Guru Resolution: Going Slow
2013 is my year of the slow cooker! I used to be the last person on earth who you would expect to dip a toe in the slow cooker pool, but here I go. It might seem a little odd to base a New Year’s resolution on a kitchen appliance, but I think getting into slow cooking will smooth out a few other lifestyle speed bumps that I’m facing. There’s nothing like killing a few birds with one stone and in 2013, my stone is the slow cooker.
Family time. The idea that a slow cooker can help have a really good meal prepared when we walk in the door at night is so appealing. Unfortunately, a relaxed, sit down dinner is more the exception than the rule. With meal prep and planning taken out of the P.M. routine, our family will have a much easier time re-connecting over a meal.
Health. The way I see it, slow cooked meals will generally be a healthier option than a lot of the processed junk that too often finds its way to our table. A lot of my favorite slow cooked recipes have well balanced, whole food ingredients that you just can’t get out of a box.
Piece of Mind. Kids lose their minds waiting for dinner but that pales in comparison to the mind blowing frustration that my wife and I feel when trying to come up with a nutritionally relevant meal from scratch after a long day at work. A slow cooker will allow for a quick turnaround time between walking in the door and sitting down for dinner. The whole family wins.
I’ve done some research and I’m on the doorstep of a slow cooker purchase. It looks like the “Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker” by Hamilton Beach is where I’m going. With a nice feature set including three cooking mode options, this slow cooker looks to be a great “Slow Cooking 101” model that will accommodate more advanced slow cooking as my techniques grow stronger.
Bottom Line: Slow is the way to go in 2013