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Questions around slower, normally lower temperature cooking methods. Covers preparations, techniques, risks, advantages and equipment.

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Chicken Breast and White Rice in Slow Cooker

I'm new to cooking with a slow cooker and I want to make chicken breast, white rice, and asparagus at the same time. Can I thoroughly cook the chicken without overdoing the rice and asparagus, and ...
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Is slow cooking safe?

With the new trend of slow cooking (at very low temperatures for very long periods of time), is there potential for increased unsafe bacteria growth?
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About chicken and osmosis

Why Heston Blumenthal says it needs to soak chicken before low-temperature baking in salty solution of water? I always thought that osmosis goes better if water would be unsalted, and meat would be ...
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what difference does slow cooking onions with/without broth make?

I'm reading recipes for slow cooker onion soup (and onion soup in general). There seems to be two camps- cook the onions with broth (~8 hours), cook the onions without broth (~6 hours) and add it in ...
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How to reduce the intensity of garlic in a soup?

I made a soup, and put a lot of raw garlic in. It cooked in a slow cooker for about 8 hours. Now the soup is much too spicy and dominated by that raw garlic flavor. Is there anything I can put in the ...
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'Caramelization' of tomato sauce in slow cooker

For the last few years I've made my tomato sauces in a slow cooker ('crock pot'), or actually, in a machine that is sold as a 'plate warmer' but works great for low temperature cooking. I pre-heat the ...
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Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin

I am using a recipe for pork tenderloin that calls for 2 pounds of meat cooked for 1-2 hours in a slow cooker to 145 degrees. I want to increase the amount of meat in the slow cooker to 6 pounds of ...
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Cooking kidney beans in a slow cooker, how do I make sure they're safe?

I'm making 15 bean soup from a bagged dry bean mix that contains red kidney beans. Following the instructions, I soaked them overnight and threw out the water, but then thought I'd be clever and throw ...
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Chicken breast in slow cooker

I’m new to slow cooking and wanting to slow cook some chicken breast. I put in potato’s, onion and herbs along with whole chicken breast. Will this just burn onto the crock pot with no liquid in or ...
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Slow cookers - capacity and mess

I am thinking of buying a slow cooker because the communal kitchen is usually really nasty and I want to save time. I will use it for cooking up big amounts of meat (chicken fillet, minced meat mostly)...
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Keeping food slow cooking for indefinite periods [duplicate]

Here's a weird question for the food safety enthusiasts on the forum. I've just moved into a new apartment without a refrigerator. The landlord has promised to supply one in three weeks - and I don't ...
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Dry chicken breast in slow cooker

I like to use the slow cooker during the week. I usually leave at about 6am, and don't sit down and eat until around 6pm. I have a crock pot with a timer mechanism that automatically turns to warm ...
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Estimates on Beef Stew oven time/temp

I need some advice, since I want to make a Beef Stew but never cooked one before. I look at this video but I have some questions/doubts... the way this guy cooks on the video looks fine, but it doesn'...
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Can I use low-temperature cooking for foie gras

I used to cook my meat (beef, duck) at 58°C, but I never cooked foie gras of myself. Is it possible to use this cooking method for this? I am wondering this because I saw a recipe with a beef piece ...
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Beginner chef in need of advice [closed]

I have little experience and little money. I would like to know beginner recipes that are well rounded. Sorry if this is in the wrong place, still pretty new.
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Leaving sauces to sit [duplicate]

Yesterday I made a pasta sauce that I make regularly. However, as I knew I would be busy in the evening, to save time, I made the base sauce -- olive oil, garlic, plum tomatoes, roasted peppers, ...
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Ways to displace liquids while cooking

I want to cook some beef in the slow cooker and I want it to be completely submerged in the sauce. To do this I will need considerably more sauce than I require. Since the ingredients are expensive, I ...
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Is it safe to use flax thread for cooking?

I was not able to get hold of hemp thread and so I bought flax (100%) thread instead. It smells a bit funny, but is it safe to use for cooking? I plan to use it for a bouquet.
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What is the purpose of washing pork?

I've read in a few recipes, especially ones using gelatinous parts of pork like the head and trotters, that long rinsing under running water, and several changes of water soaking is called for. Why ...
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What is a reasonable temperature for slow cooked beef spareribs?

I understand from a little bit of reading that too low of a temperature with beef spareribs will make for very tender muscle but fat that is not rendered (http://www.insearchofheston.com/2014/03/how-...
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What is the external operating temperature range for a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker?

Some quick online searches define an operating temperature for slow cookers: the minimum internal temperature is A, the simmering point is B, you have certain options depending on heat setting, etc., ...
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Do I need to coat beef in flour mixture for slow cooked stew?

I've recently bought a slow cooker and my first meal will be a simple beef stew. According to this recipe, step one is to: In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt and pepper; pour over meat ...
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Slow cooked ham hock black eyed peas

Getting ready for some New Year’s eve cooking. I want a hearty black eyed peas casserole, which I’ll be throwing into the crockpot tonight with a couple smoked ham hocks (a first try for me). I want ...
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Can I slow cook noodles?

I’m an avid user of slow cooking due to my schedule and need to budget my meals. I haven’t tried but wanted to know if I could slow cook noodles.
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How can I achieve the equivalent of “Slow Cook High” setting on my multicooker?

So a deal site popped up for this KitchenAid multicooker. I've been meaning to get a slow cooker for a while, and after checking the details of this guy, along with the rest of the stuff it does, I ...
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Does a stovetop warming element obviate the need for a slow cooker?

Context I am not convinced that wasting all the energy needed to heat an oven is necessary for replacing a slow cooker. A well-designed (thick bottom, continuing to heavy walls) pot on the stove ...
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Pot roast hit safe temp. Should I keep cooking?

I always read that when cooking a pot roast in a slow cooker, you should cook on low for 8 hours. If you don't have time, 2 hours of high and 4 hours of low is OK, or 4 hours on high; but the best ...
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Slow-cooker burns mash potatoes instead of keeping them warm

Another question regarding mashed potatoes. I have prepared my (vegan-friendly) mashed potatoes, and now I want to keep them warm. I decided to place them in a slow cooker on the 'LOW' setting, ...
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Why is my meat still tough after hours of cooking?

I have been cooking this meat in 200-250f for hours. But its still very tough. It doesnt stand the fork test. Why? Could it be because the collagen needs lower temperatures to break down?
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Would cooking a leg of lamb for 12 hours be a problem?

I found a nice recipe for a leg of lamb. It is however supposed to be baked for four hours. It would be more practical for me if I could let it bake for 12 hours (overnight) -- would 12 hours vs. 4 ...
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Adding uncooked rice to a slow-cooked stir fry

I'd like to make this slow-cooked chicken stir fry recipe. It is suggested that it be served with rice. But I know rice itself can be made in a slow-cooker. If I don't mind having the rice already ...
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Is it possible to do slow cook things using a sous vide machine?

My question is the exact opposite of this one. I'm considering getting a sous vide tool like this one. I'm wondering what's preventing me to use it as a slow cooker? Like, would it make sense to use ...
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Is “high” on a slow-cooker supposed to mean 300 F?

I was following a recipe for slow-cooked meat and potatoes. The directions say to cook on "high" for 4 hours. My slow-cooker, however, has a temperature range which ranges from "warm", to "150", to ...
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Proper Slow Cooker Usage

I am wondering if you are supposed to put water in all slow cookers? I saw my roommate put water underneath the ceramic insert and would like to know if that is the proper procedure? I have never ...
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brothy baked beans [closed]

I've baked beans millions of times! Today I par boiled my beans and am making them in the crock pot. The broth always vanishes and thickens up, sometimes I'll need to add extra water. Not Today!! ...
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Types of tofu that can be used in a crock pot

I am currently trying to get rid of some firm and soft tofu that's been in my fridge for a while, and I wanted to try out a few slow cooker recipes for braised tofu. However, all of these recipes call ...
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How do I time slow cooking to be ready for lunch?

Slow cooker recipes often need to cook for 6 or more hours. As I mainly eat my main meals at lunchtime, that means getting up particularly early to prepare the dish. Is it safe to delay the start of ...
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Min per pound for pork loin in slow cooker

Is there an algorithm, as with oven roasting meats, for calculating how long it takes to cook pork in a slow cooker? More specifically, I have 7lbs of pork loin (boneless, in three chunks 3lbs, 2lbs ...
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Can I cook meat on low for half the preset time?

I have a Crockpot that has preset settings to cook on high for 4 or 6 hours or cook on low for 8 or 10 hours. The Crockpot model is "Crock-Pot® SCCPVL605-B Cook and Carry Smart Pot Slow Cooker" and ...
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Why using low temperature cooking for potatoes?

I saw somewhere a recipe for using souse vide at 90C for potatoes. I understand low temperature/long time cooking technics are for tenderizing meat. What is the rationale of using low temperature ...
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Differences between rice/pressure/multi/slow cooker?

I'm really confused about what these products are supposed to do, and if some products can do the same as others in the following list. What are the differences between the following devices? Rice ...
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Slow cooker tips when on high and others remove the lid

I cannot use my slow cooker as designed, as I try to cook for my elderly parents. They do not rise before 11a.m., the kitchen is located upstairs with them, so they will hear or feel everything-and ...
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Broken Slow cooker [duplicate]

I put 5 pounds of cold chicken in my crock pot at about 2 am. I had put lemon pepper and salt in with it. I got up this morning about 9:30 or 10 and discovered that it seems my slow cooker broke right ...
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Pressure Cooker vs. Slow Cooker for Moist Meat

This question: Why does meat in the crockpot always end up dry? discusses challenges and potential solutions to getting moist meat while cooking with a slow cooker. If I were to switch to a pressure ...
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Slow cooking with diet coke [duplicate]

I really want to make the SW coke gammon in the slow cooker, but I'm going to be out of the house for around 6 hours is it safe to leave it unattended?
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What does “wedge” mean, as in “wedge” a head of Cabbage?

In a recipe on Corned Beef and Cabbage, the instructions read "wedge" the head of cabbage before putting it in the slow cooker.
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Making pearl couscous in slow cooker

I've been using a slow cooker to make casseroles lately and would like to try using it to make Israeli couscous. I can't find anything online that tells me how to do this. The reason I would like it ...
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How to cook fallow deer ribs?

Yesterday I tried to make fallow deer ribs in a slow cooker. With beef ribs, I cooked them in a temperature-controlled slow-cooker for about 12 hours at 75 °C = 167 °F and they where amazing! Done ...
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sous vide vs slow cooking

I want to become more consistent in what I cook on a daily basis. One option that I've seen suggested is to prepare the ingredients in bulk and freeze meal-size amounts in ziplock bags (without yet ...
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Add spices/herbs early or late to a chili or stew in a crockpot slow-cooker?

Should spices and herbs be added early to a chili/stew in a crockpot slow-cooker to maximize their flavors? Or do the spices/herbs cook-out over a long time, effectively disappearing, and should ...