Basic Crock Pot Theory dictates that crock pots are for making soup.
And I love soup. I would eat soup at every meal (assuming cereal as a kind of cold soup). But my husband needs a biscuit to consider soup a meal, and my kid, if she senses a biscuit, won’t eat anything else without MUCH DISSENT so I’m looking for other ways to use my crock pot.
Braising things. Crock pots were MADE for braising, which is shorthand for ‘cooking a thing in a liquid at a low heat, for a long time, while you hang around the house because your oven is on.’ EXCEPT FOR THE PART ABOUT HANGING AROUND THE HOUSE because crock pot.
These potatoes allegedly. I mean, they look too good to be true, but they’re on the internet, so…
Poaching things. I mean, it’s probably not *technically* poaching, but one time I made these Poached Pears in Caramel Sauce and they just hung around in the crock pot, being ready and warm and glamorous until dinner was over.
BBQ ribs. You have to finish them under the broiler, but your crock pot can’t do EVERYTHING for you.
Apple cider, or any other mulled beverage.
Steel-cut oats, saving yourselves a good 45 minutes on the stove top. Ain’t nobody got 45 spare minutes in the morning.
Chicken stock. Or, I guess, ANY stock, really. (And then later, you make soup from that stock! But we’re deliberately not talking about soup right now.)
How about you? What do you use your crock pot for? (Don’t say ‘brownies’ or ‘cake’ or any of that nonsense, because I will not believe your lies.)
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