The slow cooker is often marketed as a simple way to make a home-cooked meal while at work or even while sleeping, but writer Sam Sifton has found that the extensive time spent in the steaming pot can turn most dishes into mush. Sifton advises using a slow cooker during the afternoon to reduce cooking time and shares tips for succulent short ribs and tasty slow-cooked cake.
Slow cookers, introduced 40 years ago, remain popular today, and recipes have become more sophisticated over the years. Judith Finlayson, author of six slow-cooker cookbooks, said slow cookers tenderize inexpensive cuts of meat and don't cost much to operate.
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, has begun, and slow cooking may be the best way to prepare a traditional holiday meal, according to this article. Slow cookers, which are good for stews such as cholent and other dishes, may be a lifesaver when it comes to combining traditional cooking with a busy lifestyle. Slow-cooked cholent is made with beans, potatoes, barley, onions, garlic and meat such as brisket, short ribs or chuck roast.
Looking to take most of the prep work out of slow-cooker meals, General Mills and ConAgra Foods have each introduced bagged meals that can be cooked in a slow cooker. While the General Mills kit comes with vegetables, seasonings and dumplings, meat must be added. ConAgra's selections come with either beef or chicken.