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Mistake with Ground Beef

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sylvan Dec 12, 2012 09:07 PM

I think I made a thoughtless mistake. I thought I'd try using the slow cooker to make chili. Without thinking, I put RAW ground beef in and then all the other ingredients all at one time.
I know the meat would have tasted better having been browned.
My concern is: will the ground beef be heated/cooked enough
to be SAFE to eat?
I'll use my thermometer to check the temp tomorrow.
Thanks

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  1. ipsedixit RE: sylvan Dec 12, 2012 09:12 PM

    Yes. Safe.

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      sylvan RE: ipsedixit Dec 12, 2012 09:14 PM

      cool, thanks, ipsedixit

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      Linda VH RE: sylvan Dec 13, 2012 04:13 AM

      Yes safe but there will be more grease unless you were going to brown it AND use the grease.

      1. jmcarthur8 RE: sylvan Dec 13, 2012 01:51 PM

        It will be fine, just like any other raw meat that goes in the crockpot.
        You're right, browning would have given it a better flavor, but as far as cooking thoroughly, the ground beef most likely cooked through long before a pot roast would have.

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          sylvan RE: jmcarthur8 Dec 13, 2012 02:25 PM

          thanks so much for all responses!!!

        2. John E. RE: sylvan Dec 13, 2012 08:50 PM

          I'd chill it and try to scrape off some of the fat. Of course if the point was to eat it the same day, I guess that wouldn't work. By the way, I'm surprised by the number of times I've seen people put raw hamburger into a kettle of water when making chili on the Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show.

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            tracylee RE: John E. Dec 13, 2012 08:55 PM

            OT, but I'm always amazed at the margarine I see used all the time on DDD.

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              John E. RE: tracylee Dec 13, 2012 09:12 PM

              I've noticed that too, mostly it seems they use it on the flat top griddle. It's cheaper than butter (or olive oil).

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                ipsedixit RE: tracylee Dec 13, 2012 09:12 PM

                I'm amazed by a lot of things on DDD.

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                cantkick RE: John E. Dec 15, 2012 03:48 PM

                Chilis and stews often taste better the next day, so it may work out for you.

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                  ipsedixit RE: John E. Dec 15, 2012 07:10 PM

                  By the way, I'm surprised by the number of times I've seen people put raw hamburger into a kettle of water when making chili on the Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show
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                  Not if they are making Cincinnati Chili.

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                    John E. RE: ipsedixit Dec 15, 2012 09:21 PM

                    I consider Cincinnati chili to be more of a spaghetti sauce than I do chili.

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