & Fat - Blend it back in?

I have a layer of grease on the top of my slow cooker. The recipie is a sausage & bean hotpot with smoked paprika and red wine. My issue is that I added a little too much liquid and now the fat ...
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When is Slow Cooking done - time vs temperature of meat

I have read that slow cookers manufactured recently (not sure what time period that actually means) rise to their cooking temperature faster because of FDA concerns of keeping a food at a dangerous ...
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Slow cooker- can I turn up the heat

I am cooking French dip, using a chuck roast. And I ended up having to substitute a recipe (I didn't have a can of soup so I improvised). It took a bit longer than I thought and now dinner won't be ...
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Is slow cooking for 24+ hours safe?

I've been cooking a 15 lb (7 Kg) pork shoulder for 24 hours, and the temperature has been around 140°F (60°C) for both meat and liquid. I didn't realize the temp was so low until just now when I stuck ...
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How can I filter out unwanted particles in my chicken broth?

I often like to cook an entire chicken in water in a crockpot. After the chicken is done cooking, I remove all the meat and then throw the bones & organs back in, pour some extra water in, and let ...
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Stew in the oven or on the stove, does it make a difference?

What is the advantage (if any) of finalizing a stew or other slow-cooked meals in the oven instead of on a hob? A lot of recipes tells you to set the pot in the oven to cook for x hours after the ...
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Converting to a 2 quart slow cooker

I have a 2 quart slow cooker (crock pot) and I am cooking for two. Do I just half the ingredients called for in a 8 qt. recipe?
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Do slow cookers require liquid to operate?

I have a Butterball turkey breast roast that I'd like to cook tomorrow, and I'm planning to do it in my slow cooker. The recipe as provided online is the same one that is on the turkey packaging: ...
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Do I need to adjust slow cooker recipes for high altitude?

I live at a high altitude and love to use my slow cooker, but I don't think the meals are coming out as expected when I follow the recipes. Do I need to adjust the recipes for high altitudes?
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Am I slow cooking chicken correctly?

I tried to slow cook chicken today using the hob on my gas cooker. I started on a very very low heat and just left it for an hour and noticed it was doing a good job of absorbing flavours in the ...
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How can I save my curry - it's way too oily!

I cooked a chicken curry in the slowcooker last night, I came down this morning and its way too oily. I think because of this the coconut milk has separated a little too. Any way I can save this, ...
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What are the differences between slow cooking and poaching a chicken soup and how does slow cooking/poaching soup affect salt absorbtion?

1.What is the difference between poaching and slow cooking? I believe in poaching you are meant to remove chicken 20 minutes after boiling so the meat doesn't dry out while In slow cooking I believe ...
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Is it ok to leave a slow cooker unattended?

Is it safe to leave a slow cooker (Crock-Pot) on unattended (for example, while you're at work and no one is home)? Or is that a fire hazard?
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How should I choose a BBQ sauce for root-beer-braised pulled pork?

I made some pulled pork using this slow-cooker recipe a few weeks ago. Ingredients include: 1 (2 lbs) pork shoulder 1 (12 fl oz) can or bottle root beer 1 (18 oz) bottle "your favorite barbecue ...
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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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What is the best cut of beef to use for stews?

What cut of beef should I use for a beef stew? I heard that you want a little bit of fat in the meat, but what part the animal is best to use?
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Should I continue to cook Chicken which has only started to cook briefly then cooled by mistake

I started to cook chicken casserole in the slow cooker, for about 20 minutes on high so that I could then turn it down to low and leave cooking. However, I accidently turned the slow cooker off and so ...
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How long should I slow roast a large (7.5lb/3.5kg) chicken for?

This Moroccan Slow Roasted Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives recipe suggests to cook a regular sized chicken for 3 hours at 325° F (160° C). I have a largish chicken (7.5lb/3.5kg) that I want ...
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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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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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How to properly prepare a beef escalope (from the topside)?

I've read a number of recipes that call for different cooking times, so I'm a bit baffled. Normally, the escalopes are cuts from the topside (that's the bottom) of a cow. These are then hammered with ...
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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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Slow-cooking pork 'chops'?

I was in Austria recently, and at a restaurant there I ate a very simple dish that consisted mainly of two large pork chops in a light, thin gravy. The pork chops were super tender and came apart ...
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Flank postmortem (how I was outflanked)

Picture yourself a flank veal-cut. The grease and silver tissue are off. I open the flank with a knife to extend it. It's filled with ground meat, apple and raisins. It's rolled and bound and goes ...
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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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Mutton shoulder versus mutton leg - any difference in length of cooking?

I cooked mutton shoulder like advised in the answer for this question. It was under the foil and was cooked in the oven for like 3 hours. Now I have mutton leg instead of shoulder. The size is ...
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Sous vide without plastic bags?

I really like the idea of cooking steak using sous vide. However, I am very wary of heating food up together with plastic, and then eating the food, as I believe that at high temperatures, chemicals ...
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What flavorants stand up to long cooking?

My answer to this question (link) prompted a question in my own mind. I wanted to share some tips regarding when to add herbs, spices, aromatics, etc., and had a few suggestions (bay leaves and garlic ...
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How long should I cook pork for (at 100° C)?

I have a pork shoulder in the over right now at 100° C (212° F). I was planning on roasting it for 7 hours, will this be long enough to cook it safely? I saw the FDA chart about minimum internal ...
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Stew? Roast? Non-Braised Chicken?

I occasionally experiment in the kitchen by tossing together rather arbitrary mixes of whatever I have handy. Tonight I'm making something which I would call a stew, but with much less liquid. It's ...
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If a recipe calls for canned beans and I want to use dried beans, what do I need to do to the dried beans first?

This is for chili in a slow cooker and I'll be using red beans of some kind--kidney I suppose. I know I need to soak them, but do they need to be pre-cooked too?
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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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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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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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Stuffed pumpkin on a burner

I have been asked to make a main for a potluck this Halloween and I thought I would be "clever" and bake a lamb stew in a pumpkin. I plan to hollow out the pumpkin and add meat, veg, spices, etc. and ...
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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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Does using a larger slow cooker than called for by the recipe make a difference?

I have a recipe that specifically calls for a 4-quart slow cooker, however the slow cooker that I own is a 6-quart. Will using a 6-quart slow cooker make a difference, or does it not matter?
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Can I Brown Beef For Slow Cooking the Night Before

Many slow cooker recipes suggest that beef be browned before being added to the slow cooker, which is definitely better for the flavor of the dish. I've always believed that this browning must occur ...
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Can I put frozen meat in a slow cooker?

I was wondering if I can put meat directly from the freezer into a slow-cooker. I want to be able to put chicken in the slow-cooker without having to let it defrost for a whole day in the fridge. It ...
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Looking for a rice cooker, steamer, deep fryer, slow cooker combo that can cook rice and steam at the same time

I know this is slightly crazy, but I am a minimalist. I try to get by on as little "stuff" as possible. Basically I want a rice cooker that can steam my vegetables and chicken for a meal all at the ...
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What's the name of this slow cooking technique?

I just discovered the joy of slow cooking meat, separating the juice, then boiling it to a reduction, then simmering the meat in its own concentrated juices (with some other tasty ingredients added). ...
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Uses of leftover vegetables from slow cooker

After slow cooking my pork over a bed of carrots, celery and onions. The pork gets eaten, the juice gets reduced to an amazing sauce base. What can I do with the vegetables? They are tasty to eat ...