Making Sauces and Gravies in the Slow Cooker
A slow cooker or Crock Pot (a specific brand that has become a name that has become fairly standard) is a great way to make wonderful meals. Placing meat in the slow cooker and letting it cook all day is the start. But it isn't enough to just cook the meat all day long. You must also know how to make sauces and gravies to go with your wonderful meats. You will want to cook any meat in a few cups of water to make sure that it cooks slowly, and doesn't burn. How you treat your meat is up to you. You can also add any seasaonings that you wish!
Easy Cream Of...Sauce
Place your meat in a couple of cups of water to cook. Let it cook all day while you are at work or busy doing other things. Then add cream of (something) soup. For poultry Cream of Chicken, Cream of Broccoli, and Cream of Celery Soups are all good choices. For beef and other red meats Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Onion make good choices. However, you can choose any soup or soup combination to make your sauce. Add any additional seasonings, such as pepper, salt, garlic, or others for a great tasting sauce that will go great over pasta or rice.
Easy Slurry Gravy
Gravy is also something that can be made easily with the juices from meats cooked in a slow cooker. You will want to begin by adding water to your meat and cooking it all day. After you get back you will want to make a slurry from cold water and flour or corn starch. You should carefully mix your cold water and flour or corn starch to make sure there aren't any lumps (lumps in your slurry will lead to lumps in your gravy). Next slowly mix the slurry into the juices from the meat (if your meat is in small pieces you can leave it in there, if it is all one piece you can pull it out). This will start to thicken your juices into a gravy. You can then let it cook for awhile while you prepare the rest of the meal. This goes well over pasta, rice, or potatoes.
Thickening Slow Cooker Stew
Sometimes the slow cooker is the perfect place for a delicious stew or thick soup. You can place your meat, your vegetables, and even rice or pasta in your slow cooker to let it cook. However, you might want a thicker stew or soup then what it all comes out to be in the end. There are a few ways to thicken it up for a tasty meal.
- Add dumplings or rivulets. These can easily be made using Busquick by adding milk to form a dough or with flour, a dash of salt, and eggs to form a dough. Either way, adding them will thicken your stew or soup and make for a great addition.
- Add a handful of oatmeal. The oatmeal with thicken, add nutrition, and cook in a way that no one will notice.
- Add a bit of slurry. You can make a slurry using cold water and flour or corn starch and use that to thicken your stew or soup as well as you can just adding it to the meat juices for gravy.
Cooking in the crock pot or slow cooker is a great way to make meals, meats, and other foods for easier meals. In the age when life is busy and life is hard, easy meals are a must. We all need to eat and the slow cooker offers a good way to do that easily, quickly, and healthy!