365 Frugality Tips: Use Your Crock Pot Slow Cooker

January 13, 2013
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Day 13: Year of Renewed Frugality

It didn’t take me long back in 2010 to understand the inherent frugality tips of using a Crock Pot slow cooker to get dinner on the table and save money in the process. That’s because back in 2010 we were renovating our kitchen, and for months I had to cook dinner without the use of a traditional kitchen.

I guess back in our old spendthrift days I would have just resigned myself to the fact that no kitchen=lots of take out. But that would have been too expensive in our suddenly frugal days, and the thought of all of that wasted money makes my stomach turn–still does.

In order to survive without a kitchen, I had to get creative with the tools I already owned. So my Crock Pot slow cooker, rice cooker, George Foreman grill, microwave and grill went into heavy rotation, and I used at least one of them every night to make dinner–again, even without a functioning kitchen. (I did have running water to work with.)
While you may not have such drastic circumstances to deal with, I think taking today’s frugality tips to heart about the importance of your Crock Pot slow cooker are key. Because I’ve found that even in everyday circumstances, a slow cooker can be a lifesaver.

I’ve found that cheaper cuts of meat cook up better when slow cooked, if you’re entertaining a large group a Crock Pot can double as a chafing dish to keep food warm and make it easy to serve, and if you are a busy working parent you can throw that night’s dinner into your Crock Pot slow cooker before your leave for work and then arrive home to dinner cooked and ready.

I know that my Suddenly Frugal readers enjoy Crock Pot slow cooker cooking because some of the posts I’ve written over the years have continued to be the most read. These include:

Today, I’m going to have one of those “clean out the fridge and freezer” moments so I can take inventory and figure out what I can use in the Crock Pot slow cooker for dinner. If only there was an app that could help me do that–slow cooker style–as opposed to my winging it and seeing how it goes.

Maybe this e-cookbook will help me out…

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  4. Dianne Clay on January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I am single and live alone, and I use my crockpot constantly! I have a small and large crockpot. In the small, the night before, I make steel cut oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, 4 servings, and divide it up and put it in glass containers and take it to work.

    I use the large crockpot for freezer meals for 4 persons, which I have pre-prepared, or throw in a whole chicken, and I eat on it for several days.

    I guess I’m fortunate that I absolutely love leftovers!

    I remember back in the 70’s when crock pots were the new invention, and I’ve been a crock potter for over 40 years!

    • Leah Ingram on January 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Maybe that’s why I love my Crock Pot too–I love leftovers like you do!

      Thanks for sharing how you use your Crock Pots.

      Leah

  5. Katherine Cooper on January 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I have used Stephanie O’Dea’s blog for a couple of years now about Crock Pot cooking. My family thinks our crock pot is a permanent fixture on the counter, but it’s nice to come home to a cooked meal.

    Also, during this 2013 Less is More Purge my family and I doing, I’m down from 6 crock pots to 4. We have used them all at some time and I’m proud to say that my daughters want to use them from time to time when they cook.

    Embrace the Crock!!!

    • Leah Ingram on January 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Are you blogging about your 2013 Less is More Purge? If so, post a link. I’d love to read about it.

      Also, I’m a big Stephanie O’Dea fan. In fact, if you search Suddenly Frugal, you’ll see I’ve written about her a number of times–and have gotten to meet her in person at BlogHer. She’s quite awesome.

  6. Eileen Keane on January 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I have two crockpots, 3 qt and 6 qt, and they’ve been gathering dust. Most of the time, I’m cooking for just my husband and myself; our kids are grown. Thanks for the Mr. Food cookbook; I used to see him on TV, and was sad to hear that he recently passed away.

    • Leah Ingram on January 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Happy to help you rediscover your Crock Pot slow cooker!

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