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Why You Should Slow Cook All Year Round

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Slow cooking is a convenient, time-saving and innovative method of preparing food. Take advantage of slow cooking all year 'round and serve your family's favorite meals regardless of season. Here are nine reasons to use your slow cooker throughout the year.

1. Lazy Days of Summer
A simple-to-prepare slow cooked meal is perfect for days you'd rather spend relaxing on the hammock instead of running around the kitchen. You can still make your favorite casseroles and pot roasts without the excess heat of the oven. Simply compile the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, set the appropriate temperature and cook time and head outside to enjoy the sunshine!

2. Comfort Food
Who doesn't want to enjoy comfort food all year long? Why wait until the chill sets in to slow cook a hearty stew, pulled pork sandwiches or creamy mac and cheese. These are household favorites and their delicious flavors and comforting tendencies should be enjoyed all year long. Next time you and the kids have a craving for comfort food, check out this recipe for slow-cooked vegetable and chickpea curry or, these four easy rainy day recipes.

One of the best things about slow cooking all year 'round is that you can enjoy comfort food during any season.One of the best things about slow cooking all year 'round is that you can enjoy comfort food during any season.

3. Come On Over
With the Cook & Carry™ and the Crock-Pot® Programmable Casserole Crock slow cookers, you can make and take everyone's favorite dishes wherever you go. Whether it's to outdoor cookouts, graduation parties or summer celebrations, thanks to the convenient portable and travel features of these slow cookers, you never have to think twice about transferring dishes. Simply cook, grab and go!

4. Busy, Busy, Busy
Say goodbye to fast food and takeout. No matter how packed your schedule may be or how busy your week ahead looks, slow cooking is the No. 1 solution for saving you time and money while also allowing for optimal convenience when it comes to meal prep. Your slow cooker is ideal for simple, healthy and wholesome make-ahead meals that you and your family can come home to at the end of a long and busy day. Try out these four-ingredient slow cooker recipes and be amazed as mealtime becomes simplified.

5. Easy Entertaining
Whether you're hosting a warm-weather cookout in your backyard or a cozy family gathering in the middle of winter, your Crock-Pot® Hook Up® Connectable Entertaining System makes everything easier. Connect, customize and entertain without even batting an eye. Designed to work the way you need it, this entertaining system can slow cook several sauces, dips and appetizers all at once, in one convenient location. Better yet, it doubles as the perfect serving station for all your party needs.

This entertainment system makes hosting parties and gatherings a breeze!This entertainment system makes hosting parties and gatherings a breeze!

6. Get Your Kids to Help You Cook
When the kids are home from school without camp or activities to keep them busy, slow cooking together is the best way to start to get them involved. With simple recipes or meal kits and the easy-to-use control panels of your slow cooker, the kids will be learning how to whip up homemade meals in no time.

7. It Beats the Heat
No one wants to turn on their oven in the middle of July to make a seafood casserole and that's exactly where the Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker comes in, you can try out new flavors, cook from scratch and test out new recipes to make Instagram photo-worthy dinners and desserts. This Multi-Cooker that can truly do it all is perfect all year 'round. One Multi-Cooker and five ways to cook means endless possibilities for all of your aspirational meals.

The 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker makes anything possible.The 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker makes anything possible.

8. Prep and Freeze Meals
There are fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables available all year long, and they should be enjoyed all year long as well. The best ways to enjoy these fruits and veggies past their peak season is to slow cook with what's in season and then freeze meals to enjoy months down the road. Your dinner guests will be happily surprised to enjoy a fresh corn chowder in the middle of the winter.

9. Get Creative
Did you know that you can make fresh chai tea in your slow cooker? How about eggnog or mulled cranberry punch? One of the most exciting things about owning a slow cooker is the creative and innovative recipes you can create, including delicious drinks and cocktails. No matter what season it may be, there is a unique and refreshing drink recipe you can make in your slow cooker. Warm up on a cold winter's night with a batch of cinnamon pumpkin toddy, or spend a warm, sunny afternoon sipping slow-cooked sweet and fruity punch. Find your favorite recipe and enjoy creative slow-cooked drinks all year 'round!

10. It's Fun!
Above all, slow cooking is a fun, inclusive and meaningful way to bring together friends and family, near and far, by serving homemade meals prepared with love, all year long.



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