How do I cook vegetables in the crockpot like when I'm making a roast? They always come out really strange-looking. For instance, the potatoes are kind of this gray unappetizing color. What am I doing wrong? Should they not be put in at the beginning? Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
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Veggies like potatoes and onions should be layered in the pot according to how fast they cook. I don't have the specifics but a good cookbook or internet search will give you the order. Smaller veggies, like peas, should be added at the end of the cooking process so that they don't overcook.
In the recipe below that I found online somewhere, they say to layer potatoes then carrots then the meat, then onions. I'm planning to use this recipe tomorrow as sort of a guide, but I'm gonna add more vegetables than those. I guess I'll put them on top of the onions but under the meat. I don't know if this helps at all! I'm a very, very inexperienced cook, but crock pot cooking is supposed to be easy, right?
CROCK POT BEEF STEW
2 lbs. stew beef
1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. paprika
4 lg. carrots
3 lg. potatoes
1 c. condensed beef broth
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 c. soy sauce
1 lg. onion
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
Layer potatoes, then carrots. Top with meat; sprinkle meat with soy sauce, salt, paprika, pepper & flour.
Spread with chopped onions. Combine beef broth & tomato sauce & pour overall. Cover & cook on low 7 - 8 hrs. or high 4 - 5 hrs.
Well I didn't have the paprika and I only had about 1/2 of the soy sauce! So it was actually pretty bland. But I like my food on the spicy side. I stocked up on spices and condiments since then so I'll probably add more next time. I would also add some garlic cloves or at least garlic powder.
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