There’s only one thing I like hard and slow. Here’s a hint: It ain’t cooking.
However, I’m a longtime advocate of slow cooking–as long as it’s easy.
A crock pot will transform a cheap, tough cut of meat into tender, succulent deliciousness like no other.
But when the actual heating time of a meal ranges from 4 to 8 hours, you should skip steps that keep you trapped in the kitchen longer than necessary.
Otherwise, you’ll skip the entire process and opt for more expensive fare.
So how does one quickly slow cook?
Lemme tell you.
Reduce meal prep time.
In other words, don’t do anything that involves the frivolous creation of dirty dishes. I almost always ignore a recipe’s call to precook food before throwing it in the slow cooker. You can, generally, eliminate such procedures with little consequence.
Use marinade seasoning mixes.
Marinades make flavoring meat super easy.
- Add oil, water, and/or vinegar into a measuring cup.
- Toss in seasoning mix.
- Stir briskly with a fork.
- Pour concoction over beef, poultry, or pork.
- Let marinate for about 15 minutes.
After that, simply lay your meat in the slow cooker and press ‘Start’.
Keep it simple.
I used to feel challenged, excited, and a tad bit overwhelmed by 15 ingredient recipes. Now, they make me chuckle. Recently, I discovered that salt, pepper, and a 1/4 cup of beef broth produces a delightful chuck roast.
If I want to liven up my taste buds a smidge more, I sprinkle seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and red pepper over whatever meat I cook. Leave the cutting board in your cabinet, and season your meat while it’s lying in the slow cooker.
With a little planning, you can experience the joys of slow cooking.
And if you’re having a hard time overcoming the mental hurdle that your meal won’t be ready for hours and hours, just remember, as surely as you live and breathe, you will get hungry again. So, hurry up and start slow cooking.
What tricks do you have to speed up slow cooking?