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Slow and Easy Crockpot Cooking

You DO Have Time for Home Cooked Meals


3/20/2017 7:29:02 AM

MSLOUIE3's SparkPage
I love my crock pot. Just got a smaller one because 6 qt is too much for just hubby and I.
10/12/2016 10:50:58 PM

Why not use canned, drained and rinsed beans? Isn't the point of a slow-cooker reduction in effort and ease in preparation? Using canned beans also reduces power usage. Why turn on 220V when you're already going to use 110V?
6/7/2016 10:22:45 AM

In 34 years married my husband and I have loved crockpots. Made Sunday dinner in 2 cps just to cut down on heat in the house -- which is a big summer motivator! Our microwave died recently and I now use a very small cp to reheat frozen bread, biscuits, muffins, etc - just wrap in a little foil and set the cp on low. We also use Chef Meg's ideas on how to cook brown rice. Works well for potluck style dinners, too. Thanks for an encouraging article and all comments!
1/28/2016 11:14:12 AM

I really enjoy the slow cooker, saves on dishes and the house smells wonderful when you return in the evening, dinner is done. I also give a crock pot for wedding presents. The newlyweds look at it strange at first, then once the children come along. They appreciate the time saver.
10/7/2015 1:36:24 PM

I find new uses for my crockpot all the time. Now that I have a pressure cooker/crockpot combo it is even more versatile. Broth from the bones and veg in the pressure cooker in large quantities quickly for the freezer. Then make soups and stews with it in the slow cooker. It has a stainless steel insert for cooking so browning and cooking all in one. I don't loose all of the good brown sticky bits. They get incorporated into the recipe when I add the liquid and stir it up.
10/7/2015 1:28:15 PM

XME501's SparkPage
Love my crock pot - have had it for about 40 years - and it still cooks great. Use it most every week.
I was a single, working Mom - so it was a life-savior. Many times my little ones arrived home before me, so there was dinner already fixed for them.
The article had some "new" ideas for me.

5/22/2015 10:12:01 AM

I love cooking in the crockpot. Great ideas about the different ways to set up your meal. I didn't know about cooking the frozen veggies first.. :D Thanks for the information :D
3/14/2015 10:18:15 AM

KWRYCHA5's SparkPage
I love using my crockpot. When I cook chicken I cook extra chicken to use for a meal later in the week. 2 meals for 1 cooking time.
2/26/2015 4:13:26 PM

I often cook frozen meat in my crock pot. You have to allow plenty of time for it to get cooked through, of course.
2/25/2014 12:50:44 PM

I am always lifted the lid! Peeking in the oven, dishwasher...washing machine. My husbands will tell me that I just cut the efficiency by "whatever" percent...I might leave the lid on now! 30 minutes per time the lid it taken off! Yikes.
1/3/2014 2:51:01 AM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
I love cooking in my slow cooker. Thanks
10/24/2013 12:39:44 AM

FISHER011's SparkPage
Awesome tips!
9/24/2013 7:38:40 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
I love my slow cooker! I don't know why I didn't get one much sooner.
7/9/2013 4:49:10 AM

LILLITH32's SparkPage
My favorite crockpot recipe is dumping some frozen skinless boneless chicken breasts and jarred pasta sauce to cover, then leave it on low all day. Once you come home, you can have it over pasta, quinoa, or even veggies.
7/21/2012 5:43:31 PM


I'm not sure about beef, but I cook frozen chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) all the time, and end up with very versatile cooked chicken -- cubed for casseroles, shredded for quesadillas, tacos, and such, or tender pieces to use as the main protein. I usually add enough water or chicken broth to cover, and add herbs, spices, or even salsa as desired. I usually cook a good 8-10 hours or overnight, so it's always cooked through just fine. Cook enough ahead of time, and you have plenty to make a variety of dishes!

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