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Friday, January 08, 2010

Resurgence of the Slow Cooker


Slow cookers are back in vogue and better than ever. On our trip home for the holidays we picked up two for the catering business and the wine bar. There are tons of recipes out there and slow cookers make it easy for even busy folks to make and eat real food.

We test drove the smaller of the two - this one was a christmas present from my mom. It is a 5 qt. simple slow cooker with 3 settings; keep warm/ low/ and high.
Our first test was a pork roast, my catering chef prepped and browned it for some nice color, then tossed it in the pot with carrots, potatoes and some very fresh nice rosemary. TaDa! done. This one needed maybe more juices added to keep it moister but we are testing so trial and error is A-OK. Next up perhaps is a Winter Beef Stew. Didn't get photos of the first dish (bad-food-blogger-bad!) But I will be sure to better document the next one.

Anyway, I recommend either getting a slow cooker or dusting off the one that you put in storage and trying it out again!

3 comments:

Lorraine said...

My daughter bought me a huge basic 7 quart Crock-Pot brand slow cooker.. What will I make in it? I have used smaller Rival Crock Pots for 27 years now. 4 and 1/2 and 5 quart pots. I usually make Spaghetti Sauce, Bake Beans, and Chili in my pot. I treasure my Presto Pressure Cooker for making tough cuts of beef tender, so I don't usually cook a roast in the CP.!

Christie Cottage said...

My crock pot was never retired! Just used it last week. There are so many things that can be cooked in it.

When you have something that is really messy, you can line it with an oven baking bag. They work great!

Happy cooking!

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Kathy Hester (GeekyPoet) said...

I actually have 5 slow cookers - I love them just that much!

I'm a vegetarian and it can be hard to find meatless slow cooker recipes. I am posting mine on my blog http://healthyslowcooking.wordpress.com.