Friday, February 15, 2013

Ten Often Purchased Foods Items to Make From Scratch in the Slow Cooker (and Celebrating One Year of Slow Cooker from Scratch!)

Often Purchased Foods Items to Make From Scratch in the Slow Cooker

Ten Often Purchased Foods Items to Make in the Slow Cooker
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.)

You can learn how to make 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!)


  1. It's great having all these link ups on one post!!

  2. I've enjoyed this site, as I have your original one. Thank you.

  3. Karen, thanks so much for letting me know!

  4. Love this recipe round up. I love using my crockpot. I hadn't thought about making stock in the crockpot until a couple of years ago. Set it and forget it.

    I really enjoy reading. Keep up the great work Kalyn!

  5. Happy birthday to you... happy birthday to you... happy birthday! :)

    Thank you, from an ardent slow cookery fan, for all that you do here!

  6. Thanks CJ! And you're ahead of me, still have not made stock in the slow cooker, even though I make it all the time on the stove.

  7. Thanks Catherine. And we must have been writing comments at the same time!

  8. Happy Birthday Slow Cooker from Scratch! This has been a great blog. Love it!

  9. Happy Birthday. I've enjoyed reading the blog and the slow cooker recipes you have featured.

  10. Thanks Celeste; so glad you're enjoying it!

  11. Congrats on 1 Year Kalyn and thank you again for featuring some of my recipes! :)

  12. Wow, the year has flown by! Thank you for all the new recipes I've discovered here, and for the confidence I've gained by cooking from scratch in my (relatively new to me) slow cookers. As I write this, a batch of chicken stock is burbling away in the first slow cooker I ever bought. Happy Birthday, SCfS!

  13. Lydia, thanks for the birthday wishes, and thank *you* for all the great slow cooker recipes.

  14. Hooray for Slow Cooker from Scratch! Congrats on a wonderful first year! Thanks for including my post for the beans, Kalyn. :) Here's to the start of a great 2nd year!

  15. Way to go Kalyn! I had no idea you had this blog.

  16. Thanks for featuring my hummus! Oh, how I love hummus.

  17. Karen, me too. I could eat it almost every day!

  18. On the carmel a safe way to do it is to open the can use a pint canning jar and seal it up.The can can explode and I don't really like the idea of cooking it in the metal can so this is what I do.

  19. Christina, of course you can do it however you wish, but since Patti cooked it in the can and photogrphed obviously it worked for her.


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