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Slow Cooker Series – Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker

Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach Set and Forget Slow Cooker

Do you continuously wish there were more hours in the day? Do you always feel pressed for time? You know your family needs and wants a hot cooked meal for dinner; but, trying to find the time to prepare one often seems overwhelming.

My recommendation is to stop worrying  and stop using take-out meals as the answer to the problem.  Save the dollars wasted on fast foods and take-out and invest in a slow cooker. It will pay for itself a thousand times over in money saved, and more nutritious meals for your family.

It is a fact – not everyone likes to cook. Having to prepare dinner every night may feel like a dreadful “chore” that you must face.  But . . . what if you could cut the time to a minimum and also prepare wonderful meals?  Is it possible that you would you begin to cook and maybe even like it?

If you are ready to take the challenge, the first step is to buy a slow cooker (if you don’t already have one). They are traditionally called “crock pots” even though Crockpot is a brand name for a line of slow cookers. Slow cookers have a number of benefits you may never have considered – and could possibly change your feelings about “fixing dinner.”

Slow Cooker Benefits (Why you need one of these nifty appliances)

  1. There is no fuss or worry – All you do is place the ingredients into the slow cooker, turn it on to the proper setting, set the timer, and the cooker does the rest.
  2. It is safe to use – Unlike cooking on the stove, you don’t have to constantly watch a slow cooker. Moisture is locked in so that you don’t have to worry about your food drying out or burning in the pot while you are not home.
  3. You save money – Instead of heading out to the fast food restaurant when you feel hungry, create wholesome meals right at home.
  4. Slow cooking adds flavor – Because you are cooking the meal at a lower temperature, seasonings and spices tenderize the meat and incorporate themselves into the food. The result is intense flavor in every bite.
  5. It is an easy cleanup – Most of the slow cookers on the market today come with a removable ceramic inner pot. Store leftovers right in the dish where you cooked your meal and easily scrub it out when the dish is empty.
  6. The family can help – No longer is dinner the responsibility of one person. Everyone can make a meal because all it takes is a little prep and the ability to put everything together in one pot.
  7. It is very adaptable – Most recipes can be adapted to cook in a slow cooker. You are not just restricted to soups and stews. Consider cooking casseroles, roasts, desserts and appetizers.
  8. It keeps food warm – There is a setting for that. If everyone is not home on time, you can keep the food warm for late comers.
  9. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen – Unlike a stove, the slow cooker doesn’t give off heat and leave you wanting a glass of ice water. Move the cooker easily with cool side handles.

If you do not already have a slow cooker, now would be a good time to invest in one. They are available in a variety of sizes with prices to fit almost any budget. If you will be cooking for more than one or two people, it would be wise to invest in a larger size.

Below are some you may want to consider:

Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, Silver

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel 

Hamilton Beach 33182 8-Quart Oval Slow Cooker, Black 

Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel 

These are only a sampling of what is available. There are smaller, less expensive ones and larger, more expensive with more features. The ones I have listed are a good size to start.  Unless you are cooking for only one or two, the smaller ones are not a good investment.

Stay tuned . . . I will be posting some easy and delicious recipes over the next few days that you can use in your new cooker.

 

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