Cooking Methods Can Be Changed

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Do you have a preferred method of cooking?

  • Bake?
  • Broil?
  • Stove top?
  • Crock pot?

My favorites are baking or using my crock pot.  I HATE stove top cooking or broiling.

But here’s the thing.  If you’re making a recipe that uses a method you don’t like or that doesn’t work for your schedule, many times you can change it!  Some recipes have to be cooked a certain way but a lot of them can be modified to suit your preference.

Here are a couple of examples from the recipe index.

Calico Bean Bake

Calico Beans

The original recipe calls for baking for 1-1/4 hours.  The only reason I don’t like to bake this is because I frequently need the oven for a side dish or bread.  So instead of baking, I put it in my crock pot on low for 4 hours.  You could also cook it in a Dutch oven on top of the stove.  Any of these methods would work.

Swiss Steak Mozzarella

swiss steak mozzarella

I’ve been making this dish for years and I always cooked it on top of the stove.  But like I mentioned earlier, I hate stove top cooking.  So I decided to try it in the crock pot and it worked GREAT!  The crock pot is now my method of choice.  I’m sure you could bake this dish, too.

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

This is a fairly new recipe for us and it’s DELICIOUS!  But I hate broiling so I’m going to try making this in the oven.  I haven’t done it yet but I’m confident it will work fine and then I’ll probably make it more often.

Salmon and Dill Sauce with Lemon Risotto

Salmon & Dill Sauce with Lemon Risotto

This recipe requires cooking the salmon in a skillet on the stove.  But while you’re cooking the salmon, you’re also making the risotto (which I’ve been told can also be baked in the oven).  That’s too much for my ADHD brain to handle so next time I’ll be baking the fish instead of using the stove top.

These are just a few examples of how you can modify the cooking method on a recipe.

If you’re not an experienced cook or aren’t sure how to do this, the easiest way is to find a similar recipe to how you want to cook it.  For example, when I get around to cooking the Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs in the oven, I’ll look at other recipes for baked chicken thighs to see how they do it, how long they cook it and at what temperature.  Then I’ll use that information for my recipe. That’s it. So simple.

What’s your favorite cooking method? What’s your least favorite? Do you ever modify the cooking method on a recipe? Would you be willing to try?

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Comments

  1. I too like the crock pot. I don’t do any baking during the summers (it’s over 100 here in central CA) only use the crock pot instead. We also BBQ a lot. We have a pellet BBQ that acts like an oven…again it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. I love my crock pot because I can start it in the morning & not have to think about what to fix later in the afternoon. My least favorite is broiling.

    • Crock pots are awesome! I use mine any time I can. We had tacos last night and I had three of them going – for the beef, the cheese dip and rice.

      I don’t blame you for not wanting to use your oven during the summer. It sure does heat up the house!!! I’m not familiar with a pellet BBQ. I’ll look that up.

  2. I grew up using the West Bend Slower Cooker, a metal pan on a electric skillet base. Unfortunately, they’ve new and improved it, and the newer models get too hot and overcook everything. I used my first one for 11 years. I’ve gone through 2 in the last 5 years, and gave up replacing the last one because I’m concerned about the Teflon flaking off over time.

    We haven’t quite mastered the crock pot we bought last summer. We’ve burned almost everything we’ve tried – I’m tried of soaking and scrubbing out the disaster, not to mention the smell. We’re gone for 9 hours a day, so it’s a crap shoot when we come home whether we’ll be eating sandwiches instead.

    Also, I think the types of food that cook well in a Crock Pot are not foods my family likes to eat. My youngest in particular doesn’t like his foods mixed – casseroles and stews are a no go for him.
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    • Bree – I had one of those West Bend Slow Cookers. It was AWESOME! But I the same problem you did in that my new one ran hot.

      That’s the problem with your new crock pot, too. The old ones didn’t run as hot and you could cook food in them all day. But I experienced the same problem when I was working full-time. Everything I tried to cook while I was at work ended up burned. Most of them cook for a maximum of 6 to 8 hours and beyond that, forget it. I rarely cook anything as long as the recipe says.

      And as far as your kids not liking crock pot type foods, I can see how that would be true. I’m not a big fan of mixed dishes either.

      I sure wish they’d make the crock pots like they used to. Those were the good old days.

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