This will never win a contest against a well made “from-scratch” stew recipe but it is faster, easier and still really good.
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Low Stress Venison Stew
Toss this in the crock pot in the morning and come home to nice meal!
Stir the seasoning mix into the liquid.
Layer all ingredients, in the order listed, in a crock pot. The meat should be on the bottom. Do not mix or stir.
Cook on low about 8-12 hours, or high about 4-6 hours. Do not stir until the last hour or so.
Remove bay leaf, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
Wait... wait... that was way too easy. Give me more to do.
(Sure! Here are some ideas:)
Brown the stew meat first in a hot pan, then deglaze the pan with some of your V8 juice.
Substitute your own seasonings for the packet
add some fresh chopped parsley about 15 minutes before it is finished.
Substitute a specialty version of V-8 (low sodium, spicy, black pepper, etc. — though if you use the "high fiber" version be sure everyone eating it WANTS high fiber).
Thicken the broth with a roux, cornstarch, or agar agar powder.