This may not be an original trick and probably not necessary with some of the new crock pots out there, but I’m proud of thinking this up without having read about it somewhere.
We have a nice crock pot that doesn’t have a timer (do they come with them yet? I haven’t shopped for one in a long while) on it so we thought, why not hook it to one of those light timers we use at Christmastime? A lot of recipes call for a 6-hour cook time, but most of us work at least 8 hours. Why not use the timer to delay the start of cooking? I haven’t tried it yet, but intend to unless someone persuades me it’s a bad idea.
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