Categories: Food & Cooking
Congratulations on your new toy! You will quickly find your Crock-Pot slow cooker to be one of your best friends in the kitchen.
I would recommend trying a few of the recipes that come with your new crockpot, first. Get a feel of your slow cooker. Spend some time figuring out if your new crockpot cooks at the high or low end of the suggested cooking time.
When you are ready to move on, I’d suggest cooking the lazy way. Dump in some chicken, beef, or pork (frozen is fine) and cover it with your favorite jarred or bottled sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7-10 hours, and serve over rice or pasta. The meat will be moist, tender, and will pull apart easily with a fork.
I have done lazy cooking with salsa, pasta sauce, barbecue sauce, pesto, Italian salad dressing, and many of the bottled meat marinades. This is a super-easy and inexpensive dinner.
Another very easy way to crockpot is to use marinated meat. Get a hunk of meat that has been frozen in a marinade, and top with ½ cup of water. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the cut of meat. Chicken will cook faster than beef or pork.
Here are some tried-and-true recipes for the beginning crockpotter:
Good luck, and happy Crock-Potting!
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