Growing up, a crock pot or slow cooker was always a highly used kitchen appliance. Mostly on Sundays when my mom would put a bunch of stuff in it in the morning and by supper time whatever was in there had cooked and turned into dinner.
It made things really easy and provided time for other chores or football watching to be done in peace.
It was one of the first things I asked for when I moved out on my own. And I got one! Then I wanted a bigger one and my lovely husband obliged and bought me a huge crock pot. Sometimes I secretly wish for a bigger one.
I adore my crock pot and use it a great deal. You may be surprised to learn that it also gets a lot of use in the summer as well. Things can be cooking away without heating up the entire house or sweating over a stove. In the humid Ohio summers, you’ll do just about anything to avoid heating up the kitchen.
In my naive cooking mind, I assumed everyone used crock pots at some point. I also assumed everyone loved them.
Now that I’m cultured (ahem) I’m finding out that there are two camps regarding the slow cooker, those that love it and those that hate it.
Apparently those that hate it suggest that it makes food bland, turns herbs and seasonings bitter, and makes things into a gloppy mess.
I have to admit this surprised me because I’ve never experienced any of that with slow cooker foods. Everything has been totally amazing and meats always come out succulent and tender.
My two favorite kinds of foods to make are roasts and chili in the slow cooker. Apparently it was first designed and marketed as a tool to cook beans. I’ve made beans in it before but don’t really like the way they turn out. It might take practice on my part though as I’m still trying to perfect making beans at home. So far I’ve only been mildly successful.
Finding out that there are two camps to the crock pot/slow cooker issue has me curious and wanting to hear opinions on the matter. As I said, I love my slow cooker and I just used it last night to make some chili!
Do you like using a crock pot or do you dislike it? Do you have one and do you use it often or just on occasion?