No, I’m not talking about “hook ups” my daughter talk about. I’m talking about Crock-Pots that all connect together so you can cook many things all at once. Three or four of them together and you’re ready to serve a buffet. Or 10 if you wanted to. And they come in a contemporary new shape and fabulous colors like charcoal, copper, red, blue and green. They are definitely not your mother’s slow cooker.
My mom had a Crock-Pot. I think my Grandma had one if I remember right. I never paid much attention to it. It just sat on the counter and mom threw things in it that slowly cooked all day. I can’t even tell you what she might have made it in. It was just there.
But now all I hear about is people making something in a Crock-Pot. And I’m not talking from older women–I’m hearing from women in their 20’s chatter on about what’s home simmering away in their Crock-Pots.
Crock-Pots can be your passport to staying connected with friends. “I don’t have a lot of time to cook, but the ‘home made with love’ feeling is still there. I slow cooked a delicious Dragon Stew that wowed friends at a Game of Thrones viewing party last year,” says working mom and Brooklynite CanCan of MomMostTraveled.com. “I can invite people over and serve a meal without being sequestered to the kitchen.”
Crock-Pots have gone social.
Crock-Pots are slow cookers. Perfect for today’s working mothers. No wonder it’s had such resurgence and a big deal on Facebook. The Crock Pot Girls is a Facebook community of nearly 1.4 million. And there are at least 5 other communities on Facebook with around 500,000 to 700,000 followers all about Crock Pot cooking, sharing recipes and tips.
Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Recipes for the Crock-Pot
And guess what, there are vegetarian and gluten-free recipes for the Crock-Pot. Who knew? Even Martha Stewart created recipes for the slow cooker–slow cooked brownies! I am going to have to ask for one of these marvels for Christmas. I have to admit that I work long hours and then come home and often eat junk because I’m too tired to cook. This could be a life changer. “Love my crock pot, don’t know what I would do without it during the winter. It has been great for making up oatmeal overnight, vegetable stew and I’ve even roasted chicken in it. I have heard that some people are even using it to bake cakes – haven’t done that yet either. My crock pot is so convenient and so easy to use, I just set it up plug it in and walk away and a few hours later, dinner is done! There are so many recipes out there for the crockpot. I’m even thinking of getting a bigger one to use as well,” said Rossana Wyatt, a blogger who focuses singularly on gluten-free cooking. Here is Rossana’s recipe for veggie stew.
Are you a Crock-Pot fanatic?
We’d love to know what you love yours so much.