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Converting Recipes for Your Crockpot
Crockpots vary but the low setting is typically around 100degrees and its high setting is around 300 degrees.
Knowing this, it is fairly easy to convert most recipes foruse in your slow cooker. Some adjusments to cooking timeswill be a judgement call on your part, but some simpleguidelines should help. Just follow a few simple rulesand you're on your way.
You should decrease the liquid since it does not boil awayin a crockpot.
Add cheeses and other milk product towards the end of yourcooking since they tend to break down if they are cookedfor too long.
Brown any ground beef before adding to the crockpot. Itwill taste better and have better texture this way.
Add rice and noodles at the end of your cooking as well. They will turn mushy if they are cooked too long. You cancook these separately and then combine them when it's timeto serve.
Add your spices at the end.
If a stovetop recipe calls for 15-30 minutes, the crockpotshould cook it for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs at a high temperatureand 4 - 8 hours at its low temperature setting.
If a stovetop recipe calls for 35-45 minutes, the crockpotshould cook it for 3-4 hrs at a high temperature settingand 6 - 10 hours at its low temperature setting.
If a stovetop recipe calls for 50 min to 3 hours, the crockpotshould cook it for 4 - 6 hrs at a high temperature settingand 8 - 16 hours at its low temperature setting.
Following these guidelines will allow you to beable to convert a stovetop recipe to its deliciousslow cooking counterpart!
Tony has been working diligently to providefree cooking related resources for the 'chef'in all of us. His website http://www.my-crockpot-recipes.comis a 'labor of love' which provides delicious and easyto make crockpot recipes and related tips and advice.
Straight Talk from a Comfort Foodie - The Gravy Train
In all fairness to my mother and the great homemaker that she is, our family did enjoy the fruits of her "from scratch" dishes. She made great tuna fish sandwiches, and her pancake batter never had any lumps. Pepper steak from the electric wok was one of my favorites; I didn't care for the peppers, or the onions for that matter, but the thin slices of beef that had been soaked through and through with salty teriyaki sauce was right on the money. Come to think of it, that may have been the only dish that mom made that had sauce. I just seem to remember most of my childhood meals being very dry. I don't think she liked gravy much, because we never got it; which was the case with a lot of seemingly traditional foods.
Straight Talk from a Comfort Foodie: Strudel Makes the Woman
Strudel Makes the Woman
Chocolate Tasting Techniques
First of all start with an empty stomach. This has never been too much of a stretch for me, I am always willing to sample chocolate before dinner. Next, have the chocolate at the recommended 66-77 °F. Finally allow the chocolate to sit in your mouth for a few moments. This will help to release the principal flavors and aromas. After the chocolate has set for a few moments chew it slightly to release the secondary aromas. Resting the chocolate against the roof of your mouth will allow all the flavors to be enjoyed.
The Official Parenting Cheesecake Recipe
Whoever writes all those fancy cookbooks has never been a parent. To begin with, the pages are never spill-proof, almost guaranteeing that somewhere in the middle of mixing ingredients, a spill will cover the remaining two ingredients listed. This means that parents must learn to improvise.
My Mothers Recipe Box
Remember the days when cookbooks weren't so readily available, and you or your mother relied on only one or two different cookbooks for cooking all of your family's meals? I still have my mother's old cookbooks, as well as my grandmother's. Each one is worn from age and use--if you flip through the tattered pages it is obvious which recipes were turned to time and time again. These cookbooks will always number among my most precious treasures.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Homemade cookies from scratch in 20 minutes!!
Cooking Instructions For Prime Rib Roast
Have you been searching for cooking instructions for prime rib roast and still can't find a recipe that will give you the juicy and tender prime rib roast that you deserve? The reason may be that recipes only give you the basic ingredients for cooking and not the cooking instructions for prime rib roast.
Nutritious Chocolate Recipes
Are you eating enough fruit lately? How about chocolate? Well, here are three cool ways to make sure you're getting enough of both of these important foodstuffs this summer and both are very quick and easy.
Ground Turkey Recipes
Our family has recently made the switch from ground beef toground turkey. With ground beef more than $2 a pound, we hadbasically quit eating hamburger for quite some time. On a recenttrip to the grocery store I noticed that ground turkey was HALFthe price of ground beef, about $1 a pound. I decided to give ita try, and our family loved the ground turkey. Honestly, youcan't even tell the difference in taste, and it is very low fat. There is almost no fat to remove from your pan. Here are somerecipes our family adapted to our tastes:
Whats So Great About Slow Cooking Anyway?
As I walked through the grocery store aisles a few weeks ago, I noticed the increase in prepackaged slow cooker meals. I've been using my slow cooker and reaping the rewards for years, so it was no real surprise to me when others started proclaiming the benefits of cooking with a crock pot. Why did it take the rest of the country so long to catch up? With this increase in popularity, I've recently been asked by a few 'newbies' 'What's so great about slow cooking anyway?'
Easy Trail Mixes
Before you set off on your next family walk or outing, try making one of these super easy trail mixes to keep your energy up.
How to Make Beer
Making beer is easy, inexpensive, and most of all, fun. With the rise in popularity of homebrewing, there are a wide variety of top quality ingredients available.
The Creamy Taste Of Fudge!
Fudge is a treat that everyone loves. It doesn't matter if you're young or old, the taste of a smooth, creamy piece of delicious Fudge appeals to everyone. Fudge, candy, Fudge, and sweets have been around for a long time and they still tickle the taste-buds of people. You're sure to be a hit with family and friends when offering them the finest quality Fudge you can find.
You too can make a spectacular turkey dinner!
Ribolitta: The Italian Way Of Having Your Five Veggies A Day!
Ribollita is a delicious low fat Italian soup, a bit similar to the famous minestrone, but instead of pasta, you cook it with beans.
Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes
What makes great homemade BBQ sauce recipes? Well, it could be the time and love that you put into making this delectable barbeque sauce for your family to enjoy, or it could be the fresh ingredients that you use.
Easy to Make Guacamole Dip
You can make guacamole that people will rave about! It's easy, and you don't need any fancy kitchen utensils or appliances.
Ma Po Tou Tu (Bean Curd with Chili Sauce)
Ma Po Tou Fu is Sichuan's well known characteristic dish. Tradition has it that during the Tongzhi years of Qing Dynasty, there is a small inn at the WanFu (Innumerable Blessings) bridge outside the north gate of Chengdu, Sichuan. The woman owner Chen is pretty good at cooking. She uses bean curd, tiny sliced beef, hot pepper, Chinese prickly ash, thick bean sauce and other ingredients to cook. The dish tastes hemp (a unique flavor from the Chinese prickly ash), spicy, fresh, fragrant, and it is delicious, it is extremely well received by the people around the town. At that time there was no official name for this dish. Because Chen has pockmarked face ("ma" face with "ma" happens to be the same character as the "ma" or "hemp" flavor from the Chinese prickly ash), people then started calling it "Ma Po To Fu". "Po" in this case means woman, wife. So to translate accurately it means "wife of pockmarked face Tou Fu". From then on it became well-known around the entire nation. It is now a world-renowned Chinese cuisine 100 years later. All the Sichuan restaurants must have this dish. Along with the development of Sichuan cuisine, most of the overseas Chinese restaurants (Sichuan style or not) all carry this famous dish. Not too long ago, the Japanese merchants even imitated Sichuan "Ma Po Tou Fu" and produced canned "Ma Po Tou Fu" which sell quite well around the world.
Cookbook Publishing - The Basic Ingredients and the Secrets to Success
You are about to embark on the most exciting enterprise of your life -- publishing a cook book! You will soon learn that writing a cook book is truly a fun, exciting and challenging project ? more than you can imagine. Like me, you can publish your own wildly successful cook book. And if you ask me if I think publishing a cook book is worth the time and effort? You bet I do!
Weight Loss Recipe: Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
Just because you are watching your weight, doesn't mean the whole family can't enjoy your health enhancing meals! The kids will love "Spicy Chicken Cacciatore" and you will love it because it is so low in calories and fat!
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