BHG Slow Cooker Winter 2017

'Tis the season to let your slow cooker do the work for you! Take the heat off of your oven and make it your go-to appliance for appetizers, soothing drinks, company-ready breakfast, and special stews. Then surprise guests with fresh baked bread, cinnamon rolls, sweet Thanksgiving pies, and delicious food gifts. The holidays have never been so easy with Better Homes and Gardens® Slow Cooker!

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
9,13 €(IVA inc.)

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1 min.
a note from the editor

About a year ago I noticed my slow cooker was in pretty shabby shape. The lid had broken and I (being thrifty) had corrected the problem with duct tape. Not cool. Right about that time, we (the Better Homes & Gardens editors and Test Kitchen staff) spent some time testing multicookers with both slow-cooking and faster pressure-cooking functions. I considered the options and finally purchased one of my very own—I love it. So when it came time to plan this magazine, we created a whole new collection of tender braised recipes for pressure cookers (page 34). No worries if you have a standard slow cooker—we give directions for both types of cooking. We know the holiday season is busy, which is why your slow cooker was designed to help with every…

2 min.
slow cooker info & tips

1. HOW THEY WORK Surrounding coils indirectly transfer heat to the inner crock of a low-fuss slow cooker. Pressure and steam build in the cooker, and the juices that flow from the ingredients— especially meat—are trapped by that pressure. This results in moist, tender meat and veggies without adding any fat (or its extra calories). 2. THE HALF-FULL RULE Normally we recommend filling a slow cooker at least half full for optimum cooking. However, once we stretched the recipes beyond pot roast and chili, the old rule came into question—think cakes (page 86) and monkey bread (page 19). Slow cookers gradually heat to a set temperature, regardless of how much food they contain. Therefore, when we started testing baking-type recipes and other recipes where ingredients fill only a portion of the crock, we…

2 min.
come in! this is our test kitchen

THE BONES 8 NUMBER OF GALLEY KITCHENS IN OUR TEST KITCHEN Each is about the size of many NYC apartment kitchens. You won’t find fancy gadgets or restaurant-style ovens; we test with appliances and tools the average home cook might use. We do, however, have one awesome chandelier that hangs above our sharing table (aka the trough). Q: Do you go home and cook supper every night? (THE # 1 QUESTION ASKED OF OUR CULINARY PROFESSIONALS) A: Yes, absolutely. Our culinary specialists are home cooks at heart—like you. So at the end of their day they often step right back into their kitchens at home! 84 YEARS OF ON-STAFFCOOKING EXPERIENCE We fail in our kitchen so you have success in yours! Food Science + Culinary Arts + Consumer Science + Dietetics = VARIETY OF COLLEGE DEGREES OUR TEST…

3 min.
gifts for the slow cooker

Download THE LABELS! Get free labels, tags, and jar toppers at ITALIAN WILD RICE AND FARRO SOUP MIX WITH WILD MUSHROOMS START TO FINISH 15 minutes 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. dried rosemary 1 tsp. granulated garlic or garlic powder ½ tsp. dried thyme 1 cup uncooked wild rice 1 cup farro ¾ cup chopped dried porcini, oyster, and/or portobello mushrooms ¾ cup chopped dried tomatoes (not oil-packed) ¼ cup instant chicken bouillon powder ¼ cup dried minced onion 1. For seasoning mix, in a small bowl stir together first five ingredients (through thyme). 2. In two pint canning or other glass jars (or cellophane bags) layer remaining ingredients and seasoning mix. Seal jars. Store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months. Makes 2 pint jars. To Make Soup In a 4- to 5-qt. SLOW COOKER combine soup mix…

3 min.
gifts from the slow cooker

WHAT IS DULCE DE LECHE? In Spanish, dulce de leche means “sweet of milk.” It’s simply sweetened milk that has been heated until it became thick and caramelized. This recipe starts with sweetened condensed milk, making the process simple and foolproof. DIY DULCE DE LECHE PREP 10 minutes SLOW COOK 10 to 11 hours (low) 2 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk 1. Divide milk among four half-pint canning jars. Adjust lids and screw bands. Place in a 4-qt. round slow cooker with straight sides. Add water to cover jars by 1 inch. Cover and cook on low 10 to 11 hours. 2. Use canning tongs to transfer jars to a wire rack or kitchen towel to cool. Store jars in refrigerator up to 1 month or freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in refrigerator, if frozen, and…

8 min.
brunch beauties

PREP IT AHEAD! Make it easy on yourself. Prep and assemble all the ingredients in the crockery liner; refrigerate overnight. PEAR-PROSCIUTTO STRATA PREP 30 minutes CHILL 2 hours SLOW COOK 3 hours (low) STAND 30 minutes Nonstick cooking spray 3 oz. prosciutto or pancetta, chopped 2 Tbsp. finely chopped shallot 3 cups chopped pears 2 Tbsp. honey 2 tsp. snipped fresh thyme 9 cups dried 1-inch cubes French bread ½ cup shredded Swiss or white cheddar cheese (2 oz.) 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups milk ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. black pepper 1. Coat a large skillet with nonstick spray. Cook prosciutto over medium heat until crisp. Remove one-third of the prosciutto; cover and chill until ready to serve. Add shallot to remaining prosciutto; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until shallot is softened. Add pears; cook and stir 2 minutes more or just until…