Crockpot – also known as slow-cookers – are enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity. However, we’re talking 21st-century technology here and America’s favorite slow cooker isn’t actually a slow cooker at all. To keep up with the popularity of today’s Instantpot, Crockpot has released it’s updated version of the “slow cooker”.
The Crockpot was a necessity in every kitchen in the 70s, now it seems like the Instantpot is all the rage. This 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker, the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté/browner all in one! So, to not be outdone Crockpot came out with its own version.
Families want a hot, healthy meal for less money and without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Old crockpot recipes are resurfacing and new ones being created with the Instantpot.
The new economy has made it necessary to work more hours – or more jobs – and save money wherever possible. Crockpot recipes tend to make life simpler by letting you combine ingredients in the morning and let the crockpot do the work while you’re off to a job or extracurricular activities.
When you arrive home and open the door, your mouth will water in response to the delicious smells coming out of the kitchen. Your dinner is ready and waiting, just as if you had a chef working for you.
The new version of crockpots have some bells and whistles that the old ones didn’t – and crockpot recipes are designed to deliver a healthy, well-cooked meal that isn’t mushy or overcooked. Also, with the new Instant Pot, the same types of dishes can cook in an hour or less instead of 4-8 hours in the traditional “slow cooker”.
Whether you choose the traditional “slow cooker” crockpot or the newer version of the Instantpot, here are some tips that will help you turn out meals that will delight your family and save money:
- When cooking a crockpot or Instantpot recipe that calls for meat, be sure that you trim excess fat and that it fits nicely into your pot.
- If you’re using a crockpot recipe that calls for vegetables requiring extra cooking time (such as carrots), place them at the bottom of the pot and put meat or other vegetables on top of them.
- Sometimes crockpot or Instantpot recipes tend to take the color out of your meal. If that happens, use garnishes freely to pump up visual appeal.
Both Crockpot and Instantpot recipes can be especially nice when you’re entertaining – they both keep the food warm until ready to serve – and many cooks choose to serve the meal right out of the pot.
Both Crockpot and Instantpot can be found in abundance at online websites. They range in price, depending on model and the extras you want or how you intend to cook with it. Before you choose one, look over some recipes and see what they require.