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

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When preparing confit, do you start ingredients in cold fat, or do you add it when it reaches cooking temperature?

I have watched many videos on the subject and I see it going both ways. Also, do you have to wring out all the water from the duck/chicken before adding it to the fat? Is there a splattering risk?
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Split pea soup won't soften. Any way to soften the peas without burning?

I am trying to make split pea soup. The first time I did it the peas softened just fine but the soup was scorched. I am trying again but at a lower heat, and the peas are refusing to soften. ...
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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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Can chicken go bad in a slow cooker? [duplicate]

I went to the store and bought some chicken breasts. Immediately I went home and threw them in my slow cooker with some water, with the intention of making both a broth and slow cooking it to be soft ...
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I rarely clean the old oil from my slow-cooker, is it OK?

I put some chicken/beef into my slow-cooker, pour some olive oil and cook it for 4-5 hours. After that, if some meat is still left in the cooker, I may heat it up again the next day or the day after ...
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Should I use my toaster oven for slow roasting?

I have a couple small tomatoes (about the size of a plum tomato) that I'm thinking of trying to oven-dry to see if we like them. Most recipes I've seen call for roasting them in the oven for 4-6 hours ...
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How does cooking food changes its content of carbohydrates and sugar?

When cooking for diabetics it is important to keep the amount of carbohydrates and sugar low. So I am wondering how cooking food - particularly vegetables - changes the amount of carbohydrates and ...
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Can a sous-vide circulator fully replace a crockpot?

The idea is, to put a regular pot in a larger pot full of water and heat the larger pot with a sous-vide stick. Would this accurately simulate a crockpot? The only downside I can see, is that ...
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Stewing meat with vinegar or adding it after

Wild turkey legs are rather tough, and some hunters even throw them away, but I decided to give it a shot in a slow cooker set at the lowest setting for 8 hours, with vegetables. I definitely like ...
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Could you air fry oxtail?

Has anyone trying cooking oxtail in the air fryer? Is that even possible could you cook it in sauce / gravy or does air fryers not allow you to add liquid to the cooking vessel?
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slow cooking with tabasco peppers

I'm cooking 4.5 lb of chicken in a slow cooker. I've yielded some tabasco peppers from the garden, poked holes in them with a fork, and add them to the liquid. Will this blow me out of the water? Will ...
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How to cook perfect meringue in a gas oven?

The lowest temperature my gas oven goes to is 130C. I have yet to find a gas oven that goes lower than that, which is weird. Is that the case with everyone? I know meringue does better with lower ...
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Why are my beef short ribs still chewy after 5 hours?

In short: Kamado at 250-275f Short Ribs in for 4-5 hours The ribs have a layer of meat, then a small layer of fat, and then the meat on the ribs themselves. The top layer gets reasonably soft ...
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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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For slow cooker meal prep should I freeze the vegetables separately from the meat and sauce?

I have a new food saver vacuum sealer. I want to seal up all the ingredients for a slow cooker meal. Should I add the vegetables separately from the meat and sauce, or all in together? I was ...
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What to do with layer of fat on pork spareribs?

So I got a nice big rack of ribs from an excellent butcher, and it has a fairly thick layer of fat. Previously when I've bought ribs for smoking/slow cooking, That fat hasn't been there, and the ribs ...
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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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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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When to add vegetables in slow cooker?

I'm doing a nice beef roast in the crock pot today. Normally I roast the carrots and potatoes together in the oven but due to other things I need the oven for I'm going to add them with the roast. I ...
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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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Turkey chili from raw in a slow cooker accidentally for 10 hours on warm [duplicate]

Just woke up and realized the turkey chili (2 cans kidney beans, 1 can black beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 lb turkey ground) had been cooking from raw on warm for 10 hours. I'm a bit desolate ...
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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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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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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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Not sure of slow cooker setting in my multi pot

I have a Cook's Essentials K22739 multi use pot. It has 2 pressure cooker settings, and one setting each for steam, brown, warm and slow cook. If I have a small pork roast whose packaging says to ...
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Slow cooker - start from 'cold' or boiled?

I'm pretty handy with my slow cooker. I use it a lot - pot roasts, stews [curries, chilli, paysane etc] However, I've always been a little paranoid about having everything completely up to ...
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How do I check stew doneness?

I'm doing beef stew in a slow cooker. When cooking slabs of meat (e.g. steak), I can check doneness with a meat thermometer, but I'm not sure that method really applies in a stew. The broth will heat ...
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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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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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'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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Chicken curry in a slow cooker turns out watery

My first question on here, so please go easy on me. I have recently got a slow cooker and have been very pleased with the results, but that was using ready-made sachets of cooking mixes. I am ...
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Can I make my fish stew recipe into a Chicken Caciatore recipe?

I have a theory - my fish stew recipe would make a great chicken cacciatore, simply by removing the clam juice and all the fish meat, and replacing the juice with a cup of chicken broth and a pound of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 food....
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Can I cook a slow cooker recipe on high instead of low, but for shorter time?

This morning, I was supposed to prepare our chili recipe for tonight in the slow cooker, but I have forgotten. Now it's too late to start the recipe as usual and cook it on low. However, it's not ...
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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.