You know me and lame alliterative titles…can’t pass ’em up.
Crock pot or crack pot? Either way I’m hooked.
I had a feeling buying a crock pot would be a smart investment but little did I know just how convenient and helpful it would be for cooking. Plus, I’ve only made two meals out of it (for a total of 4 uses…repeated meals), so there’s a lot more to discover. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
My main purpose for buying it: shredded chicken for salads. I love the pulled rotisserie from the Whole Foods salad bar because it’s an easy thing to dress up. Dijon + avocado + shredded chicken = a quick and healthy meal. Substitute any dressing, sauce or topping to easily change it up.
So far, I’ve made a big batch of shredded chicken three times. I put in a few chicken breasts seasoned with rosemary, salt and pepper, a can of chicken broth and some water (to cover breasts) and let it cook on low (6 hours total). Once it was done I just shredded the chicken with two forks and called it a day.
My big crock pot “success” was cooking whole chicken with vegetables. I chopped up some carrots and placed them on the bottom of the pot. I rubbed salt, pepper and tarragon on the chicken, topped it with rosemary, and set on high (4 hour total). After 3 hours cooking I added leftover zucchini, which didn’t need to cook as long. It came out so well and gave me leftovers for a few nights. Roasted chicken and vegetables is a personal favorite mom-made meal so eating it for dinner felt very comforting.
The most difficult thing about this meal was cutting up the chicken and getting everything off the carcass. Forget trying to cut even, whole pieces. I already told my mom that I won’t be carving the Thanksgiving turkey anytime soon.
A few things about the crock pot I bought:
-After cooking it enters the “warming” setting so you don’t have to attend to it ASAP. I bought it because the tagline is “set and forget.” For me, any fancy settings were no competition with the word “forget.”
-There is a temperature probe so you can make sure the food is fully cooked.
-It has a lid lock for transporting.
I want to get adventurous and make beef or pork but I might be getting ahead of myself. Also, because I live in the land of eternal summer, I probably won’t venture into the soup/stew/chili category for a while (if ever).