Can you add too much water to the Crock Pot for Pot Roast?

December 7th, 2011

I’ve been cooking a Pot Roast in the crock pot for about 3.5hr now. My mother always adds enough water to cover the meat, the recipe I’m using just calls for 1cup of water. But one Cup of water barely covered half the meat so i added about a half cup more & the meat still isn’t covered but a little more then half of the meat is covered..

I was just wondering if you could add too much water?
AND how do i know when the meat is done cooking?

It is possible to add too much water. When the meat cooks it releases it’s own juices and can cause the liquid to overflow. I’ve done it before. I only add one cup of water-actually I use campbells french onion soup, no extra water. You want just enough to keep the meat and veggies from sticking to the bottom. You will be able to tell when the meat is done when it easily falls apart. Pot roasts before cooked are really a tough cut of meat. So you really want to cook it long enough for it to easily fall apart. It usually takes about 6-8 hours on high in my crock pot, depending on how large the roast is.

6 Responses to “Can you add too much water to the Crock Pot for Pot Roast?”

  1. ♥tweety♥

    Yes you can and meat will come out tuff ..1 cup is enough..
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  2. carol

    you could add too much water, but that is hard to do in a crockpot. it would have to be a really BIG crockpot. the idea with a roast is to have gravy. the water level may increase as it cooks because the meat and vegetables will let off some juices as they cook. once the roast is done you can season the juices and make your gravy. if you want more gravy, add more water… less gravy, less water.
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  3. katiearies474

    Any meat that is has a good bit of fat needs minimal liquid added. I have never cooked meat in a crock pot where I covered the whole meat with liquid. In fact, adding so much liquid can actually cause it to be dry. If there are veggies in the pot too, one cup of water is usually sufficient. Otherwise, I’ve even just added some soy sauce and worcesthire, put the pot on low, and let it go. The fat cooks out and provides enough to keep the meat from burning.
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  4. i*love*art

    I’m sure either way is fine. I never cover all the meat, but if you do and it seems to watery later, you can always drain some.
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  5. Ron Brubaker

    yes you can add too much water 1&1/2 cup should be plenty of water the roast as it cooks will add liquid as well depending on size and what setting high med low will determine the cooking time 3.5 on high should be close to being done
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  6. Howie

    It is possible to add too much water. When the meat cooks it releases it’s own juices and can cause the liquid to overflow. I’ve done it before. I only add one cup of water-actually I use campbells french onion soup, no extra water. You want just enough to keep the meat and veggies from sticking to the bottom. You will be able to tell when the meat is done when it easily falls apart. Pot roasts before cooked are really a tough cut of meat. So you really want to cook it long enough for it to easily fall apart. It usually takes about 6-8 hours on high in my crock pot, depending on how large the roast is.
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