Discussing Questions And Answers About Crock Pot Dog Food Recipes

Laura asks…

Fix for bitter baked beans?

I decided to try my hand at home made baked beans. I let them cook overnight on the low setting. When I got up this morning, the beans still hadn’t cooked fully but they had a somewhat bitter taste/smell. I let them continue cooking while I was at work and out taking care of stuff all day. I tried tweaking it with some brown sugar and a little more molasses. As of about an hour ago, they cooked for 24 hours. They still seem bitter to me. The recipe I used called for navy beans but I used great northern beans instead; I was under the impression that they’d work just fine. Any ideas?

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Boston-Baked-Beans/Detail.aspx

Jimmy answers:

First I will comment on the recipe as I am from MA and we do not reserve the liquid the beans are soaked in. I also see that they do not “de-gas” the beans either. The beans should have been soaked overnight and drained in the morning replacing with fresh water and brought to a boil. Once brought up remove pot from stove and carry to the sink and sprinly a tablespoon of baking SODA(not powder)over the beans-this will cause a pea green foam to develop stir gently to brign up all the gas and strain in a collander and rinse. Put beans back in pot with enough water to fully cover and bring back to a boil – then you drain and reserve that liquid to bake them in. Then place said beans in crockpot or dutch oven with onions and salt pork and molasses and spices and brown sugar(we use a little tomato paste instead of ketchup in ours) and slow cook for 6-10hours checking every half hr or so to make sure they do not dry out. There must be enough water to just cover them but no more and you will need to add it from the reserved liquid from the second boil. Beans vary in times to cook and we use great northern beans all the time(not the navy beans)and the only difference if the time it takes to soften the hardened starches of the legumes-the bigger the pea the longer the swim so to speak. Having said that I am afraid bitter beans are for the dogs. There is no way to “pull out” the undesired taste you put in or left in them and to rinse and reuse-they would still taste awful
I will include a basic recipe as follows

1lb great northern beans sorted and rinsed in pot with enough water to cover
1Tb baking soda

1cup finely chopped onion
8oz sliced and stripped salt pork
1tsp dry mustard
1/4c worcestershire sauce (or 2tsp vinegar and enough barley malt syrup to make 1/4c)
2Tb tomato paste
1/4c molasses(unsulphured is best)
1/4c packed brown sugar
2tsp sea salt or kosher salt
1Tb fine black pepper

prepare the beans as oringinally stated in this post then combine the seasonings and sauces with the onion and salt pork and a coupl of cups of the reserved water and bring to a boil and pour over beans in a large pot. My family uses an enamel-covered cast iron bean pot just make sure you have at least 2-3inches of head space between the height of the food and the top(food shouldn’t expand anymore but the space is needed to create a heat vacuum and prevent from boiling over) mix beans and suace together cover with lid and place in a 325df oven for 4-6hrs. If you use a plug-in style crock pot the time to cook will vary depending on the wattage and the setting. I would start checking the beans after 3hrs by removing lid carefully and spooning out 1 or 2 legumes and allow to cool and pop in the mouth to check the done-ness. They should never fall apart or disintegrate and also should crunch like cereal…good luck and enjoy!

George asks…

Quick dinner w/ left-overs for lunch?

Ok, so I love cooking and I cook a lot. I am now pregnant and I am working full time about an hour away from home in Los Angeles traffic so I am REALLY tired when I get home. Most of the things I cook are really time consuming. I go to different stores to get the best ingredients and I cook a big meal that is really great. I just really need some ideas for healthy meals that will give left overs so my hubby and I can take them to work for luch the next day! mmm… getting hungry already! (I do plan on giving 10points!!!) Oh, and I really like everything! All meat, fish, chicken, whatever! As long as its not lunch meat, hot dogs, canned or frozen…

Jimmy answers:

Congrats on you pregnancy.

I have two suggestions for easy prep meals that serve as lunch, dinner following days. A little FYI…I am a self admitted food snob. I love food and will only eat well prepared food. It doesn’t have to be expensive…just good. No canned soup. Sorry folks. I haven’t tasted any recipe with a can that I have enjoyed.

Pulled Pork
I made this in the crockpot this morning before work…

Put the crock on either the low or medium setting and place it on a baking dish (in case of boil over). Throw in 1 onion sliced, 6 T brown sugar, 1/2 C vinegar, S and P and your favorite 15, 16 oz. BBQ sauce. Stir it up. Add either a pork butt or a pork shoulder. Submerge meat in sauce. And cover. Do not take the cover off until it’s time to serve. It needs a good 7-9 hours. When it’s done, shred with two forks and put back in sauce. Serve with either egg noodles or rolls.

ALSO: This freezes really well. Once cooled, I throw it in a zip lock bag and lay flat in the freezer.

TIP: prep everything the night before and throw it in the crock pot. Pull crock out in the morning and stick it in the heating unit (the part of the crock that plugs in). Save that precious time in the morning. PLUS, you don’t want to be smelling onions at 6am.

Dinner two: Salmon Filet

This is the best salmon I have ever had anywhere. Its super easy. Grab any seafood spice mix that you enjoy and add brown sugar to taste. Put a thick layer of spice on the salmon leaving skin on the one side intact. Heat up a frying pan and throw in about 2T canola or veg oil. Add the fish, skin side up. Cover (timing depends on the thickness). Use two spatulas and gently flip. In a small microwave safe bowl, add 6T orange marmalade (I use sugar free for dieting needs) and 3 T orange juice. Use microwave to heat up. When the salmon has about 3 minutes left pour the marmalade over the fish. Slap it on a plate and serve with rice and some green beans. AMAZING!

I make extra and save it for lunch the next day (or two). I put in on top of a salad with either balsamic dressing or red raspberry dressing. Sooooo good.

Good Luck!

The spiciness mixed with the brown sugar is amazing!

Donna asks…

What are some simple/easy meals for dinner?

Today is shopping day and so I plan on planning out some meals to have so I have an ideal on what I’m buying.

I’m looking for any and all recipes that are delicious and somewhat simple. Chicken, hamburger meat, etc, I don’t care what kind of meat that goes into it. =] But I’m not much for fried foods. Somewhat healthy would be great, too.

Also, my mom wants me to cook a chicken spaghetti NOT using tomato sauce, so if you have any simple recipes making that, please share. =]

Thanks! I will pick a best answer!!

Jimmy answers:

Here are a few E-Z recipes you might want to try. Good Luck & enjoy.

COLA CHICKEN
(And more variations of recipe…my preference…wings or ribs)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup catsup
1 12oz. Can cola (pepsi, coke, etc.)
Put chicken in a non-stick pan.
Mix together catsup and cola, pour over chicken.
Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook 45 minutes.
(turning chicken a few times, while cooking…to prevent from sticking to pan)
Uncover, turn up the heat and continue to cook until the sauce
becomes thick and adheres to the chicken.
It turns into the most incredible BBQ sauce.
You can double the recipe and use more
chicken….wings…add some hot sauce….presto “Hot Wings”!
I have used Ribs, just as good.
I tried this recipe with ‘meatballs’…”stew meat”….was equally as good…served over rice.
I found another variation…..omit the catsup and add a small jar of Salsa (any variety).
I fixed chicken wings, (using the above recipe)
but…I added the spices from a MILD (I don’t care for “HOT”) Buffalo Wings packet…(the kind you get to bake in the oven)…..I thought it was really good…..(but you/I can’t find a ‘bad’ way to fix chicken).

CRUNCHY ONION CHICKEN
1 1/3 cups French’s Original French Fried Onions
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg, beaten
LIGHTLY CRUSH: Onions in a plastic bag.
DIP: Chicken in egg (put egg in plastic bag)
COVER: With onion crumbs, press firmly to adhere to chicken.
BAKE: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken on lightly greased baking pan. Sprinkle with additional onion crumbs, if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center.

Mushroom Chicken
4 boneless/skinless chicken breast (or any pieces you like)
1 can cream of mushroom soup.
1 can water
Place chicken in crock pot (or sauce pan for stove top cooking)
mix soup & 1 can of water together
pour over chicken
cook on medium heat until boiling then reduce heat and cook until chicken is really tender & falling apart.
Serve over noodles or rice or dressing….or???

CHILLI DOG CASSEROLE
1 pkg. (8) hot dog buns
1 pkg. (8) hot dogs (use more if you like)
1 can Chilli (15 oz. Without beans, use more if you want)
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cups shredded cheese
mustard
DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
In a 9″ x 13″ baking pan, break up hot dog buns (bite size) and spread in pan.
Cut up hot dogs (about 1/2″ size) spread over buns.
Spoon/spred chilli over hot dog/buns.
Sprinkle onions over all.
Squirt mustard over entire mixture (don’t spread…just make a few lines both ways across mixture)
Cover with shredded cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. (Hint: If using extra hot dogs & chilli, don’t add extra buns.)

“Corny Beanie Weenies.”
1 can baked beans (14-16 ounces with brown sugar, onion, and bacon).
1 package Weiners (all sliced up).
1 can of whole kernel corn (drained)
Heat and serve.
Hint :
1.)Might put ingredients in a casserole dish and top with corn muffin mix.
2.)Substitute a pound of cooked to…?? Ground beef….gr.turkey…smkd. Sausage…rename

POT ROAST
Your choice of beef (to fit crock-pot)
1 pkg. Dry Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. Dry Italian dressing mix
1 pkg. Dry Brown Gravy mix
1 cup water
Put beef in pot.
Mix together all the dry mixes….then add water …pour over meat and cover & cook on high 4-6 hours. Until meat is tender. The first time I mad it I didn’t have the Italian Dressing mix….so I added a pkg. Of Onion Soup Mix….I have to say I liked that better. If you use more water you might want to add more Brown Gravy mix….to make a thicker sauce. Was gonna add potatoes and carrots…but never got around to it.

OLD SETTLER’S BEANS
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 lb. Ground beef1/2 lb. Bacon
1 chopped onion
Brown in skillet and drain excess grease.
ADD:
16 oz. Can Red Kidney Beans (drained)
24 oz. Can Pork & Beans (drained)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup Catsup
2 TBLS. Molasses
1/2 tsp. Dry mustard
Mix Thoroughly !
Cook in a crock pot until…hot…hot…hot!
A pen pal’s version: That recipe for the Settler’s beans, mine was a variation, same ingredients, but you put the finished product in a 13x9x2 pan. Heated it up in the oven, until hot, added a layer of frozen biscuits on top, bake until biscuits are brown.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup (E-Z) (my experiment)
1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 can Cream of Broccoli Soup
1 can of milk (Use soup can to measure milk..I used skim…..you could use whatever you have or can cream)
1 small box of frozen broccoli bits & pieces (I had a large bag….so I used about 1/2)
Mix the soups & milk together….it might look like it’s curdled (mine did)……but as it cooks it smoothes out……place in a large sauce pan …..medium heat…..add broccoli and cook until….smooth & creamy. Not bad if I do say so myself. Might add some shredded cheese on top to serve.

E-Z Potato Soup (another experiment)
(2 – 4 servings)
1 (14 ½ oz.) can of diced potatoes
1 can of cream of celery soup
¼ cup ‘real’ bacon bits (more if you like)
milk (use soup can to measure milk)
¼ – ½ stick of margarine (optional)
Pour potatoes – liquid an all into medium sauce pan.
Pour celery soup into a bowl and add a soup can full of milk and mix together, pour over potatoes and stir.
Stir in bacon bits cook over medium heat until hot, turn off stove add margarine and stir until melted, serve,
We were given a quart of Half & Half and I used some of this in my soup. You could use evaporated milk, too. Or some Fat Free milk. Your preference.
I did not add any margarine. (Second time I made it…I added ½ stick of margine)
I suppose if you want to add a little “BAM” to it, add some hot sauce. Maybe sprinkle some grated cheese to serve.

Kreamy Kool-Aid Pie
1-(6 g) package un sweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
1-(14 oz.)can sweetened condensed milk
1-(8 oz)container Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed.
1-(9 inch) Graham Cracker Pie Crust (or Cookie crust)
Cool Whip for top (optional)
1. In a medium bowl mix Kool-Aid and condensed milk, thoroughly.
2. Fold in Cool Whip.
4. If desired, spread more Cool Whip on top.
5. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours.
I’ve used: Strawberry…Cherry…Lemon-lime (Key-Lime Pie)….Lemonade (Lemon Pie…might add some yellow food coloring for a more lemony look.)

E-Z Cake Recipes
NO EGGS,NO OIL ,NO WATER …….JUST SODA AND MIX.
CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX…….CHERRY SODA (BLACK FOREST)
ORANGE CAKE MIX….ORANGE SODA
PINEAPPLE MIX….PINEAPPLE SODA
SPICE MIX…..ROOT BEER SODA
POUR CAKE MIX IN BOWL
ADD SODA USE LOAF CAKE PAN
BAKE 350 DEGREES AS BOX SAYS.(P.S.PREPARE PAN WITH SPRAY)
Your choice of frostings or use cool whip.

CAKE MIX COOKIES (I make these for gifts at Christmastime)
White Cake Mix
2 Tablespoons water
2 eggs
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients, except powdered sugar. Drop batter (about a teaspoon per cookie) into a bowl of powdered sugar. Roll in sugar until it is an approximate shape of a ball. Place ion a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees about 18 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Makes about 4 dozen cookies. (Use any flavoring or cake mix you desire.)

Banana Pudding
I usually double the recipe….never any left-overs.
Ingredients:
Bananas
Use instant Banana pudding or vanilla pudding fix by directions on box.
Cool Whip…add to pudding mix thoroughly.
Vanilla wafers
Toasted coconut.
Line serving dish with a layer of vanilla wafers (a row up the sides of dish, also.) Add a layer of sliced of bananas
Gently cover with a layer of 1/2 pudding mixture. Make a second layer of wafers, bananas & pudding.
Top with some toasted coconut and/or crushed vanilla wafers.

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