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  • Five steps to Crock-Pot nirvana

  • Did you get a Crock-Pot for Christmas, or are you considering resurrecting yours for the winter? Here are five steps that will increase your chances for success:

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  • Did you get a Crock-Pot for Christmas, or are you considering resurrecting yours for the winter? Here are five steps that will increase your chances for success:
    1. Fill the pot one-half to two-thirds full. Anything less and the food will cook too fast. Anything more risks the chance of under- cooking.
    2. Remove skin from poultry and excess fat from other meats. The fat, over the long cooking time, will add an undesirable texture to your dish.
    3. Add seasonings, herbs, garlic, pepper, hot sauce, etc., in last hour of cooking. Long cooking dilutes their strength and indeed can cause the flavor to disappear. Only add dairy products in the last 30 minutes.
    4. Cheaper meats work best in a Crock-Pot. Their lack of tenderness is moderated by the slow cooking times, and the cuts are moister than more expensive ones. Buy one, get one free beef roasts are perfect for crock cooking.
    5. Keep the lid on. Do not lift to stir. This will allow the steam that has built up over the hours to escape. You’ll need to add a half hour to the cooking time to make up for this. Turning the glass lid will knock off the condensation and allow you to check on the dish without lifting it.

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