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Perfect Timing for Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: You say that your one pot meals are ready, when you smell  the aroma then you have a 3 minute warning.  I lost my sense of smell about 4 years ago.  So how can I tell when it is ready? ~ Kathy M., Chesterton, IN

Great question, Kathy. There are many like you who’ve lost their sense of smell through head injury, seizures, poisoning, etc., but you can still make perfect Glorious One-Pot Meals.

You’re right that I emphasize the wafting aroma as the best way to tell when your Glorious One-Pot Meal is fully cooked and ready, but there is another way, too. In the 2009 version of the GOPM cookbook, on page 12, there is a Recipe Adustment Chart that tells you exactly how much cooking time you need for various size Glorious One-Pot Meals. For instance, the standard amount of time needed to cook a GOPM in a 2-quart cast iron Dutch oven is 45 minutes. A 3 1/2-quart pot will typically be ready after 53 minutes in a 450 F oven.

Have you tried this Glorious One-Pot Meals recipe for Feta Shrimp? Delicious and so easy! Make it gluten-free by substituting quinoa for the couscous.

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