This little tip was mentioned by Loretta, one of my readers.
You can use a timer (the kind you use for Christmas trees, lamps, etc. Find them in the hardware section.) to set your slow cooker. It isn’t quite as good as a programmable slow cooker, but it is very close.
And it’s perfect for slow cooked oatmeal. I set it to start about 3am and at 7am breakfast was ready, without being overcooked.
Another cool tip, mentioned by a reader (I can’t remember who!) – Walmart now has Rival 2 quart slow cookers on sale for just $4! I bought one, especially for fixing oatmeal. It’s a fantastic price. The same thing on Amazon costs $20 or more.