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Slow Cookers are a Budget Smart Girl’s Best Friend

 

I own two slow cookers and I’m seriously thinking about adding to my collection.

I’ve owned one of them for close to 20 years but the second one was a refurbished one I bought for $9 from Hollar. It’s programmable where the first one isn’t and to say it gets used a lot is an understatement.

These machines use little energy, save you time, and best of all save you money. Bottom line, these wonder machines are a budget smart girl’s best buddy.

No Fuss Meals

For starters, slow cookers are perfect for creating no-fuss, one-pot meals. As an added bonus, they render cheaper cuts of meat mouthwateringly tender thanks to extended cooking times over low heat. It is virtually impossible to burn or ruin food when cooking with this method.

They are also super easy to clean, thanks to a removable and durable inner pot. (For even easier cleanup, you can purchase disposable liners that you simply toss into the trash when your meal is done to create a wonderful “zero cleanup” cooking experience).

Varieties Galore

Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different size households and larger meals can be portioned and frozen for quick reheating later. So, whether you live alone or have a large family, you can start your slow cooker when you head off to work in the morning and enjoy a hot, delicious meal when you arrive home at the end of the day.

A busy cook can benefit from the simplicity, ease-of-use and versatility a good slow cooker provides. With prices and features ranging from the extremely low-end to the very high-end, there is a perfect slow cooker out there for every household and budget.

Endless Recipes

Even if you’ve never used one before, you’ll never be at a loss for what to cook. Just pick up one of the high-quality slow cooker recipe books found online or at your local bookstore. Inside, you’ll find a ton of recipes that have already been perfected to deliver delicious slow-cooked meals every time. Slow cookers began as a simple one-pot system for low temperature cooking, but they have evolved quite a bit since then. Today, you can brown, sauté, steam, slow cook and even boil soups, stews, roasts and casseroles in them.

Pick the Right Model

The key to picking the right model is to make a list of which features are most important to you. Then, be sure to do some online research before making a decision. Previous buyers and experienced product reviewers have already done most of your homework for you – which can save you a lot of time, money and aggravation down the road. With a little bit of research upfront, you can choose the slow cooker model best suited for your individual cooking style and budget.

These days I cook practically everything in them…overnight oatmeal, dried beans for other recipes, whole chicken, lasagna, and even baked potatoes…yes, you’ll never go back to using the oven for baking one of these ever again.

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