Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gluten Free Cooking Tips #2 -- Use your Slow Cooker

Cooking Tip#2

Use your Slow Cooker

If you are a reluctant cook, a slow cooker can be your best friend! Many slow cooker recipes simply require you to add ingredients to the cooking insert, turn it on, and let it go. The “set it and forget it” philosophy is a huge help to many home cooks who don’t like to stand over a stove and prepare meals.

Slow cookers aren’t just for soups and stews. You can slowly roast meats, make casseroles, prepare breakfasts, snacks, appetizers, and even desserts! (Shameless plug -- my slow cooker cookbook “The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook”, which includes recipes for ALL of these categories will be coming out this October 2012!)

A 4-quart slow cooker is a great all-purpose size to start with, especially for couples or small families. You can cook small roasts or chicken, casseroles, soups, stews, etc... that will feed enough for 4-6 people.

Another slow cooker bonus is that it’s generally very easy to clean. Before adding ingredients to cook, simply grease or treat the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. This will help foods not to stick to the glazed stoned insert that’s found in newer slow cookers. Once removing the cooked food, cut the slow cooker off and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. When the stone-insert is cool enough to handle, gently wash with hot soapy water. Dry with a kitchen towel and place back in the slow cooker! It’s instantly ready for the next use.
My favorite little red 4-quart slow cooker
A few of my favorite slow cooker recipes:

Reader’s Tip of the Day:
“An easy, quick meal can start with a frozen piece of meat. I like to put a chicken or roast in the slow cooker in the morning completely frozen. I add a few favorite veggies. For me that would be carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. For someone else, it could differ. Add a few of your favorite seasonings, a bit of broth or water, turn it to low, and walk away for the day.” -- Pamela M., author of Aseafish Out of Water

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