Beef Casserole Cooking Time

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knowabit | 08:38 Tue 11th Nov 2014 | Food & Drink
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I've just put it in the oven, will be in there for 8 hrs till I get home. Have put fan oven on 140.... Should it be lower if it's going to be in there for 8 hours?


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Is it a slow cooker/oven? If so, temp should be ok. BUT, if it's not, then
8 hours seems like a long long time.
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Normal fan oven.
i agree with janbee 8 hours is a long time i normally do 4 hours and have to top up liquid so i can put dumplings in .
I also think it's too long. How about doing it on the hob when you get back?
If you haven't got a slow cooker it is worth investing in one as you can safely leave casseroles etc cooking all day without them drying out.
Can you not put it on a timer, so it turns on a few hours later?
just recently i bought a morphy richards slow cooker for £24 .99 .
No expert, but I'd expect that to be a dried crust on the pot by the time you got back. It's effectively going to be boiling for that 8 hours. It may be ok with a lid keeping the moisture in, but even then...

Still give it a go and let us know what happened.
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I have done it before, just can't remember what temp I put it on... It's a lidded casserole pot. Well I'm off to work now so I'll let you know around 3:40 what it looks like!
A very quick look on the Net suggests this is typical

"The time a casserole takes to cook will vary from 2-2½ hours for chuck, blade and thick flank, up to 4 hours for shin, leg and neck. Pork cuts for braising and casseroling normally take 1½ hours, and lamb much the same."

But hopefully the lid will retain the moisture and the meat simply fall apart.
ovens now have a 'slow' setting which is 86 deg C ,140 is too high, the casserole will be dry and hard before you get back. Slow at 86 deg is below boiling point so the food does not boil dry. You can cook on slow all night.
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Well I was home just in time.... Liquid had reduced by over half, but everything is cooked to perfection and it tastes beautiful!
Save a portion for me, I'm starving. Cheers :D
Knowabit: I knowalot about food ;)
Good to 'hear' it turned out well.

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