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How to use liquid left from carnitas made in crock-pot?

springleaf Nov 25, 2011 12:10 PM

This is the first time I've made slow-cooker carnitas, and there is a lot of great liquid at the bottom. How can I use it? I guess in soup, or would it be too fatty? Anything else?

  1. Das Ubergeek Nov 25, 2011 09:14 PM

    I guess it depends how you made it. Carnitas are traditionally slow-fried in lard in a huge metal tub... I'm assuming you don't have a slow cooker full of lard. What's the liquid made of?

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      LaureltQ Nov 25, 2011 09:25 PM

      Generally slow cooker carnitas is the pork and spices in the slow cooker. The pork generally hemorrhages liquid and the covered crock pot doesn't let it evaporate off.

      I usually pull the pork apart and leave the fatty parts that hubby won't eat in the liquid and feed it to the dogs later that night.

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      esquimeaux Nov 25, 2011 05:19 PM

      Make rice! http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/200... I use the carnitas liquid in place of the chicken broth and butter. The bits of leftover carnitas increase this recipe'sdeliciousness tenfold.

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      1. re: esquimeaux
        letsindulge Nov 25, 2011 06:56 PM

        Good idea to make Spanish rice since it's a usual accompaniment anyway.

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        gordeaux Nov 25, 2011 12:51 PM

        1st thought would be for the liquid component in tamale masa.

        What is this term "too fatty?"...never heard of it.

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        1. re: gordeaux
          springleaf Nov 25, 2011 02:33 PM

          lol, "too fatty" for my guests! For just me, it's a whole other story.

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          acgold7 Nov 25, 2011 12:13 PM

          Defat it and reduce it to a glaze, and put back on the carnitas as a sauce.

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