My husband hates crockpots! I know. How dare he hate such a convenient kitchen appliance? But it is true. He does not like the flavor and texture of foods cooked in the crockpot. Now, I actually have to agree with him somewhat. I find the texture and flavor much better when foods are cooked on the stove top or oven as opposed to the crockpot. But at what cost? Well, for me, not much. I am a stay-at-home-mom and I have a little more flexibility in my schedule to slave over a hot stove (although I’m cold right now and a hot stove sounds good), than your average working mom. I will throw the occasional meal in the crockpot (with the expected sneered look from the husband), but try to avoid it for most meals.
What is the alternative? Well, the stove/oven. I cook roasts in the oven. I cook soups, stews and chilis on the stove top. It’s really not too big of a deal. I don’t usually find it to be a hassle. I still have to prep the ingredients, just like I would for the crockpot. I still cook meats in the oven on low temperatures for many hours, very similar to a crockpot. But for some reason, there is a difference in the taste and texture of many dishes. Honestly, I have found that you can easily convert crockpot recipes to the stovetop or oven, and vice versa. One tip I discovered just last Christmas (as a gift) is the beauty of the Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven. We affectionately call it the “flavor pot.” It does a wonderful job on all dishes.
Do you have crockpot hate or crockpot love in your house?
Our Allergy Home* Meal Plan for the Week of October 2, 2011
Sunday: Mexican with Homemade Salsa (Made with cucumbers and artichokes!)
Monday: Chicken Barley Chili (this was pretty good)
Wednesday: PLOV (Russian Rice Pilaf)
Thursday: Pasta Dish of some sort (Remember I’m a loose meal planner.)
Friday: Vegetarian Night – Bok Choy Saute with Coconut Rice
Saturday: Refrigerator Round-up
Dessert: Apple Pie with gluten-free crust (recipe coming soon)
*Most meals in our allergy home are free of dairy, egg, peanut, wheat, soy and corn.