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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Living In: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
prttimecook is asking: (2 answers)
OK...Here's a question for all you wonderful helpers here: I started a crock pot with beef stew meat (in 1/2" pieces) and veggies about 9am (2+ hours ago, it's bubbly now) on low. I plan on serving about 6-7pm. We just got word that we need to leave our house from 3:15 - 4:15 for a house showing(it's up for sale - we can't have it smelling like dinner!). So...can I stop the cooking now, throw it in the fridge, then in the oven at 4:15 to bake in time for dinner? Hmmmm. Any suggestions?

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Last updated: Nov. 15, 2012 6:18 pm
Posted: Nov. 15, 2012 10:29 am
Answered by: Linda (LMT)
Nov. 15, 2012 10:40 am
I would keep dinner on ... I also wouldn't leave. I think people understand last minute requests for showings especially around dinner time. Stay in the kitchen and light-heartedly ask them if they will be staying.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Nov. 15, 2012 10:42 am
I'm no real estate expert but every time I go to a Parade of Homes they bake cookies to make it smell Home-y. Beef stew smells like home. I think even if you put in fridge the smell will be lingering. I'd leave if on, unless agent told you otherwise. You certainly could take it off now and put in dutch oven to cook in oven later.
Nov. 15, 2012 10:48 am
@Linda: Love it! My thoughts exactly. I really want to sell, otherwise I wouldn't even budge! :) @Pamela: I was wondering about that. I've actually been the baker of those cookies to lease apartments in a past life...the thought crossed my mind that stew might be BETTER than cookies :)
Linda (LMT)
Nov. 15, 2012 10:52 am
When I was selling my last home it was funny how nothing was happening when I left so I decided to stay for the showings and show the people around myself talking up all the things I loved about the house ... guess what, I sold my home.
Linda (LMT)
Nov. 15, 2012 10:54 am
If you decide to leave the stew on and stay set the table real pretty and fancy and embrace the moment.
Answered by: Saveur
Nov. 15, 2012 10:40 am
Don't know what your weather is like there, but here it's clear and cold and sunny. I'd plug it into one of my outlets on the back patio! But the option you gave, baking in the oven, would be fine, too :) Good luck on that house.
Nov. 15, 2012 10:50 am
Thanks! It's that time of year that we need help selling. I want to make things "just right". I may hold off and bake in the oven. Didn't know if that would work by now.
Nov. 15, 2012 10:52 am
I am a Realtors wife and an ex - Realtor - yes - keep it on low; and leave. Good smells make it homey; and they don't want you in the way - they will feel the need to rush if you are hanging around; and you do not want that. Let them linger as long as they want.
Nov. 15, 2012 10:55 am
Good to know, CL! Just hope they are not vegan! ;0
Nov. 15, 2012 11:14 am
I would leave it plugged in,nothing smells better then a home cooked meal.Good luck on selling your house.
Nov. 15, 2012 12:24 pm
Leave it in the crockpot to finish cooking - you cannot partially cook meat and finish cooking it later, that's a good way to get a food-borne illness!
Indiana Peggy
Nov. 15, 2012 1:03 pm
Could you take it to the neighbor's house to cook while you're gone? I wouldn't mind if you were my neighbor!
Nov. 15, 2012 6:18 pm
Sounds Like "Bo Time"
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