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Today I get to share with you something that has been a staple in my kitchen for the last month. It has allowed me to cook inexpensive, delicious meals for my family and has made my life as a new mommy of two SO much easier. We are talking about the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6 Qt. Slow Cooker. I’ve owned slow cookers before, but let me just tell you that I didn’t even know they made them this fancy. I’m basically going to show you the Rolls Royce of Slow Cookers…
Easy, automatic cooking has never been so simple. The Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker has three choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual mode. Features power interrupt protection. On/off easy push-button controls. 6-qt. capacity. Includes:
- a thermometer probe for meat
- clip-on spoon
- clip-tight gasket lid
- full-grip handle
- removable stoneware crock
I’m not sure how long they’ve been making slow cookers this fancy, but perhaps I’ve been living in the dark ages. There are so many reasons to love all of these fantastic features. I have loved the push button controls and how it automatically starts warming the meal rather than continuing to cook the meal as soon as your time is up. I also love that the lid clamps down. If I am bringing a slow cooked meal as a holiday dish to someone’s house, this could sit in the front seat of my car and I wouldn’t have to fear that the lid would pop off. Also, if my two year old ever gets on her stool in the kitchen when I’m not watching, I don’t have to fear that she’s going to pull the lid off of dinner- the lid is definitely clamped down well!
So what’s my favorite slow cooker meal? Chili of course! What’s not to love about chili? I can feed my family several meals from one pot of chili, and it can be done for under $10. It’s the perfect fall meal, it’s hearty, healthy, and everyone loves it. It can be adapted based upon my mood- spicy, mild, full of veggies, etc.
This recipe is so easy I hesitate to even call it a recipe. It’s basically just throwing things together, which is pretty much my favorite way to cook. Mike and I always talk about how our cooking styles vary. Mike likes to work hard in the kitchen and wow people with his skills. I don’t like to cook- I assemble. I’m the scavenger in the household and cook like a college student. I take a bunch of leftover odds and ends and throw them with pasta or something.
The first step here is to take a pound of ground beef or ground turkey, and brown it.
The next step is super easy. I take two cans of iced tomatoes (you can use plain, or the ones with green pepper, celery, and onions added in), a drained can of dark kidney beans, and lots of spices! I like cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper added to my chili. Just like when I make soup, I don’t really measure it, I just keep adding and stirring until it’s to my standards. Some days I like it with a bit more kick, some days I keep it tame. I start with a tablespoon of cumin and chili powder, and a teaspoon of cayenne and stir it in and taste it, working up from there. If you’re feeling extra daring, add some Sriracha. You can also buy premixed chili spices if you’re not feeling very creative. I actually really love mixing and matching spices!
The beauty of this slow cooker is being able to set the timer. For chili, I usually do 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low heat. The longer it simmers, the more time the spices have to marinate and be delicious.
I generally top my chili with a dallop of sour cream and some shredded cheese when it’s finished!
I also really like to put chili over top of egg noodles or another type of pasta. It adds a little more texture and makes it a bit more filling. Maybe that’s a Wisconsin thing?
I would LOVE the opportunity to let a reader try and win one of these bad boys! This is the perfect addition to your kitchen just in time for winter, or it would make a wonderful gift for someone else. In order to enter the giveaway, you must be 18 or older and reside in the U.S. Hamilton Beach is unable to ship to PO Boxes.
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