If you’ve been a loyal member of the MealFit community for any amount of time, you know that we love using crock pots in our recipes. That we so often use crock-pots means that there’s a rhyme and a reason to it. There are loads of benefits to using slow cookers (interchangeable names), and this post will highlight the top three, according to me. These are in no way shape or form definitive top three. Shoot, if you made a list, your number two reason might be because it looks good in your kitchen! Which is totally cool! Let’s get started!
1. Set it and Forget it!
This is by far the front-runner number one reason to own a crock pot. Busy moms, dads, and even students, I’m looking right at you! With slow cooker meals, all that is needed is the initial ingredient prep work, which in most cases simply involves putting a hunk of meat and diced vegetables into the thing! If that sounds like too much work for you still, check out MealFit Ready! Once you set it, just forget it! Okay, don’t actually forget it. Remember to set a timer!
Let that slow cooker work its magic while you go out and tackle what you need to do that day. Whether it be work, running the kids to various practices, or going to your classes, you don’t have to worry about dinner that night because you know that it’s there waiting for you when you get home. And the icing on the cake? It’s hot too. No need to microwave. How many times have you gone about your day, a long day, gotten home, and just had absolutely zero motivation to make dinner? I’ve been there. With a slow cooker, you just set it in the morning, and enjoy it when your day is done.
2. Clean-up is a Breeze
Compounding on the first reason to own a slow cooker, number two is hot on it’s trails. Let’s say you don’t have a slow cooker, but you take the time to prepare a delicious meal for the family after work. You finish enjoying your meal only to look over at the dishes colored mountain going on in your sink. Now who really wants to do dishes at the end of the day? I don’t. Bonus tip for parents here: Once your kids get old enough, employ them to do it :), just make sure you set the example by doing it yourself too.
With a crock pot, you literally only have one dish to clean up. One. That’s it. Shoot, that doesn’t even need the dishwasher either! You can hand wash a slow cooker faster than you can put all your dishes in the dishwasher if you would’ve cooked your meal without it! So, not only are you saving yourself time on the front end by using a slow cooker, you also save yourself clean up time at the end of the meal. It’s a win win. Or should I say win win win?
3. It Saves You Money
Slow cookers save you money. Really? Yes. How? Simple. Since slow cookers cook at very low temperatures, even though you have it on for hours on end, it is still using less electricity in your home than if you were to crank your oven at 375 for 25 minutes. So to get this all straightened out. Here’s how owning and using a slow cooker benefits you.
You save time making dinner, you save time cleaning up your dinner, and you save money by using less electricity. Who wouldn’t want any of that? So if you don’t have a slow cooker yet, or are on the fence about getting one, think of it this way, how much is it actually costing you not to have one?
Stay tuned for next week’s article where I talk about some kitchen equipment that you don’t necessarily need to waste your dollars on! Be blessed.