I love using crock pots! They're easy to use and hands-off, plus oh-so-portable, which makes a big difference if you want avoiding heating up (or possibly smelling up) the house.
But we're going beyond regular uses of the crockpot today. I'm sharing 5 surprising ways to use a crock pot.
Do you have a surprising use for a crock pot? Be sure to leave a comment and share — and feel free to leave a link!
Oh, and if you haven't already, check out my friend Stacy's eBook Crock On! — which is full of great, mostly whole food recipes.
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Today's question comes from Michelle M.:
I have a Family Grain Mill that I use attached to my Bosch Universal Mixer. It doesn't grind super finely, so I feel that my bread is usually much more dense as a result. I recently purchased the sifter attachment that attaches to the bowl of my mixer. It sifts soooo very well that I end up with white flour! So, would you say the end result of white flour is a healthy option since most of the phytic acid is the bran. I do mostly make sourdough or soak my flour, so I don't usually worry about the phytic acid. If it is a healthy option and I'm not losing too many nutrients, what should I do with all the leftover bran, which is A LOT! If I sift 2 cups of flour, I usually end up with 1 cup white flour and 1 cup bran. –Michelle M.
My answer is in today's podcast.
5 Surprising Ways To Use A Crock Pot
And now, to the topic of today's podcast. 5 surprising ways to use your crockpot. Please add your surprising uses in the comments!
Broth always on hand and so easy!
2. Crockpot Soap
Here's the recipe and method I've been using for years. Make soap today and use it tomorrow!
3. Cheesecake In Jars
Lovely, individual sized servings of cheesecake — easily made in the crockpot!
- 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
- 2 pastured eggs
- 1-3/8 teaspoons Sweet Leaf powdered stevia, or to taste OR 1/2 cup dry sweetener of choice, whizzed fine in blender (sucanat, rapadura, coconut sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
Makes 4 to 5 half pint cheesecakes. Easily doubles.
Put 1 inch of water in the crockpot. Cover and turn to high to preheat for 30 minutes.
Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetener. When you’re happy with the taste, transfer the mixture to 4 or 5 half pint jars. (If you wish to add a crust first, see recipe below.) Fill the jars halfway or three-quarters full, allowing room for expansion and topping (optional).
Put jars in crockpot, 5 or 6 at a time, or as many as crockpot fits. Add more water, if necessary. so they’re immersed halfway up. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours. Cheesecakes are done when puffed up, cracked tops, and are pulling away from the sides of the jar (at the top). To prevent burning yourself, transfer the jars to a tray using a canning jar lifter or a towel. Refrigerate cheesecakes, uncovered, for 4 to 6 hours, until completely chilled. Serve with desired topping (see below for crushed berry topping). Put lids on any jars that do not get eaten the first day (to prevent absorbing refrigerator odors.) Enjoy!
Crushed Berry Cheesecake Topping
This is very simple and oh-so-delicious!
- 2 to 3 cups fresh or thawed berries
- 1 to 2 dropperfuls Sweet Leaf liquid stevia extract (or honey or other sweetener to taste)
Makes 1 to 2 cups.
Mash berries and stevia together. Use to top cheesecake or ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers in a glass jar with lid.
Coconut-Nut Crust for Cheesecake
An easy crust you can press into the bottom of each cheesecake jar.
- 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- pinch Sweet Leaf powdered stevia or 1 tablespoon dry sweetener of choice
- 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Yields about 1 cup.
Combine all ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl. Press 1/4” to 3/8” thick into the bottom of half pint jars before adding cheesecake batter. Bake according to cheesecake directions.
4. Render Tallow Or Lard
You can move the smell outside when you use your crockpot to render tallow or lard, and it's the easiest way to make it, too.
5. Make Yogurt
My friend Shannon at Nourishing Days walks you through the whole, easy method for making yogurt in your crockpot. Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear my modifications to end up with thick raw milk yogurt — using the crockpot.
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Anything to Add?
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