Short Cuts for cooking in the Slow Cooker

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Once you start cooking in a slow cooker you will be hooked because your meals turn out delicious and the meat will be falling off the bone.  You save a lot of money because you can get a cheaper cut of meat and it will turn out delicious and tender.

But did you know there are ways to cut preparation time and you can still get the same fabulous results?

One of the ways we have discussed previously is to cut up all your vegetables on the weekend.  That way if you want to make a crock pot meal during the week everything is prepared.  Just put all of your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and everything is ready to eat when you get home.

But what if you decide during the week you want a slow cooker meal and you didn’t do the prep work?

dehydrated peppersOne easy solution is to use dehydrated foods.  If you haven’t tried this before you are missing out on a short cut that will make cooking fast and maintain nutrition.  The dehydrated food can added at the beginning of cooking.  Some of the best ingredients to use dehydrated are onions and peppers. They are best placed under the meat so the flavor is infused into the meat while cooking.

Another way to make the process of slow cooking quick and easy is to use canned vegetables.  By canned vegetables, I am referring to the fresh vegetables you have canned yourself.  Fresh red new potatoes and carrots are especially good.  Vegetables that are canned when they are at their peak are so delicious.  These vegetables are added at the end of the slow cooking and they take only 10 to 15 minutes because they are already precooked.

canned carrotsIf you haven’t tried canning your own vegetables you are really missing out on eating nutritiously prepared food as compared to the canned vegetables in the grocery store.  Click here to view the All American Pressure Cooker/Canners.  They are top of the line for canning and are easy to use.  Go here to see a video on How to use a Pressure/Canner.  This is an excellent video that will show you how easy it is to can your own vegetables and how safe it is with the new pressure/canners.

If you have used dehydrated food and have some extra tips, we would love to hear them in the comment box below.  Share this with someone you know that loves slow cooking.

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