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  • Crockpot newbie!

    Hello all,

    I'll be recieving my first ever crockpot tomorrow. I'll also be getting in my 30lbs of pork/beef/lamb(all grass/pasture fed) Woohoo!

    Are there any blogs/sites that are primal friendly and dedicated to crockpot recipes?

    I did find a roasted chicken recipe on this forum that I'll most definitely be trying.

  • #2
    Crockpots / slow cookers are fantastic. Wield some google-fu and your stomach will thank you! Personally, I tend to throw in whatever veggies I have around, onions n carrots n such, and a chunk o' meat, defrosted. Sploosh in <random spices and condiments>, I'm fond of Worcestershire sauce for beef for example. Pork, I'll stuff in some apples around the onions, and put on a good rub of smoked paprika. Fill mostly to the top of the meat with broth, water n wine, apple juice n water etc etc. Cook until it smells divine. Eat

    I remember when I first got my slow cooker, I thought no way is it that easy. Yes, it really is that easy.
    Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

    Big Fat Fiasco

    Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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    • #3
      That's what so great about crockpots - you can pretty much throw in whatever you've got and it makes something good.
      Durp.

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      • #4
        This sounds so disgusting, but I threw a whole chicken in mine along with a bottle of oil and vinegar salad dressing, stuffed some onions and carrots around the chicken and let it go. It was *amazing*.

        I've been known to toss in a couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup, or one of onion and one of mushroom, on top of a pork shoulder. Stuff around with onions etc, and let it go. Also quite amazing.
        Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

        Big Fat Fiasco

        Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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        • #5
          I've just starting using the crockpot for tougher greens, too, like collard/kale/mustard greens. Google yields plenty of recipes, but the first one I did was to cook some onion and garlic in bacon grease then dumb those into the crockpot with wished (but not dried) greens. Throw in s&p, a little extra bacon grease, and a little seeded jalapeno. It was phenomenal!

          Tonight we're having collard greens cooked with tomatoes and a little enchilada sauce for kick. Yummers! I decided on 3 hours on high heat instead of 6 on low, so we'll see how they turn out.

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          • #6
            This past weekend I threw some grass-fed shortribs in my Crockpot with Son of Grok's barbecue sauce "in the raw" - delicious! And now I have a ton of extra sauce for hamburgers this week.

            Link to the sauce: Son of Grok Blog Archive SoG Zesty BBQ Zauce

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            • #7
              I have a few crockpot cookbooks that were well used in the pre-primal days. I figure that the only thing necessary is to modify the recipes to make them primal. Mostly, eliminating potatoes and flour, and increasing the proportion of meat, should do the trick. As others have suggested, lots of meat and some veggies will make a great crockpot meal. Good luck and please let us know if you come up with a totally amazing combination.
              Live your life and love your life. It's the only one you get.

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              • #8
                Wow, so it really is a "just throw anything in there and cook the crap out of it" kind of cooking. Haha!
                I've always heard that, but didn't think it was that literal.
                Thanks guys!

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                • #9
                  A Year of Slow Cooking

                  Try this site. This is a guy who lived out of nothing but his crock pot for a whole year. You have to get creative under those circumstances.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you so much, Paleobird!
                    I know what I'm going to be reading tonight.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                      A Year of Slow Cooking

                      Try this site. This is a WOMAN who cooked something in HER crock pot every day for a whole year. You have to get creative under those circumstances.
                      fixed it for you

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by moonablaze View Post
                        fixed it for you
                        Really? I guess I kind of skimmed the into and got straight into the recipes.

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                        • #13
                          Does anyone know how important is it to have ll the meat covered with liquid? I've found that since I haven't been adding potatoes and flour, the sauce can be very thin. Any suggestions to get a thick sauce? I've wondered about using less liquid, but would the meat that was not covered with liquid be ok?

                          Thanks
                          Tam

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                          • #14
                            There are recipes where you don't add any liquid at all - the meat will create some of it's own. I think what's important is that you don't open the lid very much while cooking. You let out the steam/moisture, which causes the meat to dry out.

                            But that's only my assumption - since I've never used this cooking device.

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                            • #15
                              Epic bone-broth-of-every-animal:
                              Save bones in freezer. Fill up the crockpot with bones. Top off with water and a generous splash of apple cider vinegar. Don't bother with veggies and spices yet. If bones start getting soft, mash them and continue to cook. Cook on Low for 2 days, adding more water if necessary. After last cooking cycle, turn off crockpot without opening lid and let the whole thing cool down a little so it's safe to handle. Dump contents through strainer, let broth cool until fat layer solidifies so it's easier to remove (and store). Now add veggies and spices and other ingredients as desired. I think bone broth is pretty good straight-up.
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