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9+ Genius Hacks That Prove Slow Cookers Can Do More Than Cook Chili

Do you own a slow cooker or have you thought of getting one but aren't sure exactly how to use it? Well, I've got some great news for you. In this article, I'm going to share tips on how to cook in a crock pot like a pro.

I'm also including all sorts of cleaning hacks and other uses you probably haven't heard of.

1. Use Liners

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Crock pots are great for making foods like chili or stew but the clean up can be so messy. Not if you have these slow cooker liners.

2. Use Vinegar And Baking Soda To Clean

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For an easy clean-up, even if you don't use liners, there's a better way to clean your crock pot. Use white vinegar and baking soda.

3. Use A Cooking Conversion Chart

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Are you confused about cooking times between the oven and a crock pot? Just use this convenient cooking conversion chart and you're all set. Easy peasy.

4. Get A Plug-In Attachment

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If your slow cooker doesn't allow you to program the cooking time just invest in a plug-in attachment that will do the same for you.

5. Invest In A Wifi Crockpot

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If you're really fancy and don't mind the extra cost a Wifi-enabled slow cooker will allow you to control it right from your phone.

6. Sear Meats First

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If you're looking for that deep flavor make sure you sear your meats on the stovetop first before putting them into the crock pot. It's worth it.

7. Keep Food Warm In Crockpot

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Foods like mashed potatoes can get cold really fast, so what a better way to keep them warm than in a crock pot?

8. Add Dairy At The End

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If you're making something the requires adding milk or cheese make sure you add it at the end of cooking so it doesn't curdle.

9. Use Crockpot As Serving Dish

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You don't only have to use your crockpot as a cooking device you can also serve dips and salads for your next party.

10. Make Dessert In A Crockpot

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Did you know you can make a whole lot of desserts in your crockpot like cheesecake, berry cobbler, cinnamon roll monkey bread, and more? Wow.

11. Melt Chocolate In Crockpot

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Speaking of dessert, you can also place chocolate in heatproof containers in your crockpot and gently simmer until it melts for a delicious sweet treat.

12. Make Your House Smell Great

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Create that welcoming holiday aroma when you cook cinnamon, cloves and other festive holiday ingredients in your crockpot to make a DIY room freshener.

13. Make DIY Candles

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Your crock pot can also be used for a variety of non-food related DIY projects such as making your own candles. How amazing is that?

I had no idea there were so many awesome uses for a crock pot.

That settles it. I'm going to look into getting one as soon as possible. I'm so excited.