If you’re a crock pot beginner, then you may only think of using your slow cooker on these select occasions when you want to try that Pocket Change Gourmet recipe you just stumbled upon. While crock pots are ideal for soups and sauces, there are so many things that you can do with a nice slow cooker, especially with these new models that are popping up on the market. Here are some of the things you can use your slow cooker for.
Caramel apples are not only a perfect easy crock pot recipe to make, they’re also virtually mess free. Always line your slow cooker with a crock pot liner (this part is essential), add a full bag of caramels and 2 tbsp of water. Let the caramel melt on high until the mixture is shiny and easy to stir.
Then, all you have to do is spear a few apples with craft sticks, dip them completely into the caramel, and let the excess caramel drip off into the slow cooker. You can then cover the caramel apple with anything from chopped almonds, coconut flakes or anything you want. But work quick, since caramel can solidify quickly.
Who knew you could use a crock pot to make baked potatoes? Not only can you make baked potatoes in the crock pot, but they’ll come out deliciously tender and full of flavor. All you need to do is take your potatoes, prick them using a fork, brush them with olive oil and a little sea salt and wrap them in aluminum. Next, put them in the crock pot, put the lid on, and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours.
Greek yogurt, or yogurt in general, is something we often think would take a lot of equipment and experience to make. But you can make some pretty damn good Greek yogurt at home with nothing but a crockpot and a few ingredients.
First, pour one gallon of milk into your slow cooker. Whole milk is better if you want the yogurt to be richer. Then add 2 to 3 cups of powdered milk and heat the slow cooker to 180 degrees. Let the milk simmer for about an hour to an hour and a half and let the milk cool down to 110 degrees. Pour half of the milk in a separate counter and mix a ½ cup of live culture into the milk. Mix until completely dissolved and put the rest of the milk in.
Once the culture is mixed through, you can pour the mixture into any container you’d like and put it in the oven with the light on for 10 to 12 hours. This will allow the culture to set in. Once the culturing time is up, put the mix into the refrigerator until it’s completely chilled, and voila! you have homemade fresh yogurt you can flavor with whatever you like and serve to the whole family.
As you can see, there are tons of things you can do with your trusty crock pot. All you need is a little bit of imagination and you’ll be able to unlock your slow cooker’s full potential.