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I’m a huge fan of the slow cooker. Whether it’s to cook my meat, make me broth, or simmer applesauce, I love it that I can toss things into a pot, turn it on, and walk away. Just walk away.
Amen and amen.
Give the gift of slow cooking.
A slow cooker also makes a great gift. There are so many sizes and models that you can very easily find just the right one for the foodie in your life. I have four different slow cookers in a variety of sizes. The size of the slow cooker needs to correspond with the recipe, else you risk some overcooking or undercooking.
My favorite slow cookers are simply traditional Crockpots with removeable crocks to make cleaning easy. I don’t mess with programmable stuff. I’m just happy to remember to plug it in and turn it on!
Here are three slow cooker books that I think will be great pairings with a slow cooker gift:
Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger is the book I read about ten years ago that completely changed how I understood my slow cooker to work.
She’s the same brilliant woman who wrote my favorite bread baking tome, The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook. Ms. Hensperger is a whiz at explaining how an appliance works and how to make it work for you.
Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and 365 Slow Cooker Suppers by Stephanie O’Dea are both fun to read. Steph is hilarious, and down-to-earth, and brutally honest. She tells you what her kids like, what her husband loved, and what they didn’t go for. She is the queen of slow cookers.