A slow cooker is designed to make your life easier – so take it out of your storage and start using it now!
Slow Cooker Hacks Every Busy Family Should Do
Slow Cooker Recipes
Almost all slow cooker recipes require putting all the ingredients inside and forgetting about it. How cool is that?
But, did you know there is so much more you can do with your Kitchen Aid slow cooker?
Yes, you heard it right! This list will open your eyes to what cool life hacks you can use your slow cooker for!
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1. DIY Crockpot Candles
There are plenty of good reasons why you should start using your slow cooker for your dinner meals. But, do you know you can use your trusty slow cooker to make other things, too?
Take this idea from Hello Glow, for example.
Who would’ve thought you’ll be able to make candles right at home using even cheap crockpots? You don’t have to run to the store every time you need candles!
2. Slow Cooker Lotion Bars
Do you ever experience having dry skin during winter? Here’s a slow cooker hack from Simply Darrling to help you with that.
Keep a few of these lotion bars at different corners of your house so you can moisturize your skin when you need to. These are quite solid when left alone, but they slowly melt once exposed to your body heat.
Lotion Bar Definition: A type of lotion in a solid form that looks like bar soap. It is used for moisturizing dry skin and not utilized for shower or bath.
3. Homemade Crockpot Yogurt
Looking for easy crockpot recipes? You can actually make yogurt on your own in a slow cooker.
What’s more? You only need two ingredients for this hack!
If you’re in doubt, check out this 2-ingredient crockpot yogurt recipe by Practical Stewardship for one of the best crockpot deals.
4. Slow Cooker Melted Chocolate
Do you always use melted chocolate? There are a lot of ways to melt chocolate, but if you need to do other things, this hack by The Yummy Life is a foolproof, hands-off way to do so.
I love to put the melted chocolate into these fun little molds, freeze them, and then hand them out as gifts!
5. Crockpot Bread
If you’re hesitant to try baking homemade bread for fear of burning it, here’s the solution: use your slow cooker. You won’t have to burn bread in the oven anymore with this slow cooker bread baking tip by Living Sweet Moments.
The bread won’t have the golden brown crust, but it’s still going to be fully cooked and soft.
6. Oatmeal Honey Crockpot Soap
Have you ever tried making your own soap? If not, then you must give this DIY oatmeal honey soap by The Nerdy Farm Wife a shot.
This slow cooker hack is fun, interesting, and definitely something you and your family will use for weeks and even months!
7. Dye Yarn
In case you haven’t heard of it yet, your slow cooker can dye yarn as well. Super cool, right?
You will actually be able to color the yarn as you please with this DIY project by Creative Green Living.
8. Crockpot Crayons
I’m sure you’ve heard about recycling crayons by melting them down. Here’s one way to do it using a slow cooker!
This TP Craft DIY project will show you how it’s done.
9. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding Brûlée
If you’re craving for something sweet and you want to whip up something easy, you should consider trying this slow cooker rice pudding recipe by Baked Bree. It’s easy and yummy!
10. Searing Meat First
To add depth and flavor to a slow-cooked meat, sear it on the stovetop first! The extra few minutes of prep time will be worth it as you can see in this recipe by Simply Scratch.
The caramelized flavor you get from searing meat is just something you can’t achieve by just using the slow cooker alone. Sure, the meat will be tender, but it won’t be as savory.
11. Crockpot Playdough
In case you’re still not convinced that you can use your crockpot to make other things that aren’t food, check out this easy tutorial to make crockpot play dough from Repeat Crafter Me.
Just a quick tip: I’d use liners for this one to make getting the play dough out a little easier.
12. Slow Cooker Applesauce
If you have a baby (or even if you don’t), you’ll surely appreciate this hack. Make chunky applesauce anytime with these easy to follow instructions from Ahead of Thyme.
13. Crockpot Air Freshener
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we cannot avoid the smell of food in the kitchen. If you’re bothered by the smell of cooked food lingering in the air, find out how your crockpot can neutralize it with this DIY from About A Mom.
14. Clean Your Slow Cooker
With all the things you made with your slow cooker, I’m sure you would be asking if there is a hack to clean it. Well, you’re in luck!
This cleaning hack from Clean Mama will actually make your cleaning life a whole lot easier!
15. Crock-Pot Christmas Potpourri
You can get your house smelling all nice during the holidays with this simple crock-pot Christmas potpourri by Serenity Cove!
What makes this potpourri amazing is it only requires natural ingredients such as orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla, among others.
Check out this video from BuzzFeedVideo for some amazing crockpot hacks:
Isn’t it amazing? Just like you, I am very surprised by all the things I can do with my slow cooker!
It has become my new favorite cooking appliance.
I love how it’s so versatile, and I’m still in a continuous search for new things I can do with it. Don’t worry, I’m sure to share some more once I have a new list of slow cooker hacks and recipes!
What do you think of these slow cooker hacks? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 4, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.