Must-Have House Things: Slow Cooker

25 Jul

I’m a slow cooker newbie. I’ve always heard such wonderful things about it, but it took a while for me to really experiment with it.

I started out with making an easy chicken recipe my friend gave me. Chicken, lemon juice, 1/4 cup of white wine, 1/4 cup water, salt, pepper and garlic. I let it cook for four hours and paired it with cous cous.

Let me tell you, it was awesome. I was sold on the slow cooker. I’ve made chili, sauce, chicken soup and some tasty version of beef stroganoff that wasn’t actually beef stroganoff.

Chili simmers in our slow cooker.

The awesome thing about the slow cooker is coming home to something that is already done. Of course, there is prep work, but that can be done the night before.

Place the pot in the cooker before you leave for work, turn it on low, cover and head out. When you come home eight hours later, you will be hit with the aroma of whatever you were cooking and a ready-made meal. Minute rice or cous cous can be prepared in about five minutes and be done by the time you’ve got your comfy pants on.

I suggest spending the extra cash and buying one of the large cookers that have three different sized bowls. Ours has a 2, 4 and 6-quart bowl so we can adjust the size depending on what we make. Chili is made in in the 4-quart bowl, while chicken breasts are made in the 2-quart bowl.

The next thing I’d like to try is pulled pork, or barbecue as they call it down here. In the meantime, one of my favorite things to make is turkey chili.

To Make it Yourself…

  • 1lbs ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 16oz can of red kidney beans – rinsed and mashed
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions

Toss everything into the crock pot. Turn on low and cook for eight hours or on high for four.

Yummy, right?

Tip: I’m notorious for forgetting to take frozen meat out of the freezer to defrost. That’s not a problem with a slow cooker. Toss in frozen turkey and 8 hours later it’s cooked. 

Enjoy with cheddar cheese and sour cream.

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3 Responses to “Must-Have House Things: Slow Cooker”

  1. Desmond Jones Forge July 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    wow, i had no idea about that frozen meat thing. that is some fantastic news, right there!

    • Flying The Nest July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      It was definitely an experiment when I tried it. I may have had it in the fridge overnight but it was still a block of ice in the morning.

  2. Jennifer (peachbride) July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Yes! I love our slow cooker. We definitely need to use it more often. 🙂

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