Angieh, thanks so much for sharing your tips! I bought a crockpot to make whole chicken in but didn't know how to do it, yet. So far all I've managed is the broth made from bone in chicken I've already bought cooked from a deli. Now I can do the whole process from raw!
Thanks you guys! These are great ideas and tips. My meat CSA gave me a pound of pork specifically labelled "Stew Pork" in my last batch so I think I'm going to try this Pork and Butternut Squash Stew recipe from everyday pale first: Pork Loin and Butternut Squash Stew | Everyday Paleo She doesn't say to brown the meat but reading what people have to say I think i will take the extra effort to do so.
I like my crock-pot for making bone stocks. But I have to agree with kennelmom, food made in the dutch oven really does taste quite a bit better to me than food made in the crock-pot.
I really wish that Le Crueset would make a enamled-cast iron crock pot!