new to slow cookers

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new to slow cookers
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Wed, 10-05-2005 - 5:55pm

Hi there!
It's just me and my husband at home so we only cook for 2 most of the time. We do have a small crock pot given to us by a friend. But I've only used it once - for a roast.

We are starting to have weekly dinners with friends where there could be 6-8 people to feed so I bought a Rival Programable 5.5 qt crock pot. (after buying it i did read some bad reviews so i am a little scared but we'll see!)

Anyway, are these things really just so easy to use? I feel like I am making it too hard - like I'm trying to read up on how to use them. Can anyone help me w/ just the basic "duhs" of using a crock pot? Like, can you just put meat in w/ no water? Or does there always have to be a liquid in there? Could I use my big pot for recipes meant for a smaller pot? what would happen? etc etc.
thanks so much,
Laney

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 10-06-2005 - 6:31am

Hi Laney, welcome to the board and welcome to crock-pot cooking.

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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 7:55am

Hey Laney it's great to have you pop in here.

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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 9:33am
Hi! Thank you very much for the info. My smaller pot is really small - I don't know since it was given to me used and didn't have a box but I bet it's like a 1 1/2 or something.
So when you say add 1/2 or 1/4 cup water - with my big one I could be wrong, but it seems like that wouldn't even cover the bottom of the pot. Correct? And that's ok?
Oh, and when you say it should be 1/2 to 3/4 full when we use it - you mean like if I wanted to throw in some little chicken legs, that they should stack onto each other at least half way up? And this applies to soupy things too - like chili?
OK, one more question for now: with most recipes that I find online or where ever, how do you know what size pot they are for?
THanks again SO much! And for the link too. I can't wait to check it out!
Laney
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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 9:36am
thanks VERY much! This seems like a great board full of info.
~Laney
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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 10:45am

So when you say add 1/2 or 1/4 cup water - with my big one I could be wrong, but it seems like that wouldn't even cover the bottom of the pot. Correct? And that's ok?

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Registered: 09-29-2005
Thu, 10-06-2005 - 12:43pm
Okay I didnt know u were not suppose to lift the lid or u have to add 20 mins extra time.
Thanks for letting me know that
~Stormie~
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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 1:10pm
Daisy, thanks again. See I KNEW I was making it more complicated than it really was! lol I tend to over-research things a lot. hehe. oh and yes, i have the kind that heats from the sides.
i made ham and bean soup yesterday in it. it was on low all day and it turned out pretty good! our only complaint was that it was rather un-flavorful. i wonder what i should do about that... simply add more? that's probably what i'll try.
Thanks again!
Laney
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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 2:24pm
What else did you put in your Ham & Bean Soup?

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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 2:45pm

Gotta add onions and garlic !

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Thu, 10-06-2005 - 4:20pm
I did use a smoked ham hock. Yipee - that was really yummy. So, pinto beans, ham, too much water, not enough onion, not enough garlic, and not enough salt or pepper. lol. Plus i added everything all at once, so i guess that didn't help. Next time I'll know better. Thanks for the tips!
Laney

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