Crockpots seem to have taken a back seat to just about every other kitchen gadget in the last 10 years. Without a doubt, crockpots should be at the top of everyone’s list of desired kitchen tools. Crockpots are the ultimate tool in de-stressing and hassle-free cooking. Let’s take a quick look at why crockpots should be one of the main staples in kitchens around the world.
Set it and forget it
One of the best reasons to keep a crockpot on your kitchen counter is the fact that you can set it and forget it. Basically, you can fix a hearty dinner for your entire family while you are getting everything else done. Imagine being able to make a killer barbeque while cleaning the house, running errands, and getting the kids to school and sports practices.
The ability to set it and forget it should be reason enough to almost super glue a crockpot to the center of your kitchen counter. Not only can you fully cook meals, but you can reheat them too. Crockpots are useful for reheating food because the do not dry them out like microwaves do. Sure, it takes a little foresight to get the food in there with enough time before dinner is served, but your chicken will be more tender and juicy than if you nuke it for a couple minutes.
Types of recipes
Another reason to become buddy-buddy with your crockpot is the number of great recipes that it can be tasked with. Everything from roast to barbeque and soup to cobbler, the walls of your crockpot can do it all. There are tons of books, filled to the brim, with crockpot recipes from the beginner to the advanced.
Since there are practically hundreds, if not thousands of recipes, you don’t have to stress over having the same things each week. The versatility of a crockpot is well worth the money you will spend on one. If you can think of a recipe you would like to try, chances are there is a crockpot recipe designed strictly for it.
Just like one pot meals, crockpots are incredibly easy to clean up, especially the ones made of ceramic or porcelain. Many of the crockpots today are even dishwasher safe, to save even more time and reduce stress. While crockpots can go in the dishwasher, it is usually best to wash them by hand so they do not chip if something hits the basin. As for the rest of the crockpot, there really isn’t much to do other than the occasional wipe down with a warm, soapy cloth.
Crockpots are incredibly efficient at reducing stress. With simple controls, a variety of recipes and clean-up that would make your mother proud, crockpots should really regain their rightful place on the kitchen counter. Grab out your crockpot, throw in some ingredients, set it, forget it and come back when it is done. How is that for stress free cooking?