September 8, 2014 – Lengthy hours in the kitchen preparing the perfect meal don’t always fit into our busy schedules. Fortunately, a slow-cooked meal is the perfect solution for a fast-paced life. Fill your slow cooker in the morning and leave it be – no watching, no stirring, no strings attached. Here are our four favorite tips to becoming a crockpot pro.
Line For Easy Clean Up
Didn’t think the slow cooker process could get any easier? Think again. Avoid soaking and scrubbing the crockpot aftermath by lining your slow cooker before use with the Boulder Slow Cooker Liner. $1.49, Special Buy beginning 9/10.
Add Flavor with Browning and Deglazing
Deepen the flavor of your slow cooker dish by browning meat and vegetables in a skillet with olive oil first. Once browned, pour water or wine into the skillet and scrape all browned bits, which hold the most flavors, from the bottom of the pan. Browning and deglazing add a savory layer to this Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff.
Finish With Fresh Herbs
If adding fresh herbs or citrus to your dish, wait until the last 15-30 minutes of your cook time in order to preserve the full flavor.For dishes with shorter cook times, more durable herbs like rosemary and thyme hold up best. Add a sprinkle of fresh parsley to this Slow Cooker Eggplant Spread to top it off.
Plan Ahead For Less Stressful Mornings
Always in a morning rush? Prepare your ingredients the night before and store in a sealed container in the fridge overnight. In the morning, throw your ingredients in the slow cooker and turn on the heat, letting the slow cooker do all the work for you.
- Tip: Don’t store ingredients in the slow cooker dish while refrigerating. When you turn on your slow cooker, the dish should be as close to room temperature as possible.
Share your favorite slow cooker tip or recipe in the comments!