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:
- Cinco de Mayo in the Crock Pot
- Crock Pot French Toast
- “Fried” Chicken in the Crock Pot
- Pork in the Crock Pot
- Stir Fry in the Crock Pot
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.