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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Slow-Cooker Gallery

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Slow-Cooker Gallery

Sure, you know it can help you make a great meal, but do you know anything about your favorite appliance’s history?

The slow-cooker has had anything but a slow history. After it first came to market in the ‘50s as Naxon’s Beanery, thousands of slow-cookers were sold to families looking for an easy dinner idea. Its roots are deeply tangled in the religious practice of honoring the Sabbath, and have since evolved technologically, aesthetically, and functionally to help feed America for more than four decades.

These days the slow-cooker is the busy parent’s best friend, a must-have appliance for families and single folk alike. The ability to “set it and forget it” means less time scrambling (figuratively and literally) over the stove for dinner and more time with the family and friends. But how much do you really know about this incredible appliance? Click on to learn 11 things you may not know about your slow-cooker.

The ‘First’ Electric Slow-Cooker Was Basically Just a Pot and a Burner

The Electric Bean Pot, introduced in 1952, was advertised as the “best” way to cook bean dishes like baked beans or chili. However, it did not differ that much from cooking on top of an electric range.

It Was Inspired by a Lithuanian Grandmother

You can trace the origins of the slow-cooker on paper all the way to 1936, but the truth is the inspiration for it came many years before that. Inventor Irving Naxon filed for a patent on a device that was inspired by his grandmother’s cooking in Lithuania. By creating a cooking vessel with a built-in case, Naxon was able to perfect the slow-cooker for home chefs. He brought his perfected version to market in the 1950s.

It Was Meant to Emulate an Old World Sabbath Technique

Since Jewish families observed the Sabbath and did not cook on Friday nights or Saturdays, Naxon’s family improvised. Following a time-honored Old World tradition, they would take their meal — a hearty meat and vegetable stew called cholent — to the local bakery and place it in the switched-off, but still warm, oven. As the oven cooled, their meal would cook, and could be picked up when the Sabbath was over.

The Crock-Pot Was Once Called the Naxon Beanery

Naxon brought his product to market in the 1950s as the Naxon Beanery and experienced moderate success. After being acquired by the Rival Company, it was rebranded as the Crock-Pot in the 1970s.

It Was Seen as a Tool to Maintain Work-Life Balance

As women began entering the workforce and the shift of gender roles began, Crock-Pots were enticing contraptions. They allowed mothers to maintain a semblance of work-life balance by making it possible to serve their families a piping hot meal after a hard day’s work.

A Crock-Pot Has Pretty Much Always Cost $25

The first Crock-Pot, which cost a mere $25, came with an 84-page cookbook with over 150 recipes. This price has not risen much: some of the lower-tech, basic Crock-Pots still cost about that.

It Really Took Off During Energy Crises in the 1970s

Because the Crock-Pot draws about as much current as an incandescent lightbulb — much less than an electric oven — many families saw it as a way to save money on energy consumption during times of shortage.

Competition Was Intense

In the ‘70s, there were roughly 40 companies all making their own model of slow-cooker.

Everyone Has One

According to a study conducted in 2010 by Betty Crocker Kitchens, 80.6 percent of the homes in the United States own a slow-cooker.

Crock-Pots and Slow-Cookers Are Not the Same Thing


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.


All the things you didn't know you could cook in a slow cooker

At 9Honey Kitchen we are endlessly fascinated by the ways that people take an everyday kitchen appliance and through their ingenuity put it to a new, better or previously unknown use. Sometimes these are called kitchen gadget hacks, I prefer to think of them as 'genius kitchen games', because nothing ever came of just doing it the way it's always been done.

So, I was thrilled to share some of our favourite 9Honey recipes for things-you-probably-had-no-idea-you-could-cook-in-a-slow-cooker this morning on the Today Show. After all, we could all use a little helping hand with the cooking every now and then, and that's coming from someone who adores being in the kitchen. But I'm under no illusion that we're all time-poor and sometimes a whole afternoon making lasagna from scratch just isn't on the cards.

Check out the video above to see our five favourite unusual slow cooker recipes in action.

Now, to be perfectly clear, these are not necessarily better ways to cook these dishes, but they are clever and they certainly buy you back some of that magic 'time' that you might not have enough of.

I'm still an advocate of taking time to cook a lovingly prepared meal. But sometimes you just need to get it done with the tolls and time available, and there's absolutely no shame in that at all.

Need a dessert for that catch up with friends on the weekend, but still have to go and drop Kitty and Jo at sport? Easy, pop a cheesecake in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you without burning the top.

Slow cooker cheesecake (Nine)

Want lasagna for dinner tonight but also want to carve out some time to do the washing/hit the gym/wash your hair? No worries, layer that lasagna into the slow cooker and go about your business and you won't have charcoal cheese at the end of it.

Need to make some finger food buffalo wings for when your friends come over to binge on your favourite Netflix series but the oven is already busy and full? No drama, pop those buffalo wings into the slow cooker and let them simmer to the last minute.

Slow cooker buffalo wings (Nine)

Cheese and bacon scrolls in the slow cooker are a great afternoon treat to walk in the door to after a trip to the shops or collecting the kids from school. It's like someone made a treat just for you.

Slow cooker cheese and bacon scrolls (Nine)

Oh, yes, and caramel in the slow cooker ? Well that's as easy as a tin of condensed milk allowed to do its magic and caramelise in the slow cooker to make your own dulche de leche. I'll apologise now for revealing just how easy it is. But please, please, please don't open it while it's hot and make sure you simmer it submerged in water – find the full instructions here .

There are plenty of great reasons to think beyond soup, stew and braises when you've got a slow cooker on hand.

We trialed, tested and shared our five favourite recipes on Today Show this morning and it's safe to say that hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight were impressed that there's more to the slow cooker than meets the eye.

What we love even more is the way the slow cooker community constantly shares tips and tricks and advice encouraging more people to put their slow cooker to good use. After all, it's a big piece of equipment to have sitting in the cupboard if you're not going to explore all the ways you can use it.

Learning these new and different techniques isn't only fun, it's delicious and it might just get you thinking outside the box for other kitchen recipes and gadgets too.