It seems so old fashioned. In fact, it seems archaic, like something someone's grandmother used in the "old country" before we had refrigerators. The crock pot, the one-pot-that-does-it-all, the magical, mysterious machine that turns on, tunes in, and turns out an incredible meal with no thought other than a simple recipe and throwing some stuff into it.
What is it and why on earth should you care? For one thing, a crock pot is, simple and old-fashioned and quaint as it may seem, a modern marvel with no rival, a friend to busy people everywhere, and chance at a wholesome meal (or five) at the end of a hectic day.
As the days get shorter and chillier, crock pot cooking has its definite cozy-making advantages.
The beauties and wonders of crock pot cooking are many but the ones that spring to mind immediately are the following:
* convenience: Once you have your recipes and ingredients you simply load up the crock pot and plug it in. How much more convenient could that be?
* heat - your crock pot will not heat up the kitchen which, in the summer, can save hours of awkward sweating
* the food is cooked so slowly that, unlike your rapid fire quasi-stir-fry concoctions, the results are astoundingly delicious, the meat and vegetable tender as can be, the flavors simmering together in wondrous, slow-cooked harmony.
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Aimee Boyle lives and works in CT. She is a regular contributor to EmpowHER