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Can you put vegetables on top of meat in crockpot instead of the bottom?

Asked by AshlynM (10607points) July 31st, 2011

Why do most meat crockpot recipes call for vegetables on the bottom?

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redfeather's avatar

We always put our veggies on top. Really doesn’t matter.

YARNLADY's avatar

It might be because the bottom gets hotter, and the meat would stick. I have done both ways without any problem.

dinoalien's avatar

I doesn’t actually matter.

Jeruba's avatar

I thought it was so the meat juices would trickle down through the vegetables and flavor them as well as cooking them.

Schroedes13's avatar

@Jeruba I would agree with you!

Hibernate's avatar

Thea meat is there to stop the vegetables not falling off. When you eat them you usually start from the top and keep the meat close to the hand which holds the stick.

ZAGWRITER's avatar

I <3 @Jeruba . She really does know all!

Raven_Rising's avatar

You certainly can, although I would agree with @Jeruba that placing the meat on top adds flavor to the veggies below. However if you’re cooking leafy greens in your crock, you might want to keep those on top of everything so they don’t get too soggy.

downtide's avatar

Solid root vegetables like carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, etc, would be better on the bottom because they’ll get cooked more thoroughly (the bottom is hotter). Vegetables that need less cooking, like mushrooms and leafy things, would be better on the top.

Having said that when I do crockpot cooking it all gets mixed up together, and doesn’t seem to do any of it any harm, so I don’t think it really matters that much.

christine215's avatar

I’d agree with @Jeruba and add that I’ve always put the veggies on the bottom so that they don’t get dried out.

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