For truck drivers who are interested in saving money and eating healthy, a slow cooker can be an essential tool for creating cheap, healthy food that’s ready when you’re finished driving. But are you getting the most out of your slow cooker? Here are 5 tips that will make your food taste better and make clean up faster and easier.
1. Don’t open the lid. You’re going to want to stir. You’re going to want to smell. We get it. But every time you remove the lid from your slow cooker, you’re letting out a ton of heat. It’ll take your slow cooker half an hour to get back to the desired cooking temperature.
2. Prep meals in freezer bags ahead of time. If you’re pressed for time — and what truck driver isn’t? — consider making big batches of slow cooker ingredients that you can store in freezer bags ahead of time and keep frozen until you’re ready to use them. Check out some easy recipes here.
3. Use slow cooker liners. One of the most annoying things about using a slow cooker is scrubbing off caked on food. With a slow cooker liner, you can skip scrubbing and simply throw away the liner away.
4. Preheat your slow cooker. It takes about 20 minutes for your slow cooker to reach the proper temperature. These 20 minutes can have a big impact on the outcome of your meal down the road.
5. Don’t add dairy too soon. Milk, sour cream, or cheese will make your meal delicious, but not if you add them too soon. Dairy products can curdle easily in your slow cooker, so try to add them at the end of cooking time.