Fall cook­ing made easy with slow cook­ers

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

(NC) This au­tumn, try hearty meals that don’t re­quire a full day prep­ping so you can spend more time en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful colours and warm tem­per­a­tures. Per­fect for those on the go, slow cooker dishes are a great time saver.

Whether you’re in the mood for chili, jam­bal­aya, a roast or a casse­role, pork is one of the best pro­teins for a slow cooker. The chefs at dubre­ton, pro­duc­ers of Cer­ti­fied Hu­mane and or­ganic pork, share tips for mak­ing ev­ery slow cooker recipe ten­der and tasty.

It’s all in the cut. Choose a cut of meat that won’t dry out dur­ing the long cook­ing process. Pork is one of the best types of meat to use in a slow cooker as it ten­der­izes through­out. Bone­less pork shoul­der roast is ideal for a ten­der, melt-in-your-mouth de­light be­cause of its high fat con­tent. While meats with high fat con­tent are eas­i­est, leaner meats in­clud­ing ten­der­loin can be suc­cess­fully cooked as long as they are well mar­i­nated to en­sure they stay moist and ten­der.

Prep it and for­get it. Sim­ple to do first thing in the morn­ing, prep and toss your de­sired in­gre­di­ents into your slow cooker. Veg­eta­bles, spices and dried herbs will give your dish added flavour when paired with suc­cu­lent cuts of meat like sausages, ten­der­loin, roast or ground pork. Once prepped, your one-pot won­der can sim­mer the day away.

Slow and steady. Peo­ple of­ten won­der whether or not you can leave a slow cooker on all day — the an­swer is yes. Slow cook­ers are meant to cook a meal over an ex­tended pe­riod of time while run­ning on very low wattage, mak­ing them ideal for cook­ing meats, par­tic­u­larly pork. This cook­ing process al­lows for the meat to slowly self-baste, ten­der­ize and mar­i­nate in the sea­son­ings.

Find slow cooker recipes and other de­li­cious meal ideas on­line at: dubre­ton.com.

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