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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: Three Wise Men and a Crock-pot
By Teresa Marshall
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Are you looking for a method of cooking that will provide nutritional meals with less preparation time? If cooking is not on your menu of “Things I like to do.” Do you dread the 5’o’clock game of spin the wheel of what’s for dinner?” As the dial stops in front of the famous golden arches.
Crock-pot cooking still remains a popular method of cooking because you fix your meal in the crock-pot and you are out of the kitchen!
The Rival Company introduced the crock-pot back in the early 1960’s. What is a crock-pot and how did it originate? According to the Wikipedia
“The Crock-Pot was invented quite by accident in 1960. Three men from Sedalia, Missouri, who spent much of their free-time building and
racing stock-cars took a cooking crock and a thermal conducting wire.
They shellacked the wire to the crock, and attached a thermal switch
and power cord, thus making the first "CROCK-POT".
(Wikipedia www. en.wikipedia.org)
One advantage of using a crock pot is the reduction in preparing a meal. You can fix your meal the night before and refridgeratore until the next morning. When schedules are tight, it’s time saving to have dinner ready to serve. Nont only are crock-pots useful for dinner, but how about cooking breakfast while you sleep at night? This is almost as good as breakfast in bed.
Crock-pots help you save money in the grocery store. You don’t have to busy the most expenssive cut of meat. When buying a cheaper cut of meat and adding various seasonings you still have great taste. You can save in the using spices, because of slow cooking. The spices have longer to flaovr your food.
You can save in the usage of electric. Yes, a crock pot does reach a high enough temperature that foods are cooked throughly. Most receipies have you start the crcok-pot on high for an hour before turning it on low for the remainder of the cooking time.
Finding receipies is only a mouse click away. If you have a 3 ½ quart size crock-pot you can find recipies at, www.crockpot.com. There is www.southernfood.about.com. At www.cookingcache.com this site offers a vast selection of recopies Amazon.com is another resource for cookbooks. (www.amazon.com) You can find good conditioneal used books for half the price of new. If you are not into using the computer, go to your local library, the bookstores at the mall. Yard sales are another place to find cookbooks and crock-pots.
The crock-pot is adaptable in converting conventional cooking time for example. A conventional recipe cooking time is 15—30 minutes. In the crock-pot on Low it will take4—6 hours and cooking on High takes 11/2 to 2 hours. Therefore, you can adapt your favorite recipes to the crock-pot.
So go out, and purchase a crock-pot or two. Then pause to say thanks for three wise men and a crock- pot.
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