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I fantasize about things that work for me when I sleep — I wish I lived in that magic world where cute little woodsy animals came in and cleaned my house, sewed clothes and make magical buffets – all because I sang a little song.
If I can’t have that, I want a GREAT (not just good) Slow cooker!
While I am sleeping, it can cook a whole chicken to the point I simply have to pull the meat off the bones. It can cook a bargain pot roast until it is so tender that a fork slices right through it. It can make soup, cook apple sauce, pear butter, help with my canning and SO MUCH MORE!
(Yes, I have a few already…)
Here is the thing: I have usually gotten the “bargain” crock pots at Black Friday time instead of getting a GREAT one.
Programmable? Sensor Option so you can tell the temperature without even lifting the lid?
Shut the front door!!
Yes, I fell in love with this gem of a slow cooker from Hamilton Beach!
If you think that all slow cookers are the same, let me tell – not so, my friend!
No “crock pot” liners needed for this baby as it cleaned up like a DREAM! This Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker cooked evenly (I have had ones that didn’t), it’s easy to clean and is designed so the lip on the edge of the removable casserole is more generous than it’s competitor’s – no more dribbles down the side! You
Now, let’s talk about the programming part! Yes you can use the manual setting, but I LOVE things that are automatic! HIGH or LOW (don’t use WARM setting to cook) and how long (in 30 minute increments)?
Note: You can NOT set it high and then to low as it might cause a food safety issue, but you can set it for a time and when that runs out, it goes right to WARM. After 14 hours, it automatically shuts off.
So, I made a simple bean soup recipe. First things first – a great bean soup usually starts with a ham bone! If you don’t have one and can’t get one from your butcher, try pork hocks or ham shanks. They are cheap, yield the same rich flavor and you rip them out of the soup before anyone ever sees it. These were on sale for $1.49. Add things I got for almost free like the canned tomatoes and carrots, using only ONE slice of bacon and inexpensive beans and onions, this makes for a very frugal, yet filling family meal!
Bean with Bacon Soup
- 1 bag multi bean soup beans (look for the SOUP mix ones not just the dried beans – there should be a small seasoning packet in the bag)
- 1 package ham shanks
- 1 slice bacon, raw and cut into smaller pieces
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 can carrots
Place 8 cups water, dried beans, onion, bacon and ham in your slow cooker. Set on HIGH for 4 hours.
After 4 hours, remove the ham, and add other ingredients. Set on LOW for 6 hours. Don’t worry — it will drop to WARM if you get home later than 6 hours.
Now, rip into that rich, yummy, smoky flavored bean soup like a monkey on a cupcake!
So, what is the “ugly” about this toy – finding a home for it in my collection, LOL! I actually took a smaller one out (it’s going to my brother) and gave this a special home, front and center, of my appliance closet.
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