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Slow-Cooking Overnight

A guy I met on a dating site, who I'm already on the fence about, just told me he considers himself an "overnight cook". When I asked what he meant, he responded with a fervent spiel about the wonders of running a slow cooker through the night while one sleeps. I can't imagine waking up to the smell of some awful sludge in a Crockpot. Do any DL'ers do this?

by Anonymousreply 7010/17/2020

He's homeless and needs a place to sleep.

by Anonymousreply 110/15/2020

Considering how dumb and twatty the DL is, of course people digest meats and other ingredients in slow cookers that are no more than crockery-and-electronic versions of the gut of a hog with a fever.

Unless the "guy" is 18 (an excuse for age) and great-looking (an excuse for short-term desirability), dump him.

That slow-cooker smell is like the stink in a century-old nursing home hallway. And not just the kitchen stink.

by Anonymousreply 210/15/2020

If you look at comment postings on online recipes, the slow cooker and instant poct often among the most annoying. The always ask if x can be cooked in their contraption, when it's obvious that it should possible and then they have to yammer about how little time or effort was needed the could prepare a mildly complicated dish. The only people who are worse are the regionalists (usually Southerners) who claim that something with obvious European roots was invented in their little hamlet.

by Anonymousreply 310/15/2020

The things that rile DL often amuse me deeply.

by Anonymousreply 410/15/2020

"I can't imagine waking up to the smell of some awful sludge in a Crockpot."

Like Queen Dido, you will die unloved and unfulfilled.

by Anonymousreply 510/15/2020

You need that long if you're planning to cook cassoulet. I know people who leave a crockpot cooking all day while they're at work, but I'm not willing to take that risk.

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by Anonymousreply 610/15/2020

Steel cut oats overnight are ready yummy in the AM..low temp gurls

by Anonymousreply 710/15/2020

Cuppa cuppa cuppa!

by Anonymousreply 810/15/2020

I’d only throw it in in the morning and let it go all day. I don’t like waking up to food smells. Sometimes when I make a beef stew, the smell is heavenly to come home to. But the next morning, if it’s still lingering, it’s unpleasant.

by Anonymousreply 910/15/2020

I do slow cooked food for my old dogs sometimes.

by Anonymousreply 1010/16/2020

Agreed, OP. If I overhear someone talking about their crockpot/slow-cooking deliciousness, it always puts me off food for a bit.

I never much went in for that busy frau meets old dirty hippy way of thinking on cooking: just throw it all in a pot and cook it down until it's sludge.

"It's even better the next day after the bacteria having really made of mash of your already broken down glop."

by Anonymousreply 1110/16/2020

I've had one sitting in a cabinet for years and years and years. I've never felt compelled to use it. If I have to move before I die, I imagine I will leave it here. I should put the also-never-used cookbook on the shelf on top of it.

by Anonymousreply 1210/16/2020

I love making stock in my slow cooker. 18-24 hours... mmmm. Good stuff.

by Anonymousreply 1310/16/2020

When I used mine at my old house, I usually put it outside on my screened porch. No pesky cooking smells permeating my house.

Haven't used it at this house, but I'd probably wait for a clear day and use it on my patio where there's an outlet.

by Anonymousreply 1410/16/2020

I use mine for making bone meal, and meat jello for my dogs. I cook chicken quarters, pig, and cow trotters for 14 hours. Pick off all the meat, and fat and set it aside. I then mash the bones into a marrow/bone paste. I then add all the meat, bone meal, and broth back into a bowl and let it chill. I give them big scoops of it in their meals. I wont make it in the house because it stinks to high heaven, so I make it in the garage.

by Anonymousreply 1510/16/2020

I use it all the time. It works especially well with Cambodians.

by Anonymousreply 1610/16/2020

I thought you ate it raw, Jeffrey.

by Anonymousreply 1710/16/2020

I love making a good crock pot roast in the fall and winter. I've found it turns out best when it's cooked on the lower speed, for the longest time (8 hours).

If I want it ready for dinner time this means even if I have it ready to begin cooking at noon, it's still won't be ready until 8 or 9 (it needs to 'sit' for a while after done cooking). Too late. So begin earlier?

I find prepping, chopping, spicing and doing all the things that make cooking such an enjoyable experience just AREN'T happening for me in the morning. I'm not a morning person and never was, never will be.

For me, it's better to actually prep the whole thing the evening or afternoon before, when my mind and heart are really in it. I just enjoy it more. Then turn it on that night and let it cook through the night, and kept on "warm" through the first half of the next day to really settle and let the flavors kick in. The smell of the meat that one night is pleasant but I can see how someone might not like it first thing when they wake up. For me, this is the right way to do it.

by Anonymousreply 1810/16/2020

Possibly the nicest compliment one could hope for: "Your house doesn't smell like beef vegetable soup."

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by Anonymousreply 1910/16/2020

I bet this wouldn't be too bad to wake up to.

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by Anonymousreply 2010/16/2020

Crockpot s are a certain sign that one has given up trying to extricate himself from the gutter and has embraced the middle class. I should not care, but it is always sad to see a man simply give up.

by Anonymousreply 2110/16/2020

Since there is a current thread on lasagna, I thought I’d share this. It only has to cook for 5 hours, and the prep work is EASY.

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by Anonymousreply 2210/16/2020

Jeffrey Dahmer complained about this too.

by Anonymousreply 2310/16/2020

If you cook stock too long it begins to lose flavour.

Fish stock is only a half hour, chicken stock should take no more than four hours. Beef and pork stock can take a while though but definitely not 18 hours.

by Anonymousreply 2410/16/2020

[quote]—Depends on the size and thickness of the bones.

Oh, yes, it does!!!

by Anonymousreply 2510/16/2020

What would he make overnight other than oats or some kind of breakfast food? If he's making full dinners overnight, I'd ask why, just out of morbid curiosity.

by Anonymousreply 2610/16/2020

Burn it, BABY

by Anonymousreply 2710/16/2020

[quote]If you cook stock too long it begins to lose flavour.

How does that work? Do the bones decide "enough!" and start leeching the flavor back in?

by Anonymousreply 2810/16/2020

I usually cook my chicken stock for 8 hours, when it turns a lovely dark tan color, it's done.

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by Anonymousreply 2910/16/2020

R26, he doesn't make oats or breakfast foods overnight. That wouldn't be so bad, I guess. He makes chili and dump recipes. Making it worse, he lives in a studio. His entire apartment and its contents must reek of beef and onions.

by Anonymousreply 3010/16/2020

He sounds thoroughly unfuckable.

by Anonymousreply 3110/16/2020

Doing this occasionally? Fine. Doing it so often that one chooses to use a cutesy phrase like “overnight cook” to describe this practice? His place must reek.

by Anonymousreply 3210/16/2020

I set my breadmaker to finish in the morning and the smell is delicious as wake up to. I can't imagine waking up to meat, onions and garlic wafting all through the house that early. I would simply die!

by Anonymousreply 3310/16/2020

I wouldn't be able to sleep if the house smelled like a dump something-or-other and I can't stand leftovers (except soups or stews) so I wouldn't just walk away from this gentleman, I would run, as far and as fast as I could.

by Anonymousreply 3410/16/2020

[quote]I can't stand leftovers

Why not, r34?

by Anonymousreply 3510/16/2020

Why don’t you give him a surprise rim job to find out if you like what he’s cooking?

by Anonymousreply 3610/16/2020

I use my slow cooker all night sometimes if I need to cook something to take to an early thing. Wake up and the house smells great and the roast is perfect and juicy tender.

by Anonymousreply 3710/16/2020

Ah yes, those times when one needs an early-morning five-pound roast.

by Anonymousreply 3810/16/2020

I once met a Grindr trick at his house and he had a Cathy Mitchell "Dump Cake" going in the oven. While we had our liaison the whole house smelled like powdered cake mix, canned cherry pie filling, and Sprite. I mean, really.

by Anonymousreply 3910/16/2020

You persnickety people with these odor aversions are not getting laid.

by Anonymousreply 4010/16/2020

It's happened R38.

by Anonymousreply 4110/16/2020

R38 Did somebody call me?

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by Anonymousreply 4210/16/2020

There is a thin line between fancy and fussy.

by Anonymousreply 4310/16/2020

I love my crockpot and I love making things over night. I work from home (even before the pandemic) and I like crockpot pea soup for lunch. It's really cheap and easy and during COVID I didn't have to leave the house. I make a lot of bean soups and the like. I haven't really loved it for meatloaf and lasagna, though. Best for soups and chili. Very convenient! Not sure what the outrage is about here.

by Anonymousreply 4410/16/2020

Pure fussiness R44. I'd love to wake up to the smell of your pea soup, it's one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 4510/16/2020

I have a crock pot but nothing ever takes longer than 4 hours in it. Overnight and I'd have either a fire in my kitchen, or a crock full of cement.

by Anonymousreply 4610/16/2020

Even on low R46?

by Anonymousreply 4710/16/2020

I often slow cook one of my lover's loads in my ass overnight. He's got a really long dick.

by Anonymousreply 4810/16/2020

R46 Certain things have a better taste and texture when cooked on low heat for really long (like 8 hours). Particularly meats.

by Anonymousreply 4910/16/2020

I think it's just a poorly made crock because even on low, everything I've cooked in it is done after 4 hours.

My mother had one of these (the big orange one) in the 1970s and I honestly don't remember how long it took for foods to cook in it. She made a lot of meatballs this way.

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by Anonymousreply 5010/16/2020

I'm glad you can cybertaste mine, R24.

by Anonymousreply 5110/16/2020

I have the little one R50 and very occasionally make chicken and dumplings in it, using canned cream of chicken soup along with chicken, carrots, parsley, onions and canned biscuits.

by Anonymousreply 5210/16/2020

I love using a slow cooker, though I can cook well in traditional methods. The disdain so many hold them in is amusing to me. I have a vintage 70s cooker with a heavy glass lid. There's no overwhelming cooking smell emanating from it. My kitchen also has a door, which I keep closed when I'm not using it.

Some of you must he terrible cooks if your dishes smell so unpleasant! Crack a window, or put the fan to your furnace up and leave it running. I would be pleased and grateful the bloke cooks for himself.

by Anonymousreply 5310/16/2020

[quote]I think it's just a poorly made crock pot.

One thing you don't want in this world is a poorly made crock pot.

by Anonymousreply 5410/16/2020

[quote] How does that work? Do the bones decide "enough!" and start leeching the flavor back in?

I think the esters or molecules start to break down or something.

by Anonymousreply 5510/16/2020

I was thinking that same thing R54.

by Anonymousreply 5610/16/2020

Anyone got a recipe for slow cooker cak and graxy?

by Anonymousreply 5710/16/2020

R20 - I've made that breakfast/egg/casserole thing and it turned out pretty good. With all the things you put in it, you don't need a bunch of sides or other things to eat. All the fixins are already in it. Mother liked it also.

by Anonymousreply 5810/16/2020

Prisspots whining about crockpots, oh my.

by Anonymousreply 5910/16/2020

I would be afraid about starting a fire if I left something on either overnight or while I was out of the house. Not rational, I suppose, but it's a phobia of mine.

I live in a high rise and I once put a stew in a very slow oven for several hours, and went across the street to the movies. I couldn't concentrate on the movie because I was convinced I'd come home to the towering inferno.

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by Anonymousreply 6010/16/2020

stealth dutch oven thread

by Anonymousreply 6110/16/2020

[quote]My kitchen also has a door, which I keep closed when I'm not using it.

That's usually what doors are for.

by Anonymousreply 6210/16/2020

If u give “massages” (wink, wink) keep your Lyon warm in a crock pot..not high..I knew a “therapist” who left red marks on a guy’s back with that.

by Anonymousreply 6310/16/2020

^ lotion warm not lyon

by Anonymousreply 6410/16/2020

I just made a delicious Sausage Ragu in my slow-cooker (not overnight!) Quite simple -- saute onions, fennel and garlic. Add some tomato paste and cook for a few minutes. Dump it all into the slow cooker. Add a two pounds of Italian sausage (recipe called for hot; I used half hot and half regular), a can of crushed tomatoes and a large can of tomato sauce. A little salt and pepper. 8-10 hours on low. Break up the meat with a potato masher, skim off the fat, and you're good to go. Freezes beautifully, too.

I was surprised how flavorful it was considering there were no traditional herbs like basil or oregano added, but I guess the sausage helps a lot in that department.

by Anonymousreply 6510/16/2020

[quote]I do slow cooked food for my old dogs sometimes.

I slow cook my old dogs sometimes.

by Anonymousreply 6610/16/2020

Just dump and slow cook!

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by Anonymousreply 6710/16/2020

R62 I see my little autistic troll is cunting again! Good job there, showing off you know what a door is, and how it works!

Obviously the non-autistic posters here bothered so very much by the smell of food cooking, either don't have doors to close, (a rare thing for MANY kitchens I've discovered since living in the US) or they're simply not as smart as you! Perhaps it never occurs to them to close the door. You do always focus on the important things love! Yes, always reading between the lines and thinking too hard. Go take a break from reading now, you deserve it!

by Anonymousreply 6810/17/2020

I really only make pot roast in my slow cooker. Great comfort food on cold winter days. I start it at about 10 am and it's ready by 6 pm. I've also made chicken wings in the slow cooker but I prefer to oven bake them most of the time.

by Anonymousreply 6910/17/2020

Yes R14, that makes perfect sense - slow cooking at a low temperature outside in the cold. Good gawd.

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