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Crockpots are Back in Vogue: Be Frugal and Cook at Home

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Dinner On The Table

First introduced in 1971, the Crock-Pot revolutionized the way we cook meals. The word Crock-Pot is actually trademarked by Rival Industries, but is used in every day conversations instead of the term slow cooker. Many recipes for the crock-pot require little preparation. The slow cooker can then safely be left to run unattended, making it a convenient cooking method.

I got married in the 70’s and had one of the latest crockpots at that time. They didn’t come with the nice removable ceramic inserts available now, nor were they programmable. The oval shapes large enough to hold a small roasting chicken weren’t invented yet. The only shape was round. As a new bride who worked full-time, I made every meal I could in the slow cooker. The Hubby often worked late hours, and it was perfect for getting meals on the table quickly in the evening after work, and keeping foods warm. Fast forward 36 years….

Now that my oldest daughter is a married mom, one of my gifts to her was a state-of-the-art Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker I think It’s the best slow cooker and I got it because it’s the one I use. Every Sunday she has us over for some of the most marvelous meals she’s put together! Even my charming son-in-law makes a wonderful pot roast with vegetables. He adds carrots, potatoes and the slow cooker makes it’s own gravy. I help him a little bit and gave him my tip to use cornstarch to thicken the gravy. We New England folks love our comfort food!

One of my favorite dessert recipes is a crockpot chocolate molten lava pudding cake recipe. The fudge sauce is magnificent!

Crockpot meals can not only save you time in the kitchen, but they can also save you money as well.

Here are some reasons why crockpots or slow cookers can save you money:

1. A crockpot keeps you out of the fast food line. If you had not loading up the crock-pot with the ingredients this morning you’d likely be in the drive through line at the local fast food restaurant this afternoon after work, grabbing a meal for your family. The average fast food meal for a family of four rings up over $20.

2. Stretches your dollar. Most crock-pot recipes and meals can truly stretch your food dollar. Because you can put a whole chicken in the crock-pot to cook then cut it up for several meals, you can stretch your budget with the use of your leftovers.

3. Cuts your grocery budget. You can save money at the butcher since the slow cooking process is especially useful to tenderize cheaper cuts of meat.

4. Saves on your energy bill. Instead of running a larger appliance like the stove you’re running one small energy conservative appliance, the crock-pot, saving on your energy costs.

The convenience of the slow cooker not only saves you time, but will also save you money ~ $$

Don’t you think it’s time to take it out of your closet (or wherever you have it packed away collecting dust) and make a crockpot meal or soup today? Or maybe ask Santa for a new state-of-the art crockpot or slow cooker?

Check out my Crockpot Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore and freezer meals for crockpots at Frugal New England Kitchen!

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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger and influencer from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Crochet Shop for the latest Handmade Fashion trends, Home Decor, Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

10 comments

  1. I love crock pot! Anytime I do it, i am so happy that dinner is ready LOL!

    trisha
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  2. I looove my crock-pot. Use it constantly. I really want one of those 3 crock-cookers with the 3 crock pots? How awesome would it be to cook 3 different things in crockpots at the same time???

  3. I love my crockpot. Using it right now so that dinner will be ready after my son’s soccer practice, yet my husband can eat right when he gets home from work and we’re gone, if he likes.
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  4. I am a crockpot lover myself I am always looking for new recipes to try out!

  5. Stopping by from the Awesome Alexa Mavens Blog Hop! I love crockpot cooking!

  6. The Crock-Pot is one my fave tools in the kitchen. It’s one of those kitchen tools that I can’t live without plus it makes such wonderful meals from sauces to complete entrees. I would love to have the roasting Crock-Pot one day, which you can place the ceramic pot on the stove to sear the meat and have it finished cooking in the slow cooker. yum, yum, yum :)

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