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I am cooking beef stew in the crockpot and accidentally put a little flour in the beginning not end

You should be fine, as long as you mix it in thoroughly. Flouring the beef and browning is a very common first step, so there is maybe some in there already? Any extra flour to thicken needs some ...
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Crock pot lid askew

Yes. It is not a pressure cooker. It will still get hot. The risk with the crooked lid is that it will lose cooking fluid to the air. If it is like that overnight it might cook dry and that would ...
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How to prevent the crockpot burning my soups

A crockpot's keep warm setting is not designed to keep food safe and fresh for days, it's really only good for an hour or two at most. What's happening in your case is that the water is evaporating ...
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Rescuing a tough brisket roast

Brisket is not a roasting cut; you didn't miss your train, it never left the station. Brisket is a very tough cut because of the presence of collagen, which breaks down at 72°C, and needs the presence ...
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Will a crockpot brown ground meat?

It is possible, but only if you have the right type of crock-pot. Most crock-pots are not designed for searing and as such do not get hot enough, quickly enough to sear the meat properly. You also run ...
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Can a slow cooker meatloaf get a browned crust?

It's very difficult. The trapped moisture can keep the meatloaf from drying out sufficiently to brown well. ... but if you vent the steam, you're also releasing a lot of the heat, so it might cool ...
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I need to keep blacks beans and rice warm.

I would place cooked beans and rice in a warmed pot (cast iron is good) and then place it in your oven set at its lowest temperature...Maybe 175F, and certainly below 200F. At 375F your rice and ...
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How can I smoke something without a smoker

I have successfully smoked with apple wood chunks wrapped in foil in my outdoor grill. The trick is to find a setting that will maintain ~300 F using 1/2 of the burners. Then place the foil-wrapped ...
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Crock pot turned to warm for 45mins- 1hr

The USUAL problem with "warm" (or off/unplugged) on a crockpot is when food that is not hot is placed in one and left on those settings, where it does not quickly warm to a safe temperature range. If ...
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HELP! My Crock-Pot lid was Slightly askew while cooking my roast!

We don't know from your question how long it was on low with the lid askew (we don't know your time zone) so it's hard to say for sure. But usually a small crack on the lid isn't going to really ...
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How long to slow-cook a small corned beef?

Yes, you should. The long cooking time breaks down the connective tissue in the meat, making it tender. It will take less time to get a two pound brisket up to temperature than a four pound, but we ...
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Should I brown meat for stew?

Honestly, I had always done the things said to add flavor—browned the meat, used stock instead of water, wouldn’t think about omitting garlic. One day I was preparing beef short ribs, bone-in, and I ...
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Add spices/herbs early or late to a chili or stew in a crockpot slow-cooker?

As a general rule they should go in early for a couple of reasons: Flavours don't really cook out, they get distributed within the dish. So adding spices etc. early allows the flavours to combine. If ...
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Can a sous-vide circulator fully replace a crockpot?

Would this accurately simulate a crockpot? No. Most crockpots operate on the principle of having a relatively low-powered heating element that very slowly raises the temperature of food over several ...
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How can I smoke something without a smoker

Take a large cardboard box. Lay it so the top is facing a side. Cut a small whole to allow for a plug. Place a electric 5th burner inside. Use a super cheap pan as your wood pan. Put a rack on some ...
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How can I smoke something without a smoker

I see chefs using "smoking guns" on food network competitions all the time. It's a tiny "gun" with a heating element. When a small amount of wood is placed in it and it is turned on, the smoke will ...
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Storing a bear roast after cooking in a crockpot

If your crock has a warm that you can trust is above 140 F but not so hot to cook it down then you can leave it in the crock. Otherwise you need to get it under 40 F. A better option would have been ...
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Help with the temp on my crock pot

The Rival Crock Pot manuals are available online at this link: https://www.manualslib.com/products/Rival-Crock-Pot-3100-3970921.html You can always look up your specific or similar pots and confirm ...
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Ground turkey raw in crockpot

My slow cooker manual gives, for 500-800g (1-1.5lbs) of poultry 3.5-4 hours on high. However I find this one a little fierce, so I looked in an older recipe book. Recipes for similar amounts of ...
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Will a crockpot brown ground meat?

Another option I've owned in the past is a slow cooker in which the inner removable pan is non stick metal. This was specifically designed to be used on the stove for browning before slow cooking. ...
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Is it bad to leave the crock pot on "warm" (not low) all day?

@JasonTrue's reply is the answer. Below emphasis is mine: However, if you reach 145F within the first hour at the highest setting, then keep it at "warm", and test the temperature after about 30 ...
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Is it bad to leave the crock pot on "warm" (not low) all day?

Cheap crock pots that have the Warm-Low-High option don't have temperature sensors or thermostats to reach a specific temperature. The switch controls which of the cooker's heating coils are on. In ...
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Should I cook my pot roast on high or low?

Follow the instructions for your slow cooker! The person who wrote your recipe doesn't know what your unit is capable of, but the manufacturer does. If they say the wattage is too low to get a roast ...
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Beef and veggies in crock pot turn out hard and tough

Start the pot on HIGH until it is all hot and bubbly to get it started, around 15 to 30 minutes while you are cleaning up the kitchen. Then turn to LOW to cook. The WARM setting it just to hold the ...
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When cooking pulled pork in a slow cooker, should the meat be submerged in liquid?

For pulled pork, there is good reason to only use a small amount of liquid. Use only enough liquid to come nearly half way up the side of the pork. The pork that is sticking out of the liquid will ...
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Can a slow cooker meatloaf get a browned crust?

It all depends on the ambient temperature. You need to expose the surface of your meatloaf to a sufficient temparature to start the Maillard Reaction, otherwise you will be left with meat that just ...
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I need to keep blacks beans and rice warm.

I leave leftovers warm for a couple of hours (when serving) as warm either at 200 F in the oven, or on the lowest setting on the stove (if it is something with soup or liquid, put baked/drier dishes ...
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Can crockpot chicken be made with wet ranch dressing, instead of dry?

It will likely work, but the flavors will be muted. At a minimum, I would leave out the milk in the recipe. You might be better off using other dried herbs and spices, even if they aren't ...
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How can I smoke something without a smoker

I would use smoked salt. Since I saw this video Justin Wilson Oysters and Crabs I'm using it. And man this is the thing. I was using different "smoked sauces", the thing with smoking the meat in ...
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Does a stovetop warming element obviate the need for a slow cooker?

Functionally, slow cooking isn't much different from braising or stewing; it's a low-heat, long-duration method, often with a lot of water. So no, a slow cooker isn't technically necessary. The exact ...
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