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What is the best "Slow Cooker" cookbook you would recommend?

Started 1357873081.26 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1358045841.647 by LaurieJill
I just purchased a new slow cooker that browns n I'm anxious to use it. Do u have a favorite s/c cookbook you would recommend. TIA His Grace

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Sooner1357874296.60715169 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Slow cooking is almost recipe-less. After you learn the basic times that things cook, you can pretty much take recipes you like and slow cook them. Just learn the basics, it is easy and pretty foolproof.

The Fix It and Forget It books are great basic ones and inexpensive, the Rival basic books and Crock Pot basic ones are good too!

Enjoy!

vicosmom1357934963.423549 PostsRegistered 10/19/2012

I have the jumbo book by Fix It and Forget It and I use it all the time. It's large (as in many recipes) and hardbound. Try amazon, I think that's where I got it. Tonight I am having the chicken breasts and stuffing.

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waterdragon1357935408.8772653 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006Sandy Eggo

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger and Julia Kaufmann. 350 pages. Lots of interesting recipes from soups to desserts.

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gkelly57441357941891.9272655 PostsRegistered 4/22/2010
On 1/10/2013 His Grace said: I just purchased a new slow cooker that browns n I'm anxious to use it. Do u have a favorite s/c cookbook you would recommend. TIA His Grace

Don;t have a cookbook to suggest but I have a pot roast in mine right now! I have one thats "sears" or "browns" in it and then slow cooks! I really enjoy it a lot and can do it all in one pot! I have gotten some great s/c recipes from several blogs online!

AnneMary1357953094.88671 PostsRegistered 10/22/2008Anchorage, AK

His Grace & gkelly5744: what brands are your slow cookers that brown also?? What size are they, and by any chance are they oval?? I'd like to look into that. TIA AnneMary

stampingpa­perdoll1357990719.21308 PostsRegistered 4/7/2005

I also have a slow cooker that browns. It is the Ninja cooking system-I got it on sale, had a 30% off coupon and had some Kohl's cash-I got it for way under $100. It is oval and it also roasts, slow cooks, sears, and acts as a stovetop. It is the most wonderful, versatile appliance.

Arlyn1357991269.681 PostsRegistered 12/22/2006

Amazon is a wonderful source for this type of cookbook and you can read the reviews which I find helpful. Two in particular come to mind. "Slow Cooker Revolution" and" Italian Slow Cooker". Some recipes require extra steps but I feel the results are worth the effort. Also, the "Smitten Kitchen" cookbook has a fabulous recipe for slow cooker brisket. It might even be available on her website. Williams Sonoma's website has a terrific reipe for slow cooker lasagna. I have the All Clad top of the line slow cooker. It is oval in shape and pricy but I felt the features were worth the investment. I hope this helps and good luck!

Lyn081357996935.2872218 PostsRegistered 7/30/2008

I purchased a 3.5 quart Cuisinart Slow Cooker. It is very basic, and don't brown. I have a very small kitchen, and didn't have room for anything bigger. Also, I'm only cooking for myself.

I also am interested in a slow cooker cookbook that is very basic, that I can use with my small slow cooker. The small cookbook that came with my Cuisinart Slow Cooker, has only a few recipes (none that I care to use), and no basic instructions.

The first thing I cooked, was a roast. Since I didn't have all that much time, I cooked it on high. I wasn't really thrilled with the results. The roast was okay, but not as tender as I would like.

The second thing I cooked (yesterday), was a half turkey breast. I wasn't really sure what to do, so I went on-line and got information for a full-size turkey breast, and guessed how long to cook it, and what temperature to use. The instructions said to cook it on high for 1 hour, and on low for 7 hours, then check the temperature, and it should read 165 degrees. Unfortunately, the temperature only went up to 140 degrees, so I cooked it on low another hour, and then it read 165 degrees. By the time the turkey breast was done, it was quite late, and I had already eaten. So I'm not sure how the meat tastes, but it seemed very moist and looked great. I just put a bit of olive oil on the skin, used salt and pepper, and a bit of butter in the bottom of the crock and a splash of chicken broth. Everything was a guess!

waterdragon1358009778.4732653 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006Sandy Eggo
On 1/12/2013 stampingpaperdoll said:

I also have a slow cooker that browns. It is the Ninja cooking system-I got it on sale, had a 30% off coupon and had some Kohl's cash-I got it for way under $100. It is oval and it also roasts, slow cooks, sears, and acts as a stovetop. It is the most wonderful, versatile appliance.

Hi, is this the 3 in 1? my crock finally died and I am looking for a replacement.

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stampingpa­perdoll1358013957.967308 PostsRegistered 4/7/2005

Waterdragon,

Yes this is the 3 in 1. I love that I can slow cook and sear my items first. It is a great crock pot replacement.

Me And My ­Shadow1358016812.61087 PostsRegistered 1/8/2009
On 1/12/2013 stampingpaperdoll said:

I also have a slow cooker that browns. It is the Ninja cooking system-I got it on sale, had a 30% off coupon and had some Kohl's cash-I got it for way under $100. It is oval and it also roasts, slow cooks, sears, and acts as a stovetop. It is the most wonderful, versatile appliance.


I didn't know that there were slow cookers that will brown also....sounds great!....I will definitely check it out, as I have been thinking of getting a new slow cooker.

Me And My ­Shadow1358017121.3571087 PostsRegistered 1/8/2009

A few months ago, I picked up "The Italian Slow Cooker" cookbook...by Michele Scicolone.....has some great recipes in it!

Also, I wanted to suggest a great soup cookbook....although not done in the slow cooker....rather the traditional way on the stove....."Mr. Sunday's Soups"...by Lorraine Wallace.....The soup recipes in this book are so delicious and hearty....especially for this time of year!

gkelly57441358030302.112655 PostsRegistered 4/22/2010
On 1/11/2013 AnneMary said:

His Grace & gkelly5744: what brands are your slow cookers that brown also?? What size are they, and by any chance are they oval?? I'd like to look into that. TIA AnneMary

Hi AnneMary, my slow cooker is a Wolfgang Puck Versacooker. It is 6 qt. with a non-stick removeable insert. It has digital readout and a slow-cooker setting--low & high, another setting that browns/sautes where you have 6 settings depending on how high you want to go..starting with 120 degrees up to "sear". The unit will "beep" when it reaches the correct temp. Another setting for how long you want to "slow cook". Yes, it is oval. I cooked a pot roast in it and it came out perfect!! fell apart with a fork! LOVE not using up the whole oven when something so small does just as good,IMO.

The only complaint I have with this SC is that the lid is glass and the handle on the lid can get very hot! Have to use a pot holder to take the lid off, other than that, this is a fantastic unit & glad I bought it & wouldn't use anything else. Hope this helps

Mustangshar1358031050.0577885 PostsRegistered 12/7/2006Chicago Burbs
I have AMERICAS TEST KITCHEN cook book Slow Cooker Revolution, from the PBS show. Very good! I also have All Clad after my Cuinart Multi cooker bit the dust.. even the replacement. The temperature control panel cracked after searing. So now I take my insert stove top to sear, then slow cook. But have heard great reviews on that Wolfgang cooker.

Sharon :)
WNYgal said The Shame Sisters, otherwise known as Linea Anonymous.

traveler1358031322.99311407 PostsRegistered 12/14/2004ALASKA

There are lots of places online like allrecipes.com but my favorite is http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

sarpy1358033100.21595 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

Set it and forget it. Wonderful recipes and so easy.

His Grace1358033811.1237 PostsRegistered 11/11/2007

Thanks to everyone for your CB ideas.

For those who asked, I purchased a Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multi cooker.

All I have cooked so far is a Pot Roast. It was so fun n simple to brown/sear and slow cook the roast all in one pot!!! It is oval in shape, the outside gets only warm to the touch. It has a glass lid n nonstick aluminum cooking pot...super easy to clean.

It is 6 quart capacity n all parts that come in contact with food r BPA free. It steams, browns, sautes n slow cooks. I like that I can switch from function to function without turning it off then on again.

When slow cooking on high, low or simmer, it beeps 5 times at the end of cooking time n automatically switches to Keep Warm setting for 8 hours. (It is programmable up to 24 hours then 8 hours warm.)

Hope this helps everyone asking about it n Thanks again for the CB ideas.

Blessings.

Jan

PS: Sorry for the small print. Don't know why. It's never happened before.

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waterdragon1358040551.592653 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006Sandy Eggo
On 1/12/2013 stampingpaperdoll said:

Waterdragon,

Yes this is the 3 in 1. I love that I can slow cook and sear my items first. It is a great crock pot replacement.

I'm convinced, checked around and ordered it from Amazon - will be here Monday! Plus Ebates cash back.

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Mustangshar1358042592.0637885 PostsRegistered 12/7/2006Chicago Burbs
His grace, please save your receipt! I loved mine too, they broke, my original and the replacement! Almost when the warranty was up, the temp control cracked in the upper right of that panel. I bought from Williams Sonoma, they were fabulous. I hope you use it a lot, to see if it will occur again. I feel it's a design flaw.

Sharon :)
WNYgal said The Shame Sisters, otherwise known as Linea Anonymous.

vw vixen1358043422.993477 PostsRegistered 9/4/2008Arizona
On 1/11/2013 vicosmom said:

I have the jumbo book by Fix It and Forget It and I use it all the time. It's large (as in many recipes) and hardbound. Try amazon, I think that's where I got it. Tonight I am having the chicken breasts and stuffing.

That's the one I have, it's the best cookbook I have.

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FunkyHulaG­irl1358045625.8476865 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011Wherever I go, there I am!

I like this one. Every so often it's free to download the ebook version. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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FunkyHulaG­irl1358045644.8036865 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011Wherever I go, there I am!

I like this one. Every so often it's free to download the ebook version. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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LaurieJill1358045841.6472005 PostsRegistered 1/3/2009

I recently did a roast in the crockpot for the first time using a recipe I saw on Pinterest:

Roast

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch mix

1 pkg. McCormick Aus Jus gravy mix

1 stick of butter (yes, I know)

5 pepperoncini peppers

It was wonderful.

Sorry, I just realized you were asking about cookbooks. I need one, too.

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