Crockpots are hands down one of the most useful home appliances out there. There is nothing more satisfying than getting home at the end of a long day and walking into the aroma of dinner ready for you on the counter. Not to mention, crockpots come in a range of prices and sizes so you can easily find one that fits your budget.
This is the one I own now by Hamilton Beach. I found it in a really cool purple color and snagged the last one in stock. It’s 7 quarts and will fit a small-ish whole chicken (~10 lbs).
It has a few function buttons for temp (high/low) and cook time (2, 4, 6, and 8 hours). There are crockpots available with less features… and crockpots available with more features. It really just depends on your specific needs. Personally, I like that I can turn mine on and it will put itself on warm when the time runs out.
What do I cook in this thing?
Glad you asked! When I was younger all I did was throw in a pork loin with a few cans of cream of mushroom soup and turn the thing on. It can be that easy, but I will warn you, it’s not that impressive.
One of the most recent resource I’ve found is the Crockpot Girls. The Crockpot Girls Collection Cookbook has over 500 recipes including main dishes, side dishes, beverages and vegetarian options!
The Crockpot Girls Cookbook has beautiful photos, is well organized and works on any of your devices. I don’t know about you, but I definitely use my tablet in the kitchen!
A few of my other favorite crockpot cookbooks:
- Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution
- Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook
- Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook
I know with Christmas just a few days away, I’ll definitely be making mulled cider! I just picked up these New England Mulling Spices to try for the first time. If you’re like me and have a plethora of spices in your cabinets, you can always just throw together your own spice concoction and give it a whirl!
What is your favorite crockpot recipe? I’d love to try it out!