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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 [3]. 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 [4], 2.5 Qt (round) [5] and 6.5 QT (oval) [6]. 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.

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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.

    • There are three settings: low, high, and warm. If I have all day (or all night) then low is ideal. If I’m in a hurry, high is the choice. If it’s already done cooking, but we’re not ready to eat, I turn it to warm. (You probably knew that, though.)

 

  • It is the ideal size for many recipes. I learned last year that a slow-cooker needs to be 1/2 to 3/4 full to work properly. If your crockpot is too big, you may have some problems. So, thanks to my generous mother, we rounded out my crockpot collection. That is why I have three sizes and I do use them all. Strange, I know.

 

 

  • It cooks perfect rice! One day I wanted to make the kids potstickers for lunch, but didn’t want to take a lot of time to prepare the meal. So, at around 10 am I sprayed the crock with non-stick spray, poured in 2 c. water and added 1 c. rice and a few shakes of salt. After topping it with the lid and turning it to low, I let it do its thing. By lunch we had perfect rice.

 

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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 [9]. This lady is using her slow cooker every day in 2008!

The USDA’s [favorable] position [10]on crockpots.

A slough of recipes at Slow and Simple [11], 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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[3] Crockpot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crockpot

[4] 1.5 Qt: http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/B0002CA3C6/002-2738086-0683246

[5] 2.5 Qt (round): http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/B00006IUXW/002-2738086-0683246

[6] 6.5 QT (oval): http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/B000AK2LKW/002-2738086-0683246

[7] Image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_89L9ZoBsR08/SFP3dl2LlHI/AAAAAAAABdw/OXYEiA2EuPA/s1600-h/slow+cooker+1.jpg

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[9] A Year of Crockpotting: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

[10] USDA’s [favorable] position : http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Slow_Cooker_Safety/index.asp

[11] Slow and Simple: http://www.slowandsimple.com/

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