You know you are a wife or mother when you get giddy over a new kitchen appliance or gadget. When I received the new Crock-Pot® Designer Series, my husband had a laugh at me that I was so excited for it. Why would I have so much excitement over a Crock-Pot? If you work full time outside the home or even if you work within your home, or even if you have kids that you chase all day, we all thinking that one thought: What’s for dinner? I love to cook, but with two small kids are home and working within the home, I just done have the time or the urge to stand in the kitchen and slave over a meal that will simply be scarfed down in 5 minutes flat. This is where Crock-Pot is here to help us out.
A few years back, if you said ‘Crock-Pot’ to me, I would have thought about a bulky kitchen appliance that isn’t too pretty to look at, takes up a lot of room and a kitchen appliance that some have been known to be used to hold today’s incoming mail. Crock-Pot has since changed my thoughts completely on the overall thought on what’s for dinner, as well as what’s on my kitchen counter.
Crock-Pot Designer Series
A stylish take on the original and a multi-function party favorite… Just add ingredients and go. From simmering warm winter beverages to easy meal prep, the Crock-Pot® Designer Series Slow Cookers are the ultimate combination of design and function, contemporizing the art of slow cooking. Sleek design elements complement the modern kitchen and serve as an eye-catching centerpiece to the buffet. Consisting of unique geometric shapes with distinctive stainless steel, polished and black finishes, these slow cookers have a 6-quart capacity, hideaway handles, and a digital timer in a choice of manual or programmable models.
Crock-Pot® Designer Series Slow Cookers (MSRP: $49.99-$69.99)
I cannot begin to tell you how much in love that I am with the Crock-Pot Designer Series! Let’s start with a few pictures of this beauty..
Seems kinda weird that a Crock-Pot is more of a rectangle shape, but to me , this totally makes sense. How often are you able to fit something of a rectangular shape on/in the corner of your kitchen countertop?
The reflective look of the Crock-Pot Designer Series is gorgeous to look at!
Did I mention how much I love that I no longer have to tuck the cord, from the back, in to just underneath the lid for storage? It has a retractable cord! *gasp* (Told you I am easily amused)
Retractable cord? YAY! Guess what, it gets better… Handles that fold in for easier grip.
One thing that I disliked about my previous Crock-Pot, was that when I set something to cook in it all day, the lid would sweat from the heat and it would rattle. This may not annoy you if you are at work, however, if you are in and out of your kitchen all day, this might get on your nerves. Crock-Pot must have been reading my mind with this addition: Rubber surrounding the lid area (aka: preventing annoying noises)
In addition to this rubber surrounding, there is also, what my kids called, a ‘Peep-hole‘. This area is a tiny hole in the lid that allows air to seep through. This helps prevent the lid from sweating to create that rattle that some of us are used to hearing, but also lets our food that we are cooking all day, get the air that it needs to taste fresh.
Take the Crock-Pot® beyond main courses and allow it to bartend for a change. ‘Tis the season for warm winter beverages and nothing says “Cheers” this time of year like a Crock-Pot full of liquid gold to warm the spirit on a chilly night. The 4 recipes below are sure to warm hearts & souls throughout the winter season…. *Hot Spiced Red Wine, *Spiced Rum Coffee, *Mulled Cranberry Tea, *Wassail… all become superstars at any celebration benefitting from the low n’ slow, easy simmer action of this perennial kitchen appliance that’s sporting a more designer look these days.
Crock-Pot Warm Winter Beverage Recipes
Hot Spiced Red Wine
- 3 to 4 bottles dry red wine
- 6 apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 6 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup sugar
DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 1-2 hours.
Spiced Rum Coffee
- 1 gallon brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 6 sticks cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon anise flavoring
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 cups whipped cream or non-dairy topping
- 4 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients (except whipped cream and vanilla) in stoneware. Place stoneware in slow cooker heating base, cover, and cook on low for 3-4 hours. In a bowl, combine whipped cream and vanilla and refrigerate. When ready to serve, ladle into coffee cups and top with a dollop of whipped vanilla cream and dust with cocoa powder.
Mulled Cranberry Tea
- 2 bags tea
- 1 cup water, boiling
- 48 ounces cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, optional
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large lemon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 4 sticks cinnamon
- 6 whole cloves
- Lemon, sliced thin
- Cinnamon sticks
DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for up to 5 hours.
- 5 cups apple juice
- 5 cups cranberry juice
- 5 cups orange juice
- 5 cups lemonade
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups water
- 4 sticks cinnamon
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
- 2 cups rum, optional
DIRECTIONS: Combine apple juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemonade, sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves and Angostura bitters in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Add rum just before serving. Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange slices before serving.
Overall: I LOVE my Crock-Pot Designer Series Slow Cooker! I have been doing my best to research meals that my family will love, as well as meals that are budget friendly and easy to make.
I have never been a fan of Chicken Noodle Soup, but I had to try it out for myself. Here is my recipe that I tried and that my family has said that they love!
Crock-Pot homemade chicken noodle soup
- 3 to 4 lbs. chicken
- 5 cups water or chicken broth (I used water & added chicken cubes)
- Diced baby carrots
- Garlic Salt
- Onion Salt & Powder
- Fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tsp. low sodium chicken soup base (or bouillon)
- 2 bay leaves
- pinch oregano and thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in Crock-pot. Cook all day (6-8 hours) or until chicken is tender. Thirty minutes before serving time, add noodles; cook until noodles are tender. Taste and season soup with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, to taste, before serving.
My kids LOVED this recipe! LOVED it! As someone that isn’t a fan of chicken noodle soup, I loved this creation!
Keep checking back for some tasty family recipes that we will be trying!
Interested in the Crock-Pot® Designer Series? You can buy it for $49.99-$69.99 from www.crockpot.com
Also, when you visit www.crockpot.com, you will find plenty of GREAT recipes to suit all types of gatherings and nutritional goals.
Mommy Goggles gives this product:
Why this rating? This is a star rating (1-5) that is based off our opinion on the product itself, use, wear & tear, price and how it fits in to our family’s lives (at home or on the go).
All opinions in this posting are 100% my own.