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Finally, the hard winter days are behind us, and we are ready to start enjoying being outside. I am excited because now that the heat is turned off, I want it to stay at a comfortable temperature.
How can I do that?
By keeping my oven off for cooking, and taking advantage of some great energy-saving appliances that are right at my fingertips. Everyone knows that a slow cooker is great for saving time and energy in the kitchen. Some of my best recipes are made in the slow cooker, and I love the time it saves. Today, I am sharing a recipe for an overnight slow cooker pulled chicken that is sure to please everyone.
But did you know that using your slow cooker saves you money, too? Especially when you use it during off peak hours, you can save even more! And you can’t get any easier than the slow cooker. Minimal cleanup means you’ll use less hot water because you won’t need to wash pots and pans.
See how saving energy can be quick, easy and convenient, and you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of your family meals.
And for even more savings, reheating the slow cooker pulled chicken in the microwave takes just seconds, leaving you plenty of free time and some extra money during the summer. A totally winning situation!
But the microwave isn’t just for reheating, you know. Did you know that you can use your microwave to make full meals? I just discovered the joy of making pasta in the microwave with a special microwaveable pasta container, and it sure makes life easier! No wasting time waiting for the water to boil or hovering over the stove. Less time wasted means more time for my family.
Efficient Cooking Tips:
- Use small electric pans, toaster ovens, or convection ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
- Use microwaves and slow cookers when possible. They use less energy than the stove or oven.
- Keep the inside of your microwave and oven clean. It improves their efficiency.
- Use your dishwasher only when it’s full. You can save 5,000 gallons of water each year and 40 in utility costs by using a dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes, according to the Department of Energy.
- Use the air-dry option on dishwashers. It saves energy and keeps the machine from using a heating element to bake your dishes dry.
Overnight Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken:
- Boneless Chicken Breasts
- 1 small can tomato paste
- Apple Cider Vinegar~amount will vary depending on tastes
- Dark brown Karo syrup
- Cayenne pepper
- Dijon mustard
- Spray the bottom of your crockpot lightly.
- Line chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot.
- In a separate bowl, slowly combine rest of ingredients(except tomato paste), using amounts according to your tastes.
- Pour over chicken, and cook overnight on low.
- Remove chicken breasts from crockpot and shred.
- Remove the juice from crockpot and whisk in tomato paste.
- Return shredded chicken to crockpot, cover with liquid, and stir.
- Let liquid and chicken on low in crockpot for about 1 hour.
The slow cooker pulled chicken can be used in so many recipes. For me, I made a pasta salad with all my ingredients. And by purchasing already diced tomatoes and lettuce, I am saving time and money in the kitchen because there are less dishes to wash. Any heating that needed to be done, I did in the microwave!
I simply warmed up the black beans and corn in the microwave and then added them to the plate. This was one recipe where seconds(and thirds)were taken. This is a great meal for two or you can set up a make-your-own bar for a large crowd. Your guests will have a delicious meal, and you can rest easy knowing you are saving time and energy in the kitchen!
What slow cooker recipes will you be making this summer?