(Closed) Ladies who have crock pots/slow cookers,are they worth it? Do you really use it?

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Post # 2
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Yes. I love mine. 

There’s so many recipes available online and in cookbooks for the slow cooker. 

Make sure you do some research and read reviews on which to buy. Also, make sure to get one that is super easy to clean, usually the ones that have a removable inner pot. 

Post # 3
4702 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have one and use it seldomly.

It is the summer and I assume I’ll use it more in the winter but right now I’m not using it that often.

I prefer traditional methods of cooking, if I have the time.. If I don’t the slow cooker is a lifesaver. I don’t like meat that comes out of it though, I find even on low its too high.

Post # 4
1898 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I love it mostly in the fall and winter, but yeah, I use it a lot. Definitely get one with a built in timer though so it shuts off automatically. I use it a lot for soups and Sunday dinners. I will throw a pot roast, flank steak or other type of meat in there sunday morning for dinner so we can run around and do our errands and still have a nice meal.

Post # 5
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

OMG are you kidding me? I love my crockpot. I mostly use it when I’m at home. I throw in a frozen solid chicken breast with some salsa or spices, throw it on high for 2 hours. Then I just do some crap around the house or go run some errands and it’s done.  It’s also very forgiving so if you are gone longer it’s no big deal. If you will be at work all day, you can set it on low and it will turn off when your set time runs out and switch to just keeping the food warm.

Post # 6
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane

I use mine all the time, especially in the winter.  It’s so easy to just throw in meat, vegetables, and seasonings and come home to stew or soup.  Plus the house smells amazing!

Post # 7
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I use mine mostly in winter, for soups, stews, stroganoff, etc. I’m not totally comfortable with running it if I’m out of the house most of the day but as I work from home, I usually throw the stuff in in the morning and keep an eye on it during the day.

Post # 8
1169 posts
Bumble bee

We have a slow cooker and use it quite a lot in winter, we do a roast and then make stock and use that and the left over meat with some veg to make a stew, it takes a little bit of preparation (stripping the chicken, making the stock, chopping the veg) but is AMAZING coming home to a hot cooked meal. It also works really well with shop bought stock and raw meat if you can leave it longer to cook through the day and don’t want to do much prep at all.

Post # 9
8352 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I absolutely love mine. Amazon has ones that aren’t too expensive, so if you’re interested, I’d try it. I make pulled pork, pot roast, chicken curry, etc. in it. I experiment frequently too with just throwing in random types of meat, some kind of soup or sauce I have lying around, and frozen veggies and everything ends up working somehow. 

I just don’t have time to cook things since I generally work 12+ hour days (and so does the SO), so it’s been a lifesaver. Prep takes minutes and cleanup is a breeze.

Post # 10
2126 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I use mine in the winter when the days are negative 30 degrees… I make a really good spicey vegan chili with it so I have something hearty but healthy and hot. Warms the soul and fills you up for ice fishing plus it’s so easy to make, just dump the incredients in basically and it cooks away while you do chores!

But honestly, I haven’t used it once this summer… I probably should!

Post # 11
305 posts
Helper bee

I’ve found that a lot of things I want to make in the crockpot, I can make just as easily the normal way if I have time.  The advantage comes when you don’t have time.  You “set it and forget it” so the food can be ready when you get off work.  Some things that I make quite often in the crockpot are pulled pork, beef stew (it’s so easy just to chop up and throw in whatever veggies you have on hand), barbacoa for Chipotle style burritos, and roast chicken.  I have also heated up frozen meatballs in spaghetti sauce to make meatball subs on nights when I have tennis and don’t feel like cooking.<br /><br />You can look at crockpot365.blogspot.com to get some good recipes.  The lady who does that blog cooked something in the crockpot every day for a year, and now she just updates periodically with new recipes.  The site is awesome ’cause it has reviews and pictures.  Her Buffalo Chicken Lasagna is SO good, but I’ve started just making it like normal since I don’t like how “deep” it is in the crockpot.

Post # 12
13010 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love it – pulled pork in the slow cooker is my favorite.  Soups are amazing in the winter, too! 

Post # 13
709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I love love love mine and use it a lot. I make freezer meals that I can just “pop” in and turn on and I use it for a black bean soup Fiance loves and I use it to make ham for him (I don’t eat meat)

Post # 14
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have two — a big one and a small one — and I use both frequently! This weekend I used the small one once and the big one twice (made shredded chicken, chili, and pulled pork loin). I either make awesome recipes in them, or else I just throw a bunch of frozen chicken breasts in there with water and spices, and in a few hours I can shred them and toss some kind of sauce over them and BAM — shredded chicken to use on salad, sandwiches, or just to eat straight with side dishes. Bonus points for putting a bunch of the shredded chicken in the freezer so all I have to do is pull it out and let it thaw, and once again there’s cooked chicken ready to put on salads.

I have an amazing crock pot cookbook that has really helped me make the most of it. I’d die without my crock pot.

Post # 15
2848 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

OMG, YES!! I own like 4 of them.  I keep one at work for potlucks!

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