Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Important slow cooker tips


Benefits of using a slow cooker
I think slow cookers have gotten a bad rep in recent years. As more technology comes out, I feel like some people turn their noses up at the use of slow cookers. But there's a reason they became so popular in the mid-1900s.

They free up stovetop space, they use less energy than an oven, they can be used unattended, and they don't heat your house in the summer.

Slow cooker temps
Probably the biggest disadvantage of the slow cooker is there is no temperature setting. Your options are warm, low, and high. The warm setting should hold the food above the "temperature danger zone" (140 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature range for low and high will depend on your slow cooker.

Some slow cookers run hot, and others run on the cooler side. The best way to find out what kind of slow cooker you have is to fill your device halfway with room temperature water, stick a probe thermometer in the slow cooker, and monitor it for several hours.

Slow cooker tips:
1. Remember the tagline "set it and forget it"? That isn't a good strategy.

You can't put raw ingredients in the slow cooker and return 8 hours later to a delicious meal without having done anything else. Your food will be underwhelming and bland. A dish needs varied flavors and textures.

In most cases, you need to do some work outside of the slow cooker before cooking it and before serving it.

For example, you need to saute the aromatics (onions, carrots, celery), toast your spices, brown the meat, and deglaze (with wine if using) before cooking in the slow cooker. 

2. Also, cooking ingredients for a long time mellows flavors. I recommend adding additional bloomed spices, pouring in an acid (like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar), and stirring in fresh herbs before serving.

3. Don't lift the lid! It will cause the slow cooker to release heat and steam and it can affect the cooking time.

Saucy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Yield: Makes about 28 meatballs

Time: About 4 1/2 hours


For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1 Tablespoon dried mint (or 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup red wine, lemon juice, or wine vinegar
  • 56 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons harissa
  • Optional: Fresh mint or parsley, chopped


For the meatballs

  1. In large bowl, break up ground beef and pork. Set aside.
  2. Mix together panko, eggs, shallot, garlic, mint, cumin, oregano, and salt.
  3. Use hands to carefully combine ingredients with meat.
  4. Roll meat mixture into golf-ball sized meatballs.
  5. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Place meatballs in skillet, making sure not to crowd pan, and brown meatballs. Set meatballs aside.

For the sauce

  1. Add onion and salt to skillet and cook until soft and translucent. 
  2. Add cumin and cinnamon to skillet and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Deglaze skillet with wine. Add contents of skillet to slow cooker.
  4. Pour crushed tomatoes into slow cooker and mix.
  5. Add meatballs to slow cooker and cover in sauce.
  6. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours, or until meatball internal temperature registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Mix harissa into sauce, top with fresh herbs, and serve with orzo or bread.

Slow Cooker Harissa Eggplant

Yield: Makes about 4 (1/2 cup) servings

Time: About 4 hours


  • 1 1/2 pounds eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup harissa, divided
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon), divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: Yogurt, crumbled feta, fresh mint or parsley


  1. Combine eggplant, 1/4 cup harissa, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, and kosher salt in slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours or until eggplant is very tender.
  3. Add remaining harissa and lemon juice to slow cooker and stir.
  4. Serve with optional toppings.


  1. The need for more legitimate hacking companies are rising each passing day because of the magnitude of scams being run on the Internet. I know what I went through before I was able to contact Osecybersailing to work on my case after getting scammed multiple times and trying to retrieve back my lost investment funds. After I have invested $670k usd with a fraudulent crypto investment company and i lost everything in the space of one month and got scammed again and again trying to find a solution which wasn't easy to come by given the circumstances that brought about the incident, getting scammed multiple times is never a good experience for anyone involved which was what exactly happened to me when I got scammed investing into crypto currency. Many posing on the Internet as hacking companies aren't really what they are because most of them are scammers waiting for a prey to devour, I got referred to reach out to Osecybersailing through a friend and after I investigated about their legitimacy I came across many of their testimony from their satisfied clients that got their lost investment funds retrieved working with this legitimate and evergreen hacking institute which also changed my story helping me retrieve back my lost investment funds. Many of the testimony really were saying great and worthy things about how the company saved them from financial loss, I decided to hire them after many consideration and they didn't disappoint me by making the choice of choosing them after what I have experienced lately trying to get my funds back from the scammers. They proved they can be trusted with the recovery of lost investment funds which is why I wrote this down for other victims of scam who wishes to ever retrieve back their lost investment funds to let Osecybersailing solve their case, they're worthy and has what it takes to restore back your funds and peace of mind. If you also wish to check your partner Whatsapp conversation to know if he/she is cheating then Osecybersailing is the best team for you.
    If you find yourself lost in the depths of lost Bitcoin, facebook and Whatsapp hacking to catch your cheating partner, let Osecybersailing's team guide you towards the light of redemption.
    Facebook page: Osecybersailing
    Email: osecybersailing@cyberservices.com

  2. Here's how I raised my FICO score from 430 to 785. My diabetic condition caused me to fall behind on my medical bills, which caused my world to fall apart. I searched high and low for someone who could help me repair my credit, but to no avail. In November of last year, I met JERRYLINK CREDIT GROUP through a friend they had worked for; they restored my dignity and boosted my credit in 9 days, allowing me to take out a loan and pay for a house. You can reach them at JERRYLINKGROUP@GMAIL.COM or via TEXT at +1 626 514 0620

  3. Osecybersailing is a first class hacking team that can aid in the recovery of your misplaced cryptocurrency, lost Facebook account and hacking your partner Whatsapp to know if they are cheating on you.
    For a long time, I was very confused and i always felt awful about my partner’s cheating attitude. I really wanted to track and catch him red-handed. I spoke with a trusted colleague of mine at work and she gave me a genuine recommendation about an ethical private investigator named Osecybersailing.
    Osecybersailing and their extraordinary team emerged as the catalysts of change. Their exceptional knowledge and relentless determination Helped me to see all the lies that my partner have been saying. If you also wish to check your partner Whatsapp conversation to know if he/she is cheating then Osecybersailing is the best team for you.
    If you find yourself lost in the depths of lost Bitcoin, facebook and Whatsapp hacking to catch your cheating partner, let Osecybersailing's team guide you towards the light of redemption.
    Facebook page: Osecybersailing
    Email: osecybersailing@cyberservices.com

  4. A revolution in banking has been brought about by the digital era, with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin taking center stage. But there are also risks associated with this emerging field, the most frightening of which being the possibility of losing digital assets. This is when Osecybersailing and it's team steps in like a shining knight, equipped with the formidable weapon of Bitcoin recovery. My valuable Bitcoin was stolen via a technical error, leaving me hopeless. My dreams were almost dashed by the cold reality of irreversible blockchain transactions. However, there was a ray of hope that emerged from the shadows when I came across Osecybersailing and it's team. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and years of experience, their team of professionals painstakingly navigated the blockchain maze, following even the smallest digital traces of my misplaced funds. The fact that my Bitcoin appeared, safe and sound, back in my wallet in a very short amount of time was a credit to their commitment and competence. It restored my faith in the security and reliability of the crypto ecosystem. But my testimony is more than just a celebration of Osecybersailing technical abilities. It also serves as a rallying cry for ethical cryptocurrency stewardship.
    If you find yourself lost in the depths of lost Bitcoin, facebook Account and Whatsapp hacking to check if your partner is cheating, then let Osecybersailing and it's team guide you towards the light of redemption.
    Facebook page: Osecybersailing
    Email: osecybersailing@cyberservices.com
    Telegram: osecybersailing


    I was actually fooled and scammed over ( $345,000 ) by someone I trusted with my funds through a transaction we did and I feel so disappointed and hurt knowing that someone can steal from you without remorse after trusting them, so I started searching for help legally to recover my stolen funds and came across a lot of Testimonials about ETHICREFINANCE Recovery Expert who helps in recovery lost funds, which I can tell has helped so many people who had contacted them regarding such issues and without a questionable doubt their funds was returned back to their wallet in a very short space of time, it took the expert 21 hours to help me recover my funds and the best part of it all was that the scammers was actually located and arrested by local authorities in his region which was very relieving. Hope this helps as many people who have lost their hard earn money to scammers out of trust, Reach out to EthicsRefinance hackers today and reclaim what is rightfully yours

    EMAIL VIA: ethicsrefinance @ gmail .com

    TELEGRAM: @ethicsrefinance

  6. It's my month and a month of solutions to all my worries. He’s very real and legit and also affordable with a low price but he did come up with an excellent result , he gave me an excellent score of 820 which really made me have self-respect for him. I had about $94k in banks and $20k in credit card debt on about 3 different credit cards and all these late payments are marked as paid ever since I contacted XAPCREDITSOLUTION AT GMAIL DOT COM. all the loans cleared and charge offs and collections cleared. I urge you all to write them immediately to fix your credit. They can also help to file tax returns. XAP is simply the best. 

  7. I vowed to go to any length just to recover my 19 Ethereum and 4.68 Bitcoin from a scammer who lured me into investing in a website I later discovered was a scam. All thanks to the Recovery Coin Group (RCG) whom I contacted via RECOVERYCOINGROUP@GMAIL.COM and in less than 72 hours 95% of my crypto currencies were recovered. RCG didn't stop at that, they also reviewed the identity of the Indian guys behind the scam. The law has already taken its place on them. If you have similar issues please do well to let them know via the above email. 

  8. Helpful, Patient, and Professional

    We thoroughly enjoyed working with West and his team at HackWest(at)Writeme(dot)Com throughout our credit repair and home-purchasing journey. No matter how many times we called or texted West (or his team) with questions, we consistently received prompt and helpful answers in return. West always did well to explain things in layman's terms, which we appreciated as first-time homebuyers/credit repair. West and his team were kind, patient, professional, transparent, and willing to help whenever help was needed. They went above and beyond to ensure my wife and I felt comfortable with every decision we were making and took our credit score up to 798 within a few days and ensured we were able to buy our house. I strongly recommend you contact Hack West today. Please let him know Lyle referred you.

  9. I had an exceptional experience fixing my credit with REVOX CREDIT SPECIALIST. It was so easy and pleasing working with them after I missed my first surgery. They helped me in clearing my debts of $175,000, raising my credit scores from 350s to 750s across 3 bureaus credit score. All derogatory marks and hard inquiries were permanently erased with addition of some tradelines. All thanks to my colleague for reviewing REVOX CREDIT to me.

  10. Have lost so much BTC to scammers but the story changed when I came across Bliss Paradox Recovery which helped me got back what was stolen. Hello everyone! If you are going through depression due to scam, you will need to find a secure and trustworthy way to recover your stolen funds. Speak with BLISS PARADOX RECOVERY, they will help you to solve all your issues. This message is to whom it may concern. Thank you! Mail: Blissparadoxrecovery (AT) aol (DOT)com, Telegram Blissparadoxrecovery.


Pin It button on image hover