How to Make Beef Stew in a Slow Cooker Using a Beef Stew Seasoning Mix

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If you're using a beef stew seasoning mix to make your stew, you might want to explore using a slow cooker for the majority of the process. Make beef stew in a slow cooker using a stew seasoning mix with help from a chef instructor and executive pastry chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm chef Tony Hedger from L'Ecole Culinaire in Saint Louis. Today, we're going to be talking about adding a seasoning packet to a beef stew in a slow cooker. A lot of people like to use these things, I like to do my own seasoning. But if you have on occasion to buy these at your local supermarket, they're a very good product. As well as the ones that say beef stew as well as the ones that have the onion soup mix. OK. So one thing about these is that we know that we're going to thicken this soup up a little bit and that's what this packet is actually designed to do. You may have to adjust it here and there by adding a little bit of flour or a little cornstarch but if you look on the active ingredients of one of these little seasoning packets, the first and foremost ingredient is corn starch. OK. So how do we use that? We know if we do a regular cornstarch slurry that we have to tear the packet open and mix with cold water. If you don't use cold water, what will happen is the seasoning mix will clump up. You'll have I know if you're like me and you've added flour to a hot mixture you can't get the clumps out of it. Same thing will happen here if you do it with warm or hot water. So one thing that it is. Smell it, I can smell the Worcestershire. So we're going to make sure that that's nice and broke up. Mixed. And then we're going to come over to the slow cooker. Now what you'll want to do is you'll want to stir and drizzle. Stir and drizzle. OK you want to make sure that seasoning mix the liquid gets in all parts of the stew. Very good. Just kind of like the onion soup mix where it has a little bit of dehydrated garlic and onion that's in there as well. As well as some dried herbs. And that's all there is to it. Take that seasoned packet, it's going to make your stew taste very, very good. Now over a period of time you may want to once you get home from work throw that thing on high and it's going to thicken within an hour. OK so I'm Tony Hedger. This is how to thicken a beef stew with a seasoning packet. Thank you very much.

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