Thursday, April 7, 2011

Crock Pot: Friend or Foe?

I'm a workin' girl. So, if what they say is true, I should be BFF with my slow cooker. Well, to put it mildly, I'm not. Every time I use it, I feel like something goes wrong. (Remember this post?)

One of my goals is to conquer kitchen fears. And since Sarah suggested on HDHH's Facebook wall that I bust out my crock pot, I decided to give it a whirl. Although Sarah specifically asked for something besides pot roast, I had a mean hankerin' for a fall-apart chunk of beef with potatoes and carrots and some sort of meaty gravy. So, sorry, Sarah, but I made a pot roast.

On to my adventure in slow cooking...

I was determined to take full advantage of this appliance. I wanted to stick the stuff in there, set it, and forget it. I knew my pot roast would taste better if I browned the meat first, but I just didn't wanna. Was I being stubborn? Lazy? Probably so, but no matter. I refused to do anything but dump stuff into the slow cooker.

So, that's what I did. Chopped stuff up, dumped it in, and turned the thing on. After about 10 hours of commuting, working, and dilly-dallying, I arrived home to find...

Well, I can't let you off that easily! This is a bonus Thursday post. You have to come back tomorrow to find out how it went. (Insert sneaky cackle.)


  1. I make yogurt in my crock pot on a regular basis. It works great for apple, plum, or whatever other fruit butter, too.

  2. Erin,
    We love pot roast in the slow cooker and just had it this week too! I do a large turkey breast in there, for those looking for something else.
    I also have a beef stew recipe for the slow cooker that makes our mouths water all day. It's pretty much man-food perfect!