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Finding my crockpot, again

June 4, 2010

It’s not that I misplace it, really, it’s just that I forget that I have it. And then, every year or so, I realize that it’s there, and I use every week, until I don’t. And then the cycle repeats.

So, hey! I have a crockpot!

And I made beef stew, and lo, it was good.

Beef Stew

  • 1 pound beef chuck, cubed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (14-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, sliced (optional)
  • 4 red potatoes, diced

Place meat in slow cooker.

Combine flour, salt and pepper. Stir into meat until coated thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Cover and cook on low for 10 – 12 hours, or on high for 4 – 6 hours. Stir and remove bay leaf before serving.

Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Adapted from The Fix-It-And-Forget-It Cookbook.

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7 Discussion to this post
  1. Wei-Wei says:

    I guess that happens with huge ol’ appliance/pots like crockpots. I do think crockpots are really a good cooking tool, though. (I don’t believe our family owns one, however. Or maybe it’s forgotten somewhere, too?)


    • Crystal says:

      Yep, I put mine on the bottom shelf in the kitchen, and since I don’t see it, I forget that I have it! I’m thinking of getting a new one, though… I used it again this week and I think the “Low” setting is broken. 🙁

  2. Neka says:


    I got a Crock-pot for Xmas and had all these delusions that I was going to make yummy goodness and time after time, I head to the grocery to buy things for it and I get stumped. Do I buy a pot roast? How big? How lean? How fat? How much is reasonable? How do I know if the meet is a good cut? Do I have all the spices for it? Oh look! Something microwavable!.. and the experiment falls by the wayside.

    I’m going to attempt this recipe soon and see how it turns out. Thanks!

    • Crystal says:

      I totally understand! I did get a crockpot cookbook, after trying it out from the library first. There are so many, but I prefer the recipes where you literally dump the stuff in the pot and turn it on. If I have to brown the meat and saute veggies and toast things first, I might as well just cook the regular way.

  3. Liz says:

    Fix it and Forget it! As soon as I saw that, I lifted my head to look at my cookbook rack and lo-and-behold… there it is! I always forget about my crockpot, too. I think I’ve used it like twice. If you find any other fail safe recipes in that cookbook, let me know!

  4. Liz says:

    Cute napkin, BTW!

    • Crystal says:

      Yep, I just bought the cookbook! I have a newer, bigger version… it looks like maybe a mishmash of some of the old ones. I’ll definitely let you know what others I try. And thanks for the napkin notice! They were a gift from my pal Lindsay, and I’m loving them. 🙂

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