A crock pot, or slow cooker, reduces stress and allows budget-friendly cooking that the whole family will enjoy.
All I can say is, “That’s a crock!”
I have yet to find a magic recipe to make in the crock pot that my whole family will enjoy. Usually, crock pot recipes contain vegetables. I find that after cooking vegetables for 8+ hours, they come out mushy and and an odd brown color.
I’m also not sure how a crock pot is budget friendly. Usually you have to buy a side of beef to put in that thing.
Meanwhile, I have yet to find a crock pot recipe that reduces stress. Just this morning I was dressed and ready for work and found myself zesting an orange for a new crock pot recipe that hopefully someone, anyone in my family would like. As I found my whisk and combined the zest, salt, pepper and brown sugar, I realized I was officially running late for work. I also realized that my sink was now full of a dirty cutting board, zester, knife, and bowls.
Reduces stress? No. Crock pot cooking for me simply transfers the stress to the morning.
My new recipe also called for onion and garlic. After chopping those lovelies, I found my eyes watering. I wiped my runny eyes and THEN I remembered that I was wearing makeup. Great. Now I had raccoon eyes.
So let’s summarize what crock pot cooking looks like in my house:
- me chopping a side of beef at 7 am
- me smearing my makeup after I chopped the onions and garlic
- me running late for work after all this chopping and smearing I did at 7 am
- a kitchen full of dirty dishes
And don’t forget to throw in my children and husband hovering in the background going, “Ewww! What’s that? I hope that’s not for dinner!”
Do you like your crock pot?
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