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Fall Slow-Cooker Hacks You Need in Your Life

October 11, 2016 - Blog

Brooke Tucker-Reid, momstown Writer

As the leaves start to fall and temperatures start to drop, we exchange the grill for the slow-cooker in our family. ‘Tis the season for warm, comforting fare that fills our homes with aromatic bliss. Try these recipes and hacks to make life a little easier this Fall.
It smells like Fall
Leaving candles unattended is a no-no, especially with curious little ones scurrying around. An out-of-reach alternative is simmering slow-cooker potpourri. Try these two mixtures for deliciously calming aromas:
Orange Cinnamon
3 oranges, sliced

5 cinnamon sticks

1 1/2 tablespoons whole cloves

2 cups water (more as needed)

 

 Apple Cinnamon Vanilla

1 apple, sliced
3 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons dried chamomile

1 tablespoon almond extract

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups water (more as needed)

 

With both mixtures, add the water first before the other ingredients. Set to high and leave the lid off. Check on it every few hours and add more water as needed.

Make bread in a… slow-cooker?
Oven space can get a little tight when hosting large family gets together. Slow-cookers can be used for so much more than soup, stew and chili. I would never have thought about baking bread in a slow-cooker until I stumbled on this perfect Fall recipe for slow-cooker butternut squash cornbread. It only takes about 15 minutes to prep, then in 2.5 – 3.5h, you’ll have moist, mouthwatering cornbread. Just set it and forget it while you prep the rest of your meal.

Don’t worry old girl
If your slow-cooker is anything like mine, you know that little baby owes you nothing. I’m talking about a floral design Crockpot from the 80’s with only two temperature settings. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? However, some recipes only call for four hours of cook time, but how can we turn it on midday while we’re at the office or running errands? Plug your slow cooker into a programmable dial so it will turn on part way through your day. That way, you don’t have to worry about overcooking!

 

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Originally posted on Momstown Brampton