A little over a month ago I announced my intentions to use my kitchen gadgets in 2012. I have so many cool things in the kitchen but many of them I don’t utilize as much as I could or should. First up was the crockpot.
This post is Part One of Two – The Meals. Part Two contains lessons learned and tips and tricks as well as my next Operation Use My…
Can I admit that I’m a bit sad that my Operation Use My Crockpot time is up? I’m officially calling the Operation a success, and even though not everything that I made turned out, I learned so much and still have so many things I want to try in the crockpot. While this particular chapter of Operation Use My… is over, I’m by no means done using the crockpot.
And I’d love to thank you all for your support for the challenge over the past month. You tweeted and emailed me recipes, sent me crockpot websites and links, pinned things for me on Pinterest, and of course helped me troubleshoot issues or questions I had during the journey.
And can you believe that I made TEN things?
Operation Use My Crockpot Experiments:
First attempt at something “baked” in the crockpot. You can tell from the pictures that the edges burned a bit. The inside was either really moist or undercooked. I’m going with moist. It tasted great, though!
Yummmmmy! This is tied with the Chicken Taco Chili as my favorite. This Pulled Pork is so flavorful and came out so tender–the perfect combo of sweet and tangy. I froze a bag and everything defrosted and reheated beautifully. Will definitely make this gem again!
This yummy White Chicken Chili was so easy to make! It did require a bit of prep (sauteing onions and jalapenos), but it helped provide a richer taste to the soup. I had plenty of leftovers for this so I have a few bags in the freezer. When I reheat I’ll probably add a bit of salsa or Rotel cuz I like it spicy. ;)
This was my first attempt at cooking something in the crockpot overnight (other than the chicken stock). The cooking time is 7 hours and so at 5:00 the crockpot set to warm. There was a bit of burning around the edges of my crockpot, but nothing that couldn’t just be scraped away. Everything else worked wonderfully! The taste is a bit blander than I’m used to (since I always eat the Maple and Brown Sugar instant packets). The post I linked to says to reheat with a bit of milk, but my leftovers were so moist that I didn’t need any milk. Very good reheated!
So there you have it–ten things in the crockpot. With so many more ideas!!
I really wanted to highlight all of the other links that you guys provided me, but I’m still kind of overwhelmed by your outpouring. If you are interested in more (untried by me) links and recipe ideas, please head to my original Operation Use My Crockpot post.
What is your favorite thing to cook in the crockpot? Do any of these look tempting to you?
Make sure you tune in tomorrow for the lessons learned and tips and tricks!
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