I’ve cooked from scratch for many years, but I’ve never had the patience to use a crockpot (slow cooker). I’ve never seen the point in taking several hours to cook something that could take less than an hour on top of the stove.
I bought this crockpot a couple months ago and today was the first time I used it. The idea was to not be bothered with cooking so I could focus on work all day. Within the first hour, I got up to check on the stew four times. It was out of pure habit, needless to say, I didn’t get as much work done as I wanted.
I will admit, it was easy to make stew this way, not that cooking it in a pot on the stove is hard, but this way took less effort.. if I would have had more patience and just left it alone. Maybe I will get the hang of it one day. The stew was delicious, but it always is. Since I do a lot of my work from home, I’m sure this will come in handy when I’m out capturing some great shots or so enthralled in a painting that I don’t have time to cook. I’m kind of excited to try something else.. if I can find the patience..
2 pounds beef stew meat
8 yellow potatoes
8 medium carrots
5 celery stalks
3 cups filtered water
3/4 cup tomato puree
3 TBSP flour
1 TBSP oregano
1 TBSP parsley
2 tsp mineral salt
1 tsp turbinado sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 rounded tsp ground rosemary
1/4 tsp ground sage
1/4 tsp ground thyme
Scrub and chop carrots, celery, potatoes, and meat (if needed) into bite size pieces, add to crockpot.
In medium bowl whisk together water, flour, sugar, salt and seasonings. Stir in tomato puree and pour over meat and vegetables in crockpot.
Cook on high for about 5 hours.