A Wicked Whisk
Delicious and Easy 30 Minute Meals
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February 24, 2019 at 12:49 pm
Thank you for the Chipotle Carnitas recipe, it is excellent! I tried it and rated it 5 stars. You’re right, those juniper berries really make the difference (I have tried other, more traditional, recipes before and while they were good, they didn’t taste like the Chipotle restaurant version.)
I just have one suggestion for a correction to the instructions (sending it on this form because I could not find a “comments” section on the recipe page.) Your first cooking step, you say to “braise” the pork on all sides. Actually, what you are doing in that step is “searing” the meat, not braising. True, braising recipes do include searing as the first step, but the actual “braising” part is when you take the seared meat, add a small amount of liquid (the meat should not be submerged or else it is stewing rather than braising), cover the pan, and cook on low heat (stovetop or oven) for a long time. So you want to tell your readers to “sear” the meat before adding it to the crock-pot.
Incidentally, by searing it on the stovetop and then cooking it in the slow-cooker with some liquid, your end result IS braised meat. Personally, I prefer to do it all in one pan; my enameled cast iron braising pot. If I already used the braising pot for the searing step, why dirty *another* pot, when I can simply add the liquid to my braiser, put on the lid, and pop it into a slow oven to cook for hours? The only time I would switch it to a crock-pot is if I am going to be away from home all day and I don’t want to leave an unattended oven on/ the meat would overcook in the time I was away, OR if I needed the oven to cook something else at a different temperature while the meat is cooking – then the slow-cooker makes sense!
P.S. I got an amazing enameled cast iron braiser at Aldi for under thirty bucks. They also had a Dutch oven, which is virtually the same thing – many people use a Dutch oven for braising.
I hope this was useful for you! Thanks again for the yummy recipe!
February 27, 2019 at 2:53 pm
Thank you so much.. I am glad you liked it 🙂 yes, you are 100% correct!!! … can’t believe I never realized I said braise instead of sear!!! Thanks for pointing that out so I know to fix that!
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