Hunker Down with A Crock Pot of Love!

Winter has arrived! It’s time to “hunker down with a crock pot of love!

crockpot recipes artMy husband Bill just gifted me with a Crock Pot for Christmas. Yahoo… now I needed to do some research, find recipes and get ready for the crock-pot and slow cooker season.

The Basics

“It started way back in the 70’s, when the popular and versatile countertop slow cooker, or “Crock Pot,” warmed its way into the hearts of home cooks who were starved for convenience with taste combined. Today, crock pots are computerized, offering varied temperature selections, multiple timing options and removable ceramic liners making crock-potting cleanup even more quick and easy,” said an article in the www.huffingtonpost.com. This slow, sealed method of cooking allows you to retain most of your ingredients nutrients due to the minimal evaporation that occurs.

To Cook or Not to Cook

Brand new home or pre-owned palace, sometimes you just don’t feel like being in the Kitchen! Whatever the reason, you may not want to trash the brand new kitchen space, or you don’t cook anymore, or you’re so busy with your Active Adult Delaware lives that you don’t have time to play in the Kitchen right now. No matter what, crock-potting will save you prep time plus fill your home with the scent of a slow home cooked meal without a lot of mess and fuss.

What You Need to Know About Slow Cooking

These are the few things they suggest to keep in mind as you select and utilize your slow cooker:

Size. The heating pattern requires that the container be at least half to two-thirds full, so be sure to choose the right volume cooker for your needs.

Features. Possibilities run from the simplest single-dial heating control to an array of options including insert thermometers, automatic warm settings, and clips to secure the lid for transport. Consider how you will use your cooker.

Meat. For both flavor and safety, it is best to sear meats before adding to pot. The best meats for the crock pot are also the cheapest! Clod roasts, stew meat, shoulder cuts, rump cuts are perfect. Just be sure they’re covered with the liquid.

Liquids. They will impart a great deal of savor to your finished dish, so be sure they are high-quality and flavorful.

Leave It Closed. The condensation liquid that forms inside the lid helps return moisture and heat to the dish, and provides a seal around the edges to enhance the process. If you need to open the lid, keep it brief.

Choosing Your Crock Pot. There are many good brands and options, so I’m going to recommend that you do a little homework, read the reviews, figure out what you need, and then go for it.

Read the entire article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-zevnik/crock-pot-love-what-you-need-to-know-about-slow-cooking_b_7286896.html

NOW… Find A Recipe and Plug In Your Crock Pot!

There are tons of cookbooks and recipes available to help you explore the wonderful world of slow cooking and crock-potting. You can buy a cookbook or find recipes on the internet like the ones we are sharing here from the 50 Plus Friends Cookbook. You’ll enjoy saving the extra time and the terrific comfort food that this modern convenience cooks up. Originally posted as the 50 Plus Friends Cookbook at www.50Plusfriends.com, the new website offers the technology needed for mobile and tablet device access.

CrockPot – Beef

CrockPot – Pork

CrockPot – Poultry

CrockPot – Fish & Seafood

CrockPot – Soup, Stew & Chili

CrockPot – Barbeque

CrockPot – Side Dishes

CrockPot – Dessert

CrockPot – Miscellaneous

Click Here to go to the recipe index, or COPY and PASTE this link into your browser  http://www.buyfood.co.uk/cooking-recipes/crockery-pot-cooking/

PLUS… Here’s 22 Healthy crock Pot Recipes from Greatist.com

posted by Sophia Breene at http://greatist.com

1. Crock-Pot Hot Cocoa

2. Mulled Cider

3. Gingerbread Latte

4. Warm Pomegranate Spiced Wine.

5. Wassail

Appetizers

6. Slow Cooker Chex Mix

7. Herbed Crock-Pot Dinner Rolls

8. Sweet and Spicy Mushrooms

9. Crock-Pot Cajun Boiled Peanuts

10. Orange Glazed Meatballs

Main Dishes

11. Crock-Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili

12. Slow Cooker Pot Roast

13. Vegetarian Lasagna

14. Creamy Chicken Spaghetti with Broccoli

15. Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Ham

16. Crock-Pot Roast Chicken

Desserts

17. Clean Eating Slow Cooker Brownies

18. Crock-Pot Baked Apples

19. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds

20. Blueberry Lemon Cake

21. Coconut Rice Pudding

22. Slow-Cooker Caramel Poached Pears

Read the entire article here, get these recipes and read their descriptions at http://greatist.com/health/healthy-crock-pot-holiday-recipes?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_2015-12-22_mails_daily_new_header

Happy Crock-Potting and Slow Cooking!!