My crock pot caused me a lot of grief yesterday. I worried all day long that it was going to catch fire and burn down my apartment complex. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. But burning did happen, that’s for sure.
I drove up to my apartment, and upon seeing that it was still standing I felt relieved and walked through the front door expecting to smell the delicious aroma of chili.
Instead… I smelled burning Not life-threatening burning but nasty food burning. I was not happy to say the least.
You can’t really tell from that picture how badly it was burnt, but trust me – it was not appetizing. I used this recipe and followed it to the T, since I’ve never really done the whole crock pot thing before (despite having one for like 5 years now).
I guess the most annoying revelation to come out of this whole experience was my discovery of just how long I’m at work every day. The recipe said to leave the crock pot on low for 8 hours. So, I got everything ready and turned it on low and left for work at 7 a.m. Since I did not return to the apartment until 5:30 p.m. that meant that I actually left it cooking for 10.5 hours.
WTF?! I spend 10.5 hours of my day at work?! How had I never realized this before?
As sad as this newfound knowledge made me, (granted I realize that many people work much longer days than that and I could have it much, much worse – at least I have a job, right?) I still thought that crock pot recipes gave you a little wiggle room in the time you could leave it cooking. Anyone have any wisdom here? Should I have just added some more liquid?
I did try to eat it, because I hate wasting food. I prettied up a bowl with some cheddar cheese and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
But, sadly, it just tasted like burnt beans I ate about half that portion and had to toss the rest of it. Which was not only wasteful but quite messy.
So, to sum it all up, my first experience with crockery ended quite badly. Still, I’m not giving up! The good news was that it didn’t catch fire, right? Now all I have to do is find a way to make a delicious crock pot meal that won’t turn into what you see up there ^. If you have any good crock pot recipes, please send them my way, I’m on a mission now!
Oh, and I almost forgot, in the midst of all this commotion, I did go to the gym to do some strength training. I did this lower-body workout from Women’s Health. I loved that the moves were different from your typical squats/lunges/etc. and it was seriously hard! For me anyways.
When I got home I ate my gross dinner and then had some cottage cheese and apricot preserves for dessert.
This totally redeemed the burnt chili. I forgot how much I loved cottage cheese and preserves together. Yum!
Okay, that’s enough about the crock pot. But please do enlighten me with any wisdom you may have here, I am determined to get it right!
Have a wondeful day