Essential Ingredients For Your Slow Cooker Recipes

Essential Ingredients For Your Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker recipes used certain ingredients over and over again. When I first got my slow cooker, I found myself running to Safeway for a can of this or a jar of that. I now find it nice to go on a grocery run stock my fridge and pantry with a few essentials. Here are a list of some of the basics.

Almost all slow cooked recipes require you to braise the food with some sort of liquid.( Braising is just a fancy word for what we call actually just boiling or stewing.) If you use your slow cooker often you’ll need a large supply of the following:

Foods for Braising
Canned diced tomatoes
Tomato paste
Tomato sauce
Canned beef and chicken stock
Beef, chicken and vegetable bouillon cubes
Both canned and dried beans of all types
Smaller pasta such as macaroni, penne and orzo
Long grain converted rice

Oils
It’s also nice to have a little oil on hand even though slow cooker recipes use very little oil.
Vegetable oil
Olive oil
Non flavored vegetable oil spray

Dry Ingredients
All purpose flour
Cornstarch – used for thickening gravies
Dark brown sugar
Granulated sugar

Herbs
Dried spices and herbs are also important for tasty slow cooker dishes. It’s best to add the herbs at the beginning so you don’t to lift the lid during the cooking process. On the other hand, it’s better to add salt and pepper near the end of the cooking time. Here’s a basic list of herbs and spices you can use in slow cooker recipes.
Ground cinnamon
Ground coriander
Ground cumin
Herbes de Provence
Oregano (whole leaves if possible)
Basil (whole leaves if possible
Sage
Thyme
Old Bay Seasoning

My favorite is the Old Bay Seasoning since it gives food a complex flavor due to all the spices in it. It can be used in almost all your slow cooker dishes to give it a complex flavor. It contains a mixture of celery red and black pepper, salt, mustard, ginger, mace, paprika and cinnamon.

Chilled Foods
ingredients for crockpot or slow cooker1 dozen eggs
1 pound butter
1 quart whole milk
1 pint half and half
1 half pint heavy cream

Grated Cheeses
Swiss
Parmesan
Cheddar

Fresh Vegetables
Onions
Garlic
Celery
Carrots
Fresh Parsley
You can actually store the fresh parsley for a long time by rinsing it, trimming off the stems. Then wrap it in bundles and freeze it. It’s really easy to pull it out of the fridge and chop off pieces when you need some.

Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be complicated. Although it sure does make things simpler if you have a well stocked pantry full of food. I feel like I’m more prepared when it comes to meal time and everything is set to go when I dig in to my slow cooker recipes. If you’re new to using a slow cooker, this recipe tips section of my blog will feature more helpful info to get you up and running fast!

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