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When you're making meals with a slow cooker most of the prep work is done in one step. Simply load your slow cooker, turn it on, and rest easy: You can go about your day with the promise of a warm meal waiting for you at home.
A Brief History of Slow Cookers
The original slow cooker was invented in 1940 by a man named Irving Nachumsohn aka Irving Naxon. According to Washington Post, he invented the slow cooker to easily fix traditional meals that were inspired by his Jewish roots of eastern Europe.
The original device was called the “Naxon Beanery,” because the first intention was to slow cook beans. As a side note: This wouldn’t be a bad name for a trendy downtown coffee shop.
Naxon’s mother had told him stories about a bean-based dish she would make in her village in Lithuania. The stew is called a “cholent,” and it’s a traditional meal that’s eaten during the Jewish Sabbath.
The marketing of the slow cooker changed in the 1970s as it was advertised more to mothers who worked all day. The famous slogan that sold millions of slow cookers was, “cooks all day while the cook’s away.” The promise is still true, as a slow cooker is still one of the most convenient ways to cook a full and hearty meal.
According to Consumer Reports, nearly 83 percent of families in the United States owned a slow cooker in 2011.
If you’re a part of that majority, what are you going to whip up in your slow cooker? We have some choices that will surely satisfy everyone at your dinner table.
Fill it. Set it. Enjoy it Later.
Meal kits are convenient. Slow cookers are easy. And for the first time ever, we’re combining the two. Take a look at these recipes that are specifically made for your slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Succulent chicken thighs that sit pretty in a bed of pasta and richly flavored cacciatore sauce, (that you make from scratch—don’t worry, it’s easy).
Slow Cooker Short Ribs
Extra tender short ribs that are marinated in French onion soup, ale, garlic, brown sugar, and herbs. Paired with cheesy mashed potatoes and sauteed broccoli, (all included), this dish will more or less melt in your mouth.
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Taco
This is not your regular beef taco. This meat is marinated for nearly seven hours, making it fall-off-the-fork tender and oh-so-succulent. Wrap it in a corn tortilla, top it with your favorite taco goodies, and lick your fingers—no one’s judging.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you ever have a cold, this is the zesty type of soup that you would crave. With black beans, roasted corn, chicken breast, cumin, lime, picante sauce, and cilantro every spoonful sets off aromatic fireworks.
Slow Cooker Chicken & Herb Dumplings
This is a classic comfort food meal. The chicken cooks for six hours total and the result is moist and tender lean protein. The herbed dumplings cook for three hours and they’re chewy in the best way. This is chicken and herb dumpling stew for the soul.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
These aren’t the type of sliders you can find at a gastropub. These are one-of-a-kind. The secret is in the dry rub. Cooking low and slow allows the spices and natural juices of the meat to transform into a succulent masterpiece.
3 Tips to Remember While Using your Slow Cooker
- Keep the Lid Tight: Check for a well-fitting lid and resist the temptation to remove the lid during cooking as it may interrupt the process.
- Don’t Overfill: For the best results, your slow cooker should be no more than ⅔ full.
- Open with Care: Hot steam is gathering in the slow cooker while the lid is closed. When you open the lid make sure that you’re doing so away from your face and limbs when the food is done.
Do you have any tips or tricks of your own to share while using the device? Start the conversation by leaving a comment or a question below.
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