The single-use appliance. No self-respecing Parenthacker would own one, right? Well, I do: the Crock-Pot Little Dipper (it's a slow cooker that holds 1.5 cups of food).
I got it as a gift several years ago and haven't been able to bring myself to give it away despite never using it. I'm just not a hot dip kind of gal.
But I am a hot oatmeal kind of gal! The Little Dipper is the perfect tool for a single serving of overnight oatmeal!
My interest piqued, I asked the Twitter-Facebook-iverse for other uses for the Little Dipper, and many came back I've never considered.
- Server for chocolate fondue
- Diffuser for essential oils
- Method for taking sauces to parties
- Water warmer for a sitz bath (no, you don't sit on the Little Dipper)
On Twitter, @cpellgr passed along this tiny recipe for chicken taco filling she makes in the Little Dipper: 2-3 chicken breasts, 1 cup of water, and 1 packet of taco seasoning (she uses Penzeys Taco Seasoning). [Edited to note that she uses a regular 1.5 quart slow cooker for this recipe. See her comment below. – Ed.]
On the Parent Hacks Facebook page, Teri suggested steeping orange slices with mulling spices to make the house smell good. Jody uses hers to keep melted wax hot for batik. Another PHer pointed to the fabulous site A Year of Slow Cooking for more Little Dipper recipes (there are a bunch).
Do you have a surprising use (or favorite recipe) for the Little Dipper?
More: Tons of mealtime tips, hacks and recipes in the Mealtime archive