Don’t retire your slow-cooker just yet: Slow-cooker recipes are just as good in the spring and summer as they were in the winter and fall. Just as this clutch kitchen device welcomed you home with warming meals during the colder months, it can again save you in the spring and summer by keeping you from slaving over the hot stove as temperatures outside rise.
Use fresh spring and summertime produce in classic slow-cooker entrées, like soups and stews to make them seasonally appropriate. Enjoy the lighter side of slow cooking with zoodles, springtime risotto, and light chicken dishes. Even make your own mock barbecue indoors with recipes for slow-cooker ribs and tender pulled pork that would stack up next to any smokehouse favorites.
What makes your slow-cooker produce delicious meals time and time again? The low and slow principle that makes it safe to leave your slow-cooker working while you run errands, go to work, or even sleep is the same cooking technique used for long braises that develop layered, concentrated flavor. Why deny yourself such effortless dishes just because the seasons have changed?
For more ways to use your slow-cooker all spring and summer long, check-out these 13 recipes that will keep your slow-cooker humming all year long.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.