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I love my slow cooker the meat is always tender. My problem is that I find that the meat, chicken or beef is always dry. Why? Is there anything that I can do about this?

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Last updated: Oct. 3, 2012 7:37 am
Posted: Oct. 3, 2012 5:49 am
Answered by: Patty Cakes
Oct. 3, 2012 5:58 am
Frustration for Sure love2eat! Is your temp too high? If the meat boils, it could dry it out. I am sure there is enough liquid. How about the fat content of the meat.try chuck roast.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:09 am
Your heat may be too hight. I have a new crock pot and a very old one. The newer one is bigger and I have to use it sometimes...It has a warm setting, and I use that for low, the warm is high and I never use the high. Meats need a little fat also (this is why cheaper cuts work well in the crock pot), and veggies under and over the meat. I think many recipes have way too long of cook time, try reducing your cooking time.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:11 am
I think you may be over cooking. Meats/poultry can dry out even if cooked in liquid. Back off on your time and see if that helps.
Baking Nana
Oct. 3, 2012 6:15 am
I agree with belle. I think it is over cooked. All the juice from the meat goes into the liquid. Also, if you use too large of a crock pot it tends to dry out -the meat/food/ liquid, should fill 2/3 or so of the crock pot.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:15 am
I meant to say the low setting is actually high. Also don't open the lid, lets moisture out.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:28 am
Thank you for all your responses. I cut back on my cooking time to 5 hours on low and had my beef on top of some veggies. My chicken was completely submerged in liquid. I always cook on low. My cooker has 3 settings, low, high and warm. Am I wrong in thinking that the first setting should be low?
Answered by: Linda (LMT)
Oct. 3, 2012 6:10 am
I find I like meat/chicken in the slowcooker when it is completely covered with liquid. My pot is oval and thus spreads out the liquid and then it doesn't cover it as well as a round one would so I add more.
Answered by: ConkyJoe
Oct. 3, 2012 6:13 am
This Allrecipes article doesn’t really answer your question but the subsequent discussion by members may help *** ***. There is no single answer but most likely it involves cooking to long, especially if your cooker operates at a higher temp. If you have a cooking thermometer, test the temp of the meat until you get a better feel for how long it takes to properly cook. Raising the meat from touching the bottom of slow cooker may also help . . . some people use potatoes. Keep at it, and you'll get it right.
Cat Hill
Oct. 3, 2012 7:23 am
This is why I use my pressure cooker because I have had exactly the same problem-dry meat. Glad you asked the question, love2eat!
Oct. 3, 2012 7:37 am
Hi Cat Hill. I assume that the pressure cooker solved that problem. Hmmmm, pressure cooker, sounds scarey.
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