The Country Kitchen: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

You can put this roast in a slow cooker (crockpot) and then forget about it, knowing it will be moist and tender when you get home after a long day. The tasty sauce really complements the meat.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

Serves 8 – 10
1 boneless rolled pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds), cut in half
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 can (16 ounce) whole berry cranberry sauce
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cranberry juice
2 teaspoons yellow mustard or spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Salt to taste
1. In a Dutch oven or a deep iron frying pan, brown roast in oil on all sides over medium-high heat. Transfer to a 5-quart slow cooker.
2. Combine the cranberry sauce, sugar, cranberry juice, mustard, pepper and cloves; pour over roast.
3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Remove roast and keep warm.
4. In a saucepan, combine cornstarch, water and salt until smooth; stir in cooking juices.
5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast.

– Questions for the cook –
T.Y. of Cool asks:
Q: I make certain cakes in a springform pan, which has a removable bottom. The cake sticks on the bottom even though I grease and flour it. Any suggestions?
A: Slide a piece of unflavored dental floss under the cake and gently saw it free. This way, you don’t risk scratching the pan with a metal spatula.
A helpful hint –
Soup suggestions…
– If possible make soups a day ahead and refrigerate them overnight. The extra time allows the flavors to melt and heighten. Refrigerating soups before serving also allows any fat to float to the surface and solidify, making it easy to lift off and discard before the soup is reheated.
– To freeze soup, place a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag inside an appropriate-sized bowl; pour the soup into the bag then freeze. When solid, lift the plastic out of the bowl, seal it and return it to the freezer for up to three months.