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Can I rescue this slow cooker beef stew?

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atticusclaw2 Tue 01-Dec-15 17:36:43

Ive made a beef stew in the slow cooker and its really tough and chewy. Its been on for a couple of hours on high and then three hours on low.

If I leave it on for longer (DH won't be home for a couple of hours yet) will it get better or worse? I'll turn it off now if its just going to get chewier and chewier.

Micah Tue 01-Dec-15 17:38:46

Leave it on low for as long as possible, it will get better.

Beef stews need at least 8 hours on low to cook properly smile

atticusclaw2 Tue 01-Dec-15 17:39:39

Oh that's good news!

Sparkletastic Tue 01-Dec-15 17:39:52

What cut of beef? If stewing steak leave it longer on low. Can only get better. Can you add some ingredients to make it more appealing? Maybe dumplings for the squidgy factor?

mrsmeerkat Tue 01-Dec-15 17:40:37

It isn't on long enough yet. Don't open the lid again til you are ready to eat as it will slow down cooking

atticusclaw2 Tue 01-Dec-15 17:42:03

"irish beef diced casserole steak" according to the packaging.

It tastes really good, its just the meat is too chewy which makes it unappealing.

atticusclaw2 Tue 01-Dec-15 17:43:24

It has dumplings and pearl barley already.

Sparkletastic Tue 01-Dec-15 17:45:55

Ah in that case keep the faith - should be lovely after another couple of hours

atticusclaw2 Tue 01-Dec-15 17:57:30

Fab - I'm glad I didn't bin it!

PhoenixReisling Tue 01-Dec-15 19:33:09

Did you wear it prior to slow cooking it? If you didn't I find that it takes longer.

PseudoBadger Tue 01-Dec-15 19:37:08

See this is why I don't understand the point of slow cookers?! I do at least one beef stew a week with braising steak and it takes 3 hours at gas mark 2 (browning and bringing to the boil 1st on the hob). What am I missing?

ethelb Tue 01-Dec-15 19:38:54

It may get tender yet! But make sure you don't brown it next time.

atticusclaw2 Tue 01-Dec-15 20:26:50

DH has just polished off two helpings without any complaint. I have been on the phone to my parents trying to explain their pensions to them and there's hardly any left!

IHeartIona Thu 03-Dec-15 16:49:41

avoid high for stews, low makes the meat nice and soft.

Pseudobadger - slow cookers cost about a penny per hour to run, and you can go out and do stuff without needing to watch the oven.

Wolfiefan Thu 03-Dec-15 16:52:50

Pseudo it is really convenient to bung food in slow cooker and clear out for 8 hours. I don't like leaving the oven on. I drop kids off for school, start cooking and can cleanup before breakfast. Result. Plus the meat melts in your mouth. Yum!

SanityClause Thu 03-Dec-15 16:59:52

I always find the meat done in a slow cooker is oddly tough and dry, even when it's been cooked forever.

I love the idea of bunging it all in a pot and coming back to the delicious smells of a beautifully cooked stew, but the reality is somewhat different, in my experience. sad

SSargassoSea Thu 03-Dec-15 17:03:35

It might be that the meat has not been hung. So use a good butcher for meat.

cdtaylornats Thu 03-Dec-15 17:40:13

Once it's cooked in a slow cooker you can leave it on low for hours - handy if you're cooking for people who aren't arriving to a schedule.

iklboo Thu 03-Dec-15 17:44:56

I usually put a beef casserole on for a few hours the night before, switch off & let it 'rest' then reheat thoroughly the next day. The meat melts in the mouth.

Did you wear it prior to slow cooking it - epic autocorrect grin. So THAT'S why Lady Gaga was wearing that meat dress!

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Thu 03-Dec-15 17:45:51


Did you wear it prior to slow cooking it?

What do you wear it with?

atticusclaw2 Thu 03-Dec-15 21:19:36

Nothing but a nice full bodied red wine

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