Improving the Kitchen Arsenal with a Shiny New Crock Pot, or 'How My Fiance got an Upgrade'.
Recently, my Fiance and I attended a Wedding Shower over in Edmonton, Alberta. We live in Vancouver, British Columbia, but her family is mostly located in Edmonton, so off to Edmonton we went for the first of the two showers we would be having. One of the nicest gifts that we received was a brand new Crockpot, complete with a sealable lid and 'little dipper'; it had a really nice look to it, with a shiny, brushed steel exterior, a removable lid for ease of use, as well as a removable liner. It even came with a mini crock which lets you keep sauces heated for as long as you need!
I suppose that this doesn't sound like that big a deal for most regular longtime Rival Crock pots users, and my exposure to the whole Crockpot phenomenon is admittedly recent and limited, however for my Fiance - who is a long time slow cooker user and who has been making do with the same old basic unit for years and years, this gift was an oh so welcome addition to her kitchen arsenal. She has already been giving it a decent work out, and has no intention of quitting any time soon.
Fiance Jane's Pork Roast Recipe.
One of the more frequent meals that my partner likes to just throw together is a simple yet very tasty pork roast recipe. It seems like she always has all of the necessary ingredients at hand (which is always very convenient) and now that we are the proud new owners of a much larger crock pot, we can work with a larger piece of meat for the roast.
Honestly, I couldn't tell you anything specific about the cut that she usually uses - whether it is the shoulder or leg, but I'm not really sure that it matters for the sake of the cooking.
She usually doesn't seem to make a strong or concerted effort to put all of her veggies on the bottom of the crock like many suggest you do but instead evenly distributes the veggies above and below the roast in the crockpot. Either way, they seem to absorb a lot of the flavour of the roast pork itself. I am not really fussy about having crispier vegetables after cooking so I don't mind that they are all thrown in the slowcooker with the meat, but otherwise it wouldn't take much to cook them up seperately in the oven.
My Fiance says that she is not one to add many spices or seasonings when slow-cooking pork but she does admit to adding some salt, pepper and a few sliced cloves of garlic for more flavor. Sometimes she even adds in a bit of sage or ginger - but not too much.
So how long does she let it cook for?
Jane suggests that if you only have half a day to work with that you can cook the roast on high for around five or six hours, but that if you have a whole day to let it cook then she recommends letting it cook on low for around eight hours. Then you just serve it up and enjoy!
Okay, that was pretty simple, eh?
Well it works for us and I hope it will work for you, too!
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