Tips about Slow Cookers (Also Called Crock Pots)

A crock pot sits alongside several carrots and a bowl of broccoli
Your new best friend in the kitchen | Photo by Marsha Saxton

Slow cookers are one helpful way to cook healthy food. Here is some information about slow cookers:

  • You can put your ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and come back hours later, and your meal will be all finished cooking and ready to eat.
  • Slow cookers give beginning cooks a lot of success. It’s actually difficult to burn your food in a slow cooker. The heat is generally very low, so there’s also little worry about burning your fingers.
  • You can cook and serve the meal at the same table, so there no need to lift or carry heavy hot pots or pans around the house.
  • Later, when the food cools, you can transfer your leftovers to storage containers.
  • Alternately, you use the same pot to slow cook a meal one day, store the leftovers in the fridge overnight, and reheat the food the next day.
  • You can carry your dish to a neighbor’s house or to a potluck and serve it from the same pot you cooked it in.
  • Slow cookers are perfect for cooking bean-based soups and stews, typically the least expensive source of protein, and can be made nutrient-rich with added veggies and whole grains.
  • Slow cooker recipes often request less expensive cuts of meat.
  • This website has many slow cooker recipes to get you started. (Check out our Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal, for instance.) There are also hundreds of easy slow cooker recipes elsewhere on the web and in physical cookbooks.
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