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A question about a recipe: Diana Kennedy's Carnitas

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I have a question about the recipe "Diana Kennedy's Carnitas" from Genius Recipes. Is it possible to make DK's carnitas in a crock pot? If so, how would I go about that? I have no heatproof dish/dutch oven, only a large metal pot. I would still plan to crisp the meat at the end in the rendered fat. Thank you SO much in advance :-)

asked by Y.A. almost 2 years ago
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added almost 2 years ago

Or, could I use a large metal pot, or would that completely mess it up?

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Susan W

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added almost 2 years ago

I think using the pot is a better idea, but how huge is it? I'm not even sure what she means by "flameproof dish" unless she's speaking of the wonderful clay pots in Mexico. I use a Dutch oven. You should be fine. You'll just have to watch that the water doesn't evaporate too fast if the size of your post dwarfs your pork width wise. Does that make sense? You could use your slow cooker and do the Browning and crimping on the stove or on a sheet pan in the oven. Slow cookers create liquid, so you won't need to use a lot.

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added almost 2 years ago

The website thekitchn.com has recipe for carnitas in the slow cooker. You might want to take a look at it. I find the website to be a very reliable source.

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Susan W

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added almost 2 years ago

I agree. Their advice is always spot on.

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AntoniaJames

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added almost 2 years ago

I've made carnitas in a slow cooker before and it works great. It's important however to use a smallish slow cooker. Put it on high for about an hour, then turn it down to low; after a few hours, crack the lid occasionally just long enough to let out some steam without reducing the heat too much, and cook away. Incidentally, I like making bacon "carnitas" in a small crockpot. It produces partly chewy, partly crunchy, super-flavorful bits. ;o)

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Susan W

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added almost 2 years ago

Wait a minute. Bacon carnitas? Splain yourself Lucy. My mouth is watering.

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Niknud

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added almost 2 years ago

Yah, what's a bacon carnitas? And how in the name of all that is holy can I make one?

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 2 years ago

I certainly hope AJ sees us pleading for info. Lol

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