Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.
Today: Your weeknights just got infinitely better. Stay tuned for our collection all about slow cooking on Provisions this Thursday!
Weeknights weren’t made for slow braises and roasts; they're often too harried and hectic for anything other than what's quick and easy. After a long day, you're likely to turn to a simple pasta or a hearty salad -- even a sandwich qualifies as dinner when you're exhausted. But in the chilly days ahead, you may find yourself craving the comfort of a lazy slow cooked meal -- the kind that's reserved for weekends -- in the middle of the week.
More: You don't need a recipe to make an outstanding weeknight meal.
Enter the slow cooker -- the saving grace of weeknight dinners. Throw all of your ingredients into a pot in the morning, and dinner will be waiting for you when you get home. You'll soon wonder how your kitchen ever survived without this essential kitchen tool.
No matter what size or shape your slow cooker is, here are a few basic guidelines for using it:
There are a number of standard dishes that come to mind when we think of slow cooker fare -- stews, soups, pulled pork, curries -- but a slow cooker can churn out so much more. Use it to prepare a handful of pantry staples:
More: Sweeten your morning oats with a healthy drizzle of maple syrup.
While there are countless slow cooker-tailored recipes out there, the possibilities are limitless for adapting other recipes for the slow cooker -- particularly those that involve braising, slow-roasting, or finishing in the oven. Here are a few things to consider before adapting a recipe for a slow cooker:
More: Learn more about the ins and outs of adapting a recipe to a slow cooker here.
How do you use your slow cooker? Tell us in the comments!