Don’t put away your slow cooker just yet! This versatile kitchen tool is useful for so much more than winter soups and stews. Summer is the perfect time to put your slow cooker to work to help you save money and minimize time spent in the kitchen. Here are the top five reasons to use your slow cooker this summer.
- Keep the kitchen cool
We all know that firing up the oven is a sure way to heat up your entire kitchen, which is certainly less than ideal during the hot summer months. Using a slow cooker is an easy way to maintain a cool temperature in your kitchen because of its low heat output.
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- Cook once, eat twice
Using a slow cooker is an easy way to prepare a large quantity of food for two delicious meals at once. For example, cook a large roast, and serve half the roast with your favorite vegetables. The next night, reinvent the remaining roast as a filling for sandwiches or tacos.
- Save money
Slow cookers are great for cooking tougher, less expensive cuts of meat. Cuts like beef brisket, pork shoulder, and chicken thighs are all budget-friendly meats that become tender when cooked low and slow. Use less meat and bulk up the dish with vegetables to save more money. A slow cooker also uses less electricity than the oven to help keep your power bill in check.
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- Spend more time with your family
Prepping a slow cooker meal in the morning allows you to take the worry out of dinner and enjoy more time with your family. Spending a day at the pool or an evening playing outside is even more fun and relaxing when you know that dinner will be ready when you get home.
- Make easy summer s’mores
There’s no need for a campfire when you can make s’mores in your slow cooker! Simply top graham crackers with chocolate squares and marshmallows, and cook, covered, on High for 15 to 20 minutes. When the chocolate is melted, remove the s’mores, and top with an additional graham cracker. Who’s to know they weren’t roasted over a fire in your backyard?
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eMeals offers two slow cooker meal plans, a Classic and Clean Eating version. Check out these plans for simple, delicious meals from your slow cooker all summer long.