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Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 26, 2011.
The slow cooker, a practical solution for serving up a nice hot meal after work, has started to make a comeback. This cooking appliance uses moist heat: All the ingredients are placed in a glazed ceramic or porcelain cooking pot that is covered, and are cooked slowly, by the indirect heat of the heating elements contained in the metal housing.
This slow cooking method allows you to get the maximum out of the toughest and therefore most inexpensive pieces of meat. What’s more, the slow cooker uses up to 80% less energy than the stove, so it can lead to even more savings. But at the top of the list of things that makes a slow cooker great is its convenience, because it is not necessary to monitor it or stir anything.
So the slow cooker is an absolute must during the holiday season, with so many festivities around the corner. To give you a helping hand this week, I’m sharing two dishes that practically cook themselves, using only a slow cooker. Bon appétit!
Try one of our slow cooker recipes: