How a Crock Pot Can Save You Money

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Save money and time with a slow cooker! Here are five reasons why you should own a crock pot, and discover our eight best money-saving meals to make with it.

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Save money on groceries.

Slow-cooking can transform inexpensive cuts of meat into tender, delicious meals. Buy cheap cuts like beef brisket and pork shoulder, and let your slow cooker work its magic to develop wonderful flavor and texture. You can even get away with using less meat in your dishes.

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Cut down cooking time.

Prep your ingredients, pop them in the pot and let the appliance do all the work. You can safely leave slow cookers unattended at low temperatures, so it's easy to throw together something quick in the morning and come home to a delicious meal hours later.

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Crock pots can be cheap.

Slow cookers come in a range of prices. It's easy to find a crock pot on any budget, with some models priced as low as $17.

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Crock pots use little electricity.

Slow cookers run on lower energy wattage than a conventional oven, but the heat stays on continuously and for longer periods of time. While it gets complicated to compare the energy use of standard slow cookers with conventional ovens (specifically for gas ovens), there are new energy-efficient models in the market that operate at as low as 70 watts.

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Large batch cooking means less dining out.

Since crock pots make large batches of meals, you can refrigerate or freeze leftovers to eat later. You'll save money making meals in bulk, and it's significantly cheaper than going out to eat.

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Ready to start cooking with a crock pot? Read on to discover six of our favorite one-pot recipes for slow-cooked meals.

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Chicken thighs can take plenty of cooking without getting tough or drying out, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker. Here we braise them in Guinness stout along with hearty vegetables, with just the right amount of bacon for added savoriness.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew


Here's a dinnertime warmer with a hint of sweetness.

Get the Recipe: Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew


By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. If you can't use the whole batch, freeze surplus cooked beans for later use in soups, salads and dips.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooked Beans

Coq Au Vin with Fava Beans and Potatoes

Toss crispy bacon, chicken and mushrooms in your crock pot, and let them slowly simmer with herbs, beans and potatoes for a delicious and easy version of the French classic.

Get the recipe: Coq Au Vin with Fava Beans and Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken

With just five ingredients, you can whip up this tangy twist on shredded barbecue chicken. Try it piled into sandwich rolls for an easy meal.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken


This brothy stew is boldly flavored with a blend of characteristic Middle Eastern spices and finished with fresh spinach and fiber-rich chickpeas. Economical lamb shoulder tenderizes beautifully when leisurely cooked in a slow cooker.

Get the recipe: Middle Eastern Lamb Stew


It's no secret that slow cookers are the secret to easy and delicious meals, but did you know that they're a budget-friendly option, too? Find out why everyone should own a crock pot, and get inspired with our favorite recipes for slow-cooked meals.

Slow cookers, also known as crock pots, are countertop electric pots that heat up at low temperatures to slowly cook food. A tightly-lidded seal traps heat and moisture, creating the perfect environment to transform the toughest cuts of meat and hard vegetables into fork-tender, fall-off-the-bone meals. You don't have to start with expensive ingredients, since cheaper cuts work just fine.

Check out the slideshow above to discover four more ways slow cookers can save you money.

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