Fall is here, and that means it’s time to break out the crockpot. Fall brings with it an abundance of produce, from squash to apples, which can be used in your favorite recipes. Fall also means a change in weather-windy days and chilly nights-which makes cooking indoors more appealing than ever before.
There are many reasons why fall is my favorite season for crockpot cooking: the changing colors outside, pumpkin spice everything, and not having to turn on your oven!
If you have a hectic schedule, then your slow cooker is your best friend! With just a little time in the morning or evening, you can come home to a healthy meal that doesn’t require any preparation.
Slow cookers are great for busy families-anything from soups and stews to casseroles and desserts. Check out these 25 fall slow cooker recipes that are perfect for those chilly days and nights!
Before we start, let’s talk about slow cookers and tips and tricks.
What is a Crock-Pot
A crockpot, or slow cooker, is an electric appliance that heats food at a low temperature over many hours. It’s often used to cook stews, soups, and other dishes that require long cooking times.
Crockpots can also be used to bake cakes and bread or roast meats. The American inventor of the crockpot was Irving Nachumsohn, who patented the design in 1970, but similar devices had been around for decades before that.
There are many benefits of slow cooking are many. The slow cooker allows you to prep in advance, and it can help if you’re cooking for someone with allergies or a sensitive stomach.
Slow cookers are also energy efficient-they use less energy than an oven because they operate at a lower temperature. Because of this, slow cookers have been shown to reduce your running costs over time!
Tips and Tricks for Slow Cookers
Below are tips and tricks for slow cookers you might not know about.
Use a generous amount of liquid. A dry slow cooker is a disaster waiting to happen! Always start with enough liquid to fill the bottom of your pot, and then add more if needed.
Invest in a slow cooker liner! It might seem like an unnecessary purchase, but they’ll save you from scrubbing the crockpot clean every time you use it.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuts of meat. For example, you can make all sorts of delicious dishes with chicken thighs, pork chops, or beef roast. Just season them well and keep an eye on the cooking time!
“Brown” ground meat in a skillet before placing it in the slow cooker. It’ll add more flavor!
Go the extra mile and make your own spice blends! There’s no reason to buy prepackaged spices when there are so many others that you can easily make at home. You’ll spend less money, and you’ll know exactly what’s going into your food with fresh spices.
Make sure the lid is firmly on your slow cooker. If it isn’t, you may end up with a mess in your kitchen.
Check the progress of your meal every 4 hours or so to make sure it’s not burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot. This can be not easy if you’re at work all day, but setting a timer will help!
Use the right size of the slow cooker for what you’re making. Different dishes will require different amounts of liquid.
Never lift the lid of your slow cooker during cooking unless necessary, and then make sure you’re using oven mitts!
Use fresh ingredients every time. The better quality your ingredients are, the better your food will come out.
Don’t be afraid to add more seasoning! You may think you need a lot, but slow-cooked meats can take a lot of salt and other seasonings before they get too salty.
How to Clean Your Slow Cooker After Use
Slow cookers provide a perfect opportunity to clean them as you are using them. After the appliance cools, empty the contents and wash the crockpot inner pot in dishwashing soap and water. If there is leftover food, scrape out the food with a spatula before placing it in the dishwasher.
For any cooked-on stains, scrub them with a sponge before washing. The following substances should not be used for cleaning: steel wool pads, oven cleaners, or scouring powders because they will scratch the inside of your slow cooker’s ceramic coating.
25 Delicious Fall Slow Cook Recipes
Below are fall slow cooker recipe ideas for you. To get access to the recipe click the button below.
These slow-cooker beef short ribs will reach fall-off-the-bone tenderness with very little work on your part. The sauce/gravy turns out so rich and flavorful. You’ll be shocked you can do this in the slow cooker.
A whole chicken is a versatile, healthy protein that can be cooked in many ways. You can roast it with vegetables or make a tasty soup from the bones. The slow cooker is an easy way to cook your whole chicken and put together a pot of flavorful broth for soups or chili!
This easy slow cooker vegetarian chili recipe is the perfect comfort food for the cold winter days. It's simple to make and cooks in just four hours, so you can come home after work and have dinner waiting!
There's nothing better than curling up with a warm drink on a cold winter day. But, when the weather outside is frightful, and you're in no mood to brave it, then this recipe for The World's Creamiest, Most Delicious Hot Chocolate (in a Slow Cooker!) is just what your soul needs.
This recipe is a no-fuss, no-peeling apple butter. It's perfect for those of us who are too lazy to peel apples or don't want the mess from peeling them all! A sweet apple butter that tastes like Fall in your mouth!
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