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    icklejulez
    What would you do with Beef Brisket in a slow cooker?
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    • 9th Oct 06, 9:46 AM
    What would you do with Beef Brisket in a slow cooker? 9th Oct 06 at 9:46 AM
    I have bought a 1.85kg Beef Brisket (biggest I can find) with the intention of cooking it with a little stock, onions and carrots in a slow cooker. So the meat is nice and tender. Problem is I am fairly new to slow cookers and need some advice, is what Im doing OK and will it taste nice.

    My OH has a tendancy to buy those frozen 89p beef in yorkies puds so I was going to make my own and freeze them alongside my own yorkie puds. Surely healthier and he can have a normal size portion instead of kiddy size.

    This is also tommorrows tea and I'll be making it in the morning. I trust all your advice.

    Thanks
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    • pawpurrs
    • By pawpurrs 9th Oct 06, 9:50 AM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 9:50 AM
    Morning jules, think that will be ok, although not tried a whole bit of beef in mine yet, am doing some stewing steak at the moment.

    Hows the house move going?
    • chiefpossession
    • By chiefpossession 9th Oct 06, 5:18 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 5:18 PM
    We had the same yesterday - but I added a good 3 dessertspoons of cornflour as well and it made the best gravy ever. I know it is probably too late now as you posted this morning, but it tasted too good for me not to share!
    • craftingqueen
    • By craftingqueen 9th Oct 06, 5:24 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 5:24 PM
    We just had a whole beef brisket in our slow cooker it was fanastic.
    • chiefpossession
    • By chiefpossession 9th Oct 06, 5:25 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 5:25 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 5:25 PM
    actually - it may have been the bottle of ale I added as well!!
  • icklejulez
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    • 9th Oct 06, 6:09 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 6:09 PM
    Thanks Im cooking it tommorrow so sounds good! Anyone know minimum amount of time to cook it, preferably on slow as were out most of the day. It is a very large piece of meat!!!! 1.85KG!!!

    Pawpurrs we found a lovely house, even prepared to offer asking if neccisary. Got a second viewing and then MIL who has given £50k us(or was about too) decided she wanted a copy of our bank statements, list of debts and so on and so on. So basically she doesnt trust us!!! I told her I dont want her money so currently looking at renting or buying 50/50 with my mum lending me the cash! Nightmare!
    • pawpurrs
    • By pawpurrs 9th Oct 06, 6:12 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 6:12 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 6:12 PM
    Poor you Jules, if she was giving you the money why does she need to see your bank statements, or where you paying her back like a mortgage.
    Was that the house with the steps up to it? Still going ok with your sale though?
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    • 9th Oct 06, 7:21 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 7:21 PM
    YEs that was the house with the steps. She's just a nosey cow with finances. It was meant to be our money for now and they'd take a share when she retires! Our sale going slowly but suits us at mo!

    Do you know how much stock I should put with my beef?
    • pawpurrs
    • By pawpurrs 9th Oct 06, 7:38 PM
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    • 9th Oct 06, 7:38 PM
    A couple of cupfulls should do it.
  • HappyIdiotTalk
    Slow Cooker Brisket Of Beef (with pictures)
    So following on from yesterdays request for which type of beef I could cook for using in Sandwiches. And going with the suggestion of buying a cheap joint and cooking it in the slow cooker. I have today bought myself this brisket joint:



    Which cost me only 4.60 from my local butcher. An absolute bargain! It is absolutely huge, and this was his smallest one.

    To start off I browned the meat in a pan. Not sure if this was nescessary, but it was recommended for chicken in another thread so I thought I'd do the same with my beef.



    I then chopped up all the veggies I could find. Which consisted of 2 or 3 sticks of celery, a leek and a couple of onions and three cloves of garlic. Couldn't find any parsnips or carrots And put them in the SC, followed by the beef.

    Next was a bit of red wine (action shot), and yes I dont have very big hands:



    I lied about my hands (although they are rather large), the small bottle of wine is from Lidl which I bought with just this purpose in mine. I used about this much of it:



    Next came some water, I did take a picture of that, but its not interesting enough to post.

    And then I added about a dozen pepper corns, 4 cloves, a bay leaf and seasoned the beef with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper (I forgot that I had added pepper corns by this stage - good job I like pepper).

    It is now sitting in the kitchen cooking away on Low (since about 14.40ish). How long do you think it'll need, and should I turn it up to High? Not sure what I'm going to do with it all yet as I wont be able to use it all in sarnies, so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I'll probably try some tonight for tea though.

    Heres how I left it:

    SIMPLE SIMON - Met a pie man going to the fair. Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "What have you got there?" Said the pie man unto Simon, "Pies, you simpleton!"
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 13th Apr 07, 2:24 PM
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    LandyAndy
    Looks good but IMO you've started it about five hours too late. Reckon on say 9 hours on low. Turn it up to high and you could be eating at about 8.30.
    That should give me plenty of time to get there from Hampshire!!!

    Alternatively it will be great for tomorrow.

    Or, covered, in a low oven (150) for three hours
  • HappyIdiotTalk
    Oops! Damn! Oh well. I'll just have to leave it overnight then and have it tomorrow. I am absolutely starving, so there is no way I can wait until 8.30 to eat it. Looks like I'll be having some tuna and tomato pasta with the wife then.
    SIMPLE SIMON - Met a pie man going to the fair. Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "What have you got there?" Said the pie man unto Simon, "Pies, you simpleton!"
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 13th Apr 07, 3:40 PM
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    LandyAndy
    Perhaps you could post a piccie of the end product?
  • 1sttimer
    Well done HappyIdiotTalk - it looks lovely - living with a veggie I've never slowcooked a joint - you must let us know how it turns out. I think brisket is a lovely tasting joint when done slowly in oven, I may be tempted to do it your way - just for me

    We must all be doing cooking today - i've just made a mistake in making pastry and ended up with LOADS of goodies to eat
    "It is always the best policy to speak the truth-unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar." - Jerome K Jerome
  • HappyIdiotTalk
    I live with a veggie too, so most of the joint will be eaten by me. DD1 will have a little bit of it too, but she doesn't eat much at the best of times. I've never ever cooked a joint before (even in the oven) so this is a first for me too. I cant wait to see how it turns out (and I will post a piccie LandyAndy). I might even try a bit tomorrow morning when I turn it off.
    SIMPLE SIMON - Met a pie man going to the fair. Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "What have you got there?" Said the pie man unto Simon, "Pies, you simpleton!"
  • scheming_gypsy
    . Looks like I'll be having some tuna and tomato pasta
    Originally posted by HappyIdiotTalk

    you just hit my worst meal nightmare!! if there's 2 things i can't et it's tuna and tomatoes.
  • HappyIdiotTalk
    I never used to like tomatoes either, but as a kid someone made me eat one with a bit of salt on and it completely changed my mind. Now I could do without them, I love tomato based foods.

    Tonights tomato and tuna was very nice by the way. I made the sauce on Monday so we just heated it back up and added the tuna. The sauce seemed to have matured quite nicely over the week.
    SIMPLE SIMON - Met a pie man going to the fair. Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "What have you got there?" Said the pie man unto Simon, "Pies, you simpleton!"
    • Noctu
    • By Noctu 13th Apr 07, 8:31 PM
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    Noctu
    What a great idea. Why don't we complement the existing recipe indexes with pictures of them actually being made?

    I have a GORGEOUS brisket recipe just waiting to be cooked - I'd be more than happy to take pics when I cook it again!
    • celyn90
    • By celyn90 13th Apr 07, 11:23 PM
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    OP, this thread is a lovely idea! I'm new to the whole slow cooker thing and some pictorial advice for someone like me who never reads instructions properly (think typical guy trying to put a flat-pack wardrobe together mentality) is wonderful and very much appreciated!

    you just hit my worst meal nightmare!! if there's 2 things i can't et it's tuna and tomatoes.
    Originally posted by scheming_gypsy
    My worst nightmare too!! (well, if you don't count the one about being chased by giant furry spiders... )
  • scheming_gypsy
    funny you say that... i had an email conversation with my ex a few weeks ago where she was threatening me with tomatoes and i was threatening her her with having to each mashed potato to save the world from giant spiders..



    (we were at work!! better to have random email chats than do some work)
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