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Do You Own a Slow Cooker?

I often forget that I own a slow cooker, but whenever I remember to use it, I'm in love with it. All I have to do is dump a bunch of stuff in the pot before I leave for work, turn it on, and I come home to a delicious aroma and a dinner that's ready to be eaten. The only catch for me is that I've got to be home at a certain time, otherwise my meat will get overcooked and tough.

For those of you who own a slow cooker, do you feel the same way?

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NAI NAI 7 years
I'd love to own one of these !
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 7 years
My family has one, and we use it when we're having a hectic day but still want a home cooked meal. I can't say we've ever made anything with it that knocked my socks off, but I haven't really made a point of finding different recipes either. I'm sure they're out there.
Food Food 7 years
Last night, I had leftover rotisserie chicken bones, so I wanted to make my own chicken stock. I didn't, however, want to watch over it as it simmered for 2+ hours...so I simply stuck it all in my Crock-Pot, turned it to low, went to the kitchen to check up on it this morning...et voila!
marie-lee marie-lee 7 years
I love my slow cooker although I usually end up with too much liquid. Even when I use a recipe designed for the slow cooker...
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
My husband had never even heard of these things until one of his friends got three as wedding presents.
Wolfie Wolfie 7 years
Lawrah, I have a few slow cooker recipe books, but that one has the most interesting things in it. Some lovely soups (especially the cauliflower one) a whole section on different types of chilli and unusual stuff like the lasagne. I haven't had it long and am still working my way through them, but I am impressed so far...
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
I use it several times a year usually for chili during football season. This past year I haven't used it at all. Such a shame! I even own a slow cooker cook book. It's definitely getting some use this year. I want to try one of the cake recipes.
Advah Advah 7 years
So that thread decided me to get a slow cooker (been thinking about it for a while), but for some reason the 3.5qt ones are way cheaper than the 1.5qt. Does anyone know if I can get a 3.5qt and cook for just 1-2 people with it? Or do I need to completely fill it up?
GirlNinja GirlNinja 7 years
Lawrah - My SIL has this book: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mothers-Slow-Cooker-Recipes/dp/1558323414 It might not be the only one like that.
mrscaru mrscaru 7 years
Yes! I love slow cookers. Check out the book Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson. SO AWESOME.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
sure do, I use it a handful of times throughout the year
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 7 years
We use our crockpot all the time, it's wonderful. We make a lot of chili & jambalaya type dishes, and I like to cook bone-in chicken sometimes. I season the chicken, put it on a bed of onions & let it cook a few hours, then add in some veggies and let those cook a few hours. That night we have a sort of chicken pot roast with veggies. The next day I go through & pick out any of the bones or other nasty bits from what's leftover (usually a lot). This effectively shreds up the chicken & turns the leftovers into a stew. Then we have chicken stew!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
*was* should be use
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Yes sir-ree bob! I was it at least twice a month. I'd use it more but it makes so much food that it takes me a week or two to near polishing off my slow-cooked meal. I'm thinking of buying one with a timer since my friends brother showed me how to roast yes roast a turkey in the crockpot until that sucker is browned on the outside and tender on the inside and falling off the bones. Incredible. My mom had and frequently used a crockpot then she gave that one to my sister and mom got a new one. My sister used that crockpot until it died a lovely death while making a delicious pot of lima beans. Then my sister bought a new fangle crockpot and put it away in her cabinet and forgot about then she went and bought another one just like the one she already had then she forgot about that one and bought another. So when I moved 400 miles away to SF I liberated one of her new crockpots. Since then 11 years ago she has purchased two more crockpots and she now uses all of them. She does an entire weeks cooking in her different sized crockpots. And when my youngest nephew moves out to go to college he plans on "borrowing" the nicest crockpot and using it in the dorm room to make a wicked pot roast for noshing.
sweet-feet sweet-feet 7 years
I love my crockpot! I'm in college and take more than a full load, so it saves me time on cooking and also saves me money, since the pot o food lasts me a couple of days. Coming home to a healthier meal allows me to stay away the fast food temptations that a college student usually feeds into.
nelsonae nelsonae 7 years
I love using my slow cooker and am always looking for new recipes! Please share any good ones
Lawrah Lawrah 7 years
Wolfie - Thanks for the info on the book! I am super excited about not having a servings leftover. Are there any in the book you'd recommend? I'm going to the library to see if they have it! Thanks!!!!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Yum and Suzi, I would invest in a slow cooker with a meat thermometer. Mine has a small hole in the lid you stick the thermometer through, and you can program it to switch to warm when it reaches a certain internal temperature (or just after a certain number of hours). So nice! But that one is like 6 qts. More often I use my little 1.5 qt. guy that was like $10.
PartySister PartySister 7 years
If you do own a slow cooker (I don't, but my sister, Party Sugar probably does!), check out this book: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,books/products_id,7503/title,Art-of-the-Slow-Cooker/
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
Cooking Light has a slow cooker cookbook too! I have it, and have made some yummy recipes!
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I love mine. I only have a little one because I'm just cooking for me and my fiance. I make a lot of soup, stews, and chilis in mine.
Wolfie Wolfie 7 years
Yep, I love mine. This is a good book for recipes for 2 - http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mothers-Slow-Cooker-Recipes/dp/1558323414/ref=pd_sim_b_1It even has a lasagne recipe, quite different to your usual lasagne, but nice and rich. Apparently you can make jacket potatoes in the slow cooker, wrapped in foil, but I haven't tried that one yet.
Wolfie Wolfie 7 years
Yep, I love mine. This is a good book for recipes for 2 - http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mothers-Slow-Cooker-Recipes/dp/1558323414/ref=pd_sim_b_1 It even has a lasagne recipe, quite different to your usual lasagne, but nice and rich. Apparently you can make jacket potatoes in the slow cooker, wrapped in foil, but I haven't tried that one yet.
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
We haven't used ours in a while, we need to try some recipes again. But it was nice when I was on maternity leave. I just threw ingredients in and tended to the baby the rest of the day and didn't have to worry about dinner.
jopperma jopperma 7 years
I have a couple in different sizes. I have also recently been very amused by a blog about crockpot cooking written by a woman whose New Year's Resolution was to use hers everyday! The smaller sizes are definitely more suited to cooking for two.
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