Prepping for an idyllic Thanksgiving feast is an involved chore. If you are like most holiday hosts, you will have every available cooking surface in use and all of them are going to require your attention to make sure all those fixings are fixed just perfectly. Anything that can help ease this process is welcome, and you should definitely use a slow cooker for Thanksgiving.
A slow cooker is a perfect tool to help you perfectly cook your meal with minimal effort. Most slow cooker recipes can be set and “forgotten” so that you can focus on other tasks like basting the turkey or baking the green bean casserole.
Here are some benefits of adding a slow cooker to the mix. More time with the family AND time for a glass of wine! Works for me.
Why You Should Use a Slow Cooker for Thanksgiving:
Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, AND Dinner
Imagine the night before Thanksgiving, preparing an overnight breakfast recipe in your slow cooker. When you wake up, you can serve your family while you watch the parade. You can then start preparing Thanksgiving dinner! Try making this a fun holiday tradition for everyone to enjoy.
You Can Easily Carry the Dish to the Family Dinner
One great benefit comes when it is time to serve your holiday guests is that you can bring the final product directly to the dinner table even if you have to travel to get there. Most popular slow cookers are equipped with locking lids and can be separated from the heating element and used as a serving dish. Slow cooker liners can also help make transport from kitchen to table a cleaner process that won’t burn your hands. The appliance and bag will keep the food warm if needed, or you can easily turn it on low when you get to your relative’s house and keep it warm until it is ready to serve.
It Saves More Room in Your Oven
If you are hosting the holiday meal you are likely going to have multiple sides and courses cooking at once. Unless your kitchen is big enough to feed an entire football team you are probably going to run out of space on your stovetop or oven, forcing you to limit how many things are cooked at one time. With a slow cooker, there is no need to worry about it. It takes up little space on your countertop and all that is needed is an electrical outlet. Just plug it in and let it cook without needing space in the oven or a stovetop burner.
Just Add Ingredients and Forget it
One of the greatest conveniences about using a slow cooker is the fact that there isn’t a need to continually stir or constantly adding other ingredients like some of the other dishes. This lets you focus on cooking other things and since you can usually just let it cook until it is time to serve.
You Can Do Other Things While it Cooks
Since you don’t have to worry about your slow cooker meal while the dish is cooking you can spend more time on other parts of the meal. If you are just making the one dish, you can start the slow cooker in the morning, while you do other tasks like clean your home, run errands, go shopping, wrap presents, or get ready for the party all while it is cooking. Slow cookers are an extremely low maintenance way to prepare a dish this holiday season.
Some slow cookers even offer multiple containers so you can create several meals at once. Set up a buffet with a three pot slow cooker to cook even more during your big holiday!
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