I posted a little while back that I have fallen in love with my crockpot. Well that love is going strong. As if cooking with a slow cooker isn't easy enough, I've found a few ways to make it even easier. Work smarter, not harder!
Ever have one of those days where you wake up, reach for a large cup of coffee, and think "How in the world am I going to get everything done today?!" Those are the days when I whip out the crockpot. I always keep frozen chicken breasts and frozen vegetables in the house. I've now discovered another crockpot staple. Marinade. All of the spices and flavors you need in one pour. I have been using Lawry's Marinade. It's a little thick for my liking so I usually add 1 part water to 2 parts marinade. Dump in the chicken, veggies, and some teriyaki marinade. Cook on low and you're done. I also try to keep wraps in the house. That way no matter what marinade I use, I can always create a yummy wrap.
Now to make clean up easier. Clean up is always the worst part of cooking anything to me. I use Reynolds aluminum foil when baking and NOW I use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.
These do make clean up easier, however, they are not perfect. They are a little expensive. I paid $2.50 for a pack of four. Yikes. But I figured they would be worth the money on days I'm running around taking care of an infant on a few hours of sleep. They are a little difficult to get to stay in my smaller crockpot, but they get the job done. No soaking or scrubbing. Just remove the liner and throw away.
(By the way, from one slow cooker cook to another... don't let the liner touch the inner part of the slow cooker, whoops)