Using Your Slow Cooker and/or Dutch Oven
“One of my favorite tools for making my busy life easier is the crock pot(TM). What a work of art! Okay, so let’s just say the color schemes from the 70′s were less than attractive (if your crock pot is as old as mine, that is) but who cares? I call appliances that lighten my workload, indentured servants. Just throw a few good ingredients in Old Faithful in the morning and bingo, dinner is ready to roll when you come home. It’s like having your own private chef, slaving away over a hot stove and whipping up a favorite meal for the family. If you’re really swift, you have learned how to program your bread maker to do the very same thing so that a hot loaf of bread is ready for you when you walk in the door, too. Nothing like a hearty bowl of soup and bread for dinner.” – Leanne Ely
FlyLady’s Favorite Slow Cooker
“Versatile and convenient, this 6-quart pot can be used on the stove top for cooking soup or stew, go into the oven for roasting a chicken or baking a casserole, and placed on its 300-watt heating base for slow-cooking a pot roast or keeping food warm while serving. For serving, the heating base’s temperature control has a keep-warm setting. Medium and high settings permit cooking on the base. The oval aluminum pot, colored black like its heating base for contemporary style, has a nonstick interior and measures 12 inches long by 8-1/2 inches wide, ample for a chicken, ham, or roast beef. A lift-out rack is included for keeping food off the bottom so it can be thoroughly browned during roasting. The pot’s glass lid permits cooking to be monitored without releasing heat, and the lid’s knob stays cool on the stove top. For easy cleanup, the pot, lid, and rack are dishwasher-safe.” -Fred Brack (from Amazon.com review)
Important Slow Cooker Recall Notice and Slow Cooker Safety
CPSC, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Announce Recall of Slow Cookers : “Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The heating element can drop to the bottom of the slow cooker and melt through the plastic outer shell, posing a burn hazard to users.” Please check the model of your slow cooker and cross-check the model number against this recall notice. Contact the toll-free number if you have one these slow cookers. Be safe!
Also, many of you ask about cooking safely with your Slow Cooker. This is from the Food and Safety Inspection Service: United States Department of Agriculture: Focus on Slow Cooker Safety.
Onto the Recipes!
“With the cool weather here, my crock pot in all it’s retro glory, gets yanked out of the back of cupboard and sits in a place of honor– on the counter next to the coffeemaker. Now is the time for all good crock pots to get cooking and next time you see that little Fly reminder that says, “What’s for dinner?”, you just talk right back to your computer screen and say, “Crock pot!” as loud as you want…just try not to startle your family.” – Leanne Ely
Thank-you everyone who sent in their recipes for their slow cookers and dutch ovens! Enjoy having “this extra person” cook for you in the kitchen!
- Soup Recipes: Soups are so nurturing for you and your family. And they smell great too! Enjoy!
- Beef Recipes: This page is long. Scroll down to find yummy recipes for ground beef, stew beef, ribs, and roasts!
- Pork Recipes: Pork chops, tenderloin, ribs, roasts, and ham. Who knew there were so many ways to cook pork in the slow cooker?
- Chicken Recipes: Chicken and Turkey recipes for you and your family!
- Chiles, Beans, Appetizers, Desserts, and More: This is a real hodge podge of interesting looking recipes. Have fun with it!
Note: Did you know Crock Pot® is a registered trademark of Rival® ? Since the debut of the Crock Pot in 1971, more than 80 million Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers have been sold! Let’s dig them out of the cupboard and put them to work this winter!