Use A Light Timer For Perfectly Timed Slow-Cooker Meals

Slow cookers are great for having a hot meal ready when you come home, but if you work a long day, your slow cooker may cook a little too quickly. Reader gMan's advice: try a light timer for perfectly slow-cooked meals.

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I love using a slow cooker while I'm at work and coming home to a hot meal, but I'm gone about 10 hrs, which is longer than my food should cook. My cheap slow cooker has no timer, so I plug it into a cheap Christmas light timer set to start an hour after I leave in the morning and turn off an hour before I get home.

I prep everything the night before and leave it in the fridge, so when I take it out in the morning it stays cold until the cooker turns on. Other hazards accompany cooking with no one home, but with a little forethought you can avoid problems and gain delicious meals.

Nothing like a five ingredient crock-pot meal for making great food without all the effort when you get home from a long day of work. Photo by love♡janine.


    No way would I leave an old electrical appliance hooked up to another old electrical appliance and feel comfortable when at work ...scary stuff for a good feed

    I've been doing this for over a year now, and it works great.

    There's nothing better than opening the door when you get home from work, to the smell of dinner already cooked!

    Another way to make this even easier, buy your meat and veg in bulk, separate into meal size portions and freeze. That way you spend a little extra time once a fortnight chopping up veg or dicing meat, but after that all your meals are a breeze. In particular, I always keep a tonne of capsicum (diced, along with long and short strips) and onion (diced, sliced and strips) in the freezer at all times.

    Also note that you can use slow cookers for a lot of different meals, not just casseroles.

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