3 Reasons to Make Time for Slow Cooking

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Now that the holidays have dissipated back into the calendar, we’ve all been left in a cloud of tinsel, leftovers and empty wallets. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve made one of the following two resolutions: to save time, or to pinch your pennies- or both! We’ve got just the trick that will help you stay committed to your frugally minded resolutions. Look no further than your pantry and your slow cooker.

Slow cooking has been around for years, and has become a staple in many households. The benefits of slow cooking are seemingly endless! If you have never tried slow cooking before, we recommend you start. Be careful though, because you might get addicted! How can slow cooking benefit you? Read on!

Boost Your Flavor. Not only will you be doing your dishes a favor by boosting their flavor, but you’ll also be making your wallet happy because you can buy cheaper cuts of meat.  Slow cooking tenderizes cheaper meats and really kicks up the taste. Plus, you can throw just about everything but the kitchen sink into your slow cooker and have a delicious meal. Have a single carrot in the crisper? Don’t be afraid to throw it in the stew!

Save Time. With many slow cooker recipes, you can just throw all the ingredients into the same pot, set the timer, and walk away until mealtime. You can cook wonderful, hearty meals while you’re at the office, running errands, or spending time with the ones you love.

Make a Mistake. It’s hard to go wrong with slow cooking! The low cooking temperatures make it difficult to burn, scorch, or overcook your meal. In fact, oftentimes the longer cooking times bring out the savory flavors and really help to marry your ingredients together.

Check out these brand new recipes!
Slow Cooker Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Slow Cooker Pork Spare Ribs
Slow Cooker Harvest Stew
Slow Cooker Orange Rosemary Chicken

Even more slow cooking recipes:
Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup
Slow Cooker Apple Onion Soup with Cinnamon Cheese Toast
Slow Cooker Stuffed Green Peppers
Slow Cooker Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and Sauce

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Paula, you have the nicest smile and wonderful recipes. Love bobby's show too, but, I really miss you. Wishing you and yours Health, Happiness and Success in the coming new year.♡♡♡

By Barb Cline on January 06, 2014

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Thank you for all the great ideas. your right it is cold outside. so thank you for you help. Linnzie.

By Linnzie Beaty on January 05, 2014

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I love your recipes and I have prepared quite a few of therm. However my husband has a vascular problem, recently spent 3 weeks in hospital, is now in coumadin and other meds. Dr. Put him on low sodium/ low fat diet. Do you have some good recipes in this category? I know you recently had to modify your diet so you can understand what this means. Love you and totally support you. Hoping and praying you completely come back to where you were.

By samartin38@gmail.com on January 05, 2014

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I love your recipes and I have prepared quite a few of therm. However my husband has a vascular problem, recently spent 3 weeks in hospital, is now in coumadin and other meds. Dr. Put him on low sodium/ low fat diet. Do you have some good recipes in this category? I know you recently had to modify your diet so you can understand what this means. Love you and totally support you. Hoping and praying you completely come back to where you were.

By samartin38@gmail.com on January 04, 2014

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Paula I love my crockpot! It is a life saver for the working mom! I can not wait to try your recipes!!! Thank you and Happy New Year!

By Melissa on January 04, 2014

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Great minds think alike. Actually making your slow cooker beef stew today for dinner. Little cool in Los Angeles today. 😉

By Devona DeVault on January 04, 2014

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Just love you Paula, and I could always use more slow cooker receipes:-) grin grin grin

By Janis Vorin on January 04, 2014

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sure do miss you on your show.

By Anonymous on January 04, 2014

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I just had to get on this site. Paula Deen is the best ever, me and my wife ( Jennifer ) just love her. smile

By Steven Taylor on January 04, 2014

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The photos of what looks like a stew on the left and spaghetti type dish on the right...could you pls give us the link to those recipes? They look GREAT!

By Kim Lippy on January 04, 2014

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I love your recipes, glad you are on here, thanks for all the lite recipes too.

By selma wheeler on January 04, 2014

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I would like a recipe for Slow Cooker Ham.

By JoAnne Collins on January 04, 2014

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mrs.paula deen, I love your show, your southern cooking & all your tips..i was born in Italy came here when I was 14..your food is very warming 2 the soul...god bless....!!!

By carmela m. mejia on January 04, 2014

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I so want to try these recipes. I need a good large capacity roasting crock pot baking pot. Once I get it, I'm a gonna start the cooking. Thank you, Paula Deen, for sharing your experience, expertise, love, and passion for cooking. God bless you and your family.

By Deborah D Wheeler on January 04, 2014

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Recipes look delicious as well as easy to prepare. I am great full for this site! Thank you, Paula Dean, for graciously sharing your heart and passion for cooking. ♡

By Deborah D Wheeler on January 04, 2014

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I'm just so happy that you are back! I have three of your cookbooks and enjoy your newsletter on my Nook Tablet. Thank you and Happy New Year!

By Kathy Hicks on January 03, 2014

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Keep up the great work!!!! Really enjoy all your recipes, have most of your books and yes, being a southern I know where you come from! We remain in your corner, best dishes., Nan

By Nan LaRue on January 03, 2014

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I haven't yet bought your new cookbook but am planning on purchasing it next time I go to Barnes & Noble if they have it. The only drawback on a bound book is that they don't always lay straight. I personally like a spiral bound book so I can lay them out flat. Thanks for making your recipes with normal ingredients so that the average person can find the ingredients. Thank You.

By Reba on October 20, 2011

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Paula Deen, You are the Best and I'm always trying a new recipe from you. I have alot of your cookbooks and i enjoy watching your tv cooking show. I have your red cookware and i have yor steak knives and so other stuff you have put out. thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

By Mary Jane Lynch on January 12, 2011

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This is a great reminder. I have one and have been forgetting to make use of it.

By ciaobello on January 12, 2011

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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