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Zatarain's rice mix in a Crock Pot

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I want a simple, throw-together-in-the-morning Jambalaya that will be ready at the end of the day. Any reason I can't dump a box of Zatarain's, water, butter/oil, and meat in the Crock Pot?

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  1. Give it a try and let us know just what you did and how it turned out.

    1. The Zatarains rice/jambalaya mixes only take 20 minutes to cook. If you cook it for 8 hours, you'll have mush.

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      1. re: boogiebaby

        That was my thought, too. Maybe the OP could put the other stuff in, then make the rice in a rice cooker after work, pretty easy, don't have to watch it so one can start it in the rice cooker, then relax a bit, change clothes, whatever. Then combine when serving.

        1. re: wyogal

          Agreed about the rice and (if using it) shrimp too would be way overdone. You could precook the rice if truly pressed for time.

        2. re: boogiebaby

          Ditto. Zatarain's will be a disintegrated mush after spending time in a crockpot. It's MEANT to be a "quick" meal solution when cooked traditionally on a stovetop. You're better off "throwing together" your Jambalaya at the end of the day. (Oh, & Zatarain's Jambalaya mix is quite tasty - we enjoy it frequently, especially when tweaked with fresh Jalapenos & okra from the garden.)

          1. re: Bacardi1

            I agree that a crockpot would ruin it.

            1. re: Bacardi1

              I always have a box on hand too. I add chicken and/or, sausage and ham if I have it (no shellfish as DH is allergic). I also add some Crystal hot sauce, then cook it up. It's good with a salad for a quick weekday meal.

          2. I don't see the point, it takes 20 minutes to cook.

            1. Comments are dumb.. Obviously it can be done in 20 but that wasn't the question. Yes, on low with other ingredients for 3-6hrs. I add broth,chicken, sausages, onion, pepper.. it's not "mush" but any longer than 6hrs and may be pushing it. Also I use semi defrosted chicken so that may slow cooking time down a bit for rice?