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Catherine
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I have some barbecue ribs I want to slow cook in the crock pot tomorrow while we're working, but I don't want to have the meat cooking in the water per say. Could I put water in the crockpot and cook the ribs in the food saver bag? They have been marinating in the barbecue sauce since last night, I was planning on having them tomorrow night.

Can anyone think of why that wouldn't work? You can supposedly boil in them. I have done it and it's worked fine (boiled the bag w/ something in it for like 5 minutes)... but the crock pot never reaches a boil on low... sooooo... hmmmm....

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I have always been skeptical about cooking with plastic. I have seen too many warnings about vinyl chloride circulating on the internet for years to ever try it myself, but instinct also tells me that glass or metal is really safest for food preparation.
I love our Food Saver, but wouldn't use the bag for cooking.

Here's what I guess I'd do - It seems the ribs are not frozen now from what you described.

If you add more sauce or a can of diced or crushed tomatoes, or even some beef broth, that should provide enough liquid for the ribs to simmer (?). You can add more barbie sauce later.
I am not a fan of Crock Pots, but wanted to offer any advice I can. Love to cook, love the FoodNetwork, and love to eat, so I do beat my gums at times like this. Good luck! Bon Appetit!

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Why not just put the ribs in some more sauce in the crock pot and cook it like that?
I find they stay nice and moist as long as you put enough sauce in withum.
I add a can of beer to the BBQ sauce for volumn.
I'd be afraid to cook it in a plastic bag, too newfangled for me.
they won't dry out if they are under the liquid and will be nice and plump and juicy.

yum!

Catherine
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:)

Good idea! I didn't think of the danger of cooking in plastic with the chemical aspect. Thanks for the reminder!!!! :D

They haven't been frozen, they're fresh, I just put them in a food saver bag with BBQ sauce and pineapple juice to tenderize and flavorize them. I guess it's moot now because Patrick is also not a fan of crock pot cooking and he just informed me that they are being cooked w/ direct heat. :D

Alrighty then. That is a good idea though, with the tomatoes and the beer. YUM!!!!! I am going to do that with a chicken some day! Mmmmmm!

ps-I love food network too. Alton Brown is the BEST!!!! :D

Here is a yummy recipe I invented yesterday for a little something I like to call Sesame Apple Blondies

Sesame Apple Flax Blondie-serves 9

1 cup peeled, chopped, and cored apples.
1/8 cup flax seed
1/8 cup sesame seed
1 stick of butter (unsalted or salted is fine)
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
¼ tsp salt.
1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 350 and melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.

Grease and flour a 8x8 or a 9x9 glass or Corel Ware square baking dish, then place in oven to preheat. This will give the flour on the bottom of the squares a really good nutty flavor.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine flax and sesame seeds. Place a small salad plate over the bowl (preferably the bowl and the plate will create a seamless fit with the weight of the plate keeping the seeds from popping out) Toast the seeds in the microwave for a minute or two, or until the sesame seeds are brown. Be careful! They are HOT!

In the saucepan when the butter is melted, add the sugar. Stir until consistent. Next, add the chopped apples, stir through. Remove from heat (and place on something that allows you to stir w/out holding the pot) and add the sesame and flax seeds, again, stir until consistent. Add the salt slowly, stirring at the same time.

Next, add ½ of the flour and mix well. Test the mixture. It should be warm, but not at all hot. If it’s not too hot, add the eggs stirring very rapidly. (if it is, just wait a little while for it to cool down stirring often. You will regret it if you skip this step!!!! You want to avoid scrambling the eggs at all costs!) Once stirred, add the other ½ cup of flour and mix until totally consistent.

Next, remove the baking dish from the oven and place on a heat resistant surface. With a sturdy rubber spatula, dish the mixture into the hot dish. It will probably bubble up and steam a little but trust me! It will make it non stick after it’s done baking!

Bake this in the oven for 40 minutes and then remove and allow to cool for at least 1 hour. Cut into 9 pieces and enjoy!

Thomas O
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Use the beer and a bit more sauce, not the bag.
Just my gut feeling.

Slingblade
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Thanks, now I am going to have to drive to Memphis for Southern BBQ!

Catherine
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Just go to Beale Street!!!! :) The Augusta location has gone downhill a bit, but I hear Bath is still really good.

Anonymous
Republican Stew

OK, quick AWESOME Recipe for Buffalo Stew (works great with Bison, beef, Venison or Moose if you've got it) A couple of Rabbits quartered works fine too.

this is a simple recipe that NEVER EVER Fails and when you are on the go makes thee olde Crock Pot your best friend.

2-3 LBs of stew meat
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 can of american lager
3-4 potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
1 baseball size onion cut up into the size pieces you like
good size handful of those little carrots you buy ready to eat
ground pepper and salt

throw it all into the crock pot and mix it up.
Cook on low all day.
eat with fresh bread and butter and cold beer.
heaven on earth

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Why can't I get the "Cooking with Naran" theme song out of my head? Where is she, anyway?

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AMG: Boldly going where no other website has gone before - [i]Food Saver Bags & Crock Pot Cooking.[/i]

Thanks for making me smile tonight.

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Catherine
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:D

Well, we can't all talk politics all the time! :)

I guess I am the only person on God's Earth who thought that may be a good idea.

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Re: Republican Stew

[quote="thumper109"]OK, quick AWESOME Recipe for Buffalo Stew (works great with Bison, beef, Venison or Moose if you've got it) A couple of Rabbits quartered works fine too.

this is a simple recipe that NEVER EVER Fails and when you are on the go makes thee olde Crock Pot your best friend.

2-3 LBs of stew meat
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 can of american lager
3-4 potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
1 baseball size onion cut up into the size pieces you like
good size handful of those little carrots you buy ready to eat
ground pepper and salt
throw it all into the crock pot and mix it up.Cook on low all day.
eat with fresh bread and butter and cold beer.
heaven on earth[/quote]

Sounds to die for, but one question begs asking.....-Is this the diet that produced the results we've admired lately?! (heh,heh, you go guy!!!)

Catherine
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That recipe sounds great. I'll bet it would be good with bear too.

Anonymous
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Never had it with bear,
would love to though...hint, hint, hint,

Anonymous
Question about Food Saver Bags and Crock Pot Cooking

YUP, as long as you limit your intake to 300 to 350 calories every 3 hours (5 times a day)
you can eat what you want and lose weight as long as you watch the portion size. that's 1500 to 1800 calories a day and it keeps the blood sugar level all day long.

You don't have to eat "Diet" food to lose weight.

Worked ok for me.

portion size is the key there's the "Hand" guide:

3 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish are about the size of a women's palm, or a deck of playing cards or a pack of butts.
1/2 cup of cut fruit, vegetables, or pasta is about the size of a small fist
1 cup of milk, yogurt or chopped fresh greens is about the size of a small hand holding a tennis ball
An ounce of cheese is about the size of your thumb
A teaspoon of butter is about the size of your thumb tip
those are all good portion sizes.

Naran
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My goodness gracious; I swan - great recipes, Thumper and Catherine!

I absolutely LOVE my crock pot during the fall and winter - makes the best beans in the universe.

[u]Here's another really good crock recipe - [/u]

Wash and dry one whole chicken (make sure it will fit in your crock pot with the lid closed).
Season all over with salt and pepper to taste.
Put it in the pot, open side up.
Inside the chicken, put one onion, quartered; 1 cup chopped carrots & celery, 1 teaspoon ground or fresh chopped tarragon, 2 T. butter.

Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over all; pour 1/2 cup white wine over all.
Cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Yummy, yummy. Serve with some rice, and a nice green. Them's good eatin'!
8)

Bullseye
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Catherine,

1 cup of sugar?

Bob MacGregor
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I agree. That sounds a little light.

eagleisland
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Actually, the crock pot ain't such a bad thing. Back a few generations, families would often keep a pot of something simmering on the back of the stove. The old joke about soups that have been in the family for years isn't all that far off.

Crockpots are a modern variation on that theme, designed to take advantage of the long, slow cook in liquid (which will render the toughest meats tender) but updated to respond to the reality that stoves now have on-off switches. The key to a lot of successful crockpot cookery, however, is to understand the basics of braising and stewing - that you need lots of flavorful ingredients, that bones should be roasted before adding, that meats should be browned before tossing them in, and that you shouldn't add too much liquid (unless it's stock or wine), because the ingredients will toss off their own and the lid will keep the moistuure in the pot.

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Alton Brown was my favorite until I discovered Christopher Kimball and his magazines [u]Cook's Illustrated[/u] and [u]Cook's Country[/u]. They have a show on PBS called [u]America's Test Kitchen[/u], too. They don't accept advertising, so I doubt that they'll ever be on the Food Network.

I've been looking into those food savers. My wife doesn't like venison much, so it stays in the freezer way longer than it ought to. Freezer-burned venison makes me cry. :cry:

Naran
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A friend has the Food Saver vacuum system, and she swears by it. Every year she fills her freezer with produce from her gardens, and says everything is just as good six months later as it was the day it was bagged. Sounds like a worthwhile investment. Hey - maybe a "surprise" fall gift? Halloween presents, yeah, that's it! :wink:

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You can't beat Cheryl Wixon and Tim Sample and their short-lived cooking show "What's for Suppah?". Surely one of MPBN's proudest moments!

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[quote="Catherine8679"]:
I guess I am the only person on God's Earth who thought that may be a good idea.[/quote]
It reminded me of my friend Bill, who put the Italian bread in the oven still in its paper wrapper.

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I own a Foodsaver - one of the best investments I've ever made. I do a lot of authentic BBQ like pulled pork and brisket and vacuum pack and freeze - then drop the baggies in simmering water to re-heat. Great simple meals.

The Foodsaver is also great at marinating meat under vaccum. Just 30 minutes and you're ready to grill marinated steaks.

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