The Top 10 Accessories for Your Slow Cooker
If you're BFFs with your slow cooker, you're going to love all the accessories we've found!
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Roasting racks are just the ticket to keeping your ingredients high and dry and this rack from OXO ($12) does the job with ease. Elevating your roast keeps it from simmering in the excess liquids, whether you’re using a slow cooker or your Instant Pot. Use the rack for a slow-roasted chicken this Sunday.
The biggest cause of dry meat is overcooking. We’re all for using a digital thermometer that allows you to monitor the inner temperature of your roast to ensure perfection. This ThermoWorks ChefAlarm ($64) has a nice, thin cord, allowing it to fit under the lid without letting heat or moisture escape. And it comes in all sorts of fab colors. Bonus: You can use this model in your oven, grill or smoker, too!
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Losing your lid is the last thing you want to happen on your way to the office potluck. The Crock-it Lock-it ($19) is seriously the neatest thing since sliced bread. The top has cushioning bumpers that press against the cover. Once those straps are pulled tight, the unit is secure enough to carry one handed. Excuse my dented slow cooker in the picture, but I had to test this one myself. So do you.
Answer the question “What did you bring?” one time with these fun label magnets ($4). The dry erase surface means you can use them again and again. You can even write instructions like “turn to warm at 4 p.m.” for the helpers in your life. These are a great way to give allergy warnings, too!
How many times have you tried to lift a roast, only to have it fall apart? Problem solved! This handy gadget ($9) fits perfectly under your meal, making it super easy to pick up. At less than $10, it’s a definite must have. It’s even oven safe to 450º! Try it out on our favorite slow-cooked pot roast recipes!
If you’re a tender paw, these claws ($25) are just the ticket for lifting and shredding just-cooked meat. Sure, you could use two forks, but why would you want to? These claws save time and burnt fingers when you’re pulling apart slow-cooked pork for sandwiches (or these other meaty delights)!
Traveling with your slow cooker couldn’t be easier with a thermal slow cooker tote ($13). Not only will it keep your food warm, but it will keep the lid on. Nothing worse than finding a mess in your trunk when you get where you’re going. Find a bag that matches your slow cooker’s size, and your food will be hot and ready (and still in its crock) when you reach your destination.
Your slow cooker is perfect for cook once, eat twice favorites. Recipes like this zesty Southwest chicken make the perfect prep-ahead lunch. Divvy up the leftovers with some brown rice and fresh salsa in these spiffy containers ($24) and you’ll have easy lunches or dinners all week with barely any effort. You’ll be the envy of all your co-workers.
Nothing makes cleanup easier than using a liner in your slow cooker. These handy products by our friends at Reynolds ($4) are made specifically to fit inside your crock to keep recipes like saucy meatballs from baking on around the edges. Cleanup is a snap!
Did you know you can make cheesecake in your slow cooker? Well you can, but you’ll need a smaller-than-normal springform pan. Luckily these nonstick pans (from $12) come in sizes ranging from 4″ to 10″, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect match.
What good is a great appliance without an amazing set of recipes? Lucky for you, we have the fix for that. First, here’s our latest installment of Everyday Slow Cooker and One-Dish Recipes ($25), more than 360 slow cooker, casserole and skillet dishes your family will love. While you wait for it to arrive, help yourself to our 100 best slow cooker recipes today.