Slow Cooker and Cookbook Giveaway
I cannot tell you how excited I am about giving away a Weston Slow Cooker and two of my best selling cookbooks. Just let me say, Weston is synonymous with quality. I have tried many many of their products and have always been perfectly overjoyed! I am happy to partner with such a quality brand in this slow cooker giveaway. Check out their Facebook Page for excellent real food recipes.
Since 1971, slow cookers have made their way into just about every home. Slow cookers allow for unattended cooking and this has become very appealing to us in the United States.
I enjoy being in the kitchen, though sometimes I plan to do all slow cooker recipes during the week so that I can get my writing accomplished or garden tended. Many times, even when I have the time to cook traditionally, I choose my slow cooker for its steady even low heat.
Slow cookers are perfect for those meals that need to be low and slow such as recipes with cheap, tough cuts of meat. People tend to overlook these cuts, but I find the flavor these meats produce once the muscle fiber and connective tissue breaks down is much tastier than with a richer liquid.
I have noticed in recent years that slow cookers are just about used at every holiday gathering from Independence Day to Christmas. You can just about cook an entire Thanksgiving meal in them, as well, if you enough slow cookers in the house.
I was honored that one of my slow cooker recipes, Crusty Crock Pot Pork over Pumpkin Polenta, was chosen by Parade Magazine as one of the top 25 slow cooker recipes. I think it was due to the fact that the pork had a crusty exterior while maintaining a juicy interior. Yes, this is possible. You can even make pecan pie in a slow cooker.
A few of my favorite websites devoted solely to slow cooker recipes are Recipes that Crock and The Magical Slow Cooker. Since they are both experts, I asked them to give me a tip that most people don’t know about slow cookers.
Chris, from Recipes that Crock, let me in on a huge fact!! I love learning from my friends and experts. Chris says, “I think the thing most people are surprised to learn is that all slow cookers do not cook the same dish the same length of time. I always recommend that any time anyone tries a recipe for the first time to do it when they have time to watch the cooking time and adjust accordingly for their specific equipment. Cooking times can vary depending on size, shape, manufacturer and most importantly age. A lot of older slow cookers can cook all day and not overcook many dishes, while newer manufacturer guidelines make many new slow cookers cook a lot hotter than some recipes intend for them to and cooking time needs to be reduced.” Go figure. I love the new slow cookers, but sometimes wish I didn’t have to make all the choices that the new ones offer…just trying to keep it simple.
Sarah, from the Magical Slow Cooker, says, “One thing that many people don’t know about the slow cooker is that it is best not take the lid off at all during the cooking time. Heat and moisture escape when the lid is off. I learned this when I first started slow cooking. I was cooking roast and had opened the lid to check on it many times, and the roast ended up never getting tender.” I just loved this. I am a really big peeker and now I know that is a huge no no!!
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To enter: you must be at least 18 years old, and are a resident of the United States of America. This giveaway starts on November 8th at 12:00am (Central) and ends on November 15th at 12:00a.m. (Central). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!
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My family favorite is roast, onions, garlic, potatoes, and carrots in the cockpot. They call it ‘the roast torture’ (smelling the deliciousness all day while it cooks).
My favorite thing to cook in the slow cooker is venison and potato stew
Gives one the opportunity to multitask cook while attending other things
My thoughts exactly!
Thank you for doing such a great give away!
It’s my pleasure Becky!
I cook everything in the Crock Pot!! It’s way to convenient not to.
I love the camo color!
Me too, Heather!
I actually do pork roasts in the slow cooker… when they’re done, I empty the slow cooker, shred the pork, and put it back into the slow cooker with barbecue sauce for another hour or two… holy pulled pork sammiches, Batman!
Yummy Patrick! Great idea!
Definitely pulled pork!
I love to make cabbag patch stew in my slow cooker
I would love that recipe!
I love cooking beef stew. Sometimes chicken and dumplings.
My mom cooks chicken and dumplings in her crock pot too. I have never tried to use mine for that, but think now I will give it go!
I don’t use my slow cooker much. It is probably not the safest appliance I have! hahaha It would be wonderful to have a new one!
I would love to use it make soups and cook some roast to help feed some of my elderly neighbors
Very nice thought Rich!! I love that idea.
Vegetable soup would have to be my favorite thing to cook in a slow cooker, but there are tons of delicious things to make inn one! I love them all!!!
Deer roast really taste great in a slow cooker. Thanks for the chance.
My favorite thing to cook in a slow cooker is homemade chili beans. Yum!
I love to Cook My Famous 16 Bean soup in the slow cooker
My favorite meal to cook in a slow cooker is my White Chili
I love to cook pork shoulder roast to make our family recipe pulled bbq pork for sandwiches in our slow cooker.
Love cooking in a slow cooker, one of my favorite meals Roast beef, potatoes, Carrots, celery, onions….makes the house smell awesome too!
I have to say my favorite meal is my Crockpot Mexican Pot Roast!
Kay, that sounds great. I need the recipe!!
This would be a wonderful gift for my daughter that works all week and uses a slow cooker to help prepare meals for my 2 grands and her husband. I know she has to cook meals using chicken a good bit because of her husbands food allergy.
My family loves chili cooked all day in a crockpot. The only way to make it!
I use mine for soups and stews. I make stock, and lots of spaghetti sauce for the hubs. It’s my easy button in the kitchen LoL.
My favorite thing to cook in a crock pot is a queso recipe call “inside out enchiladas”
Chili Beans love them
Love using slow cookers in the fall & winter.
Any soup, The family loves venison stew.
i like to cook chili in the slow cooker
Slow cooker recipes are my go-to every other day! Cook a meal/freeze 1/2 for another day 🙂 My favorite thing to cook is chili, or chicken, or vegetable soup… hard to pick a favorite!!!!!
This is SUCH a fun giveaway! My favorite things to make in the crockpot are classic pot roast, succotash and chili.
I love to cook pork shoulder with a cranberry orange sauce. Thanks for the chance!
I love to cook any kind of pork in the crock pot! Chops, Roast, Tenderloin, you name it!
I like to cook pork roast to turn into bbq pork fo sandwiches.
Chili is the number 1 thing I slow cook
My fave thing to cook in the slow cooker is home made BBQ pulled pork!!
My favorite thing to cook in the slow cooker is beef stew.
My mom and I love to cook honey sauce chicken in the crock pot!
That sounds great Breanne!
Would love a slow cooker!
So many good recipes to try! One of our favorites is a Jamaican pork loin. Just used it this weekend to make a lentil and barley soup for the first time. The kids liked it, so its a keeper!
My favorite meal to cook in a crock pot is Country ribs and sauerkraut!!! Stuffed cabbages are awesome too!!
My favorite thing to cook in the crockpot is my hubby’s venison neck roasts! I add a little ACV and orange juice to keep it nice and juicy! I am so inspired by your vension resipes, and can’t wait to share more on my Deer Hunters’ Wives Club page! 😉
I love that! Thanks Allison! That makes my day. Let me know if you try the recipes.
I like to make pot roast with potatoes and carrots.
I love to cook beef stew
Paprika chicken! so lovely and tasty for those cold winter nights. I love the way the whole house smells so good when you use a slow cooker!
I love to do pork roast in a slow cooker [ of course I end up eating most of it myself, lol ]
Soup is my favorite go-to slow cooker meal!
i like cooking beef stew it is so so good
My 2 favorite things to cook in a slow cooker are, chili and polish sausage,potatoes and saurkraut!
FAVORITE THING TO COOK WOULD BE MEATBALLS
My favorite thing to cook in the slow cooker is roast….. um, no beef stew…. um, no chili…. uh, green chili javalina maybe….
I love too cook pork roasts in the slow cooker, and all day apple butter, for canning!
I love to cook any soup/stew/meat&veggie combo. Actually, I love cooking anything & everything in my slow cooker.
Apple butter. Smells incredible.
I love making Mediterranean Roast with Turkey in the slow cooker.
Just about anything…I just love cooking and nothing beats my slow cooker so I an go on and be doing other things but I do love fixin’ a roast with all the trimmings….makes the whole house smell yummy. Happy Holidays to everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving SK!!
I love cooking my elk chili, chicken stroganoff and so much more! I have used our crockpots so much that we have gone through 4 in the last few years
I love to make chili in my crock pot. I’m looking for more recipes.