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5 Ways a Crock-Pot Makes Any Thanksgiving Easier - Friendsgiving Tips

5 Ways a Crock-Pot Makes Any Thanksgiving Easier - Friendsgiving Tips
From The Kitchn - November 11, 2017

Your slow cooker helps you get dinner on the table during busy weeks, prepare make-ahead meals (and desserts!), stretch your food budget, and eat more healthfully. What I am trying to say is that your slow cooker is your number-one ally in the kitchen. Which is why it should come as no surprise that it will make Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving a little easier. Here's how.

1. It is the foolproof solution for juicy turkey breast.

If your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast is on the smaller side, say six people or less, skip roasting a whole bird in favor of slow-cooking a turkey breast instead. Not only is this nearly hands-off method easy as can be, but it also treats you to the juiciest, most succulent turkey breast you have ever tasted.

Get the recipe: How To Make Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker

2. It frees up space on the stovetop.

When cooking Thanksgiving dinner, one thing is always certain: Space on the stovetop is at a serious premium. The solution? Use your slow cooker to make any number of sides, from the cranberry sauce to the stuffing to the mashed potatoes.

3. It keeps side dishes warm.

Perhaps the toughest part of Thanksgiving dinner is the timing and balancing act of getting the turkey and all the sides to the table at the right time so it's all warm. The answer to this conundrum is to treat your slow cooker as a warming device. It does not matter if you cooked a dish in the slow cooker or notload it in, cover it, and set it to the warm setting while you prepare the rest of the meal. This also proves especially handy when dinner is a buffet or potluck.

Bonus: You can even divide your slow cooker using foil and a slow cooker liner, to keep two different dishes warm. This technique works really well for mashed potatoes, stuffing, and other dishes that need to be covered while they are kept warm.

4. It makes it easy to serve warm drinks to a crowd.

5. It's a set-it-and-forget-it solution for easier turkey stock.

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