I love the ease of using a crockpot. There is SO much you can do with it (and a few things that should never be done).
5 Do’s and Don’ts of crockpot cooking:
1.) DO use your crockpot to “roast” chicken.
- Click here to check out how I make budget-friendly “roasted” drumsticks in my slow cooker at least 2x’s a week!
- And don’t forget to save the bones for broth! 🙂
2.) DO use your crockpot to cook up a bunch of ground beef all at once.
- I found this idea recently and gave it a try. Success! The beef turned out great and didn’t burn or dry out even while letting it cook away in the crockpot all day long.
- Plus it freezes great so you can make a lot ahead of time and thaw when you need it for quick use.
3.) DON’T cook spaghetti squash all day long in your crockpot.
- Some things just do not turn out right when they slow cook for too long.
- I saw the suggestion of making 2 whole spaghetti squashes in my crockpot on facebook the other day- the idea is great, but the directions that you could do this while away at work… well, that didn’t work out so well for me.
- Cooking spaghetti squash in your crockpot all day long results in overlooked, bitter, unpalatable MUSH!
- I bet you this TOTALLY works, IF you watch the time and keep a close eye on your squash. It however does NOT work when you let it cook while you are at work or can’t attend to it. I found that it needs a little bit more babysitting or at least a close eye on the clock. When I made this, the squash became extremely bitter from overcooking.
- So save your spaghetti squash for roasting in the oven, or be home and set your timer to ensure it turns out well for you. 🙂
- The same is true for tender veggies like zucchini, mushrooms and summer squash, as well as strong flavored veggies like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and leafy greens.
- So don’t fall for recipes that encourage you to throw everything in all at once and let it cook away for hours on end. Instead, wait to add those veggies in the last hour of cook time.
4.) DO make nourishing bone broth in your crockpot.
- Traditional bone broth takes a lot of time simmering away on your stove, but you can actually make it right in your crockpot!
- Use my bone broth recipe as a guide for ingredients, but just place everything in your crockpot and set it to low for 18-24 hours.
5.) DON’T make crockpot recipes that use all packaged ingredients.
- Crockpots can be an efficient and economical way to cook meals. But choose your recipes wisely or use substitutions so that you use them to make foods that support and nourish your body.