About Crock pot slow-cooker: my review
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What is a Crock pot?
In today’s world, time is of the essence. Emphasis is on things being done instantly and this includes our food. But Crock-Pot Slow Cooker takes the opposite approach. Instead of zapping the food like a microwave or squishing it together like a pressure cooker, the crock pot lets the food simmer for 4-14 times longer than it would normally take. In short, a crock pot is the reverse of a pressure cooker. Crock pot has a long and colorful history. Originally made out of clay and stone in prehistoric times and heated on the hearth, the crock pot was an invaluable tool for women who had to juggle a dozen domestic responsibilities at any given moment. It allowed food to be cooked with very low chance of burning. We use almost identical shapes and size ad those crock pots of the old, except with modern materials and using electricity.
How does a Crock pot work?
After putting the food in, your pour some liquid (stock, wine, water) into the crock pot and turn it on. The crock pot will heat up to 80-90°C, heating the liquid so it becomes steam, but not the super heated kind like in pressure cookers. The steam will circulate inside the crock pot, evenly spreading heat over the food. After cooking for several hours (possibly longer if you used low settings), the food is ready. Crock pots generally have a temperature probe inside, which determines when the food is cooked and automatically lowers the temperature to keep the food warm.
What’s the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker?
Crock pot is a subtype of slow cooker. On the outside, both crock pot and slow cookers look the same: heating segment, lid and pot. Crock-Pot Slow Cooker was initially specialized for cooking beans, but over time it evolved into crock pot of today that can handle plenty of recipes. Originally being a brand name, crock pot eventually became a generic name for any kind of slow cooker. To be exact, crock pot today refers to any kind of slow cooker that has a ceramic pot inside the heating unit. Both crock pot and slow cooker share a lot of similarities in design , such as being able to hold food in a airtight fashion inside the pot.
Reasons why you need a crock pot for your Ketogenic diet
Crock pots are a great investment: cheap, reliable, sturdy. Especially when you’re about to switch over to Keto diet, a crock pot can save you so much energy that you’ll preemptively enter ketosis. Crock pot saves time, so you can get up in the morning, dump food aside, turn it on and head out, knowing that your Keto meal will wait for you, perfectly cooked. If you use some fattier cuts, you’ll find the meal doused in fat, just the way the Keto recipe prescribed. Yummy! There are a few ways you’ll need to adapt you recipes if you want to switch over to Keto in crock pots, though. Since crock pots don’t allow the liquid to reduce, dishes like sauces won’t thicken on their own. Hence, you’ll have to use Keto friendly thickeners, which excludes flour and starch. One option is pork rinds ground in a spice grinder and the other is eggs whisked while hot broth in being added. You can also resort to adding Xanthan/guar gum, which has a neutral flavor and requires vigorous mixing to avoid it turning into blobs. There’s cooking bones and skin, such as chicken feet, until you end up with jelly, or you can slowly add flax meal while mixing.