My first crockpot was probably everyone’s first crockpot of my generation. It was that weird tall and skinny style with a temperature dial that was either on or off. Since it was used, the temperature was never quite right, but I loved crockpot cooking once I discovered it so I adapted.
In around 2007 I decided I wanted more in a slow cooker so I made my wish list and started shopping. First up it needed to be programmable and go automatically to keep warm. I wanted an oval shape to give me room for the roasts I loved. That, of course, was before I was married to Grandpa and red meat became a no-no.
Grandpa is a huge fan of tonight’s dinner. This was something I accidentally discovered that it seems like everyone is doing these days. Costco has a super cheap pork roast that I once tried to make into a roast. When I cut into it the first time I cooked it in the slow cooker it literally shredded apart with a simple twist of the fork. Aha! I quickly deduced that if I put BBQ sauce or salsa or teriyaki sauce and just let it cook I would have a super easy dinner.
These days everyone is doing it but back then, I swear it was groundbreaking. I’ve tried other cuts of pork for this but I always go back to my Costco pork roast. So much so that when my local Costco quit carrying it for a few months I started up a campaign to bring it back. A successful campaign thank you very much.
Anyway as I am the one who works outside the home I’ve been having Grandpa take over some of the cooking duties. I try to keep it simple like starting the crock pot or doing some prep work on the days I work the late shift. Sometimes I’ll do all the prep and have Grandpa just throw a casserole in the oven.
The other night I made my first “meh” recipe since I started using my menu board. The flavor just wasn’t something that grabbed me and I felt like the recipe needed a complete overhaul. Not worth it, so I tossed it. On top of all that Grandpa overcooked the recipe. How I’m not sure, it only needed to be cooked on low 4 hours and the timing of when I had him turn it on was spot on.
Luckily I adore the man so I decided to not get rid of him over one not so fabulous dinner. Then I started thinking. Maybe I didn’t leave the Christmas ham in too long. I also remembered the few slightly blackened peanuts from my first attempt at candy in the slow cooker. Mental note made to keep an eye on that.
This morning I put a frozen roast in the crockpot on low. Perfect timing for it being bydone at dinner time. Except by lunch time the BBQ sauce was boiling and the roast was the perfect amount of done to shred apart. From frozen to perfectly done in four hours on low. Yeah. Something is wrong with my crock pot. So it’s time to start the hunt for a new one. I’ve already been thinking I needed a smaller one in addition to my 6 qt.
Naturally the minute I said I needed a new crock pot Grandpa was on the computer doing research. It shouldn’t be too hard since we’ve already been searching for a new one.