I’ve been on a crockpot kick for about a year now. For me, the amazing little appliance timer has been the ticket. I prepare the food the night before or even pull cooked chicken breast or ground meat out of the freezer, so the food’s good and cold when I put it in the crockpot. I set the timer to start cooking several hours after I leave for work and to stop right around the time Mike should get home. That way it doesn’t cook for ten hours and all turn to mush.
Well, yesterday I had my first official dinner disaster. When I set the timer, I noticed the digital read-out was not so legible. But I was still able to figure it out and set it. I plugged it in, turned on the crockpot and was on my merry way. On the way to work it briefly occurred to me that perhaps more than the digital display was not working. But I quickly dismissed the thought and was soon inundated with the day’s work.
I was almost home when Mike called me and said he and the dog were wondering what to do about dinner. (He was kidding – the dog doesn’t get people food!) Uh oh. The crockpot full of tomatoes, potatoes and ham (green beans to be added) was sitting just as I’d left it, cold and lonely. Confirmed – the timer is broken. So he made do with frozen pizza and nachos and I made a mental note to get myself a new timer. I think it must have gotten wet sitting near the dish drain. Undaunted though, I still am a committed crockpot user. I’m leaving later for work this morning so we’ll try some chicken soup for tonight.
So what about you – ever had a dinner disaster? Are you a crockpot cooker? Do you ever use an appliance timer?