The Tasty Bits Blog

Nov 6, 2015

Top Six Reasons to Love Your Slow Cooker

It’s Autumn, the days and nights are getting colder and that means it’s time to dust off your trusty Crockpot from its summer shelf. Dare I say it, your slow cooker might just be the perfect way to cook. Here’s my top six reasons why you should own and love one…
Food and Health  ·  

It’s Autumn, the days and nights are getting colder and that means it’s time to dust off your trusty Crockpot from its summer shelf. Dare I say it, your slow cooker might just be the perfect way to cook. Here’s my top six reasons why you should own and love one…

1. Crockpots are cheap to buy and maintain

A top-of-the-line all-stainless model is less than $200 and there a dozen models for 1/3 of that price. They are virtually maintenance free and with only the most basic care (just wash it!) they should last at least a decade. They are very easy to operate, and almost all of the newer models have dishwasher safe liners, digital timers, temperature probes and warming modes.

2. Crockpots are super cheap to operate

Even the top-of-the-line models running at their highest settings consume little more electricity than three old-style 60W light bulbs. Compare that to regular home ovens that can easily burn 2000 watts and the power savings can be significant over a year. 

3. Crockpots are easy to use

Any home cook with even the most basic skills can use a slow cooker. Simply add the ingredients, set the temperature, set the time and then walk away.  It is virtually impossible to burn or scorch your food. Because the heat is moist and there is no flame, even if you overcook your pot roast by an extra hour, it won’t be dry.

4. Crockpots can significantly lower your grocery bill

Slow cooking lets you buy cheaper cuts of beef and pork, allowing moisture and cooking time to tenderize them to perfection. Whole chickens and small turkeys are perfect in the crockpot too, and even vegetarians can save as well by using their slow cooker to soak and cook dried beans, which cost half as much as prepared beans.

5. Cook almost anything you can imagine

There are lots of resources and recipes to cook almost cuisine in a slow cooker. A basic Google search lists hundreds of resources, cookbooks and recipes, and since crockpots have been around since the 1970’s, they have been used to cook everything; breakfast, lunch and dinner, in both savoury and sweet. Try the recipe once then adapt it the next time to suit your family’s preferences. Best of all, kids can help get the ingredients ready and since there’s rarely any pre-cooking needed, they can actually make dinner one night a week!

6. They are super safe to leave unattended

Even the hottest crockpots never get above about 275F, and they never have an open flame. Compare that to gas stovetops or ovens where the flame is cycling on and off all day. I know gas stoves are safe, but a crockpot is safer.

Pulled pork, sweet hot beans, shredded beef, oatmeal, BBQ ribs and rice pudding are only six of hundreds of recipes that are out there to try. Here’s a list of some of my favourites:

Canadian Living Slow Cooker Recipes

Cooking Light Slow Cooker Favourites

Food Network Must-Try Slow Cooker Recipes

Got a favourite slow cooker recipe? Share it in the comments below.

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