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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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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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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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How long should I cook pork for (at 100° C)?

I have a pork shoulder cooking in the oven 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 ...
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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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Selecting a big joint of meat to cook without an oven [closed]

I've got slightly overstretched on a Christmas dinner party and the guestlist has hit 25 people! I'm going to do a roast turkey and the usual trimmings (traditional to the UK, American friends; think ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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how early can I put food into a slow-cooker?

I am considering getting a slow-cooker. I leave for work by 8am, return about 4pm and feed my family dinner about 5pm. Can food sit in the slow cooker that long? Thanks.
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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 ...
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What is the charcoal snake method and how does it work?

I've read in places about using something called the charcoal snake method for slow smoking in a kettle bbq. What is it and how does it even work? Here's an example picture.
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power failure and a slow cooker

I put a beef stew recipe in to my crock pot this morning at 7 am and set it for 8 hours on low. At 1 pm, the power went out for a few minutes. When power was restored, the slow cooker did not come ...
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Pulled Pork in a slow cooker. To brown or not to brown?

I'm going to make some barbeque pulled pork in a slow cooker. I've done it a few times with some good results, but I'm always looking for ways to improve. Here's what I've been doing: 1. Brine pork ...
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Increasing time on slow cooker recipes

I am looking for recipes that I can put in the slow cooker before I go to work and have them done (not over cooked) when I get home. This is about 9-10 hours of cooking. Most recipes that I am ...
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Achieve the same consistency as 8 hour slow cooked inside skirt steak in a fraction of the time?

I have a process that calls for a 6-8 hour slow cooker braising of inside skirt steak. The skirt steak becomes incredibly soft and the connective tissue adds a lovely gelatinous luxurious mouthfeel ...
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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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Crock pot left on high for longer than recipe called for

My recipe said to cook the chicken on high for 1 hour then low for 5-6 hours. I forgot to change to low and it was on high for almost 2 hours. How do I adjust the time on the low setting now?
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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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Cooked meat diaper: toxic?

I accidentally left the meat diaper underneath my roast in a slow cooker. After 8 hours, the diaper is mostly disintegrated. I am able to fish out fragments, but big chunks seem to be missing. (For ...
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Is it okay to slow cook sausage casserole without pan frying the sausages?

We haven't got an oven/hob at the moment due to kitchen refurbishments and I'm currently slow cooking sausage casserole in a 2.5L slow cooker. There's about 6-8 thick sausages in there all cut up into ...
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Should you, and how do you, grease a crockpot?

I know that this may be a silly question but I came across a crockpot recipe that asks for the crockpot to be greased before adding the ingredients into the pot. Do you just grease the pot normally? ...
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Searing stew meat the night before

I read the question (and all of the answers) Can I Brown Beef For Slow Cooking the Night Before. I can see how it might be conceived as a duplicate, but I'm not meaning for my question to be. It ...
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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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Slow cook pork shoulder without it falling apart

I have a 2Kg pork shoulder which I would like to cook in a slow cooker (first time user of a slow cooker) so it tenderizes but I also would like it to be able to be cut it in some way to serve with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Will cooking meat in a slow cooker longer than the recipe calls for have any adverse effects? [duplicate]

I have a recipe for slow cooker beef curry that calls for beef chunks, coconut milk, and red curry paste. It says to cook on low for 8 or so hours. Suppose that near the end of the 8 hours I ...
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At what point is a beef stew being overcooked?

I made beef stew last night in my slow cooker. At seven hours I felt like it wasn't ready so I set an alarm to wake me up at ten hours and moved it into the fridge around 1 AM. Let's say I left it ...
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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 (Essentially 30mins @230C/450F, 16hours @ 110C/230F, 45mins@230C/450F). I'm concerned that such a long cooking time will ...
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How to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker with different cooking times?

Google results for this question either don't answer the question at all or don't address what happens when multiple ingredients have different pressure cooking times. I'm specifically looking to ...
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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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Is slow cooking in an oven safe with long cooking times

I've been reading about slow cooking in an oven and I have some questions. We cook meat until it reaches a certain temperature; we can assume this temperature is deemed safe by food experts! However, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...