When you think of a slow-cooker you think of braised meats, potatoes, and hearty winter dishes. Lucky for you, you don’t always have to associate your slow cooker with winter, you can also use it in the summer. Here’s a new way to think of your slow cooker: it’ll keep your house cool, you can go out, have fun and come home to a hot dinner, and clean up will be a breeze. Here are a few more reasons you should be using your slow cooker this summer.
Cool Down Your House
When the temps climb to 95 degrees during the summer no one wants to be sweating while making dinner in the kitchen. Avoid the cooking heat with your slow cooker. You can make a pot of beans, roast a chicken, even make corn on the cob, all without ever breaking a sweat. The heat is contained in the slow cooker - no stove, no oven. And since you don't open a slow cooker until dinner is done, you won't have a billow of heat envelope you every time you check on the casserole.
You’ll Cook Less
When you make one dish in your slow cooker you’ll potentially have leftovers for the rest of the week. Make two or three portions of chicken with chiles and salsa and you can make a bunch of different recipes: chicken taco salad, tacos, or even a chicken rice bowl. That’s the magic of your slow cooker.
You Can Go Out Have Fun and When You Get Back Dinner Will Be Done
There’s no need to stress about dinner all summer long. Before you leave your house just throw all of your ingredients in to a slow cooker, switch it on, and when you come back home dinner will be done. You’ll have had a day full of fun at the playa or backyard barbecue without having to worry about how to get dinner on the table.
Save A Little Electricity
Your electricity bill might already be through the roof because you keep the air conditioning on all night long. So cut back when and where you can and give your stove a break. When you use your slow cooker it cuts back on the amount of other appliances you use in your kitchen, which will save you a few bucks.
You Only Have One Dish To Wash
No matter the time of year, no one enjoys washing dishes. Using your slow cooker means there's only one dish to clean. That means more time you can spend outside, basking in that summer sun.