I've brought crock pots before and always felt I should have just one — but one cannot fill the needs for everything, so I'd get rid of the one I had and buy another. This week, while shopping for one online, I read a review by a woman who owned crock pots in 5 or 6 different sizes! Wha??? .I thought where would I store that many crockpots? Boing!! The floor space of my pantry is unused space — put them in a storage bin on the floor of the pantry and bring out as needed (why had I never thought of it before). I have a 6 qt and a 1 qt. I plan to get a 3 qt for my next purchase and probably a 2 qt as well. The 6 qt. is great for cooking pot roast and large batches of chili that I can freeze for later. But I just love the new 1 qt I bought over Christmas! I put a few drumsticks or chicken legs in it, season it and add 1/4 c. water, plug it in on high or low (depending on whether or not I'll be around) and I'll have plenty of protein for a couple of days. I cooked a marinated pork tenderloin in the large one last night with a bit of water. This morning it was shreddable. I realized I could use this for lots of different dishes — had it in my scrambled eggs this morning instead of sausage (much healthier). I can add cooked veggies to it — maybe even add a little sour cream to the mix and have a tasty meal. I found instructions on using crock pots last night and found that even if you don't return home by the time the meal is "finished" it still won't burn — and that "high" just shortens the cooking time and that "low" is just as safe for meats because the crock pot heats up quickly and then stays even. I am exhausted when I return home — how nice to open the door to delicious smell and a hot meal just waiting! My problem has been finding diabetes friendly recipes, as a lot of them incorporate fruits or tomato sauce, etc. If you have some great links or a special crock pot recipe I'd love to see them! (I know there's a recipe section but it's hard to find things that are good for very low carb meals.) Thanks for any information or tips on meal preparation and uses for crock pots!! I'm pumped!!
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