It is no secret that I love using my slow cooker to get family meals together. Here are my top three reasons for using the slow cooker:
- Foods can be cooking while away at work.
- Foods can be cooking without heating the kitchen during the summer months.
- Foods can be cooking while I am at home, spending my time entrenched in an activity…sewing, reading, sewing, working, sewing…you get the idea!
I use my slow cooker so much, I own two of them, and today, they were both being put to work.
One is the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker that often travels to tailgates, friend’s homes, sport concession stands, and family gatherings. Today, I was preparing Tex Mex Potato Soup that was prepped during Jamie’s Tastefully Simple Freezer Workshop held at Vintage Kitchen. To make clean up easier, I used a slow cooker liner.
The second slow cooker that I own has a divided insert. I purchased it at a discount store years ago and it has been performing ever since. Today’s dinner was one of the best recipes I have ever tried. Slow-Cooked Italian-Style Braised Chuck Roast was on one side of the slow cooker. I did not adapt the recipe except to use the slow cooker instead of the oven. As I got closer to serving, I put vegetables on the right. Dinner finished!!! (I don’t have a link to the brand I bought, but a similar crockpot is the Crock Pot Double Dipper.)