There’s no denying the convenience factor of a slow-cooked meal that just takes a few minutes of preparation, cooks all day while you’re busy living your life and then is ready when you need a hot dinner. Whether you are using the slow cooker mode on your Instant Pot or the trusty slow cooker you’ve had for years, it’s important to keep food safety in mind. After all, the food is cooking “low and slow” a long time, and then often waiting for you on the “keep warm” setting for a while—there is potential for bacteria to multiply to dangerous levels if good food safety practices are not employed. As author of a couple of slow cooker cookbooks, and having used a slow cooker since I was in college, I’ve had my share of experience with these machines.
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Classic pea soup doesn’t really need much in the way of modifications to make it a nutritious comfort food. This version begins with a classic French mirepoix and adds a bit of garlic for good measure. Bay leaf and parsley are suggested, but do change the flavor profile of a typical pea soup, so you may wish to omit them if your favor recipe doesn’t already call for them. Much of the salt in the recipe comes from slow cooking the peas with ham or a ham bone, so if modifying the recipe into a vegetarian option, you may wish to adjust the salt to taste.
Have you ever noticed that dried beans often sit ignored on the supermarket shelf? I’m assuming it’s because people don’t want to take the time to cook them, or they simply don’t know how. Either way, it’s a shame, because dried beans are inexpensive, versatile and nutritious. Cooking dried beans should not cause you distress—and it won’t if you let your slow-cooker do all the work.
As the autumn air starts to turn crisp, there’s nothing more homey and satisfying to coming home from a long day of work and running errands to find a hot, healthy meal waiting for you. Slow cookers are a wonderful solution for eating well in the midst of a busy life. The problem with slow cookers is that many classic slow cooker recipes are high in fat and salt, and worse, if you don’t have a large repertoire, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and tire of your wonderful assistant. This recipe roundup is sure to help with both of those problems.
Throughout September, we’ve been gathering the best advice on slow cooking to help you master slow cooking through everything from food safety to converting your favorite recipes. As we send you out into the world with the recipe roundup on Friday and an arsenal of ideas, we’ve highlighted a few tips from Food Network to… Read more »
No one loves getting up an hour before the kids just to carefully tend a pot of steel cut oats, even if they make a delicious and wholesome breakfast with a delightfully chewy texture. If you have a slow cooker and the time it take to peel a couple of apples, you can have your oats and sleep in too. Better yet, when you wake up, your kitchen will be filled with the enticing scent of your favorite fall spice blend.
Who doesn’t have a few favorite recipes that they wish could be put together in a slow cooker? Searching the internet for converted recipes doesn’t always yield the results we’d like. Many recipes can easily be converted for a slow cooker. We like the tips from iVillage for creating a recipe with great flavor and texture, and the cooking time conversion chart from Taste of Home. Our favorite highlights are below.