Slow cooker recipes are inexpensive time savers. It's the best appliance you’ll ever own.
If you’re a beginning cook, you’ll find slow cooker recipes are easy, time saving and a great way to experiment with family meals. Just fill the crock pot, turn it on and a few hours later dinner is ready.
My crock pot was my best friend when my son was in the marching band. We always had hot, tasty meals ready when we got home from practice, concerts, or other events.
My son Lee marching in Rooster Days Parade...Broken Arrow, OK
He's the one with the trumpet.
(He also had a cast on his leg that day)
Did I mention, I love my slow cooker?
The crock pot lost some of its popularity during the 90’s. Now, with more people working longer hours, kids participating in after school activities, and home cooking becoming more popular, it’s making a comeback. With the return of its popularity, come some great improvements.
First, let me put any fears to rest about the safety of this indispensable cooking appliance. It won’t set your house on fire and it delivers scrumptious meals with little effort.
Slow cookers are affordable, with prices ranging from $20 to $200. Most have similar features but, for easier cleaning, buy one with a removable liner. Most inserts are stoneware while a few newer models have Teflon coating. I also recommend picking a cooker with 2-3 heat settings and a warm setting. Some cookers are programmable. Mine, I can program to cook up to six hours, with several heat settings, then it turns to warm once it’s done cooking.
Your next consideration is size. Slow cookers come in various sizes ranging from tiny for one person recipes and dips to large, 8 quart sizes for group meals. Size is important. If you buy one too small, some recipes won’t fit and if the cooker is too large, your food will burn. I have 5 cookers of varying sizes and I use them all. For a family of four the best size slow cooker is 4 quarts.
Also consider the shape and height. Crock pots come in oval or round shape. I prefer using my round cookers for stews and soups and my oval ones for large cuts of meat like roasts.
Finally, read your instruction manual and familiarize yourself with your cooker, try some of my easy, beginner recipes and just have fun.
Recommended Crock Pot Liners
Lazy Day Pot Roast
One of my son's favorite slow cooker meals is pot roast. This slow cooker recipe is easy to make, just put it in and let it cook all day. When you come home you’ll have a juicy and tender roast that makes its own gravy.
Chicken and Veggies with Gravy
We love chicken and fix it more often than beef and I’m always trying to come up with different ways to fix it.
One day I had some chicken in the refrigerator that I planned on freezing. After digging around in the pantry I found a hodgepodge of ingredients to mix together and throw in the crock pot.
This slow cooker recipe is now one of our favorite comfort foods and I make it frequently.
If you prefer thicker gravy, thicken with cornstarch: Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in ¼ cup water. Stir well until completely mixed. Add to gravy while stirring. If you want the gravy thicker, repeat the process.
Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
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