Monday, December 29, 2008

How supper cost me my morning commute

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A Watched Crock-Pot Never Boils

Bean soup isn't exactly a spur-of-the-moment supper. No, it requires a little bit of planning. It starts with soaking the beans in water. For. eight. hours. No problem. I started soaking them before I left for church yesterday morning. In fact, due to some more medical emergency adventures last night, they soaked for ten hours. That doesn't really hurt anything. Around 7:00, I was finally able to start preparing things. Normally, we eat kind of late. 9:30 or 10:00 isn't unheard-of. I knew this would be a later night than that, though.

Sorry for the camera-phone photo:

At any rate, come 10:45 or so, the crock pot still hasn't even started to boil. The beans are still crunchy, and I'm not amused. Enough of the slow-cooker BS. I dumped it into a huge stock pot and set it on the stove. It was boiling in 2 minutes flat. It still took close to 45 minutes to cook all the way, though. And that's why I didn't get to bed until after midnight.

By proxy, that's also why I rode to the bus. I tried. I tried to take The Goat and make it go north. In fact, I even got about a mile north of where I live. I just didn't have it in me. I turned it around and took it to the bus stop.

I seriously need to go to bed at 9:30 or 10:00 tonight.

On an interesting side note, I found a nice Master combination lock in the gutter while I was riding home from the pizza shop yesterday. Too bad I didn't know the combination for it. It's a nice lock. Not awesome, but decent.

While I was waiting and waiting in vain for the crock pot to boil, I went about cracking the combination. You can read about that here.


Apertome said...

Hmm, I don't think Crock Pots are supposed to boil. Aren't they supposed to remain below the boiling point of water?

Regardless, that's a long time to make a meal! Sarah makes roast in our crock pot sometimes and it's always fantastic -- although it drives me crazy, smelling it all day, if I'm working from home.

Noah said...

On high, our crock pot can usually bring soups and chilis to a gentle boil. Not yesterday, though!

Miguel said...

For quick cooking of beans nothing beats a pressure cooker. We use it when time is pressing. If not, we cook beans over a medium flame in an iron pot. I prefer the slow cooked myself but pressure cooker beans are fine and tasty, too.

I never use a crock pot, but why not leave the beans cooking all day from when you leave the house till you come back?

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