As August draws to an end, September brings us all kinds of activities—kids going back to school, college and pro football games filling up the calendar, thoughts of cooler weather and family-favorite fall recipes.
Here at the office we move from grilled lunches to great leftovers, including stews, soups, and incredible slow cooker recipes. Get your Recipe Box ready for some of the favorites from the Allrecipeeps at the office:
• Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (Jenniffer L suggests using ginger ale or Dr. Pepper if you don’t have root beer on hand. It’ll still taste great!)
• Charley’s Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat
• Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs
• South Carolina Pulled Pork
• Easy Slow Cooker French Dip
• Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
• Italian Beef in a Bucket
• BBQ Pork for Sandwiches
• Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
• Spicy African Yam Soup (Not specified for slow cooker, but I make it in mine. –Julie F)
• Slow Cooker Posole
• Slow Cooker Borscht
• Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker
• Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey (While you lose out on having a pretty turkey for display, the taste is awesome. I served this at Christmas dinner last year and everyone asked me for the recipe. –Joseph)
If you thought your slow cooker was only for use in the winter time, think again. One of the perks to using your slow cooker all year is that it won’t be heat up your home the way an oven or stove would. You can create more than dinner dishes: check out these breakfast and dessert slow cooker recipes.
Haven’t used your slow cooker in a while? Check out these helpful tips from Hamilton Beach® for a refresher.
Hamilton Beach®: Learn The Basics First
Whether you consider yourself a slow cooker novice or have some experience, there are a few things you should know about this method of cooking:
1. If you are not familiar with using a slow cooker, experiment with different cooking times and settings. Getting the results you desire from your slow cooker takes a little practice and the more you use it, the better results you’ll get.
2. A slow cooker is great for foods that are not naturally tender, such as meat with a lot of connective tissue. These are the least-expensive cuts but also the most flavorful.
3. When it comes to overcooking, the size of your slow cooker matters. Most recipes call for cooking on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. If the crock is not filled, it will overcook. To prevent overcooking, the crock (sometimes called stoneware) should be filled half-full to no more than one inch from the rim. However, this does not mean to fill the crock with liquid.
4. The slow cooker version of a recipe will call for less liquid than the oven or stovetop original, where evaporation will occur. So unless you are cooking soup, stew, or chili, do not add too much liquid. You need just enough liquid to cover the bottom of the crock for even heat distribution.
5. If you lift the lid during cooking, your cooking time will increase due to heat loss. Unless your recipe specifically calls for stirring, resist lifting the lid.
6. Always completely thaw frozen meat before placing in slow cooker.
Test Kitchen Tip: Evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and processed cheese are better choices than fresh dairy products for use in slow cooker recipes.
Be sure to enter the Southern Menu Sweepstakes for your chance to win a Simplicity Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach®! Stay tuned for more slow-cooking recipes and tips in the next week.
What are your tips when creating your favorite slow cooker recipe?