Slow cookers are cool. This appliance helps you cook warming meals on chilly nights stewing beef and rice gets you out of the kitchen on hot days. No wonder the popularity of slow cookers is soaring. Slow cookers are available in many sizes, colors, and some are programmable. If you don't have a slow cooker yet you may wish to buy one.
This is a 32 ounce box, containing a bag of frozen slow cooked beef braising steak strips and a bag of veggies and sauce mix. The box reads "1 skillet + 3 ingredient packages + 15 minutes = Complete Restaurant Style Meal". The box contains over 1 pound of meat, and this is supposed to serve four people.
Step one. Prepare the tomato sauce, which forms the base for most pasta dishes. Cut and fry the onion, and add one teaspoon of salt. Add the diced stewing steak. When the onions and beef are nicely cooked, add some water. Continue boiling the mixture, adding water as it reduces, until you have dissolved most of the onion. Take out the beef and put to one side, to be eaten later.
I'm a work at home mom. I operate a Family Child Care and also have a busy online business, both of which keep me going all day long. That on top of my daughter's activities and the in and out nature of my husband's business, we're usually searching for time to sit down and eat, especially eating together as a family. There's where the slow cooker comes in handy. I have tons of slow cooker braising steak, and can find just about anything to cook that my kids and picky husband will like to eat.
Using a slow cooker, sometimes called a crockpot, is a great cooking method to use with stew recipes. If you want to make stew in a crockpot, it is quite straightforward. First, you have to brown the chicken or meat. Then you add the other ingredients, perhaps vegetables, bouillon, herbs, spices and potatoes, and leave it to cook over a medium heat for five or six hours or a low heat for about eight hours.
Since I work at home, having the kitchen stay a comfortable temperature is a must, as I spend quite a bit of time there preparing meals and snacks for my day care kids. I use my crock pot year round, and love its usefulness during the warm weather months when I can fix the beginnings of the meal in the morning when I've got other 'stuff' out on the counter anyway, put it all in the pot, and then clean up the whole mess when I'm done. The crock pot requires very little clean up itself, so there you have yet another major reason for why slow cooking is so great.
So, even if you do have a hectic schedule with braising meat in slow cooker infant or a toddler, there are still ways you can provide your family with a delicious and healthy meal!
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