Ok I made the EXACT same stew I made in my crock pot the day that turned out so awful but this time I saute’ the onions and garlic BEFORE i put the into the crock pot and oh my gosh it made such a difference! I cant believe how amazing it taste I was so scared it was going to be awful again but it amazingly good. Also something I did diffident is I put the carrots in whole but I don’t think that would have made that huge of a difference. I mean this is night and day people. We had to throw the other stew out it was so bad and Im eating this stuff like its cake or something. Anyways why didnt someone tell me. Actually after I posed my last one about the awful mess i made a really nice guy named Jerry let me know to also never saute in stainless steel and you can use the stainless steel reaction to your advantage by rubbing your hands with something stainless to get the garlic smell off of them after you have cooked. Thanks Jerry!