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Common Sense vs Laziness - Laziness won this round. 
Jan. 27, 2012 7:34 am 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 4:47 pm
Yesterday I was determined to make a second slow cooker recipe for our All Stars challenge.  Since it is just DH and I at home and we really don't eat dinner anymore, I'm doubly challenged to make something in the slow cooker that will not be heavily calorie laden or feed an army.  After searching all the slow cooker recipes here on AR I found this one:<   Great!  I have a huge family pack of chicken drumsticks in the freezer that DH bought on a whim and had been wondering what to do with it.  I am not a dark meat chicken fan unless it is hidden in a casserole and DH certainly wasn't going to eat all of those on his own.  And chicken broth is something I use all the time!  So I pulled the package out of the freezer to defrost and went about my business for the morning.

Midafternoon came and I had several issues occur to me about this.  First I was wondering if it was really a good idea to just plunk the mostly thawed chicken legs into the slow cooker and basically boil them into broth.  I've never liked the idea of boiling chicken for any recipe, there was always that white scum to deal with.  Plus I was debating whether to leave the skin on them.  I posted a question on the Buzz and got mixed reviews.  Common sense was telling me that I really should roast these legs before hand so I went in search of a roasted chicken leg recipe on AR.  I found this:<   Another great!  I have a bunch of garlic bulbs laying around here wanting to be used before going completely bad.  So I proceeded to follow the roasting recipe sans the potatoes.  The smell was heavenly with the butter and the garlic and the chicken roasting away.  I ended up putting three full garlic bulbs in the pan with the 3+ pounds of chicken legs and they roasted for about an hour.  Did you know that if you take a full garlic bulb, smash it with your hand so it separates, and then put all that into a bowl, cover and shake the dickens out of it, the cloves will be clean and good to go afterward?  Take my word for it, it works!

Once the chicken had cooled enough to handle I pulled the majority of the meat off the legs, put the meat in freezer bags and into the freezer with it.  I put the bones and skin back in the pan with all the drippings and the roasted garlic, quartered a whole onion skin and all, threw that in along with a couple handfuls of baby carrots and back into the oven it went.  Here's where common sense and laziness started fighting in my head.  I knew that garlic gets bitter when burned but did I really want to go fishing around in that mess and pull out that lovely roasted garlic cloves?  The answer turned out to be no.  Laziness was whispering in my ear that it would be okay.  After all, the garlic was already roasted.  How could it be bad?  So I popped the pan back into the oven to roast those bones for the broth.

About 45 minutes later I could smell the roasted onion and I proceeded with the slow cooker recipe.  I dumped the entire contents of the roasting pan into the slow cooker along with the recommended water and basil.  Some bits had stuck to the bottom of the roasting pan so I put some hot water in that and scraped what was left up to be deposited into the slow cooker.  Put on the top, set it on low and went to bed!  Once again common sense was trying to win the battle but fatigue and laziness won out.

This morning I immediately smelled an odor when I woke up which I wouldn't identify as repulsive but not delicious either.  When I checked the slow cooker, the broth was the color of beef broth and there obviously had been some boiling and burning overnight (DH had awakened earlier than me and turned it down).  DH mentioned that he thought it smelled burnt.  Great...

Again I push on thinking maybe it isn't so bad.  I let it cool down and proceed to strain it through cheesecloth.  Once I got a good bit of it strained I tasted a small amount.  I can't say I've ever really tried chicken broth on its own before except when I was sick and who recalls that being a delicious memory?  However time went on and the bitter taste lingered in my mouth.  Failure!

So what have I learned/gained from this experience? 1) I have a recipe for roasting chicken parts that I've tried and if I ever want to try that again I will go back to it.  2) I know now for sure that black garlic is not a taste treat.  3) I have quite a bit of cooked chicken in the freezer that I can use for a quick meal sometime.  4) The wildlife will have some dark broth to dine on along with the bones and roasted veggies.  5) There is an easy way to prep lots of garlic cloves.  and most importantly 6) Don't let laziness talk you into something you know will not work.   Lesson learned.

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, myself, and I, Maridele.

Chicken broth masquerading as beef broth.
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Jan. 27, 2012 7:45 am
Too bad that happened. Glad to know the How to Peel a Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds worked for you, too. I love that trick.
Jan. 27, 2012 7:45 am
Hi again Meridele, Sorry for your kitchen "tragedy." I know what it's like to not listen to yourself when cooking. Why do we do that? I agree, when tired we are prone to this. Oh well. A trick I use with garlic is to spear the cloves with toothpicks. In this case you could put several on a toothpick. I suppose a bamboo skewer would work if it's not too thick. This makes it easier to find and pluck the garlic out. I learned this trick years ago from my mother.
Jan. 27, 2012 7:46 am
Marie C I have spent too much time peeling garlic to not be excited about that trick!
Jan. 27, 2012 7:47 am
Allie thanks for that tip. I'll remember if I ever got down this road again.
Jan. 27, 2012 8:00 am
I think every cook can say they have BTDT. I'm not a fan of slow cookers as they never seem to work for me so my hat is off to you for trying the slow cooker challenge. I like Allie's skewered garlic tip. I'll have to remember that!
Jan. 27, 2012 8:10 am
I've always been a fan of slow cookers Cat Hill and if you look at my actual cookbook collection you'd think I was obsessed. However I have to say you really cannot leave them alone forever. This disaster was not the slow cooker's fault however. It was doomed from the beginning!
Jan. 27, 2012 8:39 am
I was just composing my own Oopsy blog, lazy vs common sense would be a great tip to add. I have noticed when I roast chicken first, then toss in the crock pot to make broth it takes very little time. I have cooked raw chicken in the crock to make broth, over night seemed like the right amount of time. We all make mistakes, fun of the kitchen but too bad it costs us money:) BTW, I was meaning to post on your other blog, I secretly love your name....Maridele....I am glad I read and pronounced it properly:D
Jan. 27, 2012 9:27 am
Thanks RG and I'm anxious to read your blog too!
Jan. 27, 2012 2:53 pm
Well, but you tried. Mine crockpot sits alone and unused. Last time it came out was to keep my cider recipe warmed during the first Midwest roundup. Poor thing it is probably very lonely in the back corner :)
Jan. 27, 2012 2:53 pm
That should be my where is the spellcheck button?
Jan. 27, 2012 5:47 pm
Oh, how many times have I done something wrong.....too many to count! lol! We do learn from mistakes. Glad you had a cheese cloth to save some of it. I keep telling our 18yr old son he needs to learn to cook and you know what he says? "I don't know how" I keep telling him you have to try in order to learn. My hubby grew up where is mom spoiled him. When he was on his own the only thing he learned to cook was eggs. Now that he married me he will say "I don't know how to cook". Like father like son!
Jan. 27, 2012 6:05 pm
luv2cook I'm just glad to get the roasted chicken out of it!
Jan. 27, 2012 6:06 pm
Jan. 28, 2012 6:12 am
Poor Maridele! That sounds like a LOT of work for a slow cooker! I had a hard time with this assignment finding something I thought would be good, and something I would be able to adjust if it seemed "off"! I've had so many disappointments with the slow cooker. I find I prefer the oven for "low and slow". Don't like most boiled meat, either!
Jan. 28, 2012 7:32 am
Maridele! I would cry if this happened to me. So much work and then your broth didn't turn out. However, I loved your blog. Okay ladies-do you have a chicken broth recipe that is in your recipe box? I am a bit lazy, and I would just like to click and save.
Jan. 28, 2012 8:34 am
I'm with you Bibi. I now cringe now when I think of slow cooker recipes because I've had so many failures/disappointments. My hubby finally said "...please, no more slow cooker meals." Now that the slow cooker recipes are completed for January, mine is going into storage (perhaps FOREVER). And Maridele, I feel your pain.
Jan. 28, 2012 2:17 pm
Kudos to you for trying! I get very dark stock whenever I roast the bones, so I usually skip that step. I am in awe that so many of you took on and had good results with slow cookers.
Jan. 29, 2012 6:40 am
Bibi and Lutzflcat - I think that manufacturers have killed the beauty of slow cookers by making them run so hot. I am looking for a good dutch oven to start trying things in a low and slow oven. Problem with those is most of them are hand wash only and there my laziness wins big time. Anything I can't plop in the dishwasher isn't welcome in my kitchen!
Jan. 29, 2012 6:42 am
BSM I had anticipated dark stock and wanted to roast for that reason but I'm afraid the black garlic made it darker and bitter. I'll try again.
Jan. 29, 2012 8:10 pm
Thanks for the garlic tip! Also, thanks for the tip to listen to yourself! Enjoy your roasted chicken parts. At least something good came our of your kitchen adventure.
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