Crock pot confusion anyone?

By jENNjENNtheRN Latest Reply 2013-05-16 09:08:30 -0500
Started 2013-05-12 04:35:47 -0500

Okay, in perusing the Crock pot recipes I couldn't help but think about my large crock pot just waiting to be brought out. I have a really difficult issue with it though. High boils things dry or burns things, low isn't really hot enough to cook things according to directions. Its a brand new, fairly expensive piece of equipment. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you manage with yours?

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GabbyPA 2013-05-14 09:08:43 -0500 Report

When the took away the ability to control the heat of your crock pot like we used to have long ago, it does make it harder to control the heat. What you might do is start with adding more liquid to your recipe if you are not going to be there to baby sit it.

Does it have a way to drop from high to low? Mine is not a "state of the art" crock pot, but it allows me to set my time on high, the it drops to "warm". Or I can set my time for low and then it drops to warm. That has helped me with a lot of the issues you are talking about.

I will say though, anything with dried beans or peas, I prefer to do on the stove top. Don't like how they work in the crock pot. And braising meets in my dutch oven in a low heat oven does a much better job at making tender meat than does my crock pot.

manapua72 2013-05-14 01:18:16 -0500 Report

I love cooking and I use my crock pot from time to time … Never had issues using it … Food always came out good …

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Graylin Bee 2013-05-13 21:22:44 -0500 Report

I had one that only seemed to have a super low setting. Tried cooking something for 24 hours, knew I wouldn't eat it, just wanted to see if it would ever get cooked.

Caroltoo 2013-05-13 20:24:33 -0500 Report

I had one several years ago that would burn things up also. Finally, I gave up and tossed it out and didn't use one for a good number of years. Have an inexpensive one now that works fine. Decided it must have been a defective one after I cremated a couple of dishes.

Type1Lou 2013-05-13 16:01:43 -0500 Report

I bought my first crock pot last year…an inexpensive Hamilton Beach. I also picked up a cookbook "Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook Slow Cooker Favorites" by Phyllis Pellman Good. (Bought it at Marshall's for $3.99) The recipes have worked for me so I'm at a loss as to what's going wrong with yours…it's possible that it could be malfunctioning…have you tried calling the manufacturer…they might be able to help you. On high, mine will do a low boil. I've used it for stews and soup and chili.

sNerTs1 2013-05-14 08:30:13 -0500 Report

Thanks for the tip on the cookbook. Im going shopping today and will look for that one =)

Type1Lou 2013-05-16 09:08:30 -0500 Report

Just a caution…some of the recipes in this book are higher in carbs than I want to eat, so be careful of your choices. Even though it's supposedly a "diabetic cookbook", there are many recipes I would alter to reduce the carbs or avoid them entirely. For example, I avoid using any kind of rice and may cut back on any potatoes called for…

Fefe12 2013-05-13 04:03:23 -0500 Report

I use mine at least 2-3 times a week. Ive never run into this problem before. If its working right I dont think high boils, and low should cook things in about 6-8 hours. I usually start mine in the morning for dinner about 6-7pm. Try buying steele cut oatmea(has to be steele cut). Add 1 cup oatmeal, 4 cups water, pinch salt. place in pot on low and let cook overnight. should be done in the morning. If its too dry or not cooked get a new crock pot. If it does work, add more liquids to your meals to keep from overdrying. When you cook on low give it at least 6-8 hours. Have fun, you will find you cant live without it

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