Crock Pot Cooking ~ Revisited

Thanks for all your great comments on my crock pot post. I will try to answer a few of your questions. I have never had a problem with critters, but I live in a neighborhood. I also don’t leave the crock pot outside at night, only in the day when I can check on it every once in a while.

If you do have a problem with critters you could put it in your garage or basement.

I agree with Kristy that crock pot meals are more winter type foods, but a crock pot is a great way to cook up meat that can be used in other main dishes. I do not make many stews or soups in the summer. I have read that you can even make bread in your crock pot. I have never tried it, but it might be a fun experiment this summer.

I hope to run a series of posts this summer on cool recipes for the hot summer. If you have one you would like to share in a guest post send me an email or leave a comment on this post.

Happy crocking!

 

Comments

  1. I was wondering about food safety just because the heat outside is so much higher than cooking inside. I’m a freak about that stuff, though! I’m assuming it’s fine. Great ideas.

  2. I would think it would be fine outside, and I even live in the country 😉

    I have never done it outside, but I do use my crock pot in the summer just because it is cooler than stove top or oven!

  3. Awww…I made your blog again! How exciting! Thanks for the shout out 🙂

  4. I agree that crock-pot meals are often heavy, winterish type meals. Dishes I still prepare in the crock-pot through the summer are meatloaf, 40 clove garlic chicken, oatmeal, even dessert! Apple crisp and hot fudge cake. Hot fudge cake is never out of season!

  5. Southern Gal says:

    My parents have always put their crock pot on the back porch (screened in). It’s a great way to cook PLUS you don’t smell up the house. Usually by the time the crock pot meal is ready I’m sick of smelling it and don’t want to eat it! Especially pork roasts.

    There’s a blog called crockpot365 or something of that nature that has great recipes from yogurt to macaroni and cheese.

  6. I have one suggestion that could lead to others. Starting in the spring, after the rains, I use a solar oven. There are many designs and patterns available on-line. It would make a fun homeschool project, and it’s well worth the effort. I purchased one at http://www.peddlerswagon.com and I’m hooked for life. My kitchen is cool in the summer, and we cook everything in the solar oven. Bread, meat, veggies, rice, pasta, you name it.

    Mary

  7. I make desserts in the crockpot over the summer — they are perfect topped with ice cream … all without heating you your kitchen 🙂

  8. I have to second Amanda’s comment about the desserts in the crockpot. Everyone loves cobbler, but cobbler heats up the house.

    Also, if I do summer soups, they tend to be lighter (broths instead of tomato based). Plus you can use it to cook up a batch of meatballs, and I don’t think meatballs ever go out of season. At least at my house.

  9. Thanks!

  10. Our oven hasn’t worked properly since we moved into this house (two months ago…) so we’ve done lots of “summer meals” lately!

    I did a yummy summer meal last week – there are pictures and the link to the recipes here: http://paulsbride.blogspot.com/2009/05/summer-meal.html

  11. I also have summer recipes for the crockpot, most of them desserts! I cooked dinner today in my crockpot and the house was nice and cool when we came home. The cloudy, rainy day might have helped that.

  12. While we were on a cruise I tried all sorts of foods. One of the things I tried & would like to learn how to make is chilled soups. Who would’ve thought a soup could be considered soup when it’s chilled!? I love it.

  13. I use my crockpot all year long,it’s very nice in the summer because it doesn’t heat up the house. And the evening is the worse our house heats up in the evening and it just awful using the cp is a great solution for us.

    God Bless,
    Tammy

  14. I would love to guest post for you. I have a post in the works coming soon about summer meals using beans and chicken broth; I could guest post about a bazillion variations on pasta salad for you! Hop over to my site to see my writing style. It would be fun to work with you!

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