The best part of making a stew is how easy it all is! There are no real rules to the vegetables you choose and it’s a “start it and leave it” recipe. A slow cooker works best and really does the work for you. We are lucky enough to keep stew meat and offer this to you or we also offer chuck roast that can be cut into inch squares. From there its best to prep your vegetables. Our latest stew included potatoes, carrots, squash, and an onion. The only thing left was seasoning.
For a stew, the seasoning can vary. You can purchase pre-made spice kits or throw together your favorites to taste. Typically, you’ll want to grab salt, pepper, paprika, bay leaves, garlic, and a splash of Worcestershire. Note that if you do make your own seasoning, you’ll want to add about 1½ cups of water to keep the moisture during cooking.
First, start with a slight browning of your meat. All it takes is a little oil and a quick sear of cubed meat. If you have fresh garlic in your seasoning, give this a quick cook as well just after the meat. This will allow the flavors to release. Next throw all the vegetables and seasoning on top. After a small stir, set your slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. When you come back the house will smell delicious and dinner will be ready!