Thank you Rival Industries for inventing the crock-pot! The crock-pot has been around since the early ’70′s and is still extremely popular today. We all live life at a hectic pace. The time we have to spend in the kitchen, especially during the week, is getting less and less. But thanks to my friend the crock-pot, we can still have a delicious meal with little time spent in the kitchen. I love preparing the meal ahead of time when I am not rushed. I prepare the meal in the removable insert and place the insert into the refrigerator. When I am ready to start cooking the meal, I just take it out of the refrigerator, place it in the crock-pot base, and turn it on. By getting the meal prepared ahead of time, you will not be rushed to prepare it in the morning before leaving for your day. Try using your crock-pot for your Sunday dinner. At my house everyone is starving after church. It is wonderful to have something waiting for us when we get home.
I use my crock-pot for different reasons during different seasons. During the summer, the crock-pot cooks without heating up the entire house. Since I live in the south, this is a huge benefit. In the winter, I enjoy so many soups like homemade chicken noodle, chicken tortilla, gumbo, chili, beans, and much more that are easy to prepare using a crock-pot. The best advantage of using the crock-pot is when you get home from a long exhausting day, dinner is ready. It makes me feel like the modern-day June Cleaver when I say “Dinner is Served”. I almost want to start singing “Be our guest, Be our guest” from Beauty and the Beast. So, I know I am little obsessed with my crock-pot, but I cannot help it when I smell all the enticing, alluring smells coming from the kitchen with such little effort. So, be my guest and start taking advantage of all the benefits of using your crock-pot. The main purpose for recipesforourdailybread.com is to encourage families to cook together, eat around the table together, and share God’s Word together. For a busy family, this can be an extremely difficult challenge. Try your crock-pot more often and see if it will help with this challenge.
The crock-pot has a nickname which is the slow-cooker. The word slow cooker reminds me of my relationship with God. God does not always answer my prayers quickly. In my life, it seems He uses the slow cooker method. He is slowly teaching me to depend on Him, to have faith in Him, and to trust Him more and more each day. Slowly, over the years (over 25 years as a Christian), He has been changing my heart to become more like His. I am still a work-in-progress. In other words, He is still slowly changing me in His own time to be more like Him. Over the past several years, I have begun to see the horrible things that I have been through were all blessings in disguise. They helped me become more like Jesus, to rely on Him, and trust Him always. If your life seems like it is slow cooking, hang in there. The blessings will follow.
Tips When Using Your Crock-pot
- Don’t forget to spray the crock-pot with a non-stick cooking spray before filling. The exception to this is when you are cooking a soup, stew, or anything with a lot of liquid.
- When purchasing a crock-pot, make sure it has a removable insert. Having a removable insert will make clean-ups much easier. They are also dishwasher safe.
- Never clean a crock-pot while it is still hot. Cold water poured over a crock-pot that is not cool may cause it to crack.
- In order for the food to cook evenly, fill the crock-pot between 1/2 and 3/4 full.
- When the crock-pot starts smelling really good and you are tempted to open the lid and peek at what you are cooking, don’t. Every time you open the lid it adds an extra 15 minutes additional cooking time.
- If you are converting a recipe that was not written for a slow cooker, count on about 30 additional minutes of cooking time for each hour the recipe calls for.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you cook raw meat on high at least one hour and then you may cooking the remaining time on low.
- If you are cooking a recipe that recommends a certain amount of time in a crock-pot, make sure you are cooking with the same size crock-pot. Your cooking time may need to be adjusted.
- Cooking for 1 hour on high in a crock-pot equals about 2 hours on low.