Slow cooking: A boon for a fast-paced lifestyle

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  • Anonymous
    Jan. 14, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    January is a good time of year for this kind of thing...I guess any time is a good time for a crock pot meal.

  • bs
    Jan. 13, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    TO JOSH: Crockpot will be cheaper than another marriage.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 13, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    RE: Gosh - | 11:27 p.m. Jan. 12, 2010

    Since reading comprehension must be difficult for you, here's an example of some of the "canned" ingredients mentioned in the recipes.

    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 green onions, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
    3/4 cup cilantro chopped
    5 medium potatoes
    4 large sweet red peppers
    2 cups sliced celery
    2 cups sliced carrots (about half of a one-pound bag of baby carrots)
    1 medium baking potato, peeled and cut into cubes
    2 medium carrots, peeled and cubed
    1-2 celery stalks, sliced
    1 onion, chopped

    You're certainly right, genius. There's so many canned vegetables in those recipes that it definitely shouldn't be called real cooking.

  • lisa
    Jan. 13, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    Having to feed a family of 7 is challenging and rather expensive. Crock pots are a budget helper and timesaver. Cheap meats+crockpots =good meals. I use the tenderized meat in other meals too. Buy a huge hunk of whatever on the cheap, season with whatever you have in the cupboard. Pair it with something crunchy like fries or salad or homemade rolls and presto dinner is served. Both my spouse and I work so we dont have time to linger lovingly over the stove trying to coax tough meat to pretend its tender. A Crock pot is like a meat babysitter that can properly train your kids to behave. Okay I may be overly fond of the crock pot but really its my best friend right next to my rice cooker. I still do the baking by hand, not a big fan of breadmakers personally. Great article.

  • Josh
    Jan. 13, 2010 9:20 a.m.

    I've just went through my 4th divorce and once again I'm looking to fend for myself. Tips like these are really helpful. I think it's time I get a crock pot and let it do the cooking!

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 13, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    To Gosh: Did you even read the recipes? All but the first recipe included a large number of "real ingredients" including fresh vegetables.

  • kanaka818
    Jan. 13, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    I was divorced in my mid 30's and had custody of my teenage son. Being a male, I'd never really learned to cook, but I also had custody of the crock pot. I looked in the freezer and found some chicken. I could cook steak on the grill, but I had no idea how to cook chicken. I checked the crock pot recipe book and found many recipes for chicken.

    That went well and I expanded my choices, cooking something different nearly every Sat. and Sun. The left-overs gave us another 2-4 meals per week.

    Aside from the ease of cooking and great taste, a big + was the wonderful smell in the house when you returned in the evening after the meal had been simmering for 6-8 hours. Crock pots are "real cooking".

  • Gosh -
    Jan. 12, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    whatever happened to using real ingredients, like fresh vegetables instead of so much canned stuff and prepared in the roll biscuits? Skip the cream cheese and the sour cream and try real cooking.

  • Rob
    Jan. 12, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    You, yum and more yum! Thank you!

  • Flo Wineriter
    Jan. 12, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Thanksd for this article. I was widowed almlost two years ago and preparing one person meals is a challenge. I found my old crock pot in the basement storage room last week and have been looking for the book that came with it. With the information in this article I can really put the pot to use again!