One of the most common questions that we are asked is what are the best slow cooker recipes for extra long work days. After answering this question numerous times I thought it was time to share the answer with you! For those who work a 10+ hour day, we have some recipes and suggestions for you when it comes to slow cooker recipes. Many slow cooker recipes state they should be cooked for 6-8 hours.
The beauty of using the slow cooker is that you are able to dump your ingredients into the slow cooker before you leave in the morning. It is important when you are selecting recipes that will cook all day long. You don't want to come home to dry chicken or food that is overcooked and tasteless.
First of all I would suggest that you invest in a slow cooker that has a timer. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker.
Best Slow Cooker Recipes For Extra Long Work Days
These are great recipes because they are cooked slowly. When you use dry beans instead of canned beans you can really extend the length of cooking. When using dry beans be sure you rinse and remove any loose pebbles prior to cooking. These are great recipes for your budget too!
This is the perfect all day long slow cooker recipe. In fact, the longer the better with a roast in my opinion. This cut of meat does really well because it needs the slow cooker environment to make it tender and moist. 10+ hours on low is the way to go for a roast.
Shredded Chicken, Pork, Beef
Shredded meat works well in the slow cooker because with the all day cooking time you will find the meat will start shredding on its own. Once you get home you can easily use two forks to shred the meat and enjoy it in your recipe. It is also a great way to stretch your budget.
Cooking sauces on low melds the flavor profile and is great way to simmer them all day. Then you do not have to be concernd about having to stir constantly over heat. Slow and low is the way to go for sauces.
These recipes are great because they are cooked slowly in a liquid. So, the slow cooker is a great tool for a successful stew. Even if the time states less than 10 hours we find that you won't have an issue with the stew overcooking because stew meat in general is a tougher cut of meat. One tip is to cut your veggies into larger pieces to avoid them over cooking.
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