Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Into the donate pile -

 Many many moons ago I got one of those slow cooker thingies (for free) - tried it once, not a fan, eventually it made its way to the Salvation Army store. 20 years later, slow cookers of every shape and size and technology are all the rage and they do come in small sizes to suit my family of 2 - I figure I'll try it again. 

Tried it with pork, followed the recipe and instructions - Yuk. So I figured strew, it had to be good for stew and it kinda was. 

Then I changed our food timetable and the main meal of the day became Noon-ish instead of 7pm-ish. Slow cooker thing not working for me. So it went into the back of the closet to be donated because I have no use for the thing. 

This past week I was craving beef stew and yesterday I decided to make it the old fashioned way - in a pot on the stove - 


This is beef stew Italian style - ingredients? Your standard beef, potatoes, carrots. But then I add - tomatoes, garlic, wine, worcestershire sauce (ok, so maybe that's not Italian) and today, for a kick, literally and figuratively,  some Louisiana Hot Sauce. That was bubbling away on the stove by 9:30am and ready to eat by Noon. And damn, was it ever good. Seriously good. So good I had two helpings. Unfortunately I didn't make a big batch so there were no leftovers. I bet that would have tasted even better today...

Even though the ingredients were basically the same (the hot sauce was a new addition), the slow-cooker/crockpot-whatever-the-hell-they're called thingy never produced a beef stew this good. Or this fast - okay, yeah I know it's a slow-cooker but even so I don't have the time to wait for it. Slow is just not a speed I'm comfortable with.

Maybe it's something about the stirring, or adjusting the heat as needed, I don't know but stovetop is tops in my kitchen! 


8 comments:

  1. Yup, my slo cooker went to the thrift store. I used it extensively when I was still working though. Start supper before I left for work and it was ready to eat when I got home that night. I agree, the meals never tasted as good as I can make now that I have the time - but they were done and I didn't have to cook after a long day at work. Hubby retired many years before I did and he took over most of the cooking, but now he thinks it's my job again. We do eat, but I don't always cook much. The stew looks so good, I'll be right over. :)

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    1. I have no doubt that they are helpful and useful but not for me. I never could figure out how to cook pork in them - you just get a pot full of fat! The stew was good - best ever I made - maybe I was super hungry LOL but it was so darn tasty...

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  2. I like stovetop for stew, and low temperature all day in the oven for roasts. I've never tried a slow cooker.

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    1. I can their their usefulness for people who work and for big families but for just one or two - not worth the loss of flavor.

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  3. I do both. But if using slow cooker I always braise the beef first in evoo and then throw it in the slo cooker - gives it a better meat flavor but I also prefer stove top. The worse part is slicing and dicing so if that's done, just do it in a dutch oven on the stove!

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    1. Yes when I used the slow cooker I seared the beef first - someone asked why but it was someone who doesn't cook! Plus when I cook it on the stove I don't have to make a slurry to thicken it, it thickens naturally...I'll just be old fashioned and do it the old way.

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  4. That stew sounds delicious! It's been awhile since I've had stew but I'm thinking it's time to make some! Our slow cooker hasn't been used in a long time but the Instant Pot comes out several times a month.

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    1. When I was buying the slow cooker I have now I looked at instapots and I wasn't impressed. But second time around and I'll stick to stovetop cooking for everything - food just seems to taste better when tended by hand. (And people who buy rice cookers? Good lord, doesn't take any longer on the stovetop - I love technology but lawsy how lazy are people these days...and how big are their kitchens that they have room to store all these gadgets...or how much money do they have to BUY all these gadgets.)

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