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Slow Cooker - Come Home home to Hearty Homemade Meal

Crock Pot

Amidst a fray of high tech blenders, food processors, microwave ovens and state of the art cookers, the rustic crock-pot still holds its pride of place in the kitchen. After all, nothing can replace the aroma and flavor of a well-cooked meal after you come home from a long day on the job or to commemorate a momentous occasion in your life with friends and family.

Homemakers and even the most experienced chefs will agree that crock-pots are a boon to the culinary world and food preparation in general as the cooking is done over several hours, ensuring that all the flavors are sealed into the dish, making it all the more succulent and delicious.

Why use a crock-pot when I can use an oven?

Apart from the fact that it requires minimal culinary skills and saves you a lot of time and effort, crock-pot cooking is the healthiest way to preserve the nutritional value of food. The cooking is done over several hours with a covered lid over medium heat so that the nutrients contained in the food remain intact.

Another major advantage of using a crock-pot is that it gives you the liberty to go about your everyday chores, without having to constantly check to see if the cooking is done. For instance if you fancy a pot roast for dinner, all you need to do is dump all the ingredients into the crock pot and allow it to cook on the low while you go to work and nine hours later, you can come home to a delectable meal.

Crock-pots save you the trouble of cleaning up after you have whipped up a hearty meal as all the cooking is confined to a lidded vessel. Now, instead of sweating it out in the kitchen in slave labor, you can relegate the cooking duties to this excellent device while you watch the seasonal finale of your favorite soap or spend time in the park with your kids.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

And last but not least, no other cooking medium or device can supersede the moistly succulent taste of pork or beef when cooked in a crock pot. This is due to the fact that the meat is cooked on a uniform flame for a couple of hours, thus tenderizing the meat with its own juices and inherent flavors to create a lip smacking entrée fit for a king. So bring out that crock-pot from its retirement and infuse new life into it with a classic recipe that we have for you below:

Hash Brown Casserole

Ingredients:

•    1 cup of chopped onions
•    30 to 32 ounces of frozen shredded hash browns
•    10 3/4 ounces of condensed cream of celery soup
•    6 tbs of melted butter
•    8 ounces of light sour cream
•    10 3/4 ounces of condensed nacho cheese soup

Method:

Insert a few drops of nonstick cooking spray at the base of the crock-pot. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and pour the same into the crock-pot. Cook on the low for about 6 hours. Serve hot and enjoy!