The other day I was in the kitchen when a heard a noise coming from one of my cabinets. I was pretty sure we didn’t have mice, but what could it be? I opened the door cautiously. Imagine my surprise when I heard the noise again and realized it was my crockpot! Yes, she was crying out for attention. You see, I have been very guilty of crockpot neglect. I didn’t just forget to get her out after the hot summer months were over. She’s been neglected for a long time.
I do have an excuse. There’s been a new love in my life–my pressure cooker. He’s very sleek and handsome and cooks meals in minutes rather than hours. But my poor crockpot. It’s not as if she’s totally useless. I pulled her out of the cabinet and gave it some thought. Then I remembered there is one thing my pressure cooker is not good at. One thing that we like to eat and my crockpot is great at. One thing that I happened to have the ingredients for. Beef stew!
My pressure cooker is not good at making beef stew because the vegetables cook way to quickly. In a crockpot, the vegetables cook more slowly. I set to work making beef stew, and boy was my crock pot happy! She proudly sat on my counter all afternoon and as expected, produced a fine pot of beef stew by dinner time.
- 2 pounds stew meat, cubed
- ¼ cup rice flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 large carrots, thinly sliced
- 4 medium potatoes, diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 1½ cup beef broth
- Place the meat in the crock pot. Sprinkle the flour, salt, and pepper over top and stir to coat the meat.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
- Stir and remove the bay leaf before serving.