What do you cook in your slow cooker?

bjdw_1977
bjdw_1977 Posts: 438 Member
I've just recently bought a slow cooker and had my first attempt at a whole chicken today.
What do you cook in yours?
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  • WanderingRivers
    WanderingRivers Posts: 612 Member
    All kinds of stuff. Chili, stews, roasts.
  • Johnd2000
    Johnd2000 Posts: 198 Member
    We mostly use our for hams, pulled pork and stocks.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,465 Member
    Anything with beans. They are improved by long cooking.

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  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,465 Member
    By the way, I would take that chicken carcass and roast it in the oven to brown the bones. Then I’d add it back in the juices left in the pot with a bay leaf and let it simmer a few more hours. Strain. Stock.
  • DoubleUbea
    DoubleUbea Posts: 1,115 Member
    edited July 2018
    Have not used mine it in a while. A frequent dish, I put a half cup of vinegar in it, some onion, garlic, liquid smoke and a pork butt that has been rubbed with spices. Put it on about 6am, let it cook on low until dinner.
    It makes tender pulled pork. Seriously you don't need much liquid. I have used coke, and root beer as well but as a person who like Carolina Pulled Pork the vinegar is perfect.


    I have cooked a small turkey in it, and some five bean soups.
  • DoubleUbea
    DoubleUbea Posts: 1,115 Member
    jgnatca wrote: »
    Anything with beans. They are improved by long cooking.

    I read slow cooking wasn't good for beans, I have used the slow cooker often for various bean soups. When I use dry beans I would cook them over night in the slow cooker.
  • sgt1372
    sgt1372 Posts: 3,970 Member
    Nothing. Never use it. I do all of my slow cooking on the stove or in the oven.

    Inherited it from my mother. Keep it for sentimental value and in case I might ever need to use it but that's unlikely.
  • girlwithcurls2
    girlwithcurls2 Posts: 2,245 Member
    Just about anything. I have a Cooking Light slow cooker book that I use on days when I know I won't be home in time to get dinner going, or for faster recipes, when I want my late afternoon free before dinner (Sundays, usually). I LOVE my slow cooker.
  • helaurin
    helaurin Posts: 157 Member
    Beef hind shank, cheap lean cut of beef, but tender when cooked in a slow cooker 😀
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,183 Member
    Most recently, I make yogurt with mine. Previously, I cooked a big old pork shoulder in it. Sometimes, when the mood strikes, I make a big batch of beans and rice.
  • glassyo
    glassyo Posts: 6,568 Member
    This won't help you because I don't cook but I do make on thing in the crockpot. Boneless skinless chicken breasts in some water with some Accent flavoring sprinkled on.

    I only mention it because I'm really proud of the fact I haven't poisoned myself yet. :)
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
    You really don't want to ask me because I am extremely prejudiced against them.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 25,706 Member
    Today I cooked bones and made some awesome stock. I save bones in a zip lock bag in the freezer until it's time to make stock. I've tried many times to do this on the stove top, but it is much more consistent in the slow cooker.

    (Note: if you don't add salt to your stock, it will taste weird and you might think something is wrong with it, which there is - no salt.)
  • MyopicMeow
    MyopicMeow Posts: 3 Member
    Mississippi Pot Roast. Best thing ever!!!! 4lb beef roast. 2 tbsp oil. 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix. 1 package of dry lipton onion soup mix. 1 stick of butter(not margarine) and 8 pepperoncinis. Throw it all in, turn it on low and come back in 6-8 hours to deliciousness.
  • sgt1372
    sgt1372 Posts: 3,970 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Today I cooked bones and made some awesome stock. I save bones in a zip lock bag in the freezer until it's time to make stock. I've tried many times to do this on the stove top, but it is much more consistent in the slow cooker.

    (Note: if you don't add salt to your stock, it will taste weird and you might think something is wrong with it, which there is - no salt.)

    The bone stock that I made on the stove top was always cloudy until I realized that allowing the stock to boil was reason why it was always cloudy. Now that I always keep the stock below a boil (as I presume a slow cooker would), I no longer get cloudy stock. Still better for me to do this on the stove top because I make 12-16 qts of stock at a time; far more than any slow cooker could.
  • litoria
    litoria Posts: 255 Member
    I made minestrone in mine yesterday - it was great. Then overnight, I slow poached some quinces with cinnamon and star anise. Dang, they were good!
  • Nikolaijj
    Nikolaijj Posts: 11 Member
    Just about everything. Awesome way to have a homecooked meal with very little fat just waiting for you. Curry, pork roasts, pasta sauce, broth, stews, I just love that thing.
  • Lounmoun
    Lounmoun Posts: 8,427 Member
    edited July 2018
    I have cooked corn on the cob, baked apples, baked potatoes.
    When my stove was broken and I had to wait a month for the new one I ordered to come I cooked meatloaf and banana bread in my slow cooker. Corned beef, potatoes and cabbage. Soups/stews, large pieces of meat like roast beef or pork, turkey breast, whole chicken, baked beans, refried beans, casseroles. I have made cinnamon sugared almonds in my slow cooker.

    Here are some recipes I have used or been inspired by:
    https://dinnerthendessert.com/slow-cooker-philly-cheese-steak-sandwiches/
    https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/slow-cooker-homestyle-ground-turkey-meatloaf/
    https://www.theyummylife.com/slow_cooker_corn_on_the_cob
    https://www.ayearofslowcooking.com/2011/11/slow-cooker-shredded-korean-beef-tacos.html
    http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/crock-pot-ham-and-beans-96347?ref=amp
    https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-chicken-dumplings/
    https://therecipecritic.com/slow-cooker-pork-carnitas/
    http://hostthetoast.com/5-bc-recipes/
    https://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/1172/Italian-Saucy-Chicken-Thighs120412.shtml
    https://foodfolksandfun.net/refried-beans-recipe/
  • WholeFoods4Lyfe
    WholeFoods4Lyfe Posts: 1,512 Member
    I like to do a Whole Chicken "rotisserie style". You ball up several pieces of aluminum foil and place in the bottom and rest your chicken on top. It keeps the chicken out of the released liquid and it gets a nice crispy skin like the grocery store chickens.

    Chili, pulled pork/chicken/beef, pork/beef roasts, soups, I've even made desserts.

    Of course, now I do most of this in my Instant Pot, but the recipes are the same, only the cooking time is different.
  • RachelElser
    RachelElser Posts: 1,049 Member
    my favorite with a nice round beef is literally a packet of the french onion soup (the kind that comes in the blue box) and a cup of water. It's so good!