The Vegan Platypus

Crockpots... they are the best.

Picture of a yellow and white flower crockpot.

Crockpots, that wonderful invention that will cook your food for you. All you have to do it put it in and let it go, just don’t forget to come back in a few hours… haha not like I’m talking from personal experience or anything. But seriously, I love my crockpot. I have used them my entire life to cook anything from desserts to pasta dishes. They are so versatile and easy to use. Before I started using crockpots, I always thought that they were for old people or fancy people but they are really for lazy people, or people who don’t have time to sit there and watch it.

Crockpots come in all shapes and sizes. The one in the picture is a 2.5-quart manual. It is perfect for cooking for yourself or for two. Much more than that and you start running out of space and making a mess. There are also different types of crockpots. Mine is a manual so I have to watch it a little more. You can get an electric one with a timer that will turn to warm when the timer is up, those are nice, but a little more expensive. And when I say expensive, I mean like they run around $40, which isn’t bad at all. I got mine at a garage sale for $10, so to me that’s outrageous.

Crockpots can be used to do so many things, but when you don’t know how to use them it can be a little intimidating. Here are some tips for mastering your first crockpot dish.

  • Read the directions! I don’t know how many times a messed up on the timing and my food was either not done, or way overdone because I put it on the wrong heat setting. Also, watch how long it is supposed to be on if it takes four hours to cook on high and you’re gone all day at work maybe put it on low for 8 and then check it when you get home and go from there.

  • Don’t put your pot in the dishwasher! DON’T DO IT! I know some people say its ok, but If k, but if you want anything to last a long time treat it well. Don’t risk cracking your pot when you put it in a hot dishwasher. With that same thought don’t put cold water in your hot crockpot, it could crack it and then there goes your crockpot. Let it cool on its own.

  • Use liners. If you don’t want a rough clean up use a crockpot liner. They run pretty cheap and are nice when you are making something that can stain or is just a pain to clean up, like tomato sauce… You put them in and then take them out when you are done and throw them away. Little to no cleanup time.

I hope those three tips on using your crockpot gives you a little courage to try one. I love them and use mine at least weekly. Let me know what you make ant how it goes! Happy Adventures!