Beat the Summer Heat with Crock Pot Cooking

Beat the Summer Heat with Crock Pot Cooking


When the weather outside warms up, the kitchen can be a terrible place to be. There are many things you can do however, when it comes to cooking a nice homemade meal that doesn’t require traditional stove top or oven cooking. Learn to utilize some of the lesser heat producing equipment in your kitchen, such as the crock pot, in order to truly beat the summer heat and keep your cool while preparing a nice hot meal for friends and family.


So, how does crock pot cooking really help beat the heat? Simply put, the crock pot in and of itself puts off far less heat when cooking than an oven or stove top. This is the first and possibly the best reason to utilize the crock pot in your summer meal planning. You should also consider the fact that by not heating the house by using your stove top or oven you are also preventing your air conditioning (or other cooling methods) from working overtime in order to compensate for the additional heat that other cooking methods introduce.


This makes crock pot cooking a win-win situation as the costs involved in operating a crock pot are far less than the costs involved in operating a stove or oven in general. Whether electric or gas, your stove and oven are often serious energy hogs. Add to

that the fact that you are not raising the temperature in your home by traditional means of cooking, and you are using even less electricity.


Unfortunately for most, the general consensus has been that crock pots were meant for comfort foods and hearty winter meals. The truth is that the crock pot should be one of your best loved and most often utilized cooking methods if you can manage it. When it comes to cooking with a crock pot, the options are almost limitless. Almost anything that can be baked can be made in the crock pot and many, many more wonderful and enticing meals and treats as well.


Benefits of Crock Pot Cooking


In addition to the cost benefits mentioned above when it comes to crock pot cooking there are many other benefits that are well worth mentioning. First of all, the bulk of the work involved in crock pot cooking takes place early in the day when you are refreshed rather than at the end of a hectic work or play day. This means that you are less likely to forget an ingredient or make other mistakes that often occur as we hurriedly prepare a dinner when we are exhausted from the activities of our day.


Second, many great crock pot recipes include the vegetables that insure we are getting the nutrients we need. So often, when preparing a meal at the last minute, vegetables and other side dishes are left out in favor of expedience. Crock pot cooking in many instances is a meal in one dish.


Another great reason to use a crock pot for your summertime cooking is the ease of clean up. Unlike pots and pans, most crock pot meals are made in one dish. This means that there will not be mountains of dishes to be either hand washed or loaded into the dishwasher (or if you are like me—both) afterwards. You can spend less time cleaning just as you spent less time slaving over a hot stove. Oh wait! Make that no time wasted over a hot stove. Once cleanup is complete you can get back to enjoying the sun set, chasing the lightning bugs with your little ones, or waiting for

the first star.


While there will never be a one size fits all best cooking method, crock pot cooking comes very close. If you have a crock pot collecting dust somewhere in the back of your pantry it is time to get it out, dust it off, and here are some great summertime crock pot cooking recipes.


What Exactly Are Short Ribs?

Short ribs are a cut of beef taken from the brisket, chuck, plate or rib areas of beef. They are the equivalent of spareribs in pork. Beef short ribs are usually larger and meatier than pork spareribs. There are different types of short ribs, boneless, Flanked or English. For this recipe we use English-style short ribs.


Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs – simple to make short ribs slowly cooked in beer with carrots and parsnips. Fall off the bone tender and delicious. One where you put all the ingredients in the crockpot, turn it on and forget about it for 8 hours. OK you do have to sear the ribs first to get that nice brown color on them, but it doesn’t take long it's really easy!


I love to cook with short ribs, especially when I whip them up in a slow cooker. They’re a super flavorful, resilient cut of meat that

holds up well to that low and slow method of cooking. When you toss in some carrots and parsnips, well you’ve got a whole entire meal on your hands!


Ingredients


Short ribs – Bone in beef chuck short rib, English-style, the only cut for this recipe!

Herbs – Just rosemary and thyme today, we want herbs that hold up to low and slow cooking, plus some parsley for garnish.

Veggies – Carrots, onions, and parsnips. Parsnips add some great earthy and nutty flavor here.


Guinness – 2 whole bottles of the super dark beer, this will give tons of flavor, depth, and dimension to our dish. You can substitute with beef broth if preferred.


Worcestershire – Just a bit of this sauce again for flavor. This will add dimension and umami to our short ribs. If you don’t have it, you can replace it with soy sauce.

Raw Healings Canna Oil – We want a neutral tasting oil with a high smoke point to brown our short ribs in.

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