Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Coke + A Crockpot = Delicious!

Blessed with Grace

I lost my Crockpot.

I'm not sure where it went.

Maybe it ran away to a house where it might actually get used regularly.

Maybe it's just hiding in a cabinet behind the 3 boxes of Ritz crackers and 8 cans of green beans!

Wherever it is, I wish it well.

I used this as an opportunity to upgrade! My excuse for not using my Crockpot more often was that I normally work 8 to 10 hours a day during the week. So with an hour commute each way, I can be away from home for 10-12 hours at a time. With a Crockpot with just low and high settings, I always worried that I would overcook food.

So, I went with a programmable Crockpot. My new best friend has four settings (4 & 6 hours on High and 8 & 10 hours on Low) and then automatically shifts to Warm for up to 6 hours!

So here's the finished product from my test run:

I had a beef round roast in the freezer from my dad, so I have NO idea how big it was. It was wrapped in white butcher's paper and I know where and how it was raised (mostly grass-fed but enjoyed a bucket of corn every day) so I don't really care that they don't include the pounds! I thawed it in the fridge overnight.

So I unboxed my new bestie and added one of those cool "slow cooker liners" because another reason I don't use the Crockpot more often is the clean up. Yuck!

Then, I cut up some red potatoes, threw in some baby carrots (had some large carrots but couldn't find the peeler at 5:30 a.m.) and added the roast.

Now it gets kind of weird. My sister and a coworker swears that a can of Coke and a package of onion soup mix is all you need to make a yummy roast. They are both good cooks so I went with it!

With the Coke poured and onion soup sprinkled, I  put the lid on, set the Crockpot on Low for 8 hours, and was out the door.

I came home 10+ hours later to a tender (flaked apart with a fork), flavorful, home-cooked meal with little mess to clean up!

I think my new best friend and I have a long future together!


  1. Thanks for inviting me over. Geez, what kind of friend are you?!? I love my programable crockie. Try root beer on pork roast. Makes some mean bbq.

  2. I heart my programmable crock! That looks incredible.... I too have been known to use a can of coke while cooking ;) 1/2 cup ketchup and a can of soda makes a great cooking sauce for chicken.

  3. When my husband and I got married we had 3 crock pots between the two of us. We did not register for any, and still recieved 2 more as gifts. In fact when one lady went through the receiving line she said, "I saw you didn't register for a crock pot, so I bought you one." If you ever need a crock pot come see me.

  4. I need to get a new crock pot, I haven't had one for years. I love crock dinners.
    Have a great Wednesday

  5. Mmm....I always use the onion soup mix, but never tried the can of coke! And I LOVE the crockpot liners, too.

    Send me some beef! I don't care if the pounds aren't written on it either. :)

  6. Oh man..this is making me super hungry!!

    Actually dropping in (a day late) to be your newest follower from Follow Me Back Tuesday! Thanks so much for linking up with us!


  7. This looks really good and I can't wait to try the coke. I always use onion soup, but hadn't thought about adding coke in place of water. I also LOVE the crock pot liners.



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