Victoria Lynn is an online writer who loves cooking and sharing her experiences with readers!
Benefits of Slow Cookers
I've really been getting into cooking with crock-pots (or slow cookers). These kitchen items are great for the summer because they don't heat up the kitchen like the stove or oven. In the winter, the slow cooker is also fun to use, as it creates warm and comforting foods.
Slow cookers require much less energy, even when they are on for eight hours, compared to the energy required to cook something on the stove for an hour or so. And how awesome is it to put in the food and walk away without having to continually check on it as you would with the stove or oven? There is virtually no danger of the food boiling over or burning. Plus, if you have the "warm" feature, you can keep food warm, without it continuing to cook.
To me, another perk is that everything just seems to taste better in a slow cooker. Well, maybe not dishes such as fried chicken, but foods do seem to blend together well in a crock-pot. I have cleaned out my refrigerator and freezer before, dumping in my slow cooker the miscellaneous leftover vegetables and meats, adding only a few spices, and the final result is tastier than I could have imagined.
Cook Three Foods at Once!
Although I've been enjoying my traditional slow cooker for years now, recently I caught myself eyeing the three-pot slow cooker. I seemed to spot them everywhere I went. One even went for a door prize at a conference I attended.
As my birthday drew near, I told my boyfriend that getting me one of these triple crock buffets would be a great idea. It wasn't too long before we were off to Kohl's to pick one out!
We looked at the different sizes—one with a regular-size crock plus two small ones of 1-1/2 quarts; one with three 1-1/2 quart sizes; and one with three 2-1/2 quart sizes. I didn't want the regular-sized one, as I already have a large slow cooker. After some contemplation, we decided that I might regret getting the smaller sizes, so we decided on the 2-1/2 quart-sized crocks. I think this is a perfect size.
Setting up Your Slow Cooker Buffet
The triple crock slow cooker was easy to set up. I found a temporary spot on the counter, flipped quickly through the instructions, washed the pots and lids, placed them in the apparatus, and I was ready to go.
Also included in this brand (Tru) were three heavy-duty serving spoons. I could hardly wait to cook in my new prize for the first time.
Since then, I have moved the stuff on my counter around in order to give my crocks a permanent spot. I thought about moving the appliance to the garage or somewhere else when I wasn't using it, but I thought that would be too much trouble. I think I'll be using this slow cooker pretty often. Plus, the attractive black and stainless steel match the built-in microwave and stove that is next to it.
Tru 3 Crock Buffet Slow Cooker
My First Triple Crock Meal
My first triple crock meal consisted of marinated chicken breasts, potatoes and onions, and green beans. After marinating the chicken breasts, I cooked them slowly to tenderize them. I cooked the potatoes and onions on high for a while before switching them to low, adding some grated cheese. For the green beans, I found an online recipe for frozen green beans cooked in chicken broth. Those I cooked on high.
I'm excited about the "warm" setting, as I have only a "high" and "low" on my regular crock pot. The warm (unlike the low) setting keeps the dish warm without continuing to cook it. I love that!
You may want to know that these little crocks are removable for cleaning. The dishwasher isn't recommended for them, but they clean up easily by hand. I've had no trouble with them at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first time cooking with my new triple crock slow cooker buffet. This thing will be great for parties!
Questions & Answers
Question: Can I cook green bean casserole in the crock-pot? Can turkey stuffing be kept warm without burning?
Answer: Yes, I'm sure you could cook green bean casserole in it. I'd just Google it for guidelines on how long to cook it--and whether on low or high. Turkey stuffing should be easy to keep warm on the lowest temperature.
© 2012 Victoria Lynn