I’ve written in an earlier blog about using a crockpot as a tool on busy work days to put a good dinner on the table. I stressed how meals can be prepared ahead of time and placed in a crockpot to cook all day. The popularity of my “Take Your Crockpot to Dinner” workshops has shown me there are many people eager to start or to increase using a crockpot to its best advantage. In addition to workshops at libraries, I’ve provided one-on-one coaching for small groups too. My clients raved about their continued successes after one workshop! I can help you too!
It is common for people to settle on only one or two dishes they always prepared in a crockpot. They have a favorite soup or stew that is now fool-proof for them, so they pull out their crockpot every month or so to make that dish.
Branch out! Try some new recipes, or try a favorite oven recipe in your slow cooker instead. Many casseroles typically baked for an hour in an oven can be assembled into a crockpot and cooked on low for 3-4 hours and turn out great. Any soup can be cooked slowly, and any dish that should be simmered awhile, such as pasta sauce or applesauce is best done in a crockpot without danger of scorching it.
And have you ever had a roast from the oven turn out dry? That won’t happen with a roast that’s been cooking slowly in a crockpot all day. Visit my website for a variety of crockpot recipes.
For those that live near Woodstock, Il, join me on Saturday, November 12, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. for a Crockpot Dinner Prep Workshop. Contact me for details. Upon notification of your RSVP, I will send you a list of the crockpot dinners and a grocery list. It is fun and productive afternoon. I hope to see you on the 12th of November.
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