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    Does anyone here make foil pkg. of meat & veg. and cook in crockpot?
    If so what do you put in them and how long do you cook them? Thanks in advance

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    I dont but would love to hear from people who do......I am going to want to have supper waiting for us when i get home this fall.....

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    I don't see why it wouldn't work, but I don't see any real advantage to it. The lid on the Crock-Pot holds in moisture which is what the foil would do, so it should be the same result.

    Remember that Crock-Pots heat from the sides, not from the bottom like an oven would, if that makes any difference.
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    I use my crockpot all the time and have never heard of putting a foil pack, nor have I ever seen a crockpot recipe that is for using foil. I don't know what the advantage would be. Did you see a recipe for using a foil pack?

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    I have done this with a chuck roast - I did not put veggies in with it because I had other plans but I did wrap the roast n foil and cook it that way. I did not like it because of the sauce I put on it, but liked the technique. I wrapped the meat and refrigerated it overnight then cooked it for about 8 or 9 hrs - ended up with great shredded beef which is what i wanted. I think putting veggies in it would work also - it seemed to concentrate the flavors and keep everything moist without a lot of liquid.

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    Funny you should ask this today, as a friend just sent me this link :

    Complete Barbecue Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker | Eat at Home She says it's really good.

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    sometimes when we cook chicken in the crockpot I put a foil pack of stuffing on the top

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    I have done it on occasion but haven't gotten my system set up to do it as often as I like. Yes it can be done, clean up is easier and I usually time things based on what they would usually require. Meats and root vegetables 6-8 hrs, green veggies like green beans or broccoli, probably 5-7 hrs, etc. You may want to try searching on specific ingredients such as "baked potatoes" to help determine cooking times.
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    I create foil packets of meatballs, cubed potatoes and a piece of corn, then cook them on a fire or grill. Wonder if this would work in a crockpot? This would be a GREAT dinner to come home to after a long day of teaching.
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    I still really don't see the point. The lid of the Crock-Pot holds in the steam, making the foil packet redundant. The only thing saved would be a little (very little) clean-up time. Crock-Pots cook at temps low enough that things usually don't burn on, so they're not hard to wash.

    Using foil to separate one food from another, such as the stuffing mentioned above, does make sense to me though.
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    I still really don't see the advantage. The lid of the Crock-Pot holds in the steam, making the foil packet redundant. The only thing saved would be a little (very little) clean-up time. Crock-Pots cook at temps low enough that things usually don't burn on, so they're not hard to wash.

    Using foil to separate one food from another, such as the stuffing mentioned above, does make sense to me though.
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    The blog a year of slow cooking has several foil recipies just search it for foil
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    Spirit: have you ever put 3 or 4 paper towels under the lid of the crockpot to collect the steam so that you don't have all of the liquid in the bottom of the crockpot? I've done it and it does work, but I don't know how it would do with this scenario.

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    Long slow cooking in a CP can muddy and blend flavors so by keeping items separate, individual flavors can be preserved. Carrots with rosemary and honey glaze won't taste like the slow cooked chicken that has other seasonings, the stuffed bell peppers won't "contaminate" the corn or etc. That was the main reason I was trying to do this a few months ago. I even premade and vacuum sealed bags of carrots, marinated chicken, and a few other things but ended up putting things in the oven instead. LOL Now that summer is back, I'll probably do some prep work to give it another go so I don't need to turn the oven on.
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    SHP, I haven't tried that, but haven't really had a reason to either.

    That makes sense, Cea. Putting it all in one bag does not make sense to me, but of course that's no reason not to if someone else desires that, that I can see anyway.
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