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7 Slow Cooker Dinners You Can Easily Prep, Set, And Forget

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So, you’re interested in finding out more about slow-cooked meals? If you just bought yourself a crock-pot and want to test out its limits, then that’s something we can totally help with. 

First of all, you might want to check out this guide on making slow-cooked meals. If you feel like you’ve got the basics down, then we can get to business and start looking at recipes. Your options for slow-cooking are quite many and come in handy when you don’t have that much time for cooking. Prepare the ingredients, turn on the slow-cooker in the morning and come home in the evening to a juicy, flavorful dish!

7 slow-cooked meals to save you some time

1. Slow-cooked beef bourguignon 

Beef bourguignon is one of the staples of French cuisine, and we must say we’re big fans of it. It’s not the easiest of recipes, but of those of you who are still beginners, we give you this simple path – cook it in a slow cooker. Buy a nice cut of flank steak, pair it with the rest of the ingredients and put that slow cooker to good use.

2. Slow-cooked pork ribs

Let’s put the slow cooker to good use by making some delicious pork ribs today. Cook them on a low temperature so they can properly cook, making the meat fall right off of the bone. All you need next is a side of french fries and a nice barbecue sauce.

3. Slow-cooked rib sandwich

Today is a special day, so let’s put that slow cooker to good use. Let’s make some slow cooked ribs and serve them in a special manner, like this sandwich we got over here. Make sure you’re patient and cook them for about 4 hours, to make that juicy meat fall right off the bone.

4. Slow-cooked beef curry

Another recipe that puts that old slow cooker to use. So, if you haven’t used it in a while, now would be a good time to start. Plus, a sweet and full of flavor beef curry is always a recipe to enjoy. It’s easy to make and full of flavor, so what’s not to like.

5. Slow-cooked vegetables in ginger sauce

This spicy vegetarian dish almost makes itself! All you have to do is whip up the sauce made from garlic, ginger, honey, harissa, and tomato paste. Then prep the chickpeas, bell peppers, zucchini, onions, and carrots. Add everything to the slow cooker and take a break. Your meal will be ready in 5 hours and you don’t even need to keep an eye on it.

6. Slow-cooked chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo is an Italian-American dish quite popular in the U.S. And we don’t see why not. It’s a pasta dish with chicken, cooked in a savory butter and cream sauce. But today we were feeling a bit lazy and decided to cook the dish in the slow cooker. It may take a bit more time, but surely it’s easier!

7. Slow-cooked lamb breast

Usually cooking a delicious meal requires effort, but this recipe here is quite an exception! It is delicious because the star ingredient is lamb breast, which is slow-cooked, resulting in meltingly tender meat, rich in taste, that goes very well with the other ingredients added in the crock-pot. However, you will need some time, so arm yourself with patience, because a few hours later the reward will be absolutely delicious!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Slow Cooker Concha Bread Pudding Might Be The Easiest Dessert Ever

One of the holiday season’s most decadent dessert ideas might also be one of its easiest to make: Concha Bread Pudding that you can set and forget in the slow cooker.

concha bread pudding

Made with a fragrant custard with notes of cinnamon and rum, all you need to add in otherwise is a few chopped-up conchas. Day-old pieces of the Mexican sweet bread are best, but any leftover or fresh ones you have will work perfectly for this bread pudding.

Other than that, it’s a simple manner of loading everything into the slow cooker, setting it for a few hours, then coming back to a luscious and sumptuous treat. This concha bread pudding is the perfect dessert to have going on in the background while everything else comes together for the holiday feast.

You can find all of the ingredients necessary for this one-pot sweet at Northgate Market, who will also have the full recipe in a holiday cookbook coming out soon. In the meantime, you can peep the directions to get this festive food party going below:

Servings: 5

Ingredients
4  conchas (7-8 cups), cut into 1-inch pieces (day-old conchas are perfect for this!)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 tablespoons Bacardi rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Vanilla Ice Cream for serving

Directions

Step 1
Butter the inside of a crock pot/slow cooker with 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Add the concha cubes to the pot.

Step 2
In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, egg yolks, brown sugar, cinnamon, rum, salt, and vanilla extract. Pour the egg mixture over the conchas, ensuring it covers every piece. Gently push down on bread with a spatula or spoon so that the concha on top soaks up the liquid as well.

Step 3
Cover and cook for 3 1/2 hours on a low setting. Turn off the crock pot and let cool for 15-20 minutes before serving with a heaping scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.


Created in partnership with Northgate Market

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How To Slow Cook Without Purchasing An Extra Kitchen Gadget

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Slow cooking is on trend again, after almost four decades of people giving up on this cooking method. But as we learned that fast food and pre-packaged meals heated in the microwave are pretty bad for our bodies, it’s time for slow cooking to shine again! Find out why it is so popular and how to cook slowly without a slow cooker.

People have been slow cooking since long before slow cookers were even invented. The first man who developed a slow cooker is Irving Naxon who made, in 1950, a device for simmering a bean meal. But that doesn’t mean he is the inventor of slow cooking; he was just inspired by a story his grandmother told him. Many decades before, back in her native Lithuanian town, her mother made a stew called cholent, which took several hours to cook in an oven. So, slow cooking was a technique people found useful many years ago. In 1970, Naxon’s bean cooker was developed into a large-scale production model of the slow cooker, which could prepare an entire family meal, and with way more ingredients than just beans. And that is how the Crock-Pot was invented.

Slow Cooking Without a Slow Cooker: What You Need to Know

by Raluca Cristian

Slow cooking is on trend again, after almost four decades of people giving up on this cooking method. But as we learned that fast food and pre-packaged meals heated in the microwave are pretty bad for our bodies, it’s time for slow cooking to shine again! Find out why it is so popular and how to cook slowly without a slow cooker.

People have been slow cooking since long before slow cookers were even invented. The first man who developed a slow cooker is Irving Naxon who made, in 1950, a device for simmering a bean meal. But that doesn’t mean he is the inventor of slow cooking; he was just inspired by a story his grandmother told him. Many decades before, back in her native Lithuanian town, her mother made a stew called cholent, which took several hours to cook in an oven. So, slow cooking was a technique people found useful many years ago. In 1970, Naxon’s bean cooker was developed into a large-scale production model of the slow cooker, which could prepare an entire family meal, and with way more ingredients than just beans. And that is how the Crock-Pot was invented.

Slow cookers became very popular in the US during the 1970s, when many women began to work outside their homes. But soon enough, ‘fast food’ and microwave ovens became so much more popular than the crock pots. In recent years, people have been more aware of how bad fast food is for their health and of the advantages of homemade real food, so slow cookers are again on trend. Dozens of food bloggers and writers have turned their attention to slow cooking, all of them sharing their love for this cooking technique.

Slow cookers give you the opportunity to prepare healthy meals for your entire family with a minimum of effort. You just have to turn on the machine in the morning, go to work, and have a warm delicious meal in the evening. Sounds wonderful, right?

Well, things can be incredibly simple if your recipe just asks you to place raw food and a liquid (such as stock, water, or wine) in the slow cooker, putting the lid on and turning it on. But there are also recipes that ask for different actions while slow cooking. Like braising the vegetables or preheating the liquid before adding them to the slow cooker or adding more liquid in the process.

How to slow cook without a slow cooker

A slow cooker has various advantages, like saving your time and effort. I don’t have one, because I’m more of a traditional cooker and I also don’t like cluttering up my kitchen with all kind of gadgets, because everyday something new appears.

So, what can you do if you crave a slow-cooked meal like pulled pork or slow-cooked duck legs confit, but you don’t have the kitchen device? Well, since slow cooking was a popular technique long before the crock-pot appeared, I decided that I can also do it without getting one.

Be careful not to overcook the vegetables.

Slow cooking without a slow cooker tips and tricks

  • At first, you should choose a recipe that works for slow cooking. Then, depending on your recipe, decide if you’re going to cook it on the stove or in the oven. Depending on that, you’ll be able to choose the right cooking pot for the task.
  • For slow cooking on direct heat, on the stove, the stockpot is probably the best pot you can use. A stockpot is a large pot with two handles and a lid, usually made from stainless steel or aluminum. If you have this option, choose a heavy-bottomed stockpot. Cooking in a stockpot on the direct heat of the stovetop means that you can adjust the heat easily. Once the food is cooked, you can also remove it from the cooking liquid and increase the heat to reduce and thicken the sauce before serving.
  • For slow cooking in the oven, use a cast-iron Dutch oven or cast-iron casserole, which distribute the heat evenly. You can also use glass, ceramic, earthenware or any other heatproof material casseroles, but we think cast-iron is the best option. For slow cooking in the oven, you should brown the meat on the stovetop before placing it into the dish. Then, add it in the Dutch oven along with vegetables, liquid, herbs, and spices. Let it cook gently, on low heat, until the meat is tender. Cast-iron casseroles can also be used on the stove, so you won’t need another pot to brown the meat first.
The cast-iron Dutch oven distributes the heat evenly and can be used both on the stove or in the oven.
  • Cooking in the oven or on the stovetop might require a slight liquid adjustment. Slow-cooker recipes tend to use very little liquid because the food is cooked so slowly, leading to less evaporation. You might need to add more liquid in the cooking process, to get an extra tender meat (again, the liquid quantity depends on the cooking temperature and time).
  • Slow cooking without a slow cooker means you can’t leave the house with the oven or stovetop on. You can try this method only during the weekends, or whenever you’re at home. Never leave food cooking on the stove or in the oven unattended. Still, you have this advantage: you won’t have many preparations to do.
  • It doesn’t matter if you use a crock-pot or a Dutch oven, the steps are the same: brown the protein (usually meat), saute the vegetables, add the liquid and cook. Slow cookers lack the ability to brown meat, so you have to use a separate pan for this.
Brown the meat on the stove before adding the vegetables and liquid.
  • For pulled pork, the recommended cooking time is about 8 hours, depending on the temperature (ranging from 250˚F/120˚C to 200˚F/95˚C) and on the meat thickness.
  • For chicken, you should keep in the oven for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours in a Dutch oven, if the slow cooking recipe asks for 2 hours on a high setting. Also, the cooking time depends on the meat thickness and temperature.
  • Cubed meat – lamb, beef or pork – needs 2 to 3 hours in a Dutch oven, if the slow cooking recipe asks for 2 to 3 hours on a high setting.
  • Check the meat as it cooks; add more liquid if needed.

You can see our slow-cooked recipes here and, if you don’t have a slow cooker, adjust them for stovetop or oven.

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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The ‘Wonderbag’ May Soon Replace Your Beloved Slow Cooker

wonderbag

Crock Pots may soon have some competition in the slow cooking game thanks to Wonderbag. The cleverly named invention is indeed a wonder as its insulated design allows food to safely continue cooking without the need for additional energy. The process is extremely easy and also helps alleviate that nagging in the back of your mind. Y’know, the one when you knowingly leave an appliance plugged in for 8 hours to cook while you’re at work.

As seen in the image above, all you have to do is bring your started recipe to a rolling boil for as little as 5 minutes [sometimes longer for meat recipes] and seal it with a lid. Turn off your stove and transfer your hot pot to the Wonderbag. Let it stand for the required amount of time to ensure cooking is completed. Once your dish is ready just open the Wonderbag and uncover your pot lid to find your recipe piping hot ready for immediate consumption. Don’t worry about your dish being questionable, because of the Wonderbag’s insulation your food can be safely kept within its warm walls for up to 12 hours without it falling to an unsafe temperature. Recipes that can be made in this innovative creation include everything from more complex curries and stews, to something as easy as oatmeal. Aside from heating the Wonderbag can also keep your favorite drinks and food cold for up to 12 hours.

Because the Wonderbag is cordless and doesn’t require any power, it’s perfect for use nearly anywhere. Sarah Collins, creator and founder of Wonderbag originally developed her invention as a means to conserve cooking energy in developing nations such as her native South Africa. Besides saving energy the Wonderbag helps to reduce carbon emissions as well as wasted food from burnt pots. It also saves water, less evaporation occurs while insulated and reduces fuel usage by nearly 30 percent.

Wonderbag is now available in the U.S. for $50 via Amazon. For every Wonderbag sold in the U.S. a Wonderbag will be donated to a family in need in Africa. For more information on the Wonderbag peep the YouTube video below.

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Gourmet's: 20 Tools That Changed the Way We Cook

I was off reading some heavy content on chow.com when I came upon an article that international food magazine Gourmet.com did about the “20 Tools and Technologies That Have Changed the Way We Cook”. I found the article so enlightening and informational that I knew I had to post the entire thing here on our website. So bear with me and walk yourself through the changes in cooking since the earliest of times.