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Argh-Grocery savings leads to area woman going crazy [Nov. 14th, 2007|04:40 pm]
Lanette
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I bought a bottom round roast because it was $5. Now all of the recipes take "my entire life" to cook or this mysterious "dutch oven" thing which I don't have or ingredients that I don't have. It is a Rancher's Reserve USDA choice cut (so it says). I have a large covered roasting pan.

Isn't there any simple way to make this meat not taste like boot leather?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-15 12:43 am (UTC)
Good advice. I think I'll make my favorite protien packed chicken/cheese stuffed potatos tonight, and then do the Roast for tomorrow. Would be nice to come home to a yummy smelling house.

I also have baby carrots and onion to add to the crock pot, so that opens up options.
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[User Picture]From: gfrancie
2007-11-15 12:41 am (UTC)
Do you have a crock pot?
If you have a large covered roasting pan it can work like a dutch oven.
Welcome to slow cooking.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-15 12:56 am (UTC)
Consider it done ladies! Thanks for saving me from true meat disaster. Next time--better planning. I just think my creative skills will get me dinner in no time when I'm buying meats, but roasts take time and planning (so I'm finding).

p.s. Welcome home! Glad you are doing well. Now rest and stay on those drugs, despite what Nancy says.
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[User Picture]From: mstorijones
2007-11-15 01:47 am (UTC)
The crockpot works great, keep some moisture in and don't keep opening it iup. put garlic, onion, etc in and let it cook
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2007-11-15 12:59 am (UTC)
This is the recipe I always use for roasts: http://graphxgrrl.livejournal.com/1228584.html

I don't like doing it in the crock pot--it always seems to turn out dry.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-15 01:03 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I think you forget that you have something I don't actually have. It's called cooking talent. :) I'm seriously afraid to cook a roast on the stovetop on my gas range, and I only own 3 skillets, none of them large enough for a roast. I may have to risk dryness due to lack of supplies and talent, sadly. The recipe looks good, now if only I could import cooking talent.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2007-11-15 01:07 am (UTC)
I swear this recipe is super easy. You just need a large pot and the ability to set a timer for 30 minutes (when you need to turn the roast over).
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-15 01:14 am (UTC)
What about a large roasting pan not intended to go on a stovetop? Is that a possible option?
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[User Picture]From: meeshaphrenic
2007-11-15 02:00 am (UTC)
i just cooked one in the crockpot last night, it was awesome. i used an approximation of this recipe, (it called for rump roast, i had bottom round) and as the comments suggest, slicing it and putting it back in the pot for a while (for me it was 30 minutes, but it probably would be even better the longer you leave it in) made a HUGE difference.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-16 02:09 am (UTC)
I wish I had the onion soup on hand. I've heard good things about it.
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[User Picture]From: ashiegrrrl
2007-11-15 02:42 pm (UTC)
I always make pot roast in my slow cooker, first browning each side in a skillet on the stove. I can look up my recipe for you if you'd like... it's specifically for doing a pot roast in the slow cooker. As long as you have some liquid in the bottom and keep it closed for the recommended time it will turn out SO tender no matter what cut of meat it is.
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[User Picture]From: pollyhyper
2007-11-15 03:33 pm (UTC)
I don't even bother searing the meat (in a pan, on the stovetop) before putting it in the crockpot anymore. I just don't have the time.

2 easy ways to crock it:

1. meat + 1 medium size jar salsa = great meat for shredded beef tacos, etc.
2. packet onion soup mix and/or can cream of mushroom soup + any veggies you like + about a can or less of water = beef stew-type meat.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-16 02:08 am (UTC)
I wish I had onion soup mix, but I'm going to try the cream of mushroom.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-11-15 03:56 pm (UTC)
Definitely ditto the crockpot idea. I always put mine in the pot before I leave for work with water (almost covering it). I add a couple of bouillon cubes, some salt, pepepper and some garlic. Then when I get home, I add carrots, seom celery (just for flavor, celery salt works nicely too), and if I want them, potatoes. Let them cook about one more hour and its done.

Good luck! :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-16 02:08 am (UTC)
Mmm. Sounds good, yet simple. I may try this one for tomorrow night!
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[User Picture]From: dreadcptflint
2007-11-15 09:36 pm (UTC)
Get the Dutch Oven, they are worth it. There is an artistry involved with using one. Yes, you can come close with a crock pot however there is a skill involved. In the old west, you never saw Cookie haul out a Crock pot from the Chuck wagon to feed the Cowboys. It isn't a fancy roasting pan. It is something simple that has been used for many years.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-15 10:18 pm (UTC)
The only chance of us having a Dutch Oven by tonight is if Craig has chili for a snack ;)
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