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Fire and Forget

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Here are three simple, slow-cooker recipes that you can start in the morning and forget about until dinnertime!

Beer Legs

Ingredients:

  • Package of chicken legs, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Diced onion
  • Bottle (or can) of your favorite beer

Directions: Add all ingredients to your slow-cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.

Teriyaki Thighs

Ingredients:

  • Package of bone-in chicken thighs
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. minced ginger

Directions:

  1. Add chicken thighs to slow cooker
  2. Whisk together remaining ingredients
  3. Pour mixture over chicken and slow cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.

Country Style Pork Ribs

Ingredients:

  • Package of bone-in or boneless pork ribs
  • BBQ rub
  • Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions:  Season ribs with the BBQ rub and place in crockpot.  Add BBQ sauce and cook for 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.

Now wasn’t that easy?  The great thing about these recipes is you can change the protein (chicken, beef, pork), but keep the seasonings the same.  Tip: the pork ribs are great with an onion or golden mushroom soup mix as seasoning.

Enjoy all the extra time you’ve saved!!

Get crockin’

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As school gets back in session and fall sports are in full swing, our lives become more complicated. Want an easy dinner solution? Dust off the old crockpot get cooking!

What do you love to throw in your crockpot? Share your favorite crockpot recipe with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Below is Jeff’s family pot roast crockpot recipe they’ve been enjoying for years. It makes its own gravy and is designed especially for the working person who does not have time to cook all day, but tastes like you did. It’s so easy even his teenagers have been preparing it! 

 Pot roast cut between 5 and 6 pounds.

  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 5 1/2 pounds pot roast

1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.

2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

 Enjoy!

 

Crockpot cooking tips

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‘Tis the season to dust off your crockpot and get cooking! Here are some crockpot cooking tips so you can cook the juiciest meals on the block.

General Cooking Tips

  • Only fill the crockpot one half to two thirds full. The foods will not cook properly if the appliance is filled to the brim. If the food and liquid level is lower, the foods will cook too quickly.
  • Foods cooked on the bottom of the slow cooker cook faster and will be moister because they are immersed in the simmering liquid.
  • Remove skin from poultry, and trim excess fat from meats. Fats will melt with long cooking times, and will add an unpleasant texture to the finished dish. Fatty foods will also cook too quickly.
  • You can thicken the juices and concentrate flavors by removing the lid and cooking on HIGH for the last half hour of cooking time.
  • Most meats require 8 hours of cooking on LOW. Use cheaper cuts of meat – not only do you save money, but these meats work better in the slow cooker. Cheaper cuts of meat have less fat, which makes them more suited to crockpot cooking. Moist, long cooking times result in very tender meats.
  • Follow the layering instructions carefully. Vegetables do not cook as quickly as meat, so they should be placed in the bottom of the appliance.
  • Don’t lift the lid to stir, especially if you are cooking on the low setting. Each time you lift the lid, enough heat will escape that the cooking time should be extended by 20 minutes to half an hour. To check progress without lifting the lid, spin the cover until the condensation falls off. Then it’s easy to see inside.

 Specific Crock Pot Cooking Tips

  • For best results, ground meats must be cooked in a skillet before cooking in the crockpot.
  • Seafood should be added during the last hour of cooking time, or it will overcook and have a rubbery texture.
  • Large pieces of meat can be browned before cooking in the crockpot, but this step isn’t necessary. Browning adds color and helps in flavor development.
  • Cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce tend to become bitter if cooked for long periods of time. Use small amounts and add toward the end of the cooking time.
  • Add tender vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini during the last 45 minutes of cooking time so they don’t overcook.
  • Dairy products should be added during the last 30 minutes of cooking time, unless the recipes states otherwise.
  • Liquids do not boil away in the crockpot, so if you are making a recipe that wasn’t specifically developed for the crockpot, reduce the liquid by 1/3 to 1/2 unless you are cooking rice or making soup.
  • Stir in spices for the last hour of cooking. They will lose flavor if cooked with the rest of the ingredients for the long cooking period.

Enjoy!