Posted in Food and Beverage on 26.09.11
Slow cooker or crock pot is an appliance used for cooking meals in low temperature. There are lots of slow cooker recipes that can be done by moms at home or chefs in restaurants. The most common and favorite recipe that everybody loves is the roast beef. It can be cooked in an oven but putting it in a slow cooker will bring out a more flavorful taste.
There are other slow cooker recipes that anyone can try. They are available everywhere. Even a chicken stew recipe can already be done in slow cooker. It is very easy to do and requires only a few ingredients. The result is a mouthwatering and healthy dish. The whole family will surely enjoy the meal.
The main ingredient is a skinless and boneless chicken meat. The breast part is the best to stew. Red potatoes are also needed to add flavors. You could add up your favorite seasonings. Spice it up a bit if the guests like it a little hot.
First, heat the oil in a skillet in medium high heat. Sauté garlic and chicken until it turns light brown. Add the chicken. After that, put the remaining ingredients, like water, potatoes, apple and other seasonings, in the slow cooker. Mix all the ingredients together for the flavors to blend well. Remember to use the low setting temperature only. This recipe is simmered in 6 to 8 hours.
Another recommended recipe is corned beef. It tastes better than the commercial variety you see in cans. Beef is normally tenderized in pressure cookers, but try it with a slow cooker this time and taste the big difference.
The procedure will take more than 24 hours but the taste is well worth the time you put in to do it. It will take from 7 to 8 days to be able to complete your own homemade version. But despite the waiting these long, you and your family will surely be satisfied of the taste of your homemade corned beef.
There are many ways to cook it but here is one common procedure used. The main ingredients are the fresh beef brisket and corned beef. You could improvise and alter to your liking. Some will add potatoes and tomatoes also. Others will be heavy on pepper while some would prefer it mild only.
It is better to start doing your homemade corned beef early in the morning so that it can be served dinner time on your weekends. Mix together water, mustard, salt, sugar, spices and garlic. Put it in a stock pot over high heat. Bring it to a boil then let it cool. Trim the corned beef afterwards then pour the mixture or broth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl making sure the beef is submerged fully.
Add water if necessary to fully immerse the beef. Cover it well then put in the refrigerator for a few days. Turn the beef and stir the solution once in a while to make sure the beef absorbs the flavors.
Leave it for about three days. Afterwards, place the beef in slow burner and mix the remaining ingredients except the vegetables. Cook for 2.5 to 3 hours. Next, add the vegetables. Medium heat can cook the vegetable for at most 3 hours. The result is a very tender and flavorful beef that is simply incomparable to the commercial variety.
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