Thursday, March 26, 2009

Crock Pot Roast Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Roast Every Time!

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It doesn't matter if you are getting ready to cook a pork, beef or even venison roast. There are some basic tricks that will make the end result absolutely delicious. Roast is a great crock pot meal because not only is it delicious the first time around it can be repurposed in so many different ways, so the leftovers never go to waste.

You can make a well balanced meal out of roast with veggies you probably already have sitting in the kitchen. Potatoes, carrots, onions and green beans go great with roast. Make sure you cut your potatoes in equal size pieces, so they will cook evenly. You can add some potatoes to the bottom of the crock pot, since they take the longest to cook. You can even make up a packet of gravy and add it to the potatoes at the bottom. Add your carrots around the edges of your roast. Top your roast with the onions to keep them from turning to mush. If you want to add a splash of color add your green beans about 30 minutes before your cooking time is up. This will keep them from getting mushy.

How to season a roast is completely up to your personal taste. It can be as simple as adding a packet of onion soup mix. Another easy option is adding some cream of mushroom soup. If you prefer a more Italian flavored roast simply grab your Italian seasoning mix and sprinkle your roast liberally with it.

No matter what spices you choose to season your roast you can add dry seasoning in at the beginning of cooking time. It will work just fine. If you are going the fresh route for your seasoning and are using fresh herbs I suggest you wait until the last hour of cooking to add them. Fresh herbs quickly flavor the roast and are best left to the end.

So how long are you going to cook this roast? Generally you can count on at least 6 to 10 hours for your roast to cook. If you look at the cooking directions on your roast packaging you can easily convert the cooking time in the oven to the crock pot. If it recommends cooking it in the oven for 50 minutes to 3 hours you are looking at 4 to 6 hours on high in the crock pot or 8 to 18 hours on low in the crock pot.

Because the roast has to cook so long makes it a perfect meal to cook while you are gone at work. Yes, you can cook a roast in the middle of the week. In fact, you can do it quite easily. Starting with a frozen roast will minimize the chances of overcooking your roast while you are gone. You can even put it all together in the crock the night before. Just cover the crock with plastic wrap and set it in the fridge. You can easily uncover the crock and set it in the crock pot in the morning. Then all you have to do is set it and forget it.

Eating at home is a great way to connect with your family, as well as keep them healthy. You know exactly what goes into the food you eat. You may think of roast as a Sunday meal, but with a crock pot it is now so easy you can have it any day of the week.

Pot roast is not the only new weekday food for your rival slow cooker. You can find more tasty crock pot roast recipes as well as other crock pot recipes at Get your own completely unique content version of this article.
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