CROCKPOTS have to make my top 5 list for tools to make healthy living easier and more practical.
Is there anything these things can’t do? Besides tasting amazing, what are some of the benefits of having one of these things lurking around your kitchen?
1. GOOD FOOD COMBINING and GOOD DIGESTION: Cooking low and slow for hours creates an even “mixture” with whatever you decide to put in it. Food is best eaten in simple combinations. Often it is best to eat one food at a time, by itself. However, cooking with a crockpot allows the food to “work out their differences” inside the pot. Carrots, peas, chicken, onions, and garlic TRANSMUTES into “crockpot chicken and vegetables.” This translates into better digestion. Also, cooking things at a low temperature for hours is almost always better than quick-heat methods. Cooking things (especially proteins) at very low heat is the best way to go. This way, everything softens up for your digestion to go to work. Ever have a burnt grilled chicken breast? Not very appetizing to me.
2. PRACTICAL: These things are probably the most practical tool to have around the house. Cooking and cleaning require little work. There is no guesswork on timing. They are super easy. Instructions? Chop up whatever vegetables sound good to you and your family. Optionally throw in a piece of meat. Set the timer. DONE. If you are fifteen minutes late from work or class? Doesn’t usually matter. Also, this is the perfect way to cook for large families without messing up the entire kitchen. If you are single or in a small family, leftovers usually abound. This is a great way to plan two days worth of food in a one time cook/clean job.
3. SAVES MONEY: How many of us throw out old vegetables? How about those rough cuts of meat we screw up? This is a great way to start saving all that stuff. Got some veggies that are starting to go bad? Throw them in the crockpot. Some cheaper cuts of meat are usually tough and chewy. We can soften them up with the crockpot. People have been doing this for thousands of years. This is especially true of rough red meats and/or game meat.
There you have it folks. I would recommend getting a LARGE crockpot. It is better to have more room than you need to cook. Sometimes we use ours to make giant meals with plenty of leftovers. Other times, it can be used for simple vegetable dishes. It depends what we are in the mood for. Don’t be afraid to leave it on your counter. It is easy to get hooked on the “crockpot meal.”
Happy Hunting =)