Slow Cooking Tips for a Holiday Potluck
Slow cooking is great for so many reasons. In regards to making and taking a potluck dish to your next holiday party, the Crock-Pot® Single Hand Cook & Carry® 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker makes it more convenient than ever. Never before has it been so simple and seamless to prepare a delicious, homemade appetizer or side dish that can then be carried to celebrations with family and friends. Thanks to its secure-fit locking lid and easy-grasp handle, you'll still have one free hand readily available to open doors, answer your phone, greet a friend or ring the door bell without any hassle at all.
When it comes to your next potluck dinner invitation, you'll be the most prepared guest of all, thanks to the help of your travel-friendly slow cooker. For more slow cooking advice to help prepare for your next potluck, consider these tips:
1. Prep Ahead
During the rush of the busy holiday season, setting aside the time to make an elaborate potluck dish can seem impossible. And that's one of the reasons that slow cooking is so perfect for potluck parties. It saves you time and effort and allows you to get ahead. It's likely that on the day of the potluck party you will have many things going on. As such, you can easily prepare and assemble all of the necessary ingredients in your slow cooker the night before.
Equipped with customized cook times that range from 30 minutes to 20 hours and a digital countdown timer, the cook settings can be modified to fit your exact schedules. While it's beneficial to start cooking the night before, this also works just as well if you're short on time! Simply adjust the cook times so that your dish cooks on a higher temperature at a faster time, delivering you excellent results to bring to the party. Thanks to the slow cooker, you can prep ahead so that when it comes time to enjoy the festivities, you can sit back and relax.
2. Establish What You Are Bringing
It's never fun to show up to a potluck party and discover that three other people brought the same dish as you. Good potluck hosts should have a clear idea of what each person plans to bring, whether they assign certain dishes or create a sign-up sheet that can easily be shared among all party goers. Once you do establish which dish you will bring, it's important to stick with it. This ensures that there are no duplicates or that an important main dish isn't missing. If you do need to change the recipe you will bring, be sure to let the host know.
3. Don't Assume You Will Get Oven Space
This piece of advice is age-old news to potluck veterans and lucky for all of you with a slow cooker, something you won't even need to worry about! One of the very best things about slow cooking is that you can heat up your chili or meatloaf right in your slow cooker - no extra appliances needed. The Crock-Pot® Single Hand Cook & Carry® 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker has a convenient WARM setting that effectively works to keep your dish at the perfect temperature for serving.
4. Arrive Prepared
As one of many guests at a potluck, you never want to show up empty handed or worse, unprepared to serve your dish. Thanks to this slow cooker's spill-proof transport, you won't have to worry about arriving to the home of the host with a mess to deal with. Its secure-fit locking lid will prevent any accidental spills so that your dish looks ready to serve as soon as you arrive.
Additionally, if your famous spinach dip calls for pita chips or crackers for serving, don't forget to bring a box or two. If your homemade meatballs need toothpicks for serving, be sure you have those as well. Whether you need serving spoons, utensils, napkins or the like, it's always important to arrive with everything you need to distribute your own dish.
Now that you've read these slow cooking tips for your next potluck party, break out your Crock-Pot® Single Hand Cook & Carry® 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker, cook your favorite dish and then simply lock, grab and go with a single hand!