The slow cooker in our kitchen is one of the most valuable tools we have, in line with the blender and the grill pan. While the biggest, most obvious benefit of having a slow cooker is that it takes virtually no effort on your part to make dinner, there are tons of other reasons that we use ours so frequently. Athletes, specifically, should really make an investment in a slow cooker. Here’s why:
- Time-saving, duh.
- Saves you money. Using a crockpot allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat, and the long, slow process of cooking makes them taste better. Cuts of chicken, pork and beef for $1.99 (or even cheaper on sale) are perfect.
- One-pot meals. Many slow cooker recipes have you throw in your protein, veggies, and even carbs in the same pot. This ensures you get a complete meal without wasting time or dirtying pots by making everything separate.
- Multi-purpose. Slow cookers can make dinner, breakfast, shredded chicken for lunches, and even homemade yogurt.
- Easy! The majority of recipes just ask you to dump all your ingredients in the crockpot, then turn it on.
- If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can’t make my carnitas or barbacoa beef.
Have I convinced you yet?
Good. Put this on your holiday wish list, buy yourself a little present, or hunt for it on Black Friday, where they’re being advertised for under $30. Anyway you get one, just make sure you do it as soon as possible!
Our favorite feature is having a crockpot that automatically turns to “Keep Warm” after the programmable cooking time is over, like this one. That prevents your dinner from burning if you work late or your training session goes a little long. You’ll also want one that’s 5, 6, or 8 quarts, so you can easily fit 2+ pounds of meat and veggies. Keep an eye out for sales during the holiday season.