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    Slowcooker

    I got for Valentines day a new crock-pot with automatic stirring system. The Original Slow Cooker" Does anyone has a model like that and how do you like it? I intend of cooking lots of meals with it and take them to my DD & SIL, since I start babysitting for my 3 month old granddaughter in 2 weeks.

    Ernie

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    Never heard of it but you can search slow cooker recipes here and come up with many great things.
    Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'

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    I had never heard of a slow cooker with a stirring mechanism so I looked it up
    http://www.crock-pot.com/slow-cooker...P.html#start=1

    It sounds interesting although I don't know how necessary the stirring feature would be. Anyway I love my slow cooker (non-stirring type!) and in fact I have a daube simmering in it as I type. It's great for tenderizing meats and producing hearty meals. I use mine for soups and stews and chilis and all sorts of things. I did brown the meat for the daube before I put it in the cooker; you get much better results if you take the time to do some prep work first, and many recipes call for that these days to avoid the bland, homogenized taste you get when you just dump everything in raw and turn it on. Anyway, have fun with your cooker - you'll find that they're very convenient!
    Chacun à son goût!

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    Slowcooker

    Thank you for your response and tips. I did never new there is such a crock-pot existing and I was surprised. I will try to find more info and will post it. The instruction which came with it didn't tell much how o use the stirring paddles. In the meantime I will enjoy my slowcooker and try lots of recipes which were posted at a past tread.

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    Sloowcooker

    River-Farm, I just clicked on the webpage you gave me. I guess I missed it yesterday when I tried to find more info. This is exactly the one I got. I will read upon it.
    Thanks again.

    Ernie

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    I didn't know there was such a thing either.

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    Interesting machine. I don't think the stirrers are a big deal and don't change a recipe. Per the website, you don't have to use them.

    You use one for soups/chile which don't have large pieces of food that need to remain intact and the paddle for foods like stews which might have veggies/potatoes or large pieces of meat. Obviously, you don't use when cooking roasts or braising cuts of meat.

    I don't recall stirring as being an issue with anything I've tried in a crockpot because the whole point of a crockpot is that it is a low (or relatively low) heat that is not just on the bottom of the pan but the heat runs the entire surface of the "crock" the food is cooked in.

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    slowcooker

    Thank you for all the info about the slow cooker.
    I went yesterday to get some boneless chicken thighs and cooked the Thai recipe and the chicken curry, but have not tasted anything yet. The Thai chicken I took today to my DD and the curry I have tomorrow mye. I think the stirring paddles are nonsense and I want use them.For now I give up on the soo cooking nd wait till the weather gets cooler.

    Ernie

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    From what I read on the link I shared, the paddles are only for recipes that involve ingredients that need stirring and won't be mashed up by that treatment. I would think that something like soup or chili would work, but I don't see why stirring would be necessary for them either. Some slow cookers run rather hot, though, and maybe stirring would prevent sticking or burning in those. I just used my slow cooker to make a daube and the paddles would have broken up the meat. I'll be using mine for a while longer because we still have snow here!
    Chacun à son goût!

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