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Zatarain's rice mix in a Crock Pot

mike.foodguy Jan 7, 2013 11:36 AM

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?

  1. junescook Jan 7, 2013 11:43 AM

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

    1. boogiebaby Jan 7, 2013 01:28 PM

      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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        wyogal Jan 7, 2013 02:47 PM

        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
          pinehurst Jan 7, 2013 02:50 PM

          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
          Bacardi1 Jan 7, 2013 03:03 PM

          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
            C. Hamster Jan 7, 2013 04:11 PM

            I agree that a crockpot would ruin it.

            1. re: Bacardi1
              boogiebaby Jan 7, 2013 05:08 PM

              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.

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            rasputina Jan 7, 2013 05:12 PM

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

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