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18 Slow Cooker Hacks To Simplify Your Life

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Here’s the thing, slow cookers make your life easier no doubt, but there seems to be a magical air of mystery that surrounds fully mastering all the bounties and secrets that lie within those magical ceramic ovens. We’ve all fallen victim to overcooked meat and mushy veggies one too many times now haven’t we?

I’ve done my best to unlock the magical unicorn of information with the 18 slow cooker hacks you’ll find listed below. Go forth and take your time, may the slow cooking gods be with you!

humidifier

Humidifier – that’s right, if you’re in a pinch you can use your slow cooker as a humidifier. Kind of genius if you ask me.

 

crockpotyogurt

Homemade Yogurt – using only two ingredients!

 

cleaning

How To Clean Your Crock-Pot – if your crock-pot looks anything like mine you know this tip is worth its weight in gold!

 

ricepudding

Rice Pudding – trust me, you want to make this

 

doublelayerwarmer

Double Layer Warmer – multi-tasking at its finest!

 

playdoh

Crock-Pot Play-Doh – does the usefulness of this gadget know no bounds?

 

applesauce

Crock-Pot Applesauce – So easy and dang tasty too!

 

meltedchocolate

Melting Chocolate –  surprisingly simple and saves you from cleaning out tons of different pots and pans.

 

soap

Homemade Soap – it’s a thing, that can be done in a crock pot. Like whoa.

 

steamer

Steamer – for veggies or fish or whatever you like

 

crayons

Crayons – erase the worry of making a mess in your oven by using up all of those broken crayons and turning them into big crayons instead.

 

bread

Baking Bread – Yup, you can even use that slow cooker to bake bread.

 

porpourri

Potpourri– leave it going all day to make your house smell amazing

 

addnoodleslast

Add pasta, beans, and small veggies towards the end – test it out with this slow cooker recipe for short ribs that I’ve been drooling over

 

addmilkanddairylast

Add dairy products toward the end too – I’m talking milk and cheese here, nobody likes curdled anything do they? Try this recipe for corn chowder!

 

conversions

Handy Dandy Conversion Chart Right Here! 

 

sear

Sear your meat before putting in the slow cooker – locks in flavor and worth the extra time

 

cookdriedbeans

Great tips for cooking dried beans in the slow cooker!

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  3. Christine Meckle 03/09/2016 at 9:55 pm

    Love all these ideas! How creative, how great is a crockpot?! Thanks so much for the great post!