5 surprising foods to make in your slow cooker

We all know how easy it is to cook stews and soups in a slow cooker, but you don't have to stop there. With the following tips, your slow cooker will soon become your most indispensable kitchen appliance. Plus find delicious slow cooker recipes for cake, oatmeal and pot roast.

By Nadine Sharon Anglin

Three things you can make with your slow cooker
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Check out five surprising things you never knew you could make in your slow cooker, and read on for some of our favourite slow cooker recipes.
 
1. Baked potatoes
This is a trick that people in hot, southern climates have known for years. There's no need to heat up the entire house just to enjoy baked potatoes. Instead, simply scrub your potatoes, pat them dry and then prick them several times with a fork. Next, rub the potatoes all over with olive oil and kosher salt and then place them in your slow cooker, ensuring that you can securely close the lid.
 
Depending on the amount of potatoes you're baking and the intensity of your slow cooker, cook the potatoes on high for three to five hours or on low for six to nine hours. Consider baking a batch early in the week or on the weekend so you can use the potatoes in meals all week long.
 
2. Corn on the cob
This is a super easy way to prepare corn on the cob. Peel back the husk of the corn, but leave it attached at the end. Strip away all of the silk and wash each cob, then rewrap it in the husk. Place the corn cobs in your slow cooker and add between 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of water, depending on the size of your slow cooker. Cook on high for one to two hours.
 
3. Caramelized onions
"My family loves caramelized onions on or in just about anything," says Sandi Richard, a meal-planning expert and cookbook author.
 
She uses three pounds of onions and a 1/4 cup of butter melted on high heat. "Stir the onions until you get a good whiff of the scrumptious alliums, which means it's reacting to the heat," she explains.
 
Once you reach this stage, cover the onions, set your slow cooker to low and cook for seven to 10 hours. After the cooking time is up, reset the slow cooker to high and stir the onions occasionally until all of the water is gone. Let the onions cool and place them in freezer bags, dividing them into sections with the side of your hand for easy seperation once frozen.


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