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The Benefits of Using the Slow Cooker + Two Delicious Recipes
by Monica Resinger
A lot of us have a very efficient and time saving appliance sitting high on a
kitchen shelf collecting dust. What is it? It's the slow cooker! I have taken
mine down from that high shelf and have actually purchased another one because
I have found them to be so helpful. How are they helpful? Read on.
There are a lot of days that it's very hard for me to get a meal on the table
either because I lack the motivation or because we are busy. Lacking motivation
stems from being tired at dinnertime; I have had an active day and by 5:00
p.m., I'm just plain worn out and am not in the mood to cook. Because of this,
we end up eating fast food more often than we should or we eat a meal that
tastes like there was no effort put into it.
I have found a solution to this problem and that is the slow cooker! In the
morning when I am ambitious and creative, I prepare the basis of our meals by
adding meat, liquids, seasonings or other ingredients to the slow cooker. Then
at dinnertime, all I have to do is prepare side dishes such as heat and serve
rolls and a green salad. Sometimes I even prepare the side dishes early too so
that way I have hardly anything to do at mealtime when I'm lacking energy. If
you have two slow cookers, use them both at the same time with the main dish in
one and a side dish in the other.
Another benefit of the slow cooker is that it doesn't heat up the kitchen. This
can be valuable in the summer but don't limit it to summertime cooking. It's an
any-season appliance. You'll be pleased smelling the delicious aroma of your
food cooking all day long in the fall, winter and spring. You can even cook
desserts in them such as apple dumplings.
For those of you that work away from home, the slow cooker is safe enough to
leave turned on low all day. When you get home, most of your dinner is cooked
and ready to eat!
You can buy slow cookers at any retail store for around $30.00 for the average
size and more or less for a bigger or smaller one. But why spend $30.00 when
they are abundant in thrift stores and yard sales? I purchased my second one at
a thrift store for $2.99! If you decide to purchase one at a thrift store or
yard sale, be sure to plug it in and see if it heats up.
Here is one of my favorite slow cooker meals.
Pork Ribs and Kraut
Brown desired amount of pork spareribs in a frying pan over medium heat; season
with seasoning salt and place in the slow cooker. Stir sauerkraut juice into
the pan you browned the ribs in and stir with a fork to loosen brown bits. Add
this juice to the slow cooker along with desired amount of sauerkraut. Set the
slow cooker to low and cook 6-8 hours.
For a side dish to this meal, I make homemade rolls using the bread machine to
make dough, or I just serve plain old bread and butter. A crusty loaf of French
bread would be good too.
This would make a great side dish to the meal above. Peel and cut desired
amount of apples into 1/2 - 1 inch chunks. Place the chunks in your slow cooker
and add about 1/2 cup water. Set the slow cooker to low and cook 4-6 hours or
until the apple chunks are very soft. Mash with a potato masher to desired
consistency and add sugar to taste if desired.
If you need slowcooker recipes, check out the 900+ Slowcooker Recipe E-book
Also, find out how you can get a free slowcooker recipe e-book in my bio below.
I hope this article brings you the inspiration to dust off your slow cooker!
Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home of
many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and
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