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It’s that time of the year where easy to make comfort food is a busy parent’s best friend especially when you walk into a house full of delicious smells at the end of a long day. With just a few minutes of meal planning and quick prep work before you head out the door, the Black + Decker 6.5 Quart Multicooker can help you prepare a hearty soup, delectable stew, or a tender slow cooked roast that has been simmering away all day.
How a Multicooker is Different from a Slow Cooker
I’ve owned a slow cooker for a number of years and have always loved putting my ingredients in, setting the time, and coming home to a hearty meal even on our busiest days. My slow cooker features a timer and an auto-off feature that will switch the temperature from high or low over to warm when the time runs out. The capacity of our slow cooker ensures there are always plenty leftovers of whatever I’ve made for the next couple of days. Not only does that help eliminate another night of meals but we all know that things like chili, beef stew, and slowly cooked soups often taste better the next day!
But you can’t do everything in a slow cooker, especially if your recipe calls for browning or searing meat as one of the first steps which is the beauty of the versatile multicooker. Unlike a slow cooker, the Black + Decker 6.5 Quart Multicooker features high heat for searing meats and sautéing vegetables along with traditional slow cooking functionality for soups and roasts.
Variable temperature settings let you control the heat. Sear or brown meat at temperatures up to 400 degrees and then decrease the temperature as low was 200 for slow cooking. If you prefer to use it just as a slow cooker, use low and high settings for cooking and turn it to warm when it’s done. It also features a rack that fits right inside that is perfect for a Sunday roast.
Still trying to decide what one-pot cooking appliance is right for you? I compared Black + Decker’s Multicooker with some of the features of my slow cooker to give you a sense of the differences.
Tasty Recipes to Make in Your Multicooker
Since the versatile multicooker allows you to roast, sear, bake, and slow cook, the possibilities for meals are endless! Start by taking the time to find some great recipes, making a shopping list, and picking up a few things or having pantry staples on hand, makes it easy to ensure that you can always have at least one meal a week ready when you walk in the door. Here’s my handy guide of where to go to make great tasting meals for your family.
A Daily Pinch‘s Lisa Frame and I have been collaborating on a Slow Cooker Pinterest board for years. It’s full of delicious options for your table but Lisa has some time saving tips that includes prepping everything the night before, putting the ingredients in your slow cooker insert and refrigerate. That way when you wake up, you simply pull it out of the fridge, pop it in the base, set it, and forget it.
What do Lisa and I like to make in our slow cookers? Take a look!
Low and Slow Subscription Box
While there may be a wealth of subscription boxes, I have to give props to Low N’ Slow Box. This recently launched subscription-based business for slow cooking meals provides customers with a couple recipe cards, ingredients (minus the meat) and tips on how to prepare some great slow cooked meals. I received their inaugural BBQ month box that included recipes for Sweet & Smokey BBQ Pulled Pork and Sweet Apple Whole Chicken, KosmosQ’s award winning Sweet Apple Chipotle craft BBQ sauce and Killer Bee Honey Rub (both made in Oklahoma), pork spice rub, chicken spice rub, chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, a bottle of Virgil’s Dr. Better, and two onions.
We made the pulled pork recipe in our new multicooker and it was delicious! For anyone who loves new recipes and ingredients, I highly recommend Low N’ Slow’s subscription box for tasty and easy to follow recipes that use quality ingredients! Subscriptions start at $19.99 a month.
It may seem old school to buy cookbooks but despite being a tech writer, I don’t love reading off a digital device when cooking. Not only do I like keeping my gadgets away from flame, liquids, and other substances that can harm them, but there’s something about sitting down with a cookbook and thumbing through pages as I meal plan. Some of my favorites include:
- The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes by Anupy Singla
- Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen
- Quick Slow Cooking by Williams-Sonoma
- The Best Slow & Easy Recipes by the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated
This is a sponsored post written as part of my involvement as a Spectrum Brands Blogger Program. I receive product and compensation for my involvement but all opinions are my own.