The Crockpot (Slow Cooker), my favorite cooking appliance in the entire world. It has endless uses in the kitchen and other areas of the house and you can also never run out of crockpot recipes. I get emails and comments on the blog all the time asking about what crockpot to buy, what crockpot recipes are the best, what’s the difference between a slow cooker and so on.
I decided to make a crockpot / slow cooker page dedicated to these amazing kitchen tools. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom. Please feel free to share this on your blog with the code below the Infographic. Of course, social media shares are always great.
The Ultimate Slow Cooker Guide
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Crockpot / Slow Cooker
Every one always asks what my favorite crockpot is? I have used at least 5 different brands of slow cookers and crockpots and have finally landed on my favorite. I now own 4 of the same one and they never fail me.
My favorite all around crockpot is the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n’ forget Slow Cooker (6 quart).
I also have favorites of every size and even a Wifi model.
Lately, I have been using one tool to replace 5 different appliances in my house. Click here to see it.
Think you can only use your crockpot for the simple things like roasts and chickens, not quite. There are plenty of other slow cooker tricks.
Slow Cooker Tricks
- You can use your crockpot as a double boiler. You simply fill the insert about halfway with water, add all the ingredients to a bowl that will then be set in the water. This slows down cooking for overnight recipes. (source)
- You can use your crockpot as a steamer. Add a small amount of water or tea to the insert of your crockpot, layer with fresh aromatics to create a resting surface above the liquid (rosemary, thyme, etc.). Place your food on top and the food will be steamed with the flavors of the herbs. (source)
- You can poach a whole chicken in it. Line the bottom of your crockpot with some freshly cut onions, carrots, celery with some thyme or rosemary. Lay your whole chicken on top and then fill with water to cover the whole chicken. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 4 hours. (source)
- You can turn it into a Sous Vide. Yes that is right, fancy cooking for under $100. Typically sous vide machines cost upwards of $600 and with this method you can make your own. Of course if you want to buy one for ease of you, this is the one I use at home.
- Use Aluminum Foil. That is right, either line the insert with foil which will help food cook more evenly and be easier to clean or wrap individual meats in foil themselves.
Armed with all this information as well as our favorite slow cooker tricks, here are the best crockpot recipes we have to offer that are simple and delicious. Not to mention, a few of them have won multiple awards.
- Crockpot Pulled Pork (The best recipe ever)
- Spicy Pineapple Chili
- Crockpot Chicken Tomatillo
- Apple Pumpkin Butter
- Bison Chili
- Lemon Garlic Crockpot Chicken
- Crockpot Simple Short Ribs
- Crockpot Hot Wings
- Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
You can now consider yourself a Crockpot / Slow Cooker expert. Please feel free to share this post with all of your friends share the infographic on your website using the code below it.