Part of it is my own fault. I am certainly not the next Martha Stewart. I am somewhat creative, but I lack some serious skills. Important things like cutting straight and how to improvise when all is not going according to directions.
For example, a friend of mine posted this link to a delicious looking chicken and rice soup recipe on her Facebook page.
Easy Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||8 hours|
|Total time||8 hours, 10 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
Seriously, doesn't that look like the perfect thing for a chilly fall day? I LOVE soup. I especially love healthy soups.
So last week I made this with some adjustments.
I don't do bay leaves, they gross me out. Yes, I know that's weird. I've made my peace with it.
I subbed a veggie mix (carrots, peas, green beans, and corn) for the 10 oz of corn. I also tossed in 1 cup of long grain brown rice (the kind that should be boiled on a stovetop for 45 minutes. Oops) and used onion powder instead of actual onions. I was also out of celery so I omitted that altogether.
It looked great until the rice didn't cook. And didn't cook. And didn't cook.
Total cook time ended up being off and on a couple days. I had to turn my crockpot up to "melt steel" to get the rice to finish cooking and at that point the chicken and veggies were pretty much mush.
It had a great flavor, though.
So I tried again this week, adding less rice to the chicken broth and celery first and letting it cook for 3-4 hours first. Then I added the chicken and spices for another couple hours and then I added the veggies. I also omitted the flour and milk because I'm not a huge fan of any cream of _____ soups. Theoretically, this still should have worked beautifully.
In reality, the crock pot was on for over 24 hours before the rice was done and the rice still soaked up almost all the liquid.
This pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter:
Again, the flavor was incredible. The veggies and chicken weren't cooked to mush, but it was closer than I would have liked.
So, F I N E. I will cook the rice separately, even though to me that takes away the charm and ease of using the crock pot to make it in the first place.
And yes, I know it's operator error.