The other day, I posted a photo on Instagram of two crockpots set up. One with our dinner and a smaller one with dessert. Someone noticed that the small one was hooked up to a timer.
This is a cheater tip I shared about a year ago. I’d still love to have a fancy programmable slow cooker, but this $4 hack does the job.
Here’s the original post, but the basic idea is to plug the cooker into a timer, so you can delay the start of cooking and set it to turn off at a certain point too.
I’ve used it for overnight oatmeal and also dessert. It would work great for some side dishes too. I don’t think I’d use it for cooking with meat or other highly perishable foods though.