Love the Crock Pots -- Please share your ideas and recipes -- I'm pumped!!

By NewSong53 Latest Reply 2015-01-10 20:16:11 -0600
Started 2015-01-02 08:40:23 -0600

I've brought crock pots before and always felt I should have just one — but one cannot fill the needs for everything, so I'd get rid of the one I had and buy another. This week, while shopping for one online, I read a review by a woman who owned crock pots in 5 or 6 different sizes! Wha??? .I thought where would I store that many crockpots? Boing!! The floor space of my pantry is unused space — put them in a storage bin on the floor of the pantry and bring out as needed (why had I never thought of it before). I have a 6 qt and a 1 qt. I plan to get a 3 qt for my next purchase and probably a 2 qt as well. The 6 qt. is great for cooking pot roast and large batches of chili that I can freeze for later. But I just love the new 1 qt I bought over Christmas! I put a few drumsticks or chicken legs in it, season it and add 1/4 c. water, plug it in on high or low (depending on whether or not I'll be around) and I'll have plenty of protein for a couple of days. I cooked a marinated pork tenderloin in the large one last night with a bit of water. This morning it was shreddable. I realized I could use this for lots of different dishes — had it in my scrambled eggs this morning instead of sausage (much healthier). I can add cooked veggies to it — maybe even add a little sour cream to the mix and have a tasty meal. I found instructions on using crock pots last night and found that even if you don't return home by the time the meal is "finished" it still won't burn — and that "high" just shortens the cooking time and that "low" is just as safe for meats because the crock pot heats up quickly and then stays even. I am exhausted when I return home — how nice to open the door to delicious smell and a hot meal just waiting! My problem has been finding diabetes friendly recipes, as a lot of them incorporate fruits or tomato sauce, etc. If you have some great links or a special crock pot recipe I'd love to see them! (I know there's a recipe section but it's hard to find things that are good for very low carb meals.) Thanks for any information or tips on meal preparation and uses for crock pots!! I'm pumped!!

31 replies

BreC 2015-01-10 20:16:11 -0600 Report

My husbands favorite is my pork BBQ. Put a pork roast in to cook overnight on low. Next day, shred the pork. Add your favorite bbq sauce. Cook on low another hour or 2 and serve on buns. I have lately been eating mine without the bun and with a little cole slaw on the side.

MrsCDogg 2015-01-07 10:49:56 -0600 Report

Crock pots rock! I like to put some chicken pieces in it (what ever I have on hand) onions, carrots, and a little sweet peppers chopped, salt, pepper, lots of garlic powder, onion powder, sage, thyme, and dried parsley and about a quart of good quality chicken broth cook it until the chicken is tender. Take the chicken out and remove the bones, skin and other undesirable parts, then shred the meat and add it back in add some corn starch to some cold water and add it to the contents of the crock and cook it till it's all nice and thick. Yummy!!

lilleyheidi 2015-01-04 00:54:12 -0600 Report

OK, my favorite crock pot meal, not sure how carb friendly it is :
2 boneless chicken breasts (could use boneless thighs)
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn drained
1 jar salsa ( i use mild but any flavor will do and i use chunky style)
put all in crock pot on low for 6 hours, shred chicken serve on brown rice … now as I have been eating lower carb I do not put this on rice, just serve as is. it is very yummy.

I love my crock pot, that and my george foreman griller are out on the counter all the time and get used at least once a week. Happy cooking, HUGS, Heidi

ReaderReader12 2015-01-06 08:45:54 -0600 Report

This is also our favorite crock pot chicken. We love it. I do not serve it on rice jus the chicken and a salad. I add some jalapeno pepper rings to the crock also for a little extra bite. I put in about 5 frozen boneless chicken breasts everything else and then cook it on high for 5 hours. Then I uncover it and lay on the whole 8 oz brick of reduced fat cream cheese and cover it for another half hour then serve.

jayabee52 2015-01-04 03:13:39 -0600 Report

Perhaps you can get the carbs lower by omitting or finding a carb friendly substitute for the kernel corm. Just a thought

lilleyheidi 2015-01-04 03:57:25 -0600 Report

yes, a good thought, but, my thinking is that is about one cup of corn, when all drained out, and for me, that lasts about 5 or 6 meals, so I'm not really getting a lot of corn in that meal, and the black beans are also about the same, a cup or so divided over 5 or 6 meals, so not a ton of carbs. Yes it can be lowered by substituting things or omitting things, but then it takes away the southwestern zing to it. just my opinion.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-03 16:36:42 -0600 Report

I make Bourbon meatballs an party wings in mine. I rarely use it because i hate having to go to the closet to get it out. I have no counter space. I do make soup in it from time to time.

If you have a Kindle, Amazon has free slow cooker cookbooks you can download an have forever as long as you don't delete them from the kindle. If you don't have a kindle, download the app to your computer an go to Free Kindle books on Amazon.

suecsdy 2015-01-02 17:27:07 -0600 Report

I have 3. I used to use the big one to take things to work for potlucks. I have a small one that is supposed to be just for dips, but I have also used it for one serving of pork or chicken and the last one i think is 1and1/2 qt if I want some leftovers to freeze. I can put my meet in frozen and cook on high and it still gets done for dinner.

GabbyPA 2015-01-02 14:30:32 -0600 Report

I have a large 6 qt and a small 1 qt. My 4 qt is now used for melting wax and will never be the same. LOL
I use the large one for making apple sauce and cooking big stews or chili meals. My little one is great for dips, breakfast cereals and holiday sausage heating. I find that I actually like my dutch oven more for roasting or braising foods, but I use crocks for soups a lot.

NewSong53 2015-01-03 11:41:13 -0600 Report

Thanks! I've never made oatmeal in mine, but heard it's good.

GabbyPA 2015-01-03 11:46:11 -0600 Report

I make steel cut oats in it. I get up early to feed the dogs, set it up, turn it on, then when I'm getting up for my day...its ready. I don't do it often, as oats don't always agree with me, but it tastes great. Add some dried fruit if you want. YUM

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-02 13:57:49 -0600 Report

Hi Newsong,,
In your reference to crockpots and meals, have you tried the recipe section here on DC there is a whole section on crockpot meals alone.
From appitizers to candy, I know because I contributed quite a few myself. My best is called Asian roast. It's not just easy but the best
ever. Look some up if you use any of mine let me know what you think. Different size crockpots is a great idea too. I'll start my
collection soon. To great cooking VL

jayabee52 2015-01-04 03:25:14 -0600 Report

Sweetie, I already have a medium size crockpot here, so no need to purchase one. We'll talk about it when next we phone.

Pegsy 2015-01-02 12:46:09 -0600 Report

I have 3 crock pots. The smallest one is the perfect size for just my husband and I most of the time. The medium sized one is for larger recipes or when I want to slow cook a roast or something like that. The large one is for pot lucks and events where I need to bring a lot of food.

Just about anything can be cooked in a Crock Pot so I don't really have many specific recipes. A favorite of ours is to mix together 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup with a tbsp or two of brown mustard and one tbsp of flour (to thicken). Add a package of frozen artichoke hearts and some peas. Add as much chicken pieces as you like (boned or not, it doesn't matter) and cook on low while you are at work. When you get home dinner is ready. This can be served over anything you like. Before diabetes diagnosis I used to serve it over mashed potatoes. I have also served it over brown rice. Now, I don't add anything starchy and just eat it with a spoon, like a soup.

RebDee 2015-01-02 12:34:25 -0600 Report

I have another recipe that I originally got from the bgack of the Instant White Rice box. But it called for mushroom soup but I only had tomato soup, called for white rice but I only had brown rice (which is better for me anyway) so I put in what I had. Stir fry hamburger meat to make "pebbles" of the meat (you can use ground lamb, chicken or turkey), add julienne beets, string beans, carrots (the way I could get my gang to eat veggies) and then add rice to cover all. Add water just to cover rice. Allow to simmer until water is gone. Ta-dah!! It comes out pink from the beets but that added to the "mystique" of the dish. It tastes wonderful. and my children called it THE MESS and actually asked for it time and time again. It works well in a slow cooker.

RebDee 2015-01-02 10:44:09 -0600 Report

NewSong, I love you as you have just solved all my crock pot problems (use the floor as a shelf). I love using my different sized crockpots. I make a plethera of meat meals (which I used to make for the family but now that I am alone, not so much, but now I plan to make and then freeze in portion size for myself). Sorry that so many of my recipes contain tomato sauce (Paul Newman mushroom tomato sauce to be exact). But here is a quick and easy recipe. Dump all ingredients into the crockpot: cubed lamb stew meat, pineapple chunks no juice, bottle of tomato sauce, cup of barley (wash it first to take away the starch), add carrots, peas, or brussle sprouts (whatever veggie pleases you) plus a shake of powdered ginger, garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Do it in the morning and it is ready for dinner. Yummy.

NewSong53 2015-01-02 10:54:27 -0600 Report

Hey, thanks!! Think I'll use tomato paste instead of sauce (heard it doesn't have as much sugar). Never tried brussel sprouts in a stew — but I love them, so I'll definitely try that! And the pineapple sounds interesting . . . so I'll give it a whirl. Thanks again.

RebDee 2015-01-02 11:49:58 -0600 Report

If you use paste, remember to use a lot of water as the paste is too thick to work well.

RosalieM 2015-01-02 09:41:36 -0600 Report

Can you find sugar free tomato sauce. Tomatoes aren't bad, it the sugar that they add. Maybe canned tomatoes are sugar free. I have my own tomatoes from the garden, so mine are sugar free. I have different size crock pots.
Three in a row. a small one for gravy or dips. I use them at family gatherings.
I got out my old pressure cooker. I am falling in love with it all over again.

NewSong53 2015-01-03 16:52:38 -0600 Report

My sister used to make a chicken and rice dish in her pressure cooker after work — in no time it was cooked, tender & juicy! I've always been a little afraid of them since one blew up on a neighbor — she was fine but I'm sure it hurt. They're probably a lot easier to use than I think but that episode just did it for me! I'd love a couple of your gravy recipes if you don't mind sharing. Thanks.

RosalieM 2015-01-04 08:01:28 -0600 Report

I don't use recipes. I learned to cook without recipes. All my gravy is just some flavor, chicken, beef or pork etc. What I have left from making a roast. I add extra matching flavoring that you can buy in a jar if the flavor is too week. Thicken it with cornstarch or flour. A pressure cooker is very safe, It has a safety valve on top. If the pressure gets to high the safety valve will blow. You might have to scrape your dinner off the ceiling,
but you won't get hurt. The pressure cooker is much faster than a crock pot. You can cook any tough meat to tender in twenty minutes or so. You need very little water in a pressure cooker.
Moisture is driven into the meat. Do not cook pasta in a pressure cooker.

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