Slow Cookers. Crockpots. Big thing on the kitchen counter with flower designs or just plain brown that your mom used to throw a bunch of stuff in before you ran out the door to school, and then you have strange flavored mush or stew that night for dinner… (or was that just me?)
They have many names. Crockpot is the brand that came out that everyone adopted the name. Like Kleenex. Or Q-tips. Or Band-Aids. (Two syllable names work really well, I guess.)
Slow cooker is the thing that it is without using a brand name.
I switch back and forth, myself.
BTW, I don’t really have that memory that I wrote about above. My mom totally reads my blog, so I have to clarify. I know we had a slow cooker, but I don’t have any distinct memories of it, so I guess I was never traumatized by it.
Anyway… these slow cooker thingamabobbers (This is totally a word in google docs! Awesome!) have been making a comeback, lately. And for good reason.
Reason #1 to Invest in a Slow Cooker
They really do help the working mom get a wholesome, nutritious dinner on the table at a good time without having to stress out after she gets home from work. And they help working dads. And they just help people who are busy with daily life stuff, who just want to not eat take-out all of the time.
Reason #2 to Invest in a Slow Cooker
Also, us people who have Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance (or have kids with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance) can’t just do take-out on a whim. We have to plan, plan, plan. To have a homemade meal that we know and trust ALL of the ingredients waiting for us when we walk in the door is…AWESOME! We can pretend it’s take-out. Or more like delivery!
Reason #3 to Invest in a Slow Cooker
Leftovers. I now know why we had leftovers when I was a kid.
I hated having leftovers. Unless it was my favorite dinner: Chicken Curry. But other than that, I just couldn’t understand why we couldn’t have something new for dinner every night.
Then, I had kids. OMG! I love my boys more than anything, but little-time-sucks, they are. Not to mention, the more time I have to spend in the kitchen getting dinner ready, the less time I have with them.
Plus, having the Littlest Man hanging on me, crying as I tell him over and over that I have to make dinner, is just not an enjoyable experience.
I would much rather make a huge amount of food in the slow cooker and warm it up over the next couple of nights.
Reason #4 to Invest in a Slow Cooker
You can save so much money using a slow cooker. It’s definitely cheaper than take-out. But it can also be cheaper than making regular dinners.
I use cheaper cuts of organic meat, and the slow cooking process makes it so you wouldn’t know the difference.
Gotta love saving the Benjamins. OK, the Lincolns. Maybe even Washingtons. But a dead president saved is another dead president in your pocket. (Whoa! Think I took that one a tad too far.)
Reason #5 to Invest in a Slow Cooker
Money, again. They don’t cost that much. So, I don’t know if you can really even call it an “investment.” I mean, you can go spending a ton of cash if you want, but you can also get one for about $25-30. Check out Costco. They usually have a good one for about that much.
Those are my top reasons for owning a slow cooker, Crockpot, thingamabobber. What about you? Do you have any good reasons? Leave a comment below telling me what it is. I want to know.
Do you know why I want to know? Because…
You ROCK! And don’t you forget it. Just sayin’.
Until next time…Living better, easily!™