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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 night before, refridgerating the crock overnight, then cooking it in the morning?

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Assuming it's a proper removable (some old ones weren't) inner crock pot you could (as in your other answer).

BUT

That pot will take a long time to warm up when you put it in and turn it on. I would suggest assembling all the ingredients in another container (which may also fit better in the fridge) and turning them out in to the (ideally preheated) crock pot in the morning. Otherwise you will probably need to add some time even on top of the extra time for starting all ingredients at fridge temperature.

This is roughly what the manual for our previous slow cooker recommended. Our new one is a non-stick steel inner pot (for easy browning) and will warm up much faster - there's no recommendation to preheat this model.

  • Thanks for the tip on using another container. I do have a removable inner crock, but not wanting to babysit any extra time, it's probably best. – dangowans Jan 12 '15 at 17:52
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I see absolutely no possible reason for not doing it the night before :-) if anything it might taste better.

  • Thanks Doug. Thought it would be alright, but better safe than sorry. – dangowans Jan 11 '15 at 17:05

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