|What happens if you’re gone from your house for 10+ hours at a time…
can you still cook in your slow cooker?
|Hoisin Shredded Pork Sliders (6-10 hours in the crockpot)|
Today we are answering a question from Amy.
“Help! I’m a busy working professional and leave the house at 7am each morning. I’m not home until 6pm each evening. I LOVE the idea of slow cooker recipes and meals that are ready for me after a long day, but have NO CLUE how I could ever make this work, seeing as I’m away from the house for 11 hours each day. Do you have any suggestions/ tips for me? Are there ANY recipes that could work for this time frame?”
|No Fail BBQ Beef (6-10 hours)|
Thanks for your question, Amy. It’s the predicament of many women!
My first suggestion is to invest in a slow cooker that has a timer on it. One that will automatically switch to warm after the time that you set it for. For example, I own this slow cooker and it works great for that purpose. I like it because you can set it for 30 minute increments. I also suggest this slow cooker because it is the one that America’s Test Kitchen suggests. And I trust them. Only ever cook on LOW and have it switch to warm after suggested cooking time is up.
|Cuban-style Black Bean Soup (about 8 hours)|
Second, make food that is best suited for longer cook periods. Like a pork or beef roast, dried beans, soups. Here is a list of my recipes that need more than 6 hours to cook.
|Mexican Pulled Pork (7-9 hours)|
Third, if possible use frozen meats (or partially frozen) in the slow cooker. This will extend your cooking time by a couple of hours. I’ve heard that you aren’t supposed to do this (because of food poisoning risk) but I do it all the time. So if you feel comfortable with it, then do it. If not, that is fine too.
|Beef and Barley Soup (6-8 hours)|
Fourth, you could possibly think about using my recipes in a pressure cooker. Put all the ingredients together before work. Then when you get home you’ll have a few minutes and dinner will be ready. Go here for good ideas on pressure cooking.
Anyone else have any suggestions??
You will definitely be limited on what you can make when you are gone that long but at least one or two days a week you could have something in the slow cooker ready when you get home!