Slow Cooker(Crockpot) Help

JuliannJune 13, 2001

I have recently bought a slow cooker thought it would make cooking a whole lot easier, and it does, but the problem is that my husband doesn't like anything FANCY. He also doesn't like ham or Roast beef. So I am wondering if any of you can share some SIMPLE family favorite with me.


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Hi Juliann,
I have a husband like that too, but he enjoys my cooking. I like to make cube steak( tenderized at the store), put in crock pot with sliced onion, can of cream of mushroom soup( no water added) and a 1/2 can of beef broth. Let it cook about 5 hrs.We like it over mashed potatoes, or rice, or noodles.

You could also cook off chicken in the crockpot, with some celery, and water, and make chicken and biscuits. Very easy, and deffinitely not fancy.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2001 at 8:53AM
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For me, its a lot easier in the winter. Soups, stews, they're all easy and delicious when simmered for a long time. You could do spaghetti sauce. I've even seen a recipe for crockpot lasagna. You can also do chicken in a simple sauce.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2001 at 6:45PM
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I think this time of the year is perfect for the crock pot cause it doesn't heat up the kitchen like the oven or range......

    Bookmark   June 16, 2001 at 6:26PM
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Thanks for the replies, Sallyab I will definately try the recipe you gave me that sounds wonderful.
Mzdee could you maybe share some of your fovorite soup and stew recipes, I also agree that now is a good time to use the crock pot because my kitchen doesn't heat up then.
Well tonight I made cabbage soup with groud beef in it that we will eat tomorrow for lunch....let's hope my husband likes that.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2001 at 10:14PM
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I recently "Barbequed" my chicken in the crockpot. All I did was put the chicken pieces in the crockpot and pour the Barbeque Sauce straight from the jar over the pieces and turned on the crockpot. Voila! Yum, yum!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2001 at 7:28PM
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Yes, I too love that it helps keep the kitchen cooler during the summer months. I also like to bake my potatoes in the crockpot. I make enough for dinner and also extras that I put in the fridge for the next day to make potatoe salad with. To bake the potatoes just wash carefully, leave the skins on, wipe excess water off but leave pototes dampened. Place in crockpot and cook. No need to prick and no need for foil.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2001 at 7:37PM
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I'd love to bake potatoes that way! How long do you leave them in? (High/low, etc?)

Also, if you have a meat, and a sauce or liquid you're pretty much good to go with a crockpot. Similar to the BBQ chicken idea, I've done chicken with tomato sauce, onions, peppers and cumin served over rice, chicken with spaghetti sauce served with pasta, and one of our favorites is to put a whole chicken (skin removed) in with about half a can of Swanson's Roasted Garlic broth. Comes out delicious and falling off the bone. I use the rest of the can to make flavored rice or mashed potatoes. Very elegant but easy.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2001 at 12:09PM
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I learned how to bake the potatoes right here from the wonderful people in this message board. I've included the link below. Enjoy!

Here is a link that might be useful: Baked potatoes in the crockpot

    Bookmark   June 22, 2001 at 7:44AM
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Jane I was just wondering if you or anyone else knew if that recipe for barbeque chicken in the crockpot could be frozen or not. As well how long and temp do I put it in the crockpot for

    Bookmark   June 23, 2001 at 10:35PM
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I haven't tried freezing the barbequed chicken because we eat it all up each time I make it :) I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work.

Depending on when I need my meal is how I choose Low or High power to cook the chicken. I use Low for about 4-5 hours (like before going to church in the A.M. to have an early afternoon meal) or on High for 8-10 hours to cook all day while I am busy with the kiddos.

The crockpot is very forgiving just check it to see if it's done, if not continue cooking. If it is done earlier than you are it can stay there safely until you are ready.

As to how much barbeque sauce, just pour it on to coat the pieces you have, no need to measure.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2001 at 5:32PM
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Here is a very good easy corn recipe for the crockpot.

Charlie's Creamy Corn

20 oz. frozen corn
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons water
Salt and pepper to taste

Put in crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours.
( I just put it all in the pot and wait until it is heated through and then stir to mix and finish heating. Hope your husband likes it)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2001 at 12:39PM
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I was at the library and checked out this book: "Fix-It and Forget-It", by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good. Talk about reeeeeal recipes...this book is fantastic! It's only $13.95 and you better believe I'm buying a copy! =oD

    Bookmark   July 19, 2001 at 7:33PM
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Go into "search" and type in "Crock pot collection" and you'll find pages and pages of recipes. Just take your pick. There are some very excellent recipes here. Hope this helps

    Bookmark   July 24, 2001 at 8:28PM
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