Pros of a Crockpot
Cons of a Crockpot
|Amazing Aromas||Can Get Burned|
|Tender Meat||To Much Food|
|Easy Clean Up||Soggy Food|
|Frozen Meat Is a Perfect Meal||Crockpot outside is hard to Clean |
|You make tons of Recipes||Settings are all HOT|
|Saves Money||Tastes the Same|
I was so excited when I opened our wedding presents and found a bright red crockpot. What are the pros and cons of using a crockpot? Our first apartment didn't even have an oven in it. So it was handy! I have used the crockpot hundreds of times throughout the six years I've been married. And I still am waiting for it to die because of the amount we've used it.
Pros of a Crockpot
- Your house will smell amazing! With hours of cooking garlic, carrots, onions, and a roast, you are ready for mouthwatering smells to fill your home the whole day.
- Everything is tender. Thanks to the hours of slow cooking, everything has time to soften and become juicy. Chicken and pork are so tender they fall apart when you touch them.
- You can make hundreds of recipes using your crockpot for bread, desserts, and pasta. Searching recipes on Pinterest will give you hundreds of ideas about what to make for dinner.
- Crockpots are easy to clean up. Because you threw everything together into one pot, there's only one thing to clean. You mix everything in one dish like a casserole, and then you are good to go. So at the end of the day, when dinner is over, a fast wash of one-pot will take 30 seconds.
- You can start dinner in the morning, and it will be ready when you are. Sometimes my mornings are a little less crazy than the afternoon. Creating something in the morning is one last thing I have to worry about throughout the day.
- You don't have to thaw frozen meat before sticking it in the crockpot. Do you have a massive chunk of meat that would take hours to thaw? By throwing it in the crockpot, you will have a tender meal within a few hours.
- With multiple crockpots, you can make a feast. My mom had three or four crockpots that she used regularly. I remember nights when we made sides, the main dish, and a dessert. It was yummy!
Cons of a Crockpot
- Most crockpot meals taste the same. Everything has the same texture, and everything looks about the same. If it is potatoes sitting in the crockpot for hours or pasta, it feels like you're having the same meal.
- Losing weight can be challenging. It is hard to smell food all day if you are trying to diet. It doesn't help if you can smell something delicious all day. I don't know about you, but it makes me feel like snacking.
- Crockpots are hot! Most people leave their crockpots on the counter all day long. The tricky thing is kids can get burned. A child usually doesn't know if a crockpot is hot or not. You are not always watching a crockpot like you are a stove.
- The outside of crockpots can be hard to clean. Because it is an electrical appliance, you can't just dump it into a sink of soapy hot water. Instead, you have to scrub at the drips and grease splashes on the side with a damp cloth.
- You have to remember to start your crockpot. I don't know how many families have told me of times when they stick a roast in for dinner but forget to plug in the crockpot. What a waste of a good piece of meat! Oops, I guess cold cereal will be for dinner tonight.
- Sometimes a crockpot can lead to you making more than enough food. We don't need a ton of food with my husband and three kids. If I make dinner in a crockpot, I know we will be having leftovers for days. It is as easy as cutting down, but I feel like I have to fill up the whole crockpot for some reason. Maybe that is just my problem.
- Even food on the warm setting is scorching hot. When I make chili, I know I have to dish my kid's portion out 20 minutes before dinner, or it will be too hot for them. The keep-warm setting is more like "keep boiling." Haha
- Everything seems to be a little more watery than it should be. Because the crockpot cooks so slowly, many liquids stay in the pot. This does help keep the food moist but can also make it a little soggy.
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Written By: Sarah