Kelli's post about cooking on a budget reminded me what a great tool the slow cooker is for budget cooking. I often buy inexpensive cuts of meat and cook them long and slow until they're tender and delicious. The tradeoff for price is time; it takes hours to cook a pork shoulder or tough cut of beef, and in this the slow cooker is your budget pal.
The ample size of most slow cookers is another budget booster: buy meat when it's on sale and cook up a big batch of shredded pork or chicken to freeze. Here are 1o ways to take meat and cook it into meals to eat all winter long.
These 10 recipes and cooking lessons, for the most part, aren't involved recipes as much as they are techniques and guides to creating something delicious out of a hunk of meat. No stews, no chili — just 10 ways to cook meat that you may want to use in a variety of ways.
There are carnitas — you can see how spiced-up they can be, although you can go for a simpler preparation if you wish to save time. There's shredded chicken, a classic pot roast, brisket, and even a whole chicken.
So, watch those sales, keep the slow cooker handy, and stock your freezer with packets of delicious shredded pork, beef, or chicken for lunches and dinners all winter long.
- Shredded Pork - How to Cook (and Shred) a Pork Shoulder for Pulled Pork
- Carnitas for Tacos - Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
- Brisket - Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions
- Shredded Beef for Tacos - Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef
- Shredded Beef for Sandwiches - Slow Cooker Roast Beef Po' Boys
- Beef Shanks - Peppered Beef Shank in Red Wine
- Pot Roast (Chuck Roast) - Slow Cooker Maple & Dijon Pot Roast
- Short Ribs - How To Make Braised Short Ribs