Slow cooker hacks? Yup, that’s right!
Did you know that your slow cooker can do a lot more than cook food? There are so many slow cooker hacks you probably do not even know that you can use to your benefit. These 10 slow cooker hacks will help you expand the ideas of what your slow cooker can do.
From slow cooking food to making Christmas gifts, these slow cooker tricks are great to expand the versatility of your slow cooker.
1. Two Dips At Once
Found on Delish
You do not need one of those fancy three slow cooker appliances in order to cook multiple dips at one time. Build a solid wall in the middle of your crockpot with aluminum foil. Take two slow cooker liners and place them on each of the individual sides. Pour in separate dips and bam! You have two dips in one slow cooker. Plus super easy cleanup!
2. DIY Slow Cooker Candles
Found on Bonzai Aphrodite
Wow! Who knew you could use a slow cooker in order to make candles. I loved reading the story from Bonzai and being able to make multiple gifts at one time is so savvy! She walks you step-by-step through the process of how to make candles from scratch. Gather your ingredients and turn on your slow cooker. You will have handmade gifts done in hours while you complete other tasks around the house.
3. Slow Cooker Potpourri
Found on Don’t Waste The Crumbs
Who doesn’t love the smell of potpourri burning amazing scents throughout your entire house? We do! Place a mixture of potpourri ingredients into your crockpot and let it cook for hours. I think this hack is especially good if you have a smaller crockpot and you are having company coming over. You can always turn it off and cook it again the next day keeping it in the crockpot.
4. Keep The Lid On It
Found on One Good Thing
I learned this slow cooker hack from One Good Thing and I have to share it with you. Do you feel like you always need to check on my slow cooker? I take the lid, give it a stir, and see what’s going on in there. Did you know this is a no-no? I had no idea! Thanks to One Good Thing, I know if it says a certain amount of time to not check it until that time is up. Especially taking off the lid can lead to 30 minutes for it to regain that heat back.
5. Adding Timer To Be Programmable
Found on Eat At Home Cooks
#MINDBLOWN. After we all watch the conclusion to This Is Us, we all became nervous about leaving our slow cookers on. Well with this hack, you can sleep more comfortably at night knowing your slow cooker that wasn’t programmable now is. Buy a timer and set it for the hours you want it on for. We all want our breakfast to cook in the slow cooker overnight without it burning or something worse happening. Now you can rest at ease knowing it will automatically turn off.
6. Melted Chocolate For Dipping in Your Slow Cooker
Found on The Yummy Life
I have seen this slow cooker hack time and time again and it is so worth putting on the list. Place glass jars full of different sundae toppings into your slow cooker. Turn it on and allow the sauces to melt. Use a spoon for each jar for people to add to the dessert being served. Everyone will be pleased!
7. Keep Your Food Warm
Found on Food Network
Having people over and not exactly sure what time they are going to eat? Do you want to keep the food you cooked warm without overcooking it? Place any food, slow cooker cooked or not, in the slow cooker and place it on the “keep warm setting”. This will allow you and your guests to have a warm meal ready for whatever time that might be.
8. Slow Cooker As Dehumidifier
Found on Better Homes & Gardens
Feeling sick? Turn your slow cooker on high and add water. After the water is steaming from the top making a large humidifier, go ahead and in Vicks Vapor Rub or check out these essential oil mixtures to help you shake your sickness.
9. Baking Homemade Bread
Found on Living Sweet Moments
When Kelan and I moved into our college house, his mom offered to give us a bread maker. Who knew with one appliance, the slow cooker, we could use it for so many different uses. Making bread is one of them! All you have to do is knead the ingredients and place the bread to finish baking in the slow cooker.
10. Vinegar and Baking Powder to Clean Your Slow Cooker
Found on Life Should Cost Less
Every once and while you should deep clean your slow cooker. We use slow cooker liners to help cut back on individual use clean up with additional soap and water. Whenever you are feeling like you just need it cleaned to the next level, use vinegar and baking powder. Turn your slow cooker to low and let it sit on for a few hours. Watch it clean itself!
Did you know there were so many awesome slow cooker hacks out there? I love learning new uses for appliances I already own. There is nothing like some good hacks to save more time & money. I definitely learned from number 4 and I will not be taking the lid off my slow cooker anymore!