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Yesterday I received my first Yule gift of the year: a lovely slow cooker! I've wanted one all my life but just never gotten around to buying one, so now I have a whole new world of cooking ahead of me!

It is, however, a 1.5 quart, and most recipes I've found online don't specify a slow cooker size. Does anyone have any recipes for a smaller slow cooker? Or should I just assume that most online recipes are for 3 quarts and half them?

Any other tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated. :) Thanks!
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Date/Time: 2010-11-28 19:33 (UTC)Posted by: [personal profile] silverjackal
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I'm very fond of my slow cooker myself -- it's an easy way to prepare hearty, filling meals. It's also hard to go wrong with a crock pot recipe. The only thing to remember is to put in enough fluid that whatever you're making doesn't dry out. (i.e. If you find a recipe that sounds too large, cut in in half or in thirds or quarters. Otherwise, no worries.) You might also like What_a_crock on Livejournal.
Date/Time: 2010-11-28 20:00 (UTC)Posted by: [personal profile] thistleburr
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Great! :) Crock pots are fun because it's kind of hard to mess them up and you can just kind of make whatever's around your kitchen into food. You can also make use of really tough cuts of meat. They're also great for making soups or stews. I don't have any recipes for you because I don't generally cook from recipes, but crock pots give you a lot of room for error. Don't be afraid to experiment, adjust recipes, swap stuff out, etc. Just err on the side of more liquid and you'll be fine. A good place to start experimenting would be making STEW! I have never had a beef stew fail on me in a crock pot and it makes any cut of beef nice and tender.
Date/Time: 2010-11-29 07:40 (UTC)Posted by: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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I have a lot of original recipes posted here:
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/tag/recipe
Some of the crock pot ones are fine for a small crock. These should work:
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/1412919.html
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/968168.html
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/755502.html#cutid1

Some of the others will probably work if you cut down the proportions. Many crock pot recipes are basically mass recipes and will shrink or expand easily. For instance, the bean recipes:
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/896277.html

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