Monday, September 07, 2009

crock pots

After much hemming and hawing and researching, I finally bought a Crock Pot. I feel like I have reached some new level of adulthood.

The reason I have held off so long is that I don't like beef stew and my image of a crock pot is that it's best use if for beef stew. But, I've been hearing about how wonderful they are for busy families and I was intrigued by the idea of dinner cooking while I'm out running around getting all the children where they need to be.

And so now we have a crock pot.

My first recipe didn't go so well. I thought I'd impress my family with breakfast the day after I bought our new toy. Let's just say there's a reason why they say to add the cheese 15 minutes before you want to eat. And they're right when they say it should be at least half full. We awoke to a wonderful smell but the finished product didn't live up to the aroma. It was a hardened burnt unappetizing mess. We ended up eating cereal since I'd used up all the eggs.

I'm a litle dismayed to realize that food must be cooked before it can be crock potted! Is it really then a time saving device? It could still be valuable just from the stand point of moving the bulk of the cooking from just when we want to eat to earlier in the day when we have more time. Not sure, however, if it will be worth it.

Now I need recipes. Lke I said, I don't really like beef stew.


Holly Jo said...

Can't believe you never had a crockpot. Very handy.
Here is where you need to go. I love looking through her old posts.

I DO admit sometimes I think the food is not as tasty and slightly over cooked. Better than expensive convenience foods though.

Lisa L said...

I LOVE my crockpot! The site Holly mentioned is great. I'm also all about the simple simple. I often put a recipe on when I go to bed and then it is ready in the morning and I put it in the fridge ready to be heated up for dinner!

Here are two faves in our house:

1 boneless pork roast
1 can of jellied cranberry sauce
1 package of Lipton Onion soup.

Put them in the crockpot and cook on low for 7 hours. The meat just falls apart! We usually serve this with rice.


1 package of baby backed ribs plain

Spray crockpot with Pam and put in ribs. Cook on low 7 - 8 hours. Take them out and brush on some BBQ sauce. Place under the broiler for a few minutes and they are all set. Mark says they are the best ribs he's ever had!

One more:

1 package of yellow cake mix
2 cans of cherry pie filling

Mix cake mix with 1/4 cup of softened butter until crumbly. Add both cans of pie filling to crock and then add cake mix on top. Cook on low for 4 hours. It is delicious served warm with ice cream!