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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Wednesday December O 9A Slow cookin Countertop appliance cooks without heating up kitchen Opening the front door on a cold winter evening and being greeted by the inviting smells of beef stew or chicken noodle soup wafting from a slow cooker can be a diners dream come true But winter is not the only time a slow cooker is useful Using this small appliance can avoid introducing heat from a hot oven At any time of year a slow cooker can make life a little more convenient because by planning ahead you save time later And it takes less electricity to use a slow cooker than an oven The slow cooker a countertop appliance cooks food slowly at a low temperature generally between 170 degrees and 280 degrees The low heat helps less expensive leaner cuts of meat become tender and shrink less The direct heat from the pot lengthy cooking and steam Created within the tightlycovered container combine to destroy bacteria and make the slow cooker a safe process for cooking foods Begin with a clean cooker clean utensils and a clean work area Wash hands before and during food preparation Keep perishable foods refrigerated until preparation time If you cut up meat and vegetables in advance store them separately in the refrigerator The slow cooker may take several hours to reach a safe bacteriakilling temperature Constant refrigeration assures that bacteria which multiply rapidly at room temperature wont get a head start during the first few Patricia Anderson Raser hours of cooking Always defrost meat or poultry before putting it into a slow cooker Choose to make foods with a high moisture content such as chili soup stew or spaghetti sauce Cut food into chunks or small pieces to ensure thorough cooking Do not use the slow cooker for large pieces like roast or whole chicken because the food will cook slowly it could remain in the bacterial danger zone too long Fill cooker no less than half full no more than twothirds cook more slowly than meat and poultry in a slow cooker so if using them put vegetables in first at the bottom and around the sides of the cooker Then add meat and cover the food with liquid such as broth water or barbecue sauce Keep the lid in place removing only to stir the food t or check for doneness Most cookers have two or more settings Foods take different times to cook depending upon the setting used Certainly foods will cook faster on high than on low However for all day cooking or for lesstender cuts you may want to use the low setting If possible turn to the cooker on the highest setting for the first hour of Warm hearth soul with chicken soup SUE ENGLANDS EASY CHICKEN SOUP 4 chicken thighs skin removed Also works great with leftover chicken or turkey cut in chunks If you use this use a can of chicken broth as 1 can tomato soup 1 12ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables 3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce or to taste 1 cups macaroni shapes 2 stalks celery uncut leaves on 1 large onion coarsely chopped parsley and basil to taste salt and pepper to taste Put chicken in soup pot and cover with water Add frozen vegetables onion celery salt pepper basil and parsley Simmer until chicken begins to fall from bones Remove chicken from bones Cut into chunks and return to pot Remove celery and discard Add tomato soup Worchestershire sauce and macaroni shapes Add water as needed Boil until macaroni is cooked Serves four PRICES WILL NEVER BE AS LOW JANUARY LMkfwsaltln nmrrtay t Frtdayt piper I NTBRIOKS Photo submitted Beans chili soups and stews are great for cooking In a crockpot or slow cooker Make a few additions with cheese or chopped onions add some bread and you have the makings of a great meal cooking time then to low or the setting called for in your recipe However its safe to cook foods on low the entire time if youre leaving for work for example and preparation time is limited While food is cooking and once its done food will stay safe as long as the cooker is operating If you are not at home during the entire slowcooking process and the power goes out throw away the food even if it looks done If you are at home finish cooking the ingredients immediately by some other means on a gas stove on the outdoor grill or at a house where the power is on When you are at home and if the food was completely cooked before the power went out the food should remain safe up to two hours in the cooker with the power off Store leftovers in shallow covered containers and refrigerate within two hours after cooking is finished Reheating leftovers in a slow cooker is not recommended However cooked food can be brought to steaming on the stove top or in a microwave oven and then put into a preheated slow cooker to keep hot for serving Patricia Anderson Rasor is a Comal County Extension Service Try making these in your crockpot for easy suppertime delights COWBOY BEANS pound slab bacon cut into pieces 1 yellow onion 1 pound pinto beans soaked overnight 1 clove garlic minced 1 sprig fresh oregano 3 cups water or enough to cover beans 1 can or bottle of beer optional cup ketchup salt to taste In a heavy saucepan saute bacon until limp and translucent add onions and continue cooking until bacon is crisp and onion are lightly browned Add beans garlic and fresh herbs cover with water and beer and bring to a simmer cook for 45 minutes Add cup ketchup and salt to taste Cook for 30 minutes or until very hot and bubbly and beans are tender Serves 6 to 8 THREE BEAN HAM SOUP 1 Bryan Ham Bone great from a leftover meal 1 cup of ham scraps 2 cups white navy beans 2 cups black beans 2 cups red kidney beans 2 medium onions diced 6 stalks celery diced 3 carrots diced 1 medium potato diced 1 teaspoon crushed garlic small bunch of diced cilantro 2 gallons Sweet Sue chicken broth In a large soup pot heat oil Saute the onion celery carrots and garlic for three minutes Add the ham bone ham scraps and the rest of the ingredients Bring soup to simmer and let cook for two hours or until beans are tender Remove the ham bone when finished and discard IrWINT COOLING SYSTEM Drain Refill and Inspect Includes 1 Gallon of Antifreeze Expires Jan 15 1998 Metro Number 8306091000 Elizabeth Ardens True Love BBQ kitchens seeds removed From the Bryan Meats kitchens THE SILVER CEJTTER 510 E COURT SEGUIN DEC 31 NEW YEARS EVE DANCE Dinner 6 Dance Begins 8 Donation Music TUXO FREE BREAKFAST SERVED AT MIDNIGHT For Information Call 3036612 STARTS TODAY SHOP NEW YEARS EVE TIL 6PM NEW YEARS DAY TIL 5PM STOREWI PLUS 3 GREAT BONUS COUPONS Savings off original prices Interim markdowns may hqve been taken Savings refer to any permanently reduced item only Coupons valid Dec Jan 1 1998 only Redeemed only ot point of sale Not validon gift certificates payment on accounts mail or phone orders CHARGE ITI GET 10 OFF ALL DAY WHEN YOU OMN A NEW STORE ACCOUNT may applySubject to credit approval BEALLS Share Your Babys First Year 1997 Babies On Parade Sponsored by the HeraldZeitung and the Upstream Children Grandchildren Nieces Nephews Any special children that was born in 1997 can be in the special edition of Babies on Parade A panel of unbiased judges will pick the most attractive picture to be printed on the cover of the tabloid one boy and girl runnerup will appear in the centerfold Trophies will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner and each Runnerup Babies need not have been born in this area Bring your favorite childs photo to the HeraldZeitung office 707 Landa Monday through Friday between and or mail coupon below with photo and to the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Proof of childs name birth date and parents names will be required to enter the contest DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PHOTOS and information is January 16 1998 Please have name and phone number on back of photo You may pick up your babys picture anytime during office hours after Monday January 26 At this time you will receive one FREE copy of Babies on Parade Additional copies will be available for This years edition will appear in the HeraldZeitung on Sunday January 25 1998 and in the Upstream on January 28 1998 If you would like for your business club or organization to be included in Babies on Parade contact the Classified Advertising Department at 6259144 before January 16 1998 Please print phone number or address on back of picture not to be published so we may contact you if we need additional information Babys Name Date of Birth Place of Birth Weight at Birth Length at Birth Part ts Names GrandpaK its Names   

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