Make Life Easier Monday

The crockpot or slow cooker is a great asset in a kitchen. With a busy schedule the crockpot makes a home cooked meal possible. The crockpot comes in handy when you don’t want to heat up your house with a hot stove or oven. The crockpot makes my life easier with heating frozen leftovers or cooking a hot meal.

One discovery I’ve made with my crockpot is how easy it is to make broths. A few weeks ago, I did a post about my recipe and technique for homemade chicken broth. The crockpot makes it super simple for cooking broths, which I love to freeze and have on hand for other recipes.

My crockpot, also, gets lots of use during the summer months when I have an abundance of garden fresh tomatoes from my parents’ garden. Several years ago, I had that ‘aha’ moment that I could use my crockpot to cook my spaghetti sauce rather stand over a hot stove. It transformed my food storage process.

The crockpot makes spaghetti sauce simple to make.
After an hour or two, the tomatoes and other ingredients are cooked, I used my immersion blender to blend everything smooth and then let it simmer in the crockpot for several hours.

I use my crockpot for several canning and freezing recipes such as my spaghetti sauce, sloppy joe sauce, apple butter and broths. I use it for soups and stews. It’s a great option for making apple cider and keeping it hot.

Hamilton Beach – Limited Deal at Amazon – $31.82 Prime

This Hamilton Beach slow cooker is a great deal right now at Amazon. Regularly priced at $40.34 it’s marked down to $31.82. This is similar to one of my slow cookers but this is a newer model and with lots more features. If I had the room to store this, I would be ordering me one. I love my Hamilton Beach slow cooker because it can be sealed making transporting things great.

Crock-pot, 8 qt – Amazon – $34.99

I love this crock-pot slow cooker. It’s what I use to make spaghetti sauce. It’s large 8 quarts allows me to make a large batch of spaghetti sauce at one time. it doesn’t seal tight which is great for simmering sauces that I need to have thicken. It is my go to for all my tomato sauce recipes and apple butter.

Immersion Blender – $49.99 at Amazon

Love this tool and it also transformed making spaghetti sauce. After I’ve let the tomatoes cook in the crockpot, I grab my immersion blender, blend for a couple of minutes and I’m done. Let the sauce simmer for several hours, cool it and freeze. If there is an easier to freeze or can homemade spaghetti sauce, I don’t know it. This allows me to have homemade, ready-made sauce year round for my family.

Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe? Be sure to like and comment and let me know your thoughts.

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Posted by:Nicki Nichols

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