Crockpot Meals

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  1. willibe

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    Grammy Teacher, what size Crock Pot are you using? I know that I have a really big one, and sometimes if I am cooking a smaller amount, it can get very dry. I am thinking about getting a smaller Crock Pot, since there are only two of us and I am usually making just enough for us.
     
  2. ChristyF

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    I have a 6 quart crockpot and a 1 quart pot. I use the smaller one most of the time, but the larger one is really nice for bringing things places are cooking for friends. It has a notch in the lid for the spoon and latches to hold the lid to the pot (along with a seal). Really nice for not spilling!!
     
  3. Grammy Teacher

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    Christy, did you make the meatloaf?
     
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    No, I didn't get it made, didn't have enough meat, won't make it tomorrow because of a meeting, Thursday is cake decorating class, and then Friday I'm heading out of town for the weekend (girls weekend out!). I'm going to make it next week. I'll let you know how it works out. Today I tired a chicken spagetti dish, tossed in some pasta, chicken, rotell, cheese, seasonings, and a little chicken broth. It turned out really well.
     
  5. DustinD

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    omg people lol, I never thought of cooking while I was not actually home...Great ideas!!!
     
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    Christy can you actually put 6 quarts in your crockpot, just wondering because someone on the cooking site I go to mentioned they have one and could only put one gallon of apple cider in, and that is only 4 qts (I think)

    I told her she should complain to the company she bought it from.
     
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    I am thinking of getting a smaller crock pot, but how do the times work on those? Same(5 hours on low) and about 8-10 on high?
     
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    Most crockpots I have seen don't have timers...It's just degree settings you put them up and they stay on as long as you have it plugged in for. (Schools also use them for concession stands)
     
  9. musicteach

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    I think Grammy meant do the smaller ones take more/less time to cook than the big ones. Newer crock pots do have programmable timers built into them...you can set them for when to turn on & shut off....I think rival has one....would love to have it---wouldn't that be so handy!
     
  10. Teaching Grace

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    Last christmas (04) I was living with my boyfriend. His family bought us a set of pots and pans and a crockpot and a pizza stone and plates and glasses. My mom bought us pots and pans and a crockpot and a pizza stone that came with plates and glasses. Then we broke up and moved back home to our respective parents. I got everything from the kitchen. We ended up back together but not living together again. I'm about to get my own place soon and i'll have all this stuff with me. But anyways, my question is this, do ya'll have any recipes that keep well, don't get tired of, or are for one or two servings only? oh and how do y'all freeze things? do you do like the glad plastic containers, bags, and is it okay to put frozen meat into the crock pot when it's going to be on for 8 hours or so? will it deforst and cook like it's supposed to in there?
     
  11. willibe

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    teaching-n-2, I have had the same problem. My husband and I always end up with more food than we know what to do with, and have the problem of needing to freeze stuff. In my experience, almost anything Italian and most soups freeze really well. I will make a big batch of something and we will eat it for dinner. Then I will take the leftovers and pack it up for future meals. I usually use the Glad containers or something like that, but I usually put some foil or plastic wrap on top of the food before I put the lid on. These seems to keep things from getting frosty and gross, and it also cuts down on the taste things can sometimes get in the freezer. I have also been known to do this with muffins, cookies, cupcakes... wrap them up individually, then put them in a big bag or plastic container.However, I am always looking for new recipes that freeze well. Any ideas?
     
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    how do you deforst the muffins, cookies, and cup cakes? do you just set them on the counter? that's a great idea about the foil though! there's a magazine out by cooking light (i think) it's called something like cooking for two. they have some great recipes in there. another way to make smaller recipes, i have a cookbook program on my computer that allows me to shrink recipes by however many people i have or vice versa if i'm doing a potluck or dinner party.
     
  13. willibe

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    What is the name of the computer program? That sounds great, and would really help me be able to make meals of the correct size. :) Yes, I just set the things on the counter to defrost. it doesn't take long at all, and you can always microwave them if you need to. I usually put two packages out at night before I go to bed, and then my husband and I have muffins for the morning. I do the same with sausage; I will cook a big package and freeze them in Ziploc baggies. Then in the morning we have a good breakfast, but I don't have to cook.
     
  14. Teaching Grace

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    that's a good idea. do you frost them (the cupcakes) before or after you freeze them.. i would think after.. Anyways, my computer program is name Master Cook Deluxe 7.0. You can get it off of bestbuy.com for 9.99. here's the link:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7577133&type=product&id=1129786385151

    maybe that will show up as a link. if not it's on there under computer programs. it has several cookbooks within the program, you can add your own recipes, and you can also put in your pantry and fridge contents and then ask it to find you a recipe that you have everything for. it's pretty nifty.
     
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    Has anyone tried the Pillsbury microwaveable biscuits? They are awesome. Two of them take just 1 minute and they taste like you just baked them yourself.
     
  16. Teaching Grace

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    i've never tried those. But i used to eat the brozen pillsbury biscuits. you could just take out however many you needed and pop them in the toaster oven.
     
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    These are even quicker. And taste like you made them yourself.
     
  18. teacherchick

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    Ok I am printing out these recipies tonoght and giving hem a go!
     
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    Does anyone like to use an electric frying pan?
     
  20. kinderkids

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    daisy, I use one all the time! I love it....great for skillet dishes!
     
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    I like mine because it is larger than my burners and less messy.
     

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