I don't know to many people with a lot of extra time in their hectic lives. Everyone is always looking for ways to save time or become more efficient with their time. The same goes in the world of cooking.
Our life schedules don't always give us the time we need or would like to make dinner. Rachael Ray's show on the Food Network called "30 Minute Meals" basically came about because of our hurried schedules. We are all looking to put food on the table with less time required.
Well, one of those ways is with a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot. They go by both names but we will use Slow Cooker throughout the blog.
What is a Slow Cooker? It is a piece of cooking equipment that can sit on your counter and essentially just needs to be plugged in to work. They started out as Crock Pots because that is what they were, a pot shaped crock that had a heating element round the crock. The heating element didn't create high heat. Instead it used low heat and long time for the cooking process.
A Slow Cooker has a "Low" and "Hi" heat setting with which to cook. Items cooked on the "Low" setting usually cook for 8 to 10 hours. The "Hi" setting is usually used for 4 to 6 hour times.
The appeal of the Slow Cooker is that you can get up in the morning and just throw the ingredients into the cooker, turn it on and dinner is ready when you come home. Now some dishes may require a little more than that but it takes minimal time to put together and then basically just serve it when it is time for dinner.
The great thing about a Slow Cooker is it does save you time and helps make life a little easier. Every household should have one. They really are a handy piece of cooking equipment. Tomorrow we will talk more about the actual Slow Cooker and what to look for in one.