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Which cuts of beef are suitable for slow cooking methods?

If I want to simmer or braise a piece of beef for a few hours, how do I choose suitable meat? Which of the usual cuts are great, which are adequate, and which ones will just turn tough? It would be ...
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Should a roast be covered in liquid in a slow-cooker?

My roommate put a hunk of beef roast in the slow-cooker for a good 6 hours. It's a fairly large sized slow-cooker, at least 8 quarts. The meat was cooked through but very chewy, and I never remember ...
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What is slow cooking and what it is good for?

I've read several question about slow cooking, but I don't know what is it and what it's good for. Can someone explain it? Thank you!
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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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Corned beef on warm for 2 hr before cooking

I had my corned beef in the slow cooker on warm for 2 and a quarter hours before I saw it was not on high. I then turned it to high and continued to cook it. Is it still safe to eat?
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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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Oops left baby back ribs on warm instead of low for 7 hrs [duplicate]

Would the meat still be ok to eat if I cooked it on low for another 8 hrs after being on warm for 7 hrs?
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Old type roaster oven [closed]

I am unsure how to adapt recipes to a roaster oven. The uninsulated top baffles me , I find a large difference in temp found at the bottom and top of the roaster.
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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

My crockpot roast beef has the best aroma ever but the flavor of the finished product is only average. I had a 4 pound tri-tip roast and seasoned it with the usual onion, garlic, worcestershire sauce, ...
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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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Slow cooker lid gasket smell

I bought a Hamilton Beach slow cooker a while ago. I never had success with it since all the stuff that I made didn't smell good. I finally figured out that it was the rubber gasket on the lid that ...
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How do I know by taste, if ham is bad. I have had pre cooked ham cooking in a slow cooker on warm for 3 days

My boyfriend has been using this idea, for a long time. He makes bean soup, with just ham and beans.. maybe a onion, then it sits in the crockpot on warm until digested, by us. LOL. well today. I ...
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Is there any danger to letting food cook in a slow cooker for a very long time?

I've recently started using a slow cooker and I was thinking about recipes that could be cooked for days. My main concern is if there are any side effects for leaving food cooking for days that would ...
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I'm Making Chicken stock. How can I keep the chicken meat/bones from rising above the water line?

I'm using chicken wings to make a stock, but they want to float up to the top above the water line. Any kitchen hacks to keep them submerged??
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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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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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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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Should bubbles be forming only in center of pot when simmering? (Dutch oven on gas burner)

I'm cooking Marcella Hazan's bolognese/ragu recipe using a brand new Le Creuset 7-quart round dutch oven. For the long simmering stage, the recipe says to keep the heat very low, which is what I'm ...
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Slow cooking without a slow cooker

I frequently hear people telling me about how wonderful their slow cookers (AKA "crock pot") are. In many cases they're right - meat that tends to come out tough in normal cooking comes out very ...
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When (and how) do I add a pre-packaged japanese curry to a slow-cooker?

Opinions across the internet vary on the most effective time (and method) of adding the curry roux to the slow-cooker. Is the most optimal means to melt the roux with a little hot water in a seperate ...
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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 should chuck roast be grilled to maximize tenderness?

Forgive me if this question has been asked before, I did a search and did not find it. I have cut up a chuck roast into steak slices (relatively thin, maybe half an inch), tenderized it and marinated ...
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Cooked beef roast covered with red coloring

After cooking a beef bottom round rump roast, a red coloring is covering, and penetrating, the meat. The roast was purchased at a reputable grocery chain and properly refrigerated for two days before ...
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How do I convert a recipe from a stew to use a slow-cooker

How do I convert a recipe given as a slow-boiled stew to a slow-cooker recipe? I assume that liquid amounts and probably onions and other flavorings need to change. What are those changes? What ...
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How long is the longest I can slow cook pork shoulder?

Everyone seems to say "low and slow" for pork shoulder. 225f or 250f for 8 or more hours. What is the longest / lowest you can do? (without big risk of illnesses) eg, what would happen if you did ...
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How to boil away water from a sauce without it splashing?

When "slow cooking" a certain recipe, I need to keep a lid on the pot, or the sauce slowly but surely splashes all over the place. However, with the lid on, the sauce retains much more water than I ...
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Can I make a good pizza in a home portable oven?

I have a portable small oven with a max temperature of 250°C. There are two hot bars, one at the top and the other at the bottom. First of all, I'm not sure that I can get good pizza in that. My ...
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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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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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Does this sound like a reasonable way to slow cook a rib-eye?

OK, I will shortly be cooking my very first large piece of meat (i.e. not a single steak, but rather a larger one that I will carve into pieces when serving). I think I have the procedure down, but I ...
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Pork butt roast: slicing temp vs pulling temp

At internal temp of 170F, will the pork butt slices be very tender and moist or should one continue to higher temp closer to pulled of 195F to achieve?
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Will a pork shoulder be dry after 16 hours at 110C

I'm intending to do the following recipe with an 8lb (3.6kg) bone in shoulder http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/3312736/The-River-Cottage-Meat-Book-part-one-roasting.html (Essentially 30mins ...
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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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When smoking is temperature consistency more important than exact temperature?

I am smoking ribs in a charcoal smoker. The smoked rib recipe that I am following instructs smoking the ribs at 225°F. My smoker is maintaining a temperature of 215°F. I can add more lump ...
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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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Slow cooked steak

OK, I've got a big dinner coming up, and I want to do something different. What I want to do is a large piece of meat, cooked slowly in a low heat oven until it reaches a core temperature of about 50 ...
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Why is there a watery run-off after cooking my bolognese?

It's a fairly standard recipe with passata and wine, simmering on a low heat for a couple of hours. After stirring and putting the bolognese onto the pasta, after a couple of minutes the sauce ...
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Ribs in Slow Cooker, then finished on BBQ?

I don't have a smoker, but I love slow-cooked BBQ ribs. Would it be possible to cook ribs for 8-10 hours or however long I like in my kitchen slow cooker, then pop them onto a charcoal barbecue to ...
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Best variety of garlic for slow cooking?

Take a couple of heads of garlic, sit them in some oil with spices, and cook for an hour or two, then spread it on bread. It's great...with the right kind of garlic. With the wrong kind, you'll be ...
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How long to store slow-cooked chicken in liquid in fridge?

I cooked some chicken in the slow cooker and stored the leftovers in the fridge. I put it all into a sealed tupperware container, but I put the chicken in with the liquid. It just occurred to me that ...
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How do I cook large quantities of Boston pork butt?

I am cooking approximately 30 lbs of boston butt pork roast. (one roast is a little over 15 lbs and the other is a little over 16 lbs) Should I cook the roasts together in one big roaster at about ...
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“Dry” foods from slow cooker

I know the basic usage of slow cooker is for stews, soups, pot roasts and various other foods that have high water content - essentially, simmered in some kind of sauce, which then is part of the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...