Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Special Needs Friend: My Crockpot

I have an older version of this crock.  It's the Smartpot but my timer thingee doesn't work anymore.  My lid gave up a long time ago and I ordered a new one.  That one gave up, too.  Now, they don't make the lids anymore and I refuse to buy the same style crockpots in the store that I know that they are not gonna have replacement lids for!!!  So, until I find a big crockpot with a glass lid, I am not buying a new one.   Period.  So, I improvise.  Been doing it this way for a while.....like more than a year.
I love my crock pot.  I really, really love it.  It is faithful.  It no longer has a lid but it never stops cooking.  I even used it to make homemade yogurt in  yesterday...but I will write up a separate post for that, as it wasn't the way crockpot365's blog says to use it.  I sorta did my own thing.

Yes, I said that it doesn't have a lid and I use it almost daily for a variety of things.  I use it for anything I would use an oven for.  Anything....well almost.  I don't bake bread in it, although I know some do.  But I have made desserts, baked potatoes, breakfasts...really almost everything. 

Here's how I used it for my meatballs this past week:
First I made up my meat mixture, with seasonings and whatever you add-I added onions, green peppers, eggs to hold it together, a few bread crumbs and some seasonings.  After I used my mixer to mix it all up, I scooped out meat with my ice cream scoop to form balls and placed them into the bottom of the pot. 

 Then, as you can see below, I layered with aluminum foil and repeated the same thing.

 Here's my crock just cookin' up a storm:

I wrote up one of my meatball recipes here.  But on this day, I was making meatballs in sauce for meatball subs.

A word of warning (or a tip, whichever way you see it)  :  if you cook with foil instead of a lid, it cooks much, much faster than with the lid.  Don't say I didn't warn you.  I only cooked these meatballs 2 hrs and waited to warm them until 2 hrs before I was going to serve them and they were steaming hot when we ate!


  1. My lid never seems to last as long as the pot either! My current pot lid has been missing the 'handle' for a long time! I just wedge something in there {a knife} to lift it off, using my oven mitt, of course.

    Neat tip too about cooking quicker w/foil. That's good to know.
    Found you on Women Living Well. I linked up too {Freckled Lemonade}.
    Have a blessed day.

  2. Sounds good! Am blog hopping and found yours! I'm now following and would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!


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