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5 Reasons why a Slow Cooker is a Back-to-school Essential for the Dorm Room

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You're going to get busy quickly when college starts back up again. If you're not actually in class, you'll probably be catching up on studying, attending an extracurricular activity, working a part-time job or internship, or just simply trying to relax. 

That doesn't leave a lot of time for cooking. Luckily, a slow cooker, like the Crock-Pot® Countdown Digital Slow Cooker, makes short work of preparing delicious meals. Here are five reasons why a slow cooker is the perfect appliance for the college lifestyle.

1. Two Ingredients is All it Takes
The ordinary college student doesn't have much to work with in the way of ingredients. Many try to survive off of instant noodles for weeks at a time, so it's safe to say that spice racks and full fridges aren't the most common. That's no problem, though. There are dozens of flavorful two-recipe dishes perfect for the slow cooker. For example, a little barbecue sauce and chicken makes a perfect filling for sandwiches, and a little ground beef and marinara can make a budget bolognese in a snap.

With a slow cooker, you're only two ingredients away from meals like barbecue pulled chicken.With a slow cooker, you're only two ingredients away from meals like barbecue pulled chicken.

2. Budgeting is a Breeze
Those two-recipe dishes are perfect for the college student on a tight budget, too. Many students simply go out to eat when they get hungry. While that isn't a problem when the dining hall is open, it can mean breaking the bank on takeout or at a restaurant at other times. Save a few bucks by staying inside and slow cooking.

3. Get Away From the Dining Hall
Even if the eateries on-campus are open all the time, that doesn't mean you'll always be willing to use them. You'll likely get tired of the menu at some point and need something else to satisfy yourself. A slow cooker gives you the freedom to prepare other meals whenever you choose.

The dining hall may be convenient, but you might want a change of pace.The dining hall may be convenient, but you might want a change of pace.

4. Make Cooking Simple
And whenever is a key word here. Whether you have a whole free day ahead of you or a class in 20 minutes, you can start cooking a meal in the slow cooker and let it work its magic while you're away. The only real cooking commitment is the time used on prep before you put the ingredients in the stoneware and the time it takes to serve the food a few hours later. All that time in between is yours to do whatever you want with because a slow cooker won't burn up your food like a stove does, and it won't become a fire hazard.

5. You Don't Have a Stove
That's the reason most dormitories don't have stoves. They're fire hazards, and most colleges aren't willing to trust several hundred students with one. But without a stove, you'll need something to cook with. A slow cooker is your answer*. Who needs a stove or burners when you can slow cook savory meals at your leisure?

*Check with your university's office of residence life or refer to a student handbook for rules regarding slow cookers and other appliances with heat sources. Some campuses prohibit these items while others do not.


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