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[link] This is the one I got, and I'll swear up and down by it. Fantastic device. Thrift stores generally have some, if you want to save some cash.
I have this one and I absolutely love it. I used to have one without the timer but I don't think I could go back now. I used to only be able to make recipes that would take 8 hours and if I was late, whatever I was making would just dry out. Much more versatile and I've used the thermometer feature as well (automatically switches to warm when the meat hits a certain temperature) for pot roast before and it came out perfect!
Get one with a timer- that cooks on high for 4-6hrs low for 8-10hrs + has a warm feature at least. SO many good recipes-
If you are 1-2 folks and don't plan to cook 3-4lbs of meat at once, get the round one. If you're cooking for 4 or more get the oval, bigger one.
Favorite easy recipe:
2-4lbs of FROZEN pork loin (salted/peppered)
1/2 can of chicken broth
lay it in the crockpot on a bed of onions (if you want/count the carbs)
Cook on low for 8hrs and it is fall apart tender. Shred the meat and use it however you'd like!
I WANT this one now (mine tends to overcook chicken/thinner cuts of meat even on low:
Here are the recipes...
These are some dishes my friend made for me and froze in aluminum tins. It was so convenient to have some ready-made home-cooked meals to throw in the oven:
Crock pot stuff. I love slow cookers because there's nothing to learn or do. Just dump in the ingredients, turn it on low, set a timer for 7-8 hours from then, and come back to your food all prepared. You can get a 6 quart normal one for $35 on Amazon: [link]
Crock pot pulled pork (my favorite because it's tasty, easy, and involves NO prep):
^ Throw those on some potato rolls for some tasty sandwiches. The cooked meat also freezes really well. I can make lunch for two adults for a whole week out of this (in addition to having it for dinner once or twice).
Slow cooker corned beef and cabbage:
Here's some stuff on freezer cooking, including with some recipes. If you have a chance before your twins are born, maybe you can throw some of these together:
I like to make casseroles because they reheat well and my entire goal in life is to cook as little as possible. I make one of these and eat the leftovers for lunch for a week.
Cream of Chicken Taco Casserole:
Mix the cooked, cut up chicken with soup, milk, peppers, and onion.
Line a 9 x 11.5 pan with taco shells. Crush them up first if you want.
Pour chicken mixture over taco shells.
Top with cheese.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
This is a good one though anything 5-7 quarts and programmable is ideal:
I get containers at Costco. They are just a single section instead of multi compartment but are cheap and work well.
Yes, about $15 difference between a decent programmable one and a normal one.
But I can also see there's this programmable one which is cheap. Not sure if it's worth it though.
Woo, I win! 28.31
Apparently I really won, its now 49.
its not suppose to be locked while cooking I believe. Only locked when transporting.
and there are plenty more...