We didn’t bother moving any of our 3 crock-pots over here (yes, 3, sm/med/jumbo), because we knew the power conversion from the US to Europe wouldn’t work. To my surprise, slow cookers don’t exist in Finland. Completely unable to find one. What’s a girl to do?
I started looking into ways to cook slow cooker recipes in the oven. I figured it had to be the same concept, right? I figured it would be about the same amount of time, but I had no idea what temperature I should set the oven at.
Internet to the rescue!
I looked around at several sites, but found varying advice.
- 2 1/2 hours on high in the crockpot = 30 min at 300 in the oven
- 300 in the oven for 2 hours less than the crockpot time
- 250 in the oven for the same amount of time as in the crockpot
- 3 hours on high in the crockpot = 1.5 hours at 325 in the oven
- 7 hours on low in the crockpot = 2-3 hours of simmering on the stovetop
I also found varying suggestions to keep the liquid amount the same, to reduce the liquid amount by half, by 1 cup, by a can…
In addition, to slow cook in the oven or on the stovetop, a Dutch oven is highly recommended. Yet another thing I don’t have.
So I experimented. I did a pork roast for carnitas in the oven, in a stainless steel pot. It turned out…okay. I think I had it in at 300 for approximately 4-6 hours. Next I tried a beef stew on the stovetop (same pot). I kept the heat on low for about 3 hours. The meat never really got tender.
In other words – not much success here. I though about buying a slow cooker from amazon.uk (which offers free shipping to Finland – Bonus!) but at this point, it just doesn’t seem worth it, to buy a new slow cooker I’ll only use for another year.
What I really want is a Dutch oven. Scratch that. What I really want is this:
You would think that living in Finland, I’d be able to find this fairly easily. Not so much. And it ain’t cheap! So I’ll just keep filing away crockpot recipes for future use, and look forward to getting my crockpot out of storage when we move back to the States (and buying a Dutch oven).
I’m intentionally challenging myself in the kitchen, working with new ingredients, attempting more challenging dishes, and doing it all while grocery shopping in a foreign language. Read more about my Personal Kitchen Challenge here.