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Re: Crockpot question

You should use about half (or less)of the water the recipe calls for because
the crockpot cooks by steaming, not boiling.

When I made seitan stew yesterday in my crockpot, I mixed a bit of miso in a
half glass of water, and a cube of vegetable puree.  (Mashed vegetables
frozen in an ice cube tray for storage.) I shook it up to mix and added that
to the pot before placing the vegetables and seitan in there. About an hour
before the cooking time was complete, I mixed some arrowroot in with about 2
T. of water, shook it up, and added it so as to make a gravy.

Seitan Stew  (crockpot)
1/2 tsp. miso &
vegetable puree (1 T.) mixed with 1/2 - 3/4 cup water
or...  1/2-3/4 cup vegetable broth
2 carrots, sliced
1 cup Peanut potatoes, or 1 cup diced potatoes
3/4 cup seitan, diced
1/3 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. arrowroot or cornstarch dissolved in 2 T. water
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together the miso, veg puree and water and pour into bottom of crockpot.
Add carrots, potatoes and seitan.  Cook on low for 3 hours.  Add mushrooms,
sage and arrowroot, cook another hour.  Add salt and pepper, serve with warm
crusty bread.

Serves 2-4, depending on portions.

Lee Ann
Lee Ann Reiners
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue in NJ" <susang@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "fatfree post" <fatfree@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: Crockpot question

> I think I put too much water in the crockpot because the seasonings were a
> bit diluted plus it was too watery.  I filled the crockpot with water to
> cover all the potatoes, squash, and carrots.

To be honest, I *never* add water to a crockpot stew, mainly because I
usually have something really wet, like tomatoes, or maybe a shake or 2 of
low salt soy sauce or a little tomato sauce, and as things cook the foods
release enough water on their own.

Also, I usually double up on the spices, too, because after 8-10 hours of
heat they do get kind of used up.

Sue in NJ