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We went shopping yesterday and stopped at Aldi's.My son bought me a nice big crock pot there.It's the  7 quart size.It was on sale for $19.99!!! What a great deal.I'm pretty new with the crock po
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Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 9/29/2012 11:24 AM EDT
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gale that    slow cooker stroganoff stew  recipe i sent you from pillsbury came out very good and it was in their cooking for 2 recipes      3 of us ate yesterday  and i have enough for lunch today i substituted 1 can campbell's cream of mushroom plus an extra cup of water and 1 tbs beef bouillion granules    for that 18 oz soup called for         i would also have added a good dash of worchester sauce, but i was out
Posted by nellie v


Thanks Nellie I hope to try that soon waiting for a beef sale so I don't spend more than I should. My family likes stroganoff.

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 9/29/2012 1:53 PM EDT
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they had the sirloin for 2.99 last week             i thought that was about as low as it will go
but, if i find it cheaper              i will go ahead and slice it and freeze it in 1/2 lb pkgs for sure

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 9/29/2012 2:29 PM EDT
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I have a very old crock pot.  It is green----remember those awful colors from the 70's?  It still works, but I don't use it very much.  I am interested in the crock pot recipes, but I don't have any to pass on.  I used to make stew in mine, but it was always watery and I'd have to thicken it up with flour or cornstarch.  I also had trouble with seasonings, everything always needed salt!
Mary Jo and Millie, thanks for your ideas!

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 9/30/2012 9:20 AM EDT
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well i guess i'm really getting into this thing
it really is easier to cook this way for me too, gale
i can't believe i've had this triple 2 1/2  qt thing for over 3 yrs and have only been using it for holidays and parties  when i have so many problems standing around the stove cooking and it's too hot to use the oven

today's experiment involves a box of bc  scalloped potatoes w/ sour cream and chives
i put the potatoes in first , sprinkled the seasoning packet over them and added 1 can chicken broth 3 T butter and 3/4 c milk poured over
then i sprinkled the ranch seasoning mix on some boneless  sirloin pork chops and laid them on top

i set the pot on high            and will just watch it

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 9/30/2012 8:49 PM EDT
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well i guess i'm really getting into this thing it really is easier to cook this way for me too, gale i can't believe i've had this triple 2 1/2  qt thing for over 3 yrs and have only been using it for holidays and parties  when i have so many problems standing around the stove cooking and it's too hot to use the oven today's experiment involves a box of bc  scalloped potatoes w/ sour cream and chives i put the potatoes in first , sprinkled the seasoning packet over them and added 1 can chicken broth 3 T butter and 3/4 c milk poured over then i sprinkled the ranch seasoning mix on some boneless  sirloin pork chops and laid them on top i set the pot on high            and will just watch it
Posted by nellie v


Hi Nellie,Let me know how the BC potatoes come out I bought a bunch of them they were 50 cents on sale and with a coupon.I don't know why I was always so reluctant to use a slow cooker.For anyone with a handicap this is the way to cook it can be moved to an area where you can work and you dont' have to worry about burning yourself.After my loss of limb I was in therapy twice a day for 6 weeks.We addressed cooking and doing laundry and other household tasks but not one therapist ever mentioned the use of a slow cooker.You can set it up in the morning and you have the rest of the day to do whatever you have to do.Clean up is easier too.I think I'm going to call the hospital and tell them to mention this to the patients.I'm going to buy another one so I can cook desserts while dinner is cooking.

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/1/2012 9:07 AM EDT
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gale,       i, too have a lot of these potatoes that i bought mostly for 79 cents   and as i have a real problem peeling or chopping potatoes they've been a godsend
i have often thought of other ways to use them, and if you can cook them stovetop , i figured the crockpot would work

i think i put too much liquid, after 4 hrs on high it was still loose, so i left the lid off for another 30 mins
and ate them loose the pork chops were very good as were the potatoes, although they don't "brown"

next time i'll try 1 can chichen broth and 1/2 c milk, as i did rinse the can and add that water i won't do that and i'll blend the seasoning mix w/ the liquid first

and, speaking of clean-up have you met Dawn's power disolver?   two kinds         the bottle is super concentrated       just a small amt  and hot water        soak 15 mins and it loosens anything  with almost no scrubbing               the spray one is very good for like the baked-on, burnt-on greasy dishes and with all of them the grease is done for    i've used them since they were introduced      as well as the direct foam for my regular dishes        look them up on-line and see these products        and try them           i was truly amazed

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/1/2012 9:43 AM EDT
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gale,       i, too have a lot of these potatoes that i bought mostly for 79 cents   and as i have a real problem peeling or chopping potatoes they've been a godsend i have often thought of other ways to use them, and if you can cook them stovetop , i figured the crockpot would work i think i put too much liquid, after 4 hrs on high it was still loose, so i left the lid off for another 30 mins and ate them loose the pork chops were very good as were the potatoes, although they don't "brown" next time i'll try 1 can chichen broth and 1/2 c milk, as i did rinse the can and add that water i won't do that and i'll blend the seasoning mix w/ the liquid first and, speaking of clean-up have you met Dawn's power disolver?   two kinds         the bottle is super concentrated       just a small amt  and hot water        soak 15 mins and it loosens anything  with almost no scrubbing               the spray one is very good for like the baked-on, burnt-on greasy dishes and with all of them the grease is done for    i've used them since they were introduced      as well as the direct foam for my regular dishes        look them up on-line and see these products        and try them           i was truly amazed
Posted by nellie v


Hi Nellie, Good to know about the potatoes I buy them when they are on sale.it's good to have in the house if there isn't anything else or can't get out to go to the store.I use Dawn dish soap all the time and have used the direct foam.The direct foam cleans my sterling rings and bracelets when I have them on doing dishes.The other power dissolver I haevn't tried yet but I'm sure I will.Even the regular dawn works real well and not so hard on the hands.I used to use Ajax because of cost and it was tearing up my hands.I don't have a dish washer and don't want one I really enjoy doing dishes.I have neuropathy in my hands and they are so painful at times but the hot water really makes them feel better. I'm multi tasking while doing the dishes therapy for my hands and getting the dishes done lol

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/3/2012 6:54 AM EDT
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gale,       i, too have a lot of these potatoes that i bought mostly for 79 cents   and as i have a real problem peeling or chopping potatoes they've been a godsend i have often thought of other ways to use them, and if you can cook them stovetop used them since they were introduced      Posted by nellie v


Again - I'm lost. Embarassed  What potatoes?

And ...... Yesterday I bought a big 7 qt crock pot to carry lots of spaghetti to church.  Gee, that thing is heavy.  I'm wondering,  because it's so heavy, if I'll be able to carry that thing full of food.  
LOL - now I have 3 crock pots - small, medium and large.

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posted at 10/3/2012 7:29 AM EDT
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I had made chicken corn soup in the slow cooker for the church,

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/3/2012 8:32 AM EDT
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Sunday, Oct. 14, is our church Fall Festival day for the bus kids.   I've already been helping to prepare some games. And I have to take a crock pot full of spaghetti. I'd love to hear any recipes and suggestions.
Posted by Nancy G


I found rigatoni or mostaccioli was better to serve (not as messy as spaghetti) to a crowd. I would cook extra pasta, toss it with just enough sauce so it would not stick & put it in a large zip lock bags or containers with a tight lid, this way there would be plenty of sauce & enough pasta to go around. If any sauce was left it could be frozen & the pasta could be used for a baked dish or pasta salad.

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posted at 10/3/2012 8:47 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING??? : Again - I'm lost.   What potatoes? And ...... Yesterday I bought a big 7 qt crock pot to carry lots of spaghetti to church.  Gee, that thing is heavy .  I'm wondering,  because it's so heavy, if I'll be able to carry that thing full of food.   LOL - now I have 3 crock pots - small, medium and large.
Posted by Nancy G


Gosh Nancy, I have a 7 qt. & it is heavy when it is 1/2 full of spaghetti sauce or chili.  If the crock fits in your frig. you could make the sauce a day early (sauce tastes better the next day), let it cool & stick the crock in the frig.  Do the pasta like I said in another post & that will be less weight in the crock.  If you have a large serving bowl, you can plug the crock in at church & then toss the pasta & some sauce in the large bowl & keep refreshing the bowl.  Good luck

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posted at 10/3/2012 9:42 AM EDT
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gale,       i, too have a lot of these potatoes that i bought mostly for 79 cents   and as i have a real problem peeling or chopping potatoes they've been a godsend i have often thought of other ways to use them, and if you can cook them stovetop , i figured the crockpot would work i think i put too much liquid, after 4 hrs on high it was still loose, so i left the lid off for another 30 mins and ate them loose the pork chops were very good as were the potatoes, although they don't "brown" next time i'll try 1 can chichen broth and 1/2 c milk, as i did rinse the can and add that water i won't do that and i'll blend the seasoning mix w/ the liquid first and, speaking of clean-up have you met Dawn's power disolver?   two kinds         the bottle is super concentrated       just a small amt  and hot water        soak 15 mins and it loosens anything  with almost no scrubbing               the spray one is very good for like the baked-on, burnt-on greasy dishes and with all of them the grease is done for    i've used them since they were introduced      as well as the direct foam for my regular dishes        look them up on-line and see these products        and try them           i was truly amazed
Posted by nellie v

Nellie, don't know if this would have helped you out, but I use this idea all of the time - when I'm using the crockpot,/slow-cooker, I place a layer of paper towels under the lid to absorb the condensation from the cooking that collects on the lid.  Often this condensation keeps the food from being as thickened as I'd like.  The paper towels absorb a great deal of moisture.  I've had to change them once during the cooking process but I really felt they helped greatly.

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/3/2012 10:00 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING??? : Again - I'm lost.   What potatoes? And ...... Yesterday I bought a big 7 qt crock pot to carry lots of spaghetti to church.  Gee, that thing is heavy .  I'm wondering,  because it's so heavy, if I'll be able to carry that thing full of food.   LOL - now I have 3 crock pots - small, medium and large.
Posted by Nancy G


the potatoes are be--y c----c--r            packaged scalloped potatoes in many flavors

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/3/2012 10:03 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING??? : Nellie, don't know if this would have helped you out, but I use this idea all of the time - when I'm using the crockpot,/slow-cooker, I place a layer of paper towels under the lid to absorb the condensation from the cooking that collects on the lid.  Often this condensation keeps the food from being as thickened as I'd like.  The paper towels absorb a great deal of moisture.  I've had to change them once during the cooking process but I really felt they helped greatly.
Posted by Bakery1 G


thanks for the tip
that was the first timei tried the potatoes in my crockpot             experimenting       they will be better with more milk and less other liquid next time  i think

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/3/2012 8:38 PM EDT
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gale,       i, too have a lot of these potatoes that i bought mostly for 79 cents   and as i have a real problem peeling or chopping potatoes they've been a godsend i have often thought of other ways to use them, and if you can cook them stovetop , i figured the crockpot would work i think i put too much liquid, after 4 hrs on high it was still loose, so i left the lid off for another 30 mins and ate them loose the pork chops were very good as were the potatoes, although they don't "brown" next time i'll try 1 can chichen broth and 1/2 c milk, as i did rinse the can and add that water i won't do that and i'll blend the seasoning mix w/ the liquid first and, speaking of clean-up have you met Dawn's power disolver?   two kinds         the bottle is super concentrated       just a small amt  and hot water        soak 15 mins and it loosens anything  with almost no scrubbing               the spray one is very good for like the baked-on, burnt-on greasy dishes and with all of them the grease is done for    i've used them since they were introduced      as well as the direct foam for my regular dishes        look them up on-line and see these products        and try them           i was truly amazed
Posted by nellie v



  Hi Nellie and Bakery 1 G.thanks for your suggestions regarding the boxed potatoes.I'll have to fool around with that and see what I come up with.I wond if the crock part could be placed in the oven under the broiler to be browned a little

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/4/2012 11:36 AM EDT
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my comment about browning was just informational         i really don't mind that that was missing
if you have the potatoes, you already know that they can be cooked in a pot on the stove        and they don't brown that way either

they are still good, just different

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posted at 10/4/2012 11:42 AM EDT
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i have some baking potatoes cooking in my pot today

and yesterday at walmart they had the panini press that i had before       about 3 yrs ago         and i made panini's several times a week until it went out after about a yr
walmart made a full refund but haven't had them in again until now
i'm thinking about getting another                 because i really don't like or much use the one i have now that is stove-top enameled cast iron and very hard to clean

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posted at 10/5/2012 6:55 AM EDT
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A big pot of chixken noodle soup will find it's way into the pot today for tomorrows dinner

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   i MADE THE SWEDISH MEAT BALLS,

Re: CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING???

posted at 10/5/2012 10:48 AM EDT
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I've been checking my Holiday recipes, and I came across this one for "CROCK POT CANDY".  I made this last Christmas for the first time.  It was a HUGE hit....in fact I made it twice.  It makes a lot....some to eat at home, and more to give away as a little gift.  When the second batch was passed around, everyone asked for the recipe.  If you are interested....this is it.

CROCK  POT  CANDY

In a crock pot, layer the following ingredients in ORDER:

16 oz. dry roasted peanuts-unsalted
16 oz. dry roasted peanuts-salted
1 German Chocolate Bar - broken into pieces
1 16 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 package White Almond Bark (22-24 ounce size) broken into pieces

Place lid on crock pot and turn temperature to LOW.
Set a timer for 2 hours.  DO  NOT  PEEK!!!

In 2 hours take lid off and stir until mixed thoroughly.
Drop by teaspoon full onto waxed paper.  Let dry
completely.  Store in a tin or tightly covered container. 
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