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From: Jeke
Date: 11-14-2005, 01:54 PM (1 of 32)
Would anyone know of a good recipe book for crockpot cooking? I would like to start using my crockpot more for convenience and saving time.

Thanks for you help.

User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
Total posts: 232
From: MissKittyDillon
Date: 11-14-2005, 03:21 PM (2 of 32)
As I am not much of a cooker, I use my crock pot alot! Southern Living has a good one. Also check out the check out stands at the supermarket or walmart, Pilsbury(I think) always has those little cookbook magazines and I have seen one for slow cooker/crock pots.
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Member since: 09-28-2005
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From: jenny-o
Date: 11-14-2005, 06:30 PM (3 of 32)
you are making my mouth water.... mmm, pulled pork.... makes me want to go out and buy a slow cooker right now. I've always wanted one. Maybe on my Christmas list along with the rice cooker.
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: allie-oops
Date: 11-15-2005, 05:19 AM (4 of 32)
For about 4 months, I didn't have a stove, and used my crockpot all the time. If you go to and search "crockpot recipes", you'll have more than you could ever eat! I really relied on those recipes.

My easiest chili:

1-2lbs ground hamburger, pre-cooked
2 jars mild salsa
2 cans kidney beans

cook on low all day - serve with shredded taco cheese and sour cream! Next to pizza, it's my kids' favorite meal!

"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
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From: Cant-sew-a-lick
Date: 11-15-2005, 06:04 AM (5 of 32)
Maybe on my Christmas list along with the rice cooker.
I hope you get the rice cooker! I bought a cheap little 10.00 one at Walgreens. I have used it everyday for the past 6 months! It makes the absolute best oatmeal I have ever had, it is always perfect, never lumpy or scorched;mmmmm yummy. It makes perfect rice too. Just be sure to rinse your rice, even if it says no rinsing needed, I learned that lesson the hard way :bang:

I make the prepackaged box rice mixes in it, and I also use it for boxed noodles and potatos that you would normally cook on the stove top. If it ever dies I would buy another one immediately.
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-15-2005, 07:34 AM (6 of 32)
I have used mine about half a dozen times. I really didn't care for the ribs, or the stew. I dunno, must be me. :cool:
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: esrun3
Date: 11-15-2005, 08:43 AM (7 of 32)
I mostly use my crock pot for chili and chicken noodle soup but I didn't know the new spice packets are out. I'll have to check them out-I love pot roast!! Yummmmm
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 11-15-2005, 10:12 AM (8 of 32)
Check out this site. I use it when I lose a recipe or just need a new idea.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 11-15-2005, 11:00 AM (9 of 32)
I bought Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook Feasing with your Slow Cooker by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good. The ISBN # 1-56148-339-7 Over 250 pages covering everything from Appetizers, breakfast, thru main dishes, and even beverages.
Lots and lots of good recipes. I found mine at Costco.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
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From: SandyGirl
Date: 11-15-2005, 11:59 AM (10 of 32)
Ditto here! "Fix it and forget it" is a great cookbook! Even if you "speed" cook these recipes.....I love this book too! Lots of ideas and easy recipes....I refer to it for ideas all of the time.............

Pork w/Saurkraut is great!
User: SandyGirl
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 97
From: Pudge99
Date: 11-15-2005, 01:28 PM (11 of 32)
I use my crockpot a lot. I don't use a recipe book I tend to experiment with what is in the cupboard. If it doesn't work I don't make it again. Here are my family's favorite recipies.

2 Cans of Bush's Mild chili beans.
1 can of tomato something or other (crushed, diced, juice) Just depends what is in the cupboard.
1 package of 99% lean ground turkey (20 oz.) (crumbly cooked)
Dried onions, garlic powder and salt and pepper (when I remember).
I put it in at lunch time on high for 1 hour stir then turn it down to low if I remember. If I forget to turn it down sometimes I have to add a little water at the end.

1/2 to 3/4 bottle Lawreys Garlic and Herb 30 Minute Marinade.
2-3 lb. Porkloin
Cook on high 1 hour then low until internal meat temperature is 175(well done for pork) approximately 5 hours
I serve this with microwave baked sweet potatoes and/or
steamed broccoli, carrots and califlower with a bit of italian dressing and parmesan cheese added after they are steamed.

Beef Stew
2-3 lb beef cubed (I use precut for kabobs)
2 packages of Knorr pot roast or beef stew powder.
The amount of water called for on the packages. I don't follow the package dirrections except for the amount of water.
Put the beef, powder and water in the pot.
Cook on high one hour, stir, then low until internal meat temperature is 175 approx. 5 hours
Then I steam some veggies in the microwave and dump them in the crockpot and cook for another 30 minutes. I hate the way veggies taste when cooked all day. If there are no potatoes in my veggies then I add cooked noodles for the last 30 minutes. The starch from either thickens the stew.

Spagetti w/ meatballs
Meat balls
1 pkg 99% lean ground turkey (20oz.)
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (Progresso, Contadina)
2 Tbs. Dried onion
2 Tbs. Dried parsley
1 tsp. Oregano
1-2 Tbs. Garlic powder
knead seasonings into the meat.
Form meatballs ( I make mine 1/2 -1 oz. size as they are easier for my kiddoes to handle)
I fry my meatballs in olive oil on medium heat.
My hubby cooks them in water with a little olive oil and puts a lid on them over low heat. Until they reach an internal temperature of yep you guessed it 175.
Two jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce.
Put sauce and meatballs in crockpot and cook on low until you are ready to eat. The longer you leave it in there the softer the meatballs become.
1 box of noodles
Cook the noodles right before you are ready to eat and add them to the pot.
I also throw some garlic bread in the oven while the noodles are cooking.
This feeds my family of 6 and gives my hubby two lunches that week.

By far the spaghetti is the most time consuming, but I make it often so I do the prepwork when I buy the meat. Once or twice a month I buy all the meat for the house and then spend that day making meatballs, burgers, and dividing the other meat into mealsize portions. Then I freeze it all. I do not precook them but you could. If you do that I would cook it on high for the first hour or defrost them in the microwave to ensure that the meatballs get unfrozen.
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
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From: beachgirl
Date: 11-15-2005, 02:22 PM (12 of 32)
I use my crock pot every now & then. Love it for some things & not for others. I don't like most veggies done in a crock pot. Have no idea what makes the difference but it does. When I need the veggies in whatever I'm fixing I either steam or parboil them in the microwave some first. That seems to make them ok. I don't add them until whatever is almost done. Crock pots are a great time saver for the most part but like some others I adjust things to suit our taste & how we like foods cooked.I won't fix stew, chicken & dumplings or chile in a crock pot. I use my old cast iron dutch oven for those. The pot roast too & northern beans & ham. The flavor is so much better. Just our taste I suppose. :re:
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: BRG
Date: 11-15-2005, 05:44 PM (13 of 32)
Can you smell the roast beef cookin' in the crockpot right now? I can't wait for supper!
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
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From: Jeke
Date: 11-16-2005, 01:11 PM (14 of 32)
Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I will look for the Fix It and Forget It cookbook. My DIL and I could share it since I am getting her a new crockpot for Christmas.

Jeke :up:
User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
Total posts: 232
From: Dede
Date: 11-17-2005, 08:21 AM (15 of 32)
I ended up with a little slowcooker cookbook not too long ago and know I will never use it. If you wish, Email me your address and I'll forward it to you.

Now you all made me hungry for hearty food ... and it's not even 8:30 a.m.
User: Dede
Member since: 03-23-2001
Total posts: 469
From: Bama
Date: 11-17-2005, 06:09 PM (16 of 32)
I cook pot roast in the crock pot sometimes. Just toss in a roast, some peeled potatoes, carrots, and onions. Add a little water and a package of Lipton Onion Soup mix. (or another flavor, mushroom is good too)
I start cooking it in the morning and leave it on all day. When I get home from work, supper is ready.

Another one I like.....
pork chops
a can of Coke
a bottle of bar-b-que sauce
I leave this one on all day too. When I get home, I drain some of the liquid and add extra bar-b-que sauce to the pork chops. It's great using boneless chicken too. The chicken makes wonderful ( and low-fat!) bar-b-que sandwishes.

A crockpot is good for making apple or pear butter too.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-17-2005, 07:25 PM (17 of 32)
I used to throw a cut up chicken, a turkey leg or a chuck roast in the crock pot with some water. Then when it was cooked way down put the broth in a regular pot on the stove, add fresh vegetables, shred the meat and put it in the pot and call it soup.
Now the kids are gone I just put the cut up browned meat in canned broth with vegetables. I've gotten lazy.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: TammyE.H.
Date: 11-18-2005, 03:55 PM (18 of 32)
I use mine several times per week.
Try doing a pork roast by layering garlic cloves on the bottom and sitting the roast on top of the whole cloves.

Then press a few cloves an smear it all over. Pour a little chicken broth in the bottom, cover and LEAVE.

when you get home it smells wonderful and the roast is PERFECT. My husband also loves it cold the next day.

Or a pot roast with a can of cream of mushroom soup...

I do agree that the veggies come out so-so. Especially the potatoes. I find that canned potatoes are better for the crock..

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User: TammyE.H.
Member since: 08-28-2004
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From: gm23237
Date: 11-19-2005, 09:27 PM (19 of 32)
I use web ferret to search, it searches 12 engines at once aand gives you thousands of hits in seconds. But use any search and type in : Crock Pot Recipes. I literally got hundreds of recipes doing this. Also try: slower cooker recipes in a search.
User: gm23237
Member since: 11-03-2003
Total posts: 145
From: Shellymoon
Date: 11-19-2005, 09:39 PM (20 of 32)
Here's my favorite crock pot recipe:

Uncanny Meatball Minestrone:
Frozen meatballs
1 can italian style diced or chopped tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can mixed veggies
1 small can tomato paste
1 small can mushrooms (or a handful of the fresh, sliced kind)
1 can italian flavored chicken broth.
8 ounce package of pasta

Put about 12-15 frozen meatballs in your crockpot. dump all the contents from the cans (including water) on top of the meatballs. Cook on low all dang day!

Cook your pasta according to package directions. Mix the pasta in with the soup. Top with parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread. Yum, yum.

I also use the CP to cook baked (steamed really) potatoes and small hams. They make it just tender enough.
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User: Shellymoon
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From: beachgirl
Date: 11-19-2005, 11:05 PM (21 of 32)
BOY,does that ever sound yummy. I'll try this one for sure. DH can eat something else. Do you know if this freezes well ?
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
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From: Lise
Date: 11-20-2005, 07:58 AM (22 of 32)
I'm a "hate to cook" person and since I live alone there is no incentive. However, the recipes shown in this topic seem effortless and almost fail-safe, (and yummy) so how about collecting them in a book ? I know there was a cook book available on SWN some time ago (which I didn't buy) but I would certainly order a crokpot recipe book. The proceeds could go to the site to help Mary with the expense of running SWN. Opinions ?
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User: Lise
Member since: 07-24-2000
Total posts: 231
From: beachgirl
Date: 11-20-2005, 12:02 PM (23 of 32)
Sounds like a great idea to me. How about it Mary ? Can we help you out some ? I know all of us would like to do this as yours is the best site ever & we all have gained a lot here, from questions answered, great support from everyone & have made some real good friends.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: Lise
Date: 11-21-2005, 08:18 AM (24 of 32)
I'm so disappointed that the SWN crockpot cook book didn't fly ! I was so looking forward to it. I suppose I can buy a commercial book but it won't be the same as having one with all the tried and true(and invented) recipes of the SWN ladies. Like to reconsider ?
Lise :Canada:
User: Lise
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Total posts: 231
From: MaryW
Date: 11-21-2005, 09:03 AM (25 of 32)
What a great bunch you are. How about this. We can start a new topic on Crockpot Cooking. Everyone post recipes for the crockpot only. Then I will announce in the newsletters and with (hopefully) some extra traffic, there will be some revenue to put toward the site.

Be sure to have beef recipes, pork, etc. all in the right categories. That way people with specific needs will find what they want.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Lise
Date: 11-21-2005, 09:51 AM (26 of 32)
Mary you're an angel ! I thought all was lost re the crockpot cookbook.
Since I started the idea( selfishly because I need it more than most ) I should contribute something and although I can't cook I have good neighbours who do and who will be persuaded, bullied, bribed - whatever it takes - to supply at least one recipe each. I'll need a few days to accomplish this . I am so looking forward to it but don't know how one goes about producing a book. Do we leave it to you ? How was the last one done ? Is there a way we - or at least I - can help ? Just tell us how you would like to go about it and I'm sure there will be some volunteers.
Lise :Canada:
User: Lise
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-21-2005, 09:54 AM (27 of 32)
It will be an online cookbook. Printed by you, the people with the recipes.
We will use the boards here to spread the word!
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Lise
Date: 11-23-2005, 11:37 AM (28 of 32)
Are the recipes for the SWN crockpot cookbook to be posted here at Home and Hearth or are they going to have a dedicated spot ? Or did I miss something ?
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From: familymgrkendra
Date: 11-28-2005, 05:31 PM (29 of 32)
From: Lise
Date: 11-28-2005, 06:52 PM (30 of 32)
Thank you for these sites. It looks as though the idea for a SWN crockpot cookbook has fallen on stony ground. Too bad - I was really looking forward to having a copy.
Lise :Canada:
User: Lise
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Total posts: 231
From: familymgrkendra
Date: 11-28-2005, 07:31 PM (31 of 32)
I made this tonight and it was really YUMMY:

Crock Pot Stroganoff

1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic bits
3 tbsp. margarine
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. water
8 oz. package cream cheese
16 oz. wide egg noodles, cooked


Cook ground beef and drain. Add pepper, salt and garlic. Add to crock pot with rest of ingredients. Cook on low for 3 hours. Stir occasionally. Last 1/2 hour, add package of cream cheese, cubed.

You can add cooked noodles to this and cook on low one more hour, or leave noodles separate and serve mixture over cooked noodles.

Serves four to six.

Taken from:

I substituted Ground Turkey (.79/lb roll at Aldi's) instead of ground beef!!
User: familymgrkendra
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From: gm23237
Date: 03-02-2006, 07:27 PM (32 of 32)
A book called: Fix and Forget It is the slow cooker book I bought. it is excellent.

Also a very simple recipe I found was to take a cheap cut of beef roast and add one bottle of Krafts Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce and 1/4 cup of water and cook for 6 hours on low setting. I love it.
User: gm23237
Member since: 11-03-2003
Total posts: 145
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