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13 things you should always make in a slow cooker

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  • Fall and winter are the perfect time to use a slow cooker to make delicious, hearty meals.
  • Slow cookers are great because they draw out flavors over the long cooking process.
  • Some dishes work best when they're made in a slow cooker, like soups and stews.
  • Desserts are also easy to make in a slow cooker, such as fruit cobblers and crisps.

The fall and winter months might as well be called slow cooker season. There's no better time to make comforting soups, stews, and even desserts

The "low and slow" cooking method of this handy kitchen appliance allows for maximum flavor for many dishes, in addition to requiring little hands-on work. From tender pulled pork sandwiches to homemade applesauce, the opportunities are endless.

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Pulled meats, including pork and chicken

Pulled pork and pulled chicken are at their most tender when prepared in a slow cooker. 

The lengthy cooking process ensures that the meat soaks up plenty of flavor and maintains a juicy texture. 

Soups and stews

In the winter months, there's nothing better than a hearty soup or stew to warm you up on a cold night. Even better, these comforting dishes are easy to make in a slow cooker.

Simply add meat, vegetables, broth, and seasonings and cook all day long. By the end of the day, you'll have a flavorful dish and your house will smell amazing. 

Crisp and cobbler desserts

Slow cookers are useful for more than just savory dishes. Apple crisp, for example, has never been easier.

While crumble and crisp toppings usually work best in the oven, there are ways you can avoid excess moisture in your slow cooker. By placing a paper towel underneath the lid, your topping will stay crisp and crunchy. 

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