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DealDash Welcomes Fall With Slow Cooker Dinners

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Fall is quickly approaching, and it’s a great time to get out your slow cooker. DealDash welcomes fall with these slow cooker tips.

If you have a slow cooker, you know that it’s a wonderful alternative to using the oven. There is no mystery on how to use it, but certain things can make it a better experience. Read these suggestions from DealDash to improve your experience in the kitchen.

Give Your Root Vegetables a Quick Microwave First

The first thing that you should keep in mind when you’re making a meal in a slow cooker is root vegetables take longer. This is not a problem if you are going to be home and can let the vegetables such as potatoes and carrots cook for an hour before you add in the other veggies and the meat. However, if you are leaving for the day and letting the slow cooker make dinner in your absence you will want to use this tip.

Cut up your root vegetables, then put them in a large microwave-safe bowl, and add enough water to cover the veggies. Microwave them for 5-6 minutes, drain them, then put them in the slow cooker. Then you can add in your meat and faster cooking vegetables such as celery, onions, and mushrooms.

A Few Tiny Tips

Next, there are quite a few small things you should remember if you want your dinner to come out perfectly. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Be sure that your meat is thawed before you begin cooking. Frozen meat can increase cooking time.
  • Open the lid as infrequently as possible. Opening the lid to add an ingredient is fine, but don’t take off the lid just to look at dinner’s progress. It can take a while to heat back up to the proper temperature.
  • Sear your meat first for a better flavor. Of course, you can just toss your meat into the slow cooker and it will turn out fine. However, if you want a really delicious flavor, sear it on all sides in a hot pan, first.
  • Use recipes. You don’t have to go it alone! There are thousands of recipes for the slow cooker online. Hidden Valley Ranch offers 27 free recipes at this link right here, you should give it a look – most of them sound really delicious like this Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Fajitas.

Get a Slow Cooker on DealDash

Finally, if you’re in the market for your first (or a replacement) slow cooker, check DealDash first. You will find many excellent cooking items on DealDash. Take a look at all the slow cookers on DealDash. However, if you’re more in the mood to browse, the Kitchen and Dining category is a great place to start. Are you ready to find something new for your kitchen today?

Thanks for Reading

I hope that you found this new article on using a slow cooker helpful. Use these tips and your next dinner will delight the whole family. If you need any kitchen items DealDash can help you. Check out the DealDash Kitchen and Dining Category. Have fun and happy bidding everyone!

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Come see Dawn and her cats on Instagram. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

DealDash: Cook More, Take-Out Less

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Restaurants are opening back up, but many people are choosing to still eat at home. Try to cook more and take-out less. Details below, from DealDash.

Take-out after a long day or on a weekend is always tempting. However, it has always been a budget killer.breaker. With all of the uncertainty regarding restaurants lately, it’s a great time to try to cook more at home and get less take-out. This can be a tricky prospect, especially if you are a full-time worker, and even more so if you have kids that you might be homeschooling soon. Here are some suggestions from DealDash to help.

Grocery Shopping and Pantry Staples

To begin with, there’s nothing appealing about stopping at the supermarket after a long day at work. Making use of your pantry space at home can really make a difference in how often you turn to take-out instead of cooking at home. If you have everything you need to throw together a balanced meal at the end of a long day you will be more likely to go straight home instead of to the drive-through lane. Here are a few examples of things that should always be stocked in your pantry and ready to toss together to make a full and balanced meal:

  • Canned goods. Canned goods are really the “backbone” of your pantry staples. You should keep a supply of diced tomatoes, soups and broth, and vegetables like mushrooms, beans, and corn. When you combine these ingredients with pasta you can create a quick and tasty meal.
  • Rice and bread. White or brown rice, quinoa, tortillas, and pasta are all perfect accompaniments to canned (or fresh) veggies and a simple to prepare meat such as baked chicken or ground beef that’s browned in a pan.
  • Sauces and Dressings. Dinner is nothing without flavor! So be sure to keep a variety of salad dressings, jarred pasta sauces such as marinara and alfredo. Don’t forget to also keep some ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, and mayo on hand as well.

Proper Cooking Tools from DealDash

Next, another thing that can help you be more eager to cook at home and spend less on take-out is having the appropriate cooking tools. Let’s face it, many of us are still using those old mismatched pots and pans from our first apartments. These are no fun to cook with, and can be difficult to clean as well. And if there’s one thing I know for sure – if something is a pain to clean, I am less likely to use it.

So do yourself a favor and get yourself some nice new cooking tools from DealDash.  Begin by browsing the Kitchen and Dining category located here. You will find small appliances such as air fryers and waffle makers as well as pots and pans. Get yourself something from the Kitchen and Dining category today!

Thanks for Reading

These suggestions will help you be prepared to make dinner at home instead of getting take-out. Thanks for reading the newest blog article. I hope that you found it helpful.

If you need new kitchen tools DealDash can help you. Check out the Kitchen and Dining Category. You will find small appliances and more. Bid and save on household supplies. Have fun and happy bidding everyone!

 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Check out Dawn and her cats on Instagram! This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

DealDash Guide for Hosting Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving will be here in a few short weeks. If you’re hosting this year you’ll want to read these tips from DealDash.

Everyone loves Thanksgiving- it’s the perfect chance to see your family and over-indulge in food a bit. That diet can wait until next week! What most of us don’t talk about is the fact that someone has to host Thanksgiving dinner. It can be a pretty stressful day for the host. We’ve got a few tips to make hosting Thanksgiving as painless as possible. Read on for more information, from DealDash.

Pre-Set the Table

Our family has made a habit of pre-setting the table the night before. Rather than waiting until Thanksgiving to start our prep, as we’re cooking the turkey, we like to get the plates, silverware and table cloths out and at least get everything on the table. In a perfect world, we try setting the table, but when you’re making dinner for a dozen people, space can be a precious thing. By having everything out, it will speed the process up a bit on Thanksgiving morning. Of course, if you have naughty pets that like to sneak up on the table when you’re not looking you might not want to do this, Instead, you can just gather all of the dining items in a central location for easy set-up while everything is cooking.

Prepare Food Ahead of Time

If you’ve got the chance to prepare anything ahead of time, we encourage you to do so. Making your key ingredients ahead of time will save a lot of stress. After all, it’s not difficult to freeze a pie, then pull it out on Thanksgiving morning. You can also make mashed potatoes, potato salad, green bean casserole, and many more dishes the day before. This will save tons of time when you are busy on Thanksgiving Day entertaining your relatives.

Use Your Slow Cooker From DealDash

Along the same lines, allow time to do some of the work for you. Most of us forget about the wonder that is a crockpot/slow cooker. As I have said many times before, DealDash is the best place to get small appliances. One of the best kitchen items ever, the slow cooker, is available on DealDash! When you use your DealDash slow cooker you will save tons of time and effort.

There are some slow-cooker turkey recipes on the internet. We realize that you may not want to cook your turkey in a slow-cooker, but there’s nothing wrong with using it to make vegetables, potatoes, or even a cobbler. If you would like to check out the slow cookers and other kitchen items on DealDash, just click here. You will find blenders, waffle makers, coffee makers, and more in the Kitchen and Dining category.

Cook ALL the Food

It’s always a good idea to over-prepare. If you think that you have 10 people showing up, plan for 12-15. You never want to run out of food if you can avoid it. This idea also goes for overnight guests. If you’ve got the space to use, clean a few extra sets of linens and toss have them ready for a last-minute guest.

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As your dinner draws to an end, it’s reasonable to remind everyone that you could use a little help. As they say, “Many hands make light work”. Ask for a little help as you clean up so that you can enjoy the holiday as well. Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on hosting Thanksgiving. I hope that it was helpful to you.

DealDash has small appliances for the kitchen. DealDash has auctions for slow cookers, blenders, and more. Visit now to see how much you can save. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Kitchen: Crock-Pot Meals

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It might not feel like it now, but colder weather is coming. Pull out your Crock-Pot and start thinking about all of the great Fall meals you can make in it.

A Crock-Pot is without a doubt one of the most essential things your kitchen should have. Many people do not realize how versatile this piece of cooking equipment can be.  There are many benefits that you can get from using a Crock-Pot including some of the following, from DealDash.

Save Tons of Time

You will save a lot of time cooking with a Crock-Pot. All you need to do is toss in the ingredients for whatever you are cooking and leave it to cook all day. This way you do not have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and you can spend more time with your family.

Save Electricity

You will be saving electricity when you cook with a Crock-Pot. Crock-Pots don’t take up a lot of electricity when used. You don’t have to worry about a huge electric bill when you are cooking with them. You can also save money on food as you can make things from scratch and not worry about eating a lot of junk food. This is where you would end up spending a considerable amount of money from your food budget.

Eat Healthier

You will eat healthier by cooking with a Crock-Pot. You can cook from scratch. You won’t have to worry about serving processed foods to your friends and family. You can pick really delicious meals that your family will enjoy without having to worry about the food being bad for them. There are so many choices for food that can be prepared with a Crock-Pot so you won’t get tired quickly with the food you can prepare.

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There are so many great things about cooking with your Crock-Pot that if you are not using it you should be. You can save money, time and eat healthy just to name a few. If you do not own a Crock-Pot you should definitely be thinking about getting one from DealDash! DealDash has many wonderful kitchen items including Crock-Pots up for auction.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on using a Crock-Pot. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here. Also read our sister blog, DealDash Tips. We love to hear from our readers, just leave a comment down below.

Do you need a Crock-Pot? Go check DealDash for kitchen items for home-cooked meals. DealDash has amazing cooking items. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Cooks: The Benefit of Home-Cooked Meals

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There are many advantages to cooking your meals at home instead of eating at restaurants. Here are a few, from DealDash.

Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. From work to school and other activities it can seem like life just doesn’t slow down. This feeling doesn’t leave a lot of room for making a home-cooked meal. Here are some of the benefits of taking the time to make a meal from scratch, from DealDash.

Think of Your Health

It is much healthier to cook from scratch. You will be avoiding processed foods and will be in complete control of what you are your family are eating. It really doesn’t take a whole lot more time to shop for fruits and vegetables than it does for foods that come in a box. You don’t have to worry about having to take extra time shopping to make healthy selections.

Your Wallet Will Thank You

Home-cooked meals can save you money. For one, you won’t be filling up on empty calories where you will be hungry a couple hours later. You will also likely have leftovers that can be turned into lunch the next day. Again, it doesn’t take too much more prep work to prepare a home-cooked meal. You can use your extra time if you like to look for sales and use coupons to further maximize your savings.

Family Time Matters

Home-cooked meals bring families together. You can enjoy conversation around the dinner table and not in front of the TV. With fast food selections, you eat almost as fast as the time you spent buying the food. There is no bonding being done. The preparation of the food itself can also be a great way for you to bond with your family.

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As you can see there are some great benefits to preparing home-cooked meals. So next time you are writing your grocery list consider cooking from scratch. You will be very happy that you did.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on home-cooked meals. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here. Also read our sister blog, DealDash Tips. We love to hear from our readers, just leave a comment down below.

Do you need cooking items? Go check DealDash for kitchen items for home-cooked meals. DealDash has all of the things that you need for the kitchen. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Have a great time on DealDash and happy bidding everyone! 

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.