These cold winter nights make me think of comfort food and snuggling under a blanket. But around dinner time, I find that I am kind of tired and wish that dinner could magically be made. If you have ever cooked with a slow cooker, you know that it is the ONLY way to go on nights like I described above.
I was recently invited to try the new Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes and receive a new Crock-Pot. Needless to say, I was very happy to do this, as I love the ease and taste of Crock-Pot cooking! I previously only had one at our “regular” home, but I sure was missing having a Crock-Pot at our new retirement/vacation home.
I thought that cooking in a Crock-Pot was easy before, but with the new seasoning mixes, it has definitely gotten even easier. Oh how I love that! I don’t have to worry about adding my own seasonings anymore.
Here is how easy it was to prepare a delicious meal using the new Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes (I chose the Hearth Beef Stew):
Since I started a little late in the day, I chose the 4 hour (high) setting per the instructions. I love how easy the choices are. My other slow cooker has too many options and makes a horrible shrieking noise when you press the button to start. This one is nice and quiet:
I continued to follow the easy-to-read directions on the back of the seasoning packet:
and added the meat and veggies:
I mixed the seasonings from the packet with the required amount of water and stirred until mixed completely, and poured over the ingredients.
I let it cook for four hours, and when it was finished, we couldn’t wait to dive in. It was super tasty and my daughter really loved the “broth”. It honestly couldn’t have been easier, and I cannot wait to try the other varieties of Crock-Pot Seasonings. The Pulled Pork seasoning sounds soooo yummy and it wil be great on sandwiches or served with cornbread or mashed potatoes.
If you love Crock-Pot cooking as much as I do, have I got some good news for you!
Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes is currently running the “Crockin’ in the USA” competition where slow cooker enthusiasts and fans can submit their own original slow cooker recipes using one of the new mixes. Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes is offering some fantastic prizes for winners and entrants too.
It is easy to enter! Just submit your one-of-a-kind recipe(s) through posts and photos on a special tab at the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes Facebook fan page. The possibilities are endless, with three classic varieties to choose from: Hearty Beef Stew, Savory Pot Roast and BBQ Pulled Pork.
After submitting a recipe, participants can ask their friends and fans to vote for their recipe. Every voter also has the chance to win daily prizes and giveaways from Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes. The winning recipe will be determined by Facebook voting and also by Crock-Pot Judging. The Grand Prize winner will receive groceries for their entire family for a year, and they will also have his or her own page on the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes webpage. That is pretty awesome!
The ‘Crockin’ in the USA’ contest started on November 1st and runs through November 25th. You still have plenty of time to enter. I think I just might enter too!
You can find Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes at most retailers nationwide (suggested retail price is $1.99). For recipe ideas, and and other information, promotions, etc., make sure you visit Crock Pot Seasoning Mixes on Facebook and follow @CrockPotMixes on Twitter!
*I received the above products, free of charge, for my honest opinion and to annonce the above contest.