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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  1. Slow cooker pasta sauce- how convenient! I never thought of doing it that way. Thank you! 2gr8ful2@gmail.com

  2. I NEED new recipes!!!

  3. Thanks for the post!

  4. Thanks for sharing this info about slow cookers.

  5. Love the slow cooker, just need new recipes! Thanks for the info, now I'm going to check out that artichoke chicken! Kc_nowicki@yahoo.com

  6. I love my slow cooker, we are definitely on the same page with this one. ;) pauladecaria(at)yahoo.com

  7. I haven't used my slow cooker in ages. Thanks for the reminder and the recipes as well!

  8. Thank you for the slow cooker recipes, I need to dust that old thing off and put it into service! elleystar(at)yahoo.com

  9. I do use my slow cooker, but I think I should use it more after reading your post. bellistoncj@msn.com

  10. My family and I have a favorite Crock Pot recipe, but we get tired of it. I wish we had more recipes so that we could use the Crock Pot more often. It really is quite handy for working parents. I am going to check out your recipes. Thank you so much ! lisafowler@zoominternet.net

  11. My family and I love our Crock Pot, but we only have one recipe we really like and , unfortunately, we have gotten tired of. I will check out your site for more recipes. Crock Pots really are handy for working parents. I want to use our's more ! lisafowler@zoominternet.net

  12. I don't have a slow cooker but I do have a thermal cooker which is the modern version of a haybox or like a none powered slow cooker !

    details here of the one I have. It's quite new so we are still learning how to use it best but so far it's great.

  13. This is wonderful, thanks so much for the recipes and the reminder. I love my slow cooker but haven't used it in a while. Also, I wanted to mention that there are these wonderful slow cooker liners, made by Reynolds that are a life saver. I haven't bought them in a while but if i remember correctly they come in a box of 2-3 and only cost 2.00. They are a life saver, you just put in the liner, then follow your recipe as usual. When it's time to clean up you simply pull the bag out and throw it in the trash can, then I usually rinse the inside of my cooker out with some soapy water, but that's just to wipe it down basically.

  14. I had this (almost) overwhelming desire to put a frozen chuck roast in the slow cooker this morning before I left for work. I love that I can decide last minute and it's so easy. The only reason I didn't is that we have lots of different meats that we grilled on Sunday ready and waiting in the fridge.

    I noticed someone else mentioned the chicken and artichoke recipe. It's going on my "must try" list. I must get a 4 quart size cooker. That sounds perfect.

    And thanks so much for the mention. :)

  15. ooo, crock pot recipes that i don't have to convert!

  16. I use my pressure cooker more than my slow cooker because I need more GF slow cooker recipes!

  17. I love my slow cooker and use it so much more now that the whole family eats gluten-free. Your recipes look fantastic--which one do I make first?!

  18. thanks for the recipes and the great giveaway

  19. I would love to have gluten free recipes that taste great that I could do in my crock pot.

  20. I love my crockpot and recently bought an even bigger one. I can always use more gluten-free recipes!

  21. I love using my slow cooker, but never realized how much you can do with it! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!


  22. Thanks for the tips and recipes! I need to use my slow cooker more often!

  23. Thanks for the tip. I had a crockpotapalooza in March and it was so nice to have dinner almost ready every night when we got home. Becky. Bbradley_pc@yahoo.com

  24. My fiancee will love this! superkarloz@yahoo.com

  25. I like to buy whole chickens, butcher, and cook the "remaining parts" so that I end up with a great stock plus all the extra meat that is normally discard to make soup, taco/enchilada meat or croquettes.

  26. I've been neglecting my slow cooker. I guess I've been holding out for your new book!

  27. Love my slow cooker. cindym119@gmail.com

  28. Used our Crock Pot this week for the first and second time. LOVE IT!