If you know me, you know I love my crockpot. It has been a lifesaver!! I’m actually on my second one (yikes) after using our last one to death. Because I talk about it often, I get asked a lot of questions. Here are the most common ones…
What kind do you use?
When I bought my first crockpot, I just grabbed one at the store. Little did I know how lucky I was. It was a 6 qt, programmable Crock-Pot. I love being able to set it and forget it! I’m almost never home when it needs to turn off.
When it died, I ran to the store and discovered they didn’t have any programmable ones available. I knew this feature was non-negotiable.
I found a newer version of my old one on Amazon and snagged it (I chose Amazon because I had a gift card – I’m sure any online retailer has it too). The best thing I did was keep my old insert for back-up. This way I can use it back to back days and not stress about cleaning it (I like to let it soak).
Is it really easy?
For me, personally, the idea of the crockpot is all about ease! I pick simple recipes that not only don’t have a lot of ingredients but not a lot of prep work either. It’s often thrown together on the run.
After using the crockpot for a while I discovered New Leaf Wellness and learned how to freeze meals ahead of time. This was great for me as the one thing that slows me down is having not defrosted the meat. I also learned you can use frozen meat just add 30 minutes on high or 60 minutes on low (seriously a game changer for me).
Is it only for winter?
Nope! While there are many fun comfort foods like chilis, pasta bakes and soups there are a variety of lighter options. I often throw a jar of salsa or barbecue sauce over chicken breasts (cook on high for 3 hrs) and use the shredded meat in the summer.
Where do you find recipes?
My first crockpot cook book was Betty Crocker’s Slow Cooker cookbook and it’s still my favorite. There are many easy, family friendly recipes. Of course, I LOVE Pinterest! I even have a board dedicated to crockpot recipes. As always, I look for easy!
Do you use a crockpot ? What are your go-tos? Have a question I didn’t answer? Leave it in the comments 🙂
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