I am making corned beef and cabbage in a slow cooker next weekend. I've never used a slow cooker before, so I have a couple of quesitons. Here's the recipe:
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
10 baby red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
4 cups water
1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet
6 ounces beer
1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped
1. Place the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker, pour in the water, and place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle on the spices from the packet, cover, and set the cooker on High.
2. Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.
My sister has an extra slow cooker that is 5 quarts. Is that big enough?
On the recipe site (allrecipes.com), I like reading the reviews, and people rated it very good, some made minor additions - like beef broth instead of the water, added onion and garlic powder, etc. Since I am brand new to cooking, should i do any of that, or just follow the recipe exactly?
Also, some people cooked it on low instead of high. is that better?