There’s nothing better than a hot home-cooked meal, especially after a long day of work. Though it might seem impossible to cook while on the road, it’s not that hard to do at all. With a little planning and my favorite kitchen tool, cooking in your truck can give you a nice break from truck stop food and a more nutritious meal, as well. This is all possible thanks to the amazing slow cooker.
Some of you may already use one in your truck, and I hope you’ll agree that they are convenient and easy to use. Slow cookers range from $15-$40 and can hold anywhere from 1-7 quarts of food. These tiny pots take up little space and need little maintenance while cooking and during clean up.
- Cooking with a slow cooker: Most meals are made the same. Throw everything in, place the lid on, put it on Low or High, cook for a few hours, and enjoy (remember
that when your cooking meat, put it on the bottom).
- Cook times on high:
- Stew meats: 4.5 hrs for 3 pounds
- Chicken: about 1 hr per pound
- Pork loin: 5 hrs for 4 pounds
By planning ahead, you can pick up some ingredients during your Walmart stops. Using bits of meat, chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, and rice is a good place to start when making a stew. You can make a small batch for the night, or a large one to feed you for a few days. Just set it up when you start your break, and before your hours reset, you’ll have a great home-cooked meal!
These great cookers can be used to make many different meals, next week I’ll post some recipes that are easy to make and cost effective.