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Loooong cook time crock pot recipes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 05, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Hello all! New to the boards, but was looking for some recipes that can cook for a long time, like, 12 - 14 hours long in a slow cooker. I work two jobs and my hardest temptation to staying on a Paleo diet is fast food, even though my brain knows how horrible it is for me. After 14 hours of work, the idea of coming home and cooking (and dealing with the resulting dishes) just seems like too much! Most recipes I've seen call for 6-8 hours of cook time. I'll check with the boyfriend about the logistics of possibly using a timer on a crockpot, but figured I'd check and see if anyone had any recipes that take a loooooong time to cook

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:28 AM

Lots of connective tissue it is! I'm horrible when it comes to picking out cuts of meat, so thanks for naming a few examples for me. I'll run an experiment with the frozen veggies and report back on the results :)

12759c9d9feed59f967d56f73bf43ffe

on August 05, 2013
at 11:26 AM

Awesome, thanks for the tips! I can't bring myself to eat tomatoes or pumpkin, but I'll use the carrots and sweet potatoes :)

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:48 PM

If you are ok with buying a new crock pot, you can get one with a built in timer for about $30. When I go to work (8-9 hours with a 1 hour commute each way) I set it for low 10 hours. After the time is up it switches over to warm. I have seen some VERY fancy crock pots, but it sounds like one with a basic timer like this would work for you.

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on August 05, 2013
at 05:24 AM

Depends somewhat on your crockpot, too. Mine runs hot and I'd have trouble leaving anything for that long besides bone broth. You might experiment with putting food in frozen and seeing what happens with that. Not sure what the food safety issues with that might be, though. Beef cuts like brisket or chuck roast seem like the best options for super long cooking--things with lots of connective tissue.

12759c9d9feed59f967d56f73bf43ffe

on August 05, 2013
at 11:28 AM

Lots of connective tissue it is! I'm horrible when it comes to picking out cuts of meat, so thanks for naming a few examples for me. I'll run an experiment with the frozen veggies and report back on the results :)

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on August 05, 2013
at 04:30 AM

Most crock pots have a high or low setting, and I find if I use the tougher cuts of meat and put them in a crockpot on low, they are still holding together and are very tender even after 12 hrs. Depending on what you want to do with them but homemade beef/chicken stock, skinned tomatoes and starchy veges left whole cook up well and when they break down it helps thicken the sauce. Sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, not necessarily potato.

12759c9d9feed59f967d56f73bf43ffe

on August 05, 2013
at 11:26 AM

Awesome, thanks for the tips! I can't bring myself to eat tomatoes or pumpkin, but I'll use the carrots and sweet potatoes :)

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