Slow-cooker stare-down: Tell me why you don’t like your Crock-Pot and I’ll convince you!
| March 29, 2010
In Coffee and Convo
Featured Recipe: Slow-Simmered and Savory Pot Roast
I’m passionate about my slow cookers, and yes, that’s plural. I currently own five Crock-Pots in various sizes and configurations, and I think everyone should have at least one. They are my favorite wedding and baby shower gift. Lately I’ve added birthday gift to that roster and just shipped one of the six-quart models with the warming function to my forty-something sister.
When I recently caught myself in an impassioned speech on the glories of slow cookers in a conversation with my much-younger niece Maggie, I knew I’d crossed some sort of line. But these young moms who’ve been brainwashed into thinking that every meal has to include four hours at the stove -- no wonder they reach for takeout menus five nights a week.
We’ve never written a slow-cooker cookbook, but Desperation Entertaining! has a Crock-Pot chapter, and Cheap. Fast. Good! also contains some of our favorite slow recipes. The recipe featured here for Slow-Simmered and Savory Pot Roast was a huge hit when it ran in our newspaper column.
The slow cooker is my favorite fall-back position for a variety of desperate situations. Say I’m going to be away from home all day and want to be greeted by lovely smells when I return. Or I’ve got a house full of guests who’d like for me to come along for a the day at the beach. You guessed it. I just throw a bunch of veggies, broth and some sort of meat into my crock. Voila, hot homey dinner eight to ten hours later!
I always wonder what it is that some cooks just don’t “get” about the slow cooker. So here’s a challenge: If you don't like your slow cooker, tell me why. I’ll take your argument to the mat and see if I can change your mind. And hopefully all the other slow-cooker fans out there will help me out! Just put your Crock-Pot objections into the comments section following this post. Come on! It’ll be fun! (Humor me!)
Full disclosure: We are not paid to endorse any products here on Kitchen Scoop. We do accept products for review from time to time, and donate them to charities afterward when appropriate. We test all of our slow-cookers in Rival Brand Crock-Pots for consistency.
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My husband told me that when he and his cousin were running cross country in high school, before each Saturday race, his mother would make them biscuits and chocolate gravy. Now thanks to Cheap. Fast. Good! I am preparing your version of biscuits and chocolate gravy. Except now instead of heading to a cross country race we will be headed to our son's swim meet. Thanks for helping me carry on a family tradition.
-- Louanne Bisel
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