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Have you forgotten about your Crock-Pot? I’m sharing 10 Reasons Why I Love My Slow Cooker to remind you how awesome it is to cook low and slow!
I know that it’s been all about the Instant Pot for the past few years. But, I don’t know, I have this fear of blowing up my kitchen using one. I’ve seen way too many retro films where a pressure cooker’s blown open and food explodes everywhere (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I’m looking at you)! I’ll admit that if one was gifted to me, I’d probably use it. But I’m quite content with my slow cooker in the meantime.
Have slow cookers been abandoned since Instant Pots have become so popular? Again, I’m not completely sure. But I do use mine all the time! And especially now that the weather’s getting cooler. Slow cookers are great for so many recipes! Here are 10 reasons why I love using my slow cooker!
1. It’s great for meal prepping
Do you meal prep for the week? Using your slow cooker to prep meals is unbelievably easy! Slow cookers tend to make a lot, so you can make a big batch of your favorite meal prep meal and be done for the week! Not only that, it’ll save you a ton of time and money!
2. You can use it for every meal
That’s right! You can slow cook just about everything. Make a tasty breakfast casserole. Dinner is a breeze. Dessert? Yup! You can make that in a slow cooker, too. I’ve even managed to make some delicious, boozy apple sauce and candied walnuts in my slow cooker!
3. Cleanup is a breeze
It doesn’t get easier than dumping a bunch of ingredients into your slow cooker and closing the lid. Clean up is just as easy! Especially if you line your slow cooker with liners! Divide up your leftovers into storage containers. Then, pull out the liner! Dishes are done!
4. Slow cooker recipes are so easy to make
If you’re a beginner cook, I totally recommend a slow cooker. Just add your ingredients to the slow cooker, close the lid, and set the time and temperature. That’s it! You pretty much can’t mess up a slow cooked meal!
5. It’s great for entertaining
Love entertaining? You can easily cook for a crowd in your slow cooker! Keep sausage and peppers in one and mini meatballs in another. You can even mull wine in your slow cooker or whip up a fabulous homemade hot cocoa!
6. It doesn’t heat up your house
I use my slow cooker a lot more during the fall and winter months. But it’s pretty amazing in the summer when I don’t want to heat up the house (it’s hot enough outside!), or the weather’s bad and we can’t grill.
7. It makes amazing soups and sauces
I hate standing over the stove, watching a pot of sauce, or soup. So I usually make them in my slow cooker instead. I just dump everything in, set the timer and temperature, and I’ve got a nice, flavorful sauce or warm, comforting soup to enjoy later!
8. Cheaper cuts of meat are perfect for slow cooking
You know those cheaper cuts of meat that are so tough to make (and chew)? They’re actually perfect for the slow cooker! The slower they cook, the more tender they get. And when it’s time to serve your meal, the meat shreds like magic!
9. Meals are totally transportable
My first slow cooker came with bands I could wrap around the lid of the slow cooker to transport it safely. My casserole slow cooker has a lid that locks making it even easier to tote to a family gathering! But if you’re still afraid of spills while you’re bringing your favorite slow cooker recipe to a party, put it in a carrying case!
10. They come in different sizes to fit your needs
Now that you have a bunch of reasons to love your slow cooker, try some of my favorite slow cooker recipes!
- Tuscan Meatball and Bean Soup
- Cilantro-Lime Slow Cooker Pork Roast
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Buddha Bowl
- Lighter Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Casserole
- Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Meatballs
- Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup
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