At this time of year…my Crock Pot never leaves my counter. 😉
Soups…Stews..Chili…comfort food at it’s best.
Many of you may be new to the world od Slow Cooking…I found a great article at Bon Appetit on what not to do.
Here are some important points….
1) Don’t use Lean cuts of Meat:
Lean meat cooked for a long time gets tough and stringy. Big hunks of fatty meat like short ribs and pork shoulder work best in a crock pot. The fat will keep the meat moist. So with a slow cooker… fatty meat = delicious!!
2) Brown your Meat:
Toss everything in the crock pot,…then magically have an amazing dinner eight hours later. Unfortunately.. it doesn’t work that way ;( Always brown your meat first… it adds a layer of flavor you can’t get otherwise.
3) Add a low note or sweetness that produces flavor:
A low note is a flavor that adds a depth and richness to a dish… bacon, browned onions, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce. they’re important elements to any good crock-pot recipe. So are sweet ingredients like brown sugar.. tomato paste.
4) Don’t add Crunchy Veggies or Dairy at the beginning of cooking:
If you want a crunchy vegetable in your dish…. add it toward the end to avoid mushy veggies. Dairy will curdle during hours of cooking. Stir in any dairy at the very last moment.
To read the full article…follow the link below to Bon Appetit