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Hello: I got a recipe from my sister for slow cooker beef stew.It calls for tapioca,but I don't have any on hand.Could I substitute wheat gluten? I found a bag in my pantry which I have had for years,and don't recall why I bought it originally. No,I am NOT gluten intolerant,lol! Thanks!

Hi Michael. What I do when I make slow cooker stew is I mix some salt and pepper in flour in a plastic bag and add the beef to it and shake it around. Then put the meat in fry pan just to brown it off and it adds flavor and seals the juices in the meat. I then add some beef broth to the fry pan to get the leftover goodness from searing the meat. I add the some of the leftover flour to it and whisk it to a smooth consistencey. Put the meat, veg and stock into the slow cooker and set how long you want to cook it. If you feel it is still too thin you can thicken up some beef stock and add it to the stew near the end. Hope everything works out for you....


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Mike MacDonald


I can answer questions that deal with everyday home cooking from roasts, BBQing, marinades, slowcooking, poultry, pork, beef, salads and vegetable dishes. The things I am not really able to help out on is desserts, fish and ethnic foods.


I started working in a hospital kitchen in 1985 as a cook and have dealt with many different diet types. I lost my job in 2003 due to privatization and moved to the nursing field but have never lost my love for food. I am an avid collector of recipes and belong to several newsgroups on Yahoo where I collect them from.

Graduated in 1984 from Vancouver Community College with a certificate in Chef's training. Started working in 1985 with St Vincent's hospital as a cook up until 2003.

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