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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Immortal Crockpot
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 17, 2008 @ 10:41 am In Recipes,Slow Cooking,Toolin' Up Tuesday | 15 Comments
Yeah, I know the jokes abound about the Crockpot . It seems that people everywhere have left theirs to languish in the cupboard. Not so at my house. In fact, I own three: 1.5 Qt , 2.5 Qt (round)  and 6.5 QT (oval) . There are a number of other sizes available as well, including 3.5 Qt and 5 Qt. You are bound to find one to suit your crowd.
This little baby is one of my best friends forever, at least in the kitchen. It is a 1.5 Qt. slow cooker. It was about $10. I’ve seen them go on sale at StuffMart and other places for even less. You would think that something so cheap would not work well. Au contraire. This baby rocks!
I love it for many reasons.
I also use this cooker to cook ground beef, to prepare meat for shredding (like beef, pork, or chicken) and to make overnight oatmeal.
But my other cookers still get a workout as well. Yesterday I made a whole chicken in my round cooker and a mess of baked potatoes in the oval. I even made the boys help me season the bird and wash and wrap the taters. Whoo hoo! Just open a caesar salad kit and we’re good.
Check out these related links:
A Year of Crockpotting . This lady is using her slow cooker every day in 2008!
The USDA’s [favorable] position on crockpots.
A slough of recipes at Slow and Simple , a site dedicated to crockpot cooking.
What’s a cool tool that you use at your house? Write about it on your blog and then come back here and link to the post. If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay, just tell us about it in the comments section. And thanks for playing!
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 Crockpot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crockpot
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 A Year of Crockpotting: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
 USDA’s [favorable] position : http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Slow_Cooker_Safety/index.asp
 Slow and Simple: http://www.slowandsimple.com/
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