It’s National Slow Cooking Month!!
January is National Slow Cooking Month. In the north, most people have covered their grills. It’s cold and we want warm comforting food when we walk in the door at night. Enter the slow cooker.
The Crock-Pot was invented in 1940 by Irving Nachumsohn. Nachumsohn invented this slow cooker to cook cholent, a traditional Jewish stew eaten on the Sabbath. (source: OneCounry.com)
Types of Slow Cookers
In the home, slow cookers range in size from 2 cup size to, usually, 6 quarts.
You can buy them as
Most Slow cookers today have a separate insert that can be taken out to wash the “crock.” The older styles where the liner did not come out were very difficult to clean as you could not submerge the base.
The heating dials have changed, too. Some have just a low and high. Some
What Can Be Made in a Slow Cooker?
You can make many foods in a slow cooker. Things that you don’t even think possible. Oatmeal started in the evening before bed will be ready in the morning. Pie filling, cobbler, and bread pudding can be made in a slow cooker. Mac & Cheese, Lasagna, salsa, apple butter, meatloaf… You can make many, many things in the slow cooker.
Recipes are very easy to find for the slow cooker. A google search will lead you to thousands and thousands of recipes. There are Facebook groups just for slow cooker recipes. Friends are a good source. If you know you like similar foods, if you’ve tasted their food, often they will share their recipes.
I’m going to plug a Facebook Group that I’ve belonged to for a couple years. It’s part of the “Debbie’s Back Porch” group of Facebook groups. It’s called Cooking From Scratch on Debbie’s Back Porch. It’s a closed group, but joining is easy. If you decide to join any of the porches, read the rules. There are hundreds of recipes in the files. In addition, people will post recipes they’ve created or tried.
My Favorite Beef Roast Recipe
I wanted to give you our favorite slow cooker recipe. Next Sunday is Sunday Supper Day (yes, I know it’s Sunday Supper M
We used to make this recipe many Sunday mornings as I could quickly set it up in the morning and when we returned home from church, it was done. It is SO easy that you won’t believe it. I always shredded the meat and served it on hard rolls, but you could easily eat it as a roast. I never needed to thicken the sauce, but you could if you want gravy.
We always shredded this and ate it on hard rolls for a Sunday lunch, but it could easily be left as a roast. You would just need to make a gravy, if you wanted a gravy.
- 3 lb Beef chuck roast
- 1 pkg Onion soup mix, or
- 1/3 c dry onion soup mix from the bulk section of your natural food store
Place beef roast in slow cooker. If your roast is dry, add 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with the soup mix on top the roast. Cover.
Set roast on low. Cook without opening cover for 6-8 hours. If you have the dial version, I always set mine on 2-1/2 and it was done in 5 hours.
To serve on buns, shred with 2 forks. Stir and serve.
If serving as a roast and you want gravy, remove roast from slow cooker. Put on platter and tent with foil. Turn cooker on high. Add a flour or cornstarch slurry using beef broth as the liquid. Stir and allow to heat through to thicken.
Isn’t that easy??? It was one of our favorite meals. I hope you like it.
Happy Slow Cooking Month!!
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