Try Slow Cooking - Why Crockpot Recipes Are Gaining Popularity!
By: Vince Armstrong
Although we seem to be fully entrenched into the 'fast food, microwaveable era', the almost lost art of slow cooked, home prepared meals have made somewhat of a dramatic comeback. Crock pots recipes with their 'homey' feel, are now being used even by 'busy' people because of its health conscious allure.
Even super busy persons are finding smart solutions, a common one is to simply load the slow cooker with ingredients of their choice in the morning and then return to a home filled with the most delightful aromas in the evening. Shrinking household budgets have prompted many families to look at more economic ways of putting food on the table, as opposed to using the more expensive convenience meals.
Typically, crock-pot recipes use ingredients which perfectly complement each other in order to capitalize on the natural flavors resulting in delicious combinations of foods.
Locating Crockpot Recipes
If you are interested in locating crock pot recipes, you are definitely in luck. There are numerous resources on the internet were persons can readily access these recipes. The internet is a great place to source recipes in general, as it provides for excellent interaction between users. If there is a particular dish you would like to try but you are just not sure how to proceed, then there is always someone who can point you in the right direction.
However, when you have found recipes for crock-pot meals, it is important that you go easy at first. Cooking new dishes using unfamiliar methods is not mastered overnight, so expect to make a few blunders and experience some disappointments. Also, if you feel more comfortable using them, there are a multiplicity of cook books and magazines which do provide excellent recipes and detailed instructions.
Converting Conventional Recipes
Do you have loads of recipes for making all your favorite foods on the stove top or in the oven? Fortunately, most conventional recipes can be successfully converted for use in the crock pot.
Recipes which include some amounts of liquid content are most suitable for this process of conversion. Dishes which include ingredients such as wine, broth, sauce and water works exceptionally well as the foods are marinated together for hours, bringing naturally bringing our scrumptious flavors.
Incidentally, when converting recipes from stove top to crock-pot; it is highly recommended that you reduce all liquid portions by half. Therefore if the conventional recipe requires six cups of liquid, then you will only need three for the crock-pot.
Bear in mind, as well, that one hour cooking time in the oven would now translate into four hours in the crock-pot if on the high setting, and eight hours if using the low setting.
It's a Wrap!
Preparing foods using crock-pot recipes are fairly easy, and once the recipes are accurately followed then you will be able to create some truly, exceptional meals. One of the advantages of using a crock pot to prepare meals is that you do not have to worry about your meal being overdone or getting burnt. With most recipes, the slow cooker can actually be left attended except for stirring once or twice.