|Save money by making Chicken Stock, Chipotle Enchilada Sauce, Hummus, and Vegetable Broth in the slow cooker!|
One year ago today was the official launch date for Slow Cooker from Scratch! For me, it's been a fun year of discovering how diverse slow cooker recipes can be while also figuring out how to best manage a curated site. When I first launched the site, I asked bloggers to submit individual recipes, which led to a lot of duplicate submissions, and was hard to keep up with. Now if you're a food blogger with from-scratch slow cooker recipes, you can Submit Your Site and I will follow your blog by RSS reader and watch for recipes I'd like to feature.
There have been 252 featured recipes this year! I apologize to anyone who submitted a recipe during the year and it never was featured here. I was surprised that I had more submissions than I could spotlight in a timely manner, and I also quickly learned that recipes had to have a really spectacular photo to get noticed on a site like this.
Despite the title of the blog, I'm not a fanatic about using everything from scratch. (I especially love my canned beans!) But I really like the idea that when you make something from scratch, you know just what goes into it, so for the birthday celebration I thought it would be fun to spotlight Ten Often Purchased Foods Items to Make from Scratch in the Slow Cooker. Most of these will probably be better when you make them from scratch, and they'll save you some money too!
Slow Cooker Black Beans from Cafe Johnsonia would be great to have in the freezer. (Photo from Cafe Johnsonia.)
I love this idea for Slow Cooker Hummus from 365 Days of Slow Cooking. (Photo from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.)
Lydia says this Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from The Perfect Pantry can be the base for some serious comfort food, and who doesn't like the sound of that?
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious makes Slow Cooker Ham Stock from Scraps that might normally get thrown away. (Photo from Shockingly Delicious.)
Slow Cooker Chipotle Enchilada Sauce from Sprinkled with Flour sounds good. (Photo from Sprinkled with Flour.)
At Worth the Whisk, Patti makes Crockpot Caramel Sauce Cooked in a Can! (Photo from Worth the Whisk.)
Real Mom Kitchen has a great-looking recipe for Crockpot Refried Beans. (Photo from Real Mom Kitchen.)
Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth at A Year of Slow Cooking. (Photo from A Year of Slow Cooking.)
Crock Pot Meaty Pasta Sauce from Weelicious is definitely better than sauce from a jar. (Photo from Weelicious.)
And finally, Slow Cooker Chicken Stock from Soup Chick is something you should be making every week! (Photo from Soup Chick.)
More Things to Make in the Slow Cooker instead of Buying Them:
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce Collection (5 Recipes)
Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce Collection (8 recipes)
Slow Cooker Applesauce (or Apple-Pear Sauce) Collection (5 Recipes)
Apple Butter from Andrea Meyers
Dried Beans Cooked in the Slow Cooker from Kalyn's Kitchen
Greek Yogurt in the Slow Cooker from Apron Strings
Homemade Ketchup from Simple Bites
Rendering Lard in a Crock Pot from Critical Mas
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! I hope I've given you at least one idea for something new to make in the slow cooker. And if you'd like to send birthday wishes to Slow Cooker from Scratch, I'd love to hear in the comments about your favorite things to make in the slow cooker. (Links are welcome if there's a good recipe idea you'd like to share!)