Want to feel like supermom? Of course you do. Even dads want to feel like supermom, able to leap/fold tall mounds of laundry in a single bound, vanquishing a smelly …er, situation with one swipe of a wipe. Effortlessly filling the homestead with delicious dinner-y fragrances that wrap you in a gorgeous, warm hug the second you walk in the door with your hangry brood on a Wednesday night.
Well, move over “I love you,” “I’ll do it,” and “On the house.” There’s a new three-little-word phrase in town, and it’s what for dinner: Set and forget.
Got two cans of beans, a jar of salsa, a can of corn and an optional piece of chicken? Throw it in the slow cooker with some chili powder. Set and forget. Et voila, a huge pot of chili, which feeds four and leaves enough for two hefty packed lunches, or to stuff an 8” tray of enchiladas.
Facing down the fruit of your labour – literally, like a bushel – after a well-meant day of apple-picking quality time? Chuck those Jonah Golds into a crock with some cinnamon. Set and forget, my friends. Store that applesauce inside the nearest baby, or – if this is your brand of freaky – use it in baking instead of butter and enjoy the kind of smugness you have only seen on Pinterest until now.
Ditto stew. Roast. Scary wholesome apple oatmeal. Cauliflower! The choices are infinite, limited only by your ability to get the crock washed so you can fill it with new ingredients. Because once that sucker is full, it is time to – say it with me! – Set. And. Forget.
Unlike most unattended kitchen appliances, fire safety is not a problem with a slow cooker. The U.S. National Fire Protection Association reports that slow cookers cause less than 1% of fire-related injuries and deaths. Forgetfulness is your friend! Can your laundry say that? Your unanswered mail? That unexplained smell you only wish you could forget? No. And they don’t put food on the table, either.
Get a slow cooker. Feed your family. Discover smugness. Set and forget.
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