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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 10/7/2012 11:41 PM EDT
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          HOT GERMAN POTATO SALAD 

  
1/2 lb.
             Chopped bacon
1 1/4
cups chopped onions (about 3 medium)
1 1/4
cups chopped celery (about 5 medium stalks)
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
3/4
teaspoon celery seed
1/2
teaspoon pepper
2
lb small red potatoes (2 to 3 inch in diameter), cut into 1/4-inch slices
1
cup chicken broth
1/4
cup sugar
2
tablespoons cornstarch
1/4
cup cider vinegar
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Cook bacon in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until brown and crisp; remove from skillet with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels cover and refrigerate . Cook onions and celery in bacon drippings 5 to 8 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with salt, celery seed and pepper.
  • 2 Layer half each of the potatoes and onion mixture in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Repeat layers. Pour broth over top.
  • 3 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 5 to 6 hours.
  • 4 Remove potatoes from cooker, using slotted spoon. Mix sugar, cornstarch and vinegar in small bowl; stir into liquid in cooker. Stir in bacon. Gently fold in potatoes. Increase heat setting to High. Cover and cook 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes have thickened. Sprinkle with parsley. Potato salad will hold on Low heat setting up to 2  ( I was behind so I cooked them on high for 2 hrs maybe a little more,check to see if potatoes are tender I finished the recipe then I put on low setting to keep warm until dinner) Paired with pork chops or Brats for a great fall meal.

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

posted at 10/9/2012 7:28 AM EDT
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I dropped my lid to my slow cooker.I had my son go back to Aldi's and buy another to get a lid so I could continue cooking.This time he paid $16.99 it was marked down $3 more.I may buy another for that price.I'm ordering a replacement lid for the one I broke.If anyone needs a slow cooker this is a great price for $16.99 it is a 7 quart size.I really like mine.I just set up a nice pot of chicken noodle soup for dinner.

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

posted at 10/9/2012 9:30 AM EDT
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Gale, that crock pot I just bought at Walmart was $40  Embarassed

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

posted at 10/9/2012 12:50 PM EDT
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Gale, that crock pot I just bought at Walmart was $40  
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy, Wow,that's a shame.Do you have an Aldi's store around you? If you do you should take that one back to Walmart.These at Aldi's were $30,so this is a great price @ $16.99.These have a high,low and an automatic setting.

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

posted at 10/9/2012 4:52 PM EDT
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I use one all the time!  BQ pork is great like someone posted.  I pick up inexpensive cuts of meat & brown them then throw them in the crock pot.  Try an inexpensive cut of pork, throw in carrots, potatoes & at the end some cabbage wedges.  Delicious!  I will look for a chocolate chip recipe that is even done in the crock pot.  Good Luck!

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

posted at 10/9/2012 5:03 PM EDT
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I use one all the time!  BQ pork is great like someone posted.  I pick up inexpensive cuts of meat & brown them then throw them in the crock pot.  Try an inexpensive cut of pork, throw in carrots, potatoes & at the end some cabbage wedges.  Delicious!  I will look for a chocolate chip recipe that is even done in the crock pot.  Good Luck!
Posted by Lisa K


Hi Lisa,I would love to see the chocolate chip recipe! I made a meatloaf in the crockpot and it was fantastic.Thanks Lisa.

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

posted at 10/11/2012 3:37 PM EDT
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Well I made a pork roast,baby carrots,new red potatoes and gravy in the slow cooker,steamed green beans on the side.Hubby likes it,he's eating now and I 'm waiting too early for me to eat.I'm really enjoying this method of cooking.I put it in to cook @7am and it's ready by 3pm.I now own three of these great slow cookers!

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

posted at 10/14/2012 9:32 AM EDT
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well, i did it
this morning i have all 3 2 1/2 qt pots in my cooker filled

yesterday, i wanted to try the b.b. ribs i had bought , but after searching my freezer and not finding it i took out a pkg of chicken breasts and thawed them             but my son showed up to mow and i didn't get back to them in time
surprise          when i cleared space in fridge for the chicken       i found my ribs lurking in the grocery bag behind an outdated gallon of milk
so today i placed i breast with  about 4 ribs over it  in one pot w/ woody's sweet n' smoky bbq sauce
the rest of the ribs in another w/ sweet baby ray's original bbq sauce   
the other 2 breasts went into the third pot w/ salt, onion, garlic and celery seed        to stew
all in before 7 am---------------WOW-------i probably have the week's food all in there and some to freeze too

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

posted at 10/14/2012 11:47 AM EDT
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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 pot .I've been looking around on the internet and I'm seeing tons of recipes for meals,side dishes and dessert ,even bread! If any of you kind people have a great crock pot recipe will you share with us please?? THANKS!
Posted by gale g


Hi,  I have to tell you of our favorite crock pot meal.  Pulled Pork.  You'll swear it was smoked in a smoker for hours, but without all of the tending to.  I like to roll up a few balls of heavy alum foil and line the bottom as a rack for the pork roast to rest upon.  Rinse the roast, and rub a little salt and pepper along with a few tablespoons of liquid smoke all over the outside. Place the roast on top of the foil balls and put the lid on, set it to low & forget about it.  I put it in about 12 hrs. seems like a long time for a regular work day, but it comes out so super tender and just falls apart for pulled pork sandwiches.  I get up at 6am to get ready for work, so thats when i put the roast on, by the time we get home at about 6pm, its perfect.

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

posted at 10/14/2012 4:26 PM EDT
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In Response to CROCK POT, MEALS,SIDES OR BAKING??? : Hi,  I have to tell you of our favorite crock pot meal.  Pulled Pork.  You'll swear it was smoked in a smoker for hours, but without all of the tending to.  I like to roll up a few balls of heavy alum foil and line the bottom as a rack for the pork roast to rest upon.  Rinse the roast, and rub a little salt and pepper along with a few tablespoons of liquid smoke all over the outside. Place the roast on top of the foil balls and put the lid on, set it to low & forget about it.  I put it in about 12 hrs. seems like a long time for a regular work day, but it comes out so super tender and just falls apart for pulled pork sandwiches.  I get up at 6am to get ready for work, so thats when i put the roast on, by the time we get home at about 6pm, its perfect.
Posted by Michelle G


Thank you for the idea.I made a pork roast with baby red potatoes and baby carrots all with gravy and that was great.Hubby doesn't like pulled pork but my son and I do.I'll do it the way you suggested with the aluminum foil balls and I'll do half pulled pork and the other half as a roast.for my hubby.Thanks again Michelle.

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posted at 10/15/2012 3:29 AM EDT
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I'm up early to check on the plum butter I'm making in the crock pot.It's almost done so I'll stay up and finish it.I'm not really following a recipe but I'll see how this turns out I'm thinking it will be good.It looks good anywaySmile

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posted at 10/15/2012 7:49 AM EDT
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I love crock pots and slow cookers.  The meat is so tender & everything meshes together so nicely.

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

posted at 10/15/2012 8:27 AM EDT
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we made a pot of spaggettie for a funneral services on saturday.

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

posted at 10/15/2012 12:10 PM EDT
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I'm up early to check on the plum butter I'm making in the crock pot.It's almost done so I'll stay up and finish it.I'm not really following a recipe but I'll see how this turns out I'm thinking it will be good.It looks good anyway
Posted by gale g


plum butter was one of my fav things my g.m. made     and she always made sure i had plenty to bring home
let me know how it comes out     and recipe

butters are the hardest things to find a recipe for

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

posted at 10/15/2012 12:37 PM EDT
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I'm up early to check on the plum butter I'm making in the crock pot.It's almost done so I'll stay up and finish it.I'm not really following a recipe but I'll see how this turns out I'm thinking it will be good.It looks good anyway
Posted by gale g

Gale, I too would be interested in the recipe for the plum butter.  Would you post it for us, please?

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

posted at 10/15/2012 1:29 PM EDT
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I didn't have a true recipe because I was using my crockpot.I had about 2 # of Italian prune plums I washed them cut in 1/2 and pitted them.I chopped them in about 1/2 inch pieces.I put them into the slow cooker on low for about 6 hrs.They were very soft after this time so I mashed them up with a large spoon and let them cook for about an hour longer.After that I left the lid crack open a little to allow the steam to evaporate after it looked thick enough I stired in about 1 1/2 cups sugar and  2 teaspoons of cinnamon.Turned the slow cooker on high and let it get hot and let it simmer with the lid on but cracked until it looked thick enough.I kept an eye on it so it wouldn't burn then just shut the slow cooker off,removed the lid and let it cool slightly.I put it into a plastic freezer container to keep in the fridge I didn't put it into the fridge until it was completely cooled it made about a pint of butter.I really just winged this one but it did come out very well.I'm going to toast an English muffin right now to enjoy my labor.

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posted at 10/15/2012 1:51 PM EDT
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I'm up early to check on the plum butter I'm making in the crock pot.It's almost done so I'll stay up and finish it.I'm not really following a recipe but I'll see how this turns out I'm thinking it will be good.It looks good anyway
Posted by gale g


Now that's dedication to get up at 3:30 to check on the plum butter.  Then to not go back to bed!...I would have tossed in 1/2 Cup of water and gone back to bed for another few hours.  OK maybe I would have done the same and stayed up and finished it because I would have been thinking about it so I would not have been able to sleep anyways.

I think I just might try the plum butter.  I just made some pumpkin apple butter.  that stuff is  good on almost anything.  Great on toast but I also had some with the pork I made last Thursday.

I made pear butter a few years back and I was not a fan, for some reason pears do not break down like apples the cell wall structures are a bit different so it can get grainy. (so says the horticulture expert I spoke to about it)

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posted at 10/15/2012 1:56 PM EDT
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Gale your recipe for the Hot German Potato Salad is pretty much how I do mine but I sauté some Polish Sausage or Kilabassa in the pan then take it out when it has browned and given off a bit of grease.  Then I make the salad then put the sausage back in about 5 minutes before it is done.  That heats the sausage back and blends the flavors.  Great one pot meal.  Not to mention how great the house smells!

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posted at 10/15/2012 3:58 PM EDT
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Gale your recipe for the Hot German Potato Salad is pretty much how I do mine but I sauté some Polish Sausage or Kilabassa in the pan then take it out when it has browned and given off a bit of grease.  Then I make the salad then put the sausage back in about 5 minutes before it is done.  That heats the sausage back and blends the flavors.  Great one pot meal.  Not to mention how great the house smells!
Posted by nikki p


That sounds good Nikki.maybe next time I make it I'll throw in some of my Hungarian garlic sausage with it.I got up when my son was going to work to check on the plum butter and stayed up to finish it then went back to bed for awhile.Whenever I can't sleep I some times go to the kitchen and start cooking or baking and the smell creeps upstairs and drives my hubby crazy! lol.Whenever it's warm outside I'll open a window to let some of the heat out of the kitchen and drive my neighbors crazy.The lady next door will stop my son and ask what is your mom cooking that smells so good.If I have extra I have him take her some.I really love to cook and bake.I just heard back from a woman who has written some Hungarian cook books and I'm thinking of ordering one of them. It has a very good collection of Hungarian bakery.I know some that my mom made but there is always more to learn.

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

posted at 10/15/2012 6:34 PM EDT
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gale,
did you peel the plums?
no hurry    i forgot to pick them up at the grocery
i did get cinnamon rolls though           the ones w/ cream cheese icing

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