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Nov 25, 2011 12:10 PM

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

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?

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

    1. 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

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

      2. Make rice! 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

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

        2. 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

            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.