Four Ways a Slow Cooker Can Save You Money

Four Ways a Slow Cooker Can Save You Money

Can a slow cooker really save you money? If you’re looking for a way to combat soaring food costs here’s four good reasons reasons why investing in a slow cooker may save you in the long run.

Saves energy – The humble crockpot, or slow cooker, is essentially an electrical Dutch oven with either a porcelain or ceramic pot which sits inside a heating element. It’s designed to be a more efficient way of cooking food. It actually uses only 100 watts of electricity.

Compare that to all your large appliances.  Traditional stoves and ovens especially those older less energy-efficient  models.  Just load your entire meal into the slowcooker without even turning on your stove, oven or microwave. Using a rough calculation – Using a crockpot for 8 hrs one time a week will cost you 20 cents a month on your electricity bill! Also you’ll find that in the summer it won’t heat up your house so you wont be blasting your air conditioner as much.

You’ll be buying in season produce and fresh, raw ingredients for your slow cooker meals. This is far less expensive than boxed and processed foods which can cost up to 2 times more than fresh food.  Here’s a test for you next time you go to the grocery store. Separate your frozen, canned and boxed foods from your fresh foods and add up the your purchases separately. You’ll be suprised at how much you can save over a years time.

You’ll be more likely to stay away from the fast food line. When your finished work for the day and can’t stand the thought of making dinner, you’re meals already prepared in the slowcooker by the time you get home. Just think, the average fast food meal for a family of four ends up being over$20! So what you can do is prep your food ingredients in the the morning, load up the slow cooker, and set the timer for when you want to start and end the cooking process.

It stretches your food dollar. You can do this by putting a whole chicken or roast in the slow cooker and adding vegetables. It’s of course a big meal which you can divide up the rest of this meal to use as left overs. It’s really easy!

A basic roast only needs the following…

  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 carrot scrubbed and washed  and roughly chopped carrot
  • A few potatoes cut into halves or quarters – I find that if you leave the skin on while it cooks it tastes delicious!

If you’ve bought a  tender chuck roast all you need is your preferred seasoning and herbs and then add a cup of water or broth. When I first bought my slow cooker I couldn’t believe how tender and tasty the meat was. Beef, pork roast, chicken, you name it!

Slow cookers help you save money by  keeping it right it belongs– in your wallet!  You’ll also discover and all the tasty and healthy dishes you can create which improves your health, and make cooking easy and fun.  If you’re interested, here’s some more info on how slow cookers work.

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