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How to Make the Most of Friendship Day With Slow Cookers

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Nothing quite says friendship like a tasty homemade meal and great conversation. August 2 is Friendship Day, and you can celebrate with some of your favorite people however you'd like. We recommend inviting everyone over with their favorite dish for a low key get together that reinforces your special bond. Here's how to throw a great celebration for Friendship Day.

Work With What You've Got
You might not have a chance to run out to the grocery store and pick up all of the freshest ingredients the day you need to prepare your dish. In that case, you'll need to check the freezer for any produce or meat that you stored beforehand. When you use Foodsaver® brand products to seal your ingredients, you don't have to worry about running out to the store every time you want to prepare a fresh, homemade meal. You can just open the bag, toss the food in your slow cooker and let it do all of the cooking for you.

Plan Out the Perfect Pairings
Decide on a theme that you know your friends will love and base your meals around it. If you're all beach lovers, try a Caribbean Nights theme and decorate your home with beach and island accessories. Work together to create a menu that falls in line with the concept. For instance, maybe one person can make this easy Caribbean Risotto dish, and another can bring the Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Be sure to have lots of pineapples and other tropical fruit on hand - and, of course, colorful, festive drinks. Margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas are perfect concoctions for a night in paradise.

"Connect your slow cookers for a streamlined table setting."

Use the Right Tools
In situations like these, where you need to prepare a homemade meal while managing a hectic schedule, your slow cooker is your best friend - and it should be included in the friendship celebration as well! Not only will you be able to slow cook your favorite dish to perfection while you're at work or running errands, but you can also leave the food in the slow cooker and carry it along with you wherever you hold the party. If you and your friends use the Crock-Pot® Hook Up® Connectable Entertaining System 3-Piece Set, you can even connect the devices so they can keep food warm while also acting as a streamlined table setting. 



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