Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, check out the best slow cooker accessories to buy to make it live up to its full potential.
So I’m in the process of buying a house, which is equal parts exciting and terrifying. The terrifying part is that, as a new homeowner with no belongings of your own, you suddenly become aware of the dire and sudden need for things you never even knew existed. For example, I’m about to buy a slow cooker because that’s just a necessity in any home.
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But I’ve recently realized there are SO many accessories that are a must-buy for the best slow-cooking experience! And, because of the whole buying a house thing, I need the slow cooker accessories to be cheap. If you’re in the same boat (or if you are just interested in buying some accessories for your slow cooker), look no further than Amazon for these ten great products that won’t break the bank!
These are at the top of the list for a reason! First of all, these shredder claws work on chicken, pork, beef—any meat you slow cook, really. The shredder claws make it super simple to pull apart your slow cooked meats and, as a fan of pulled pork and shredded chicken dips, I can’t believe I didn’t buy these sooner. I think this brand is pretty great too, but take it from one of the glowing endorsements from an Amazon reviewer: “Awesome. Pulled 20 pounds of Boston butt in record time.”Buy Now
A slow cooker liner is exactly what it sounds like: You put the liner in your slow cooker before you put your food in, take it out when the food is done, and cleanup is suddenly much simpler! This is great for people like me who can’t stand the thought of cleaning anything after they’ve just filled up on a slow cooked meal.Buy Now
I’d be lying if I said the name of this product wasn’t the first thing that pulled me in. Seriously, it’s great. But the product itself is pretty awesome, and a necessity if you ask me. Especially if you transport your slow cooker often to family gatherings or tailgates, you need a lid lock to prevent huge spills and painful burns. This one is affordable, and it comes with a ladle; who doesn’t love free stuff? Pro tip: Just remember to avoid locking your slow cooker while you’re cooking, as this can trap in more moisture and mess with the texture of your food.Buy Now
Similar to the lid lock, a carrying bag is a must for people who transport their slow cooker from place to place. Who wants to hold their slow cooker awkwardly while looking for their friends at a tailgate? I like this particular bag because I think the design is nice, but this is only one of thousands of good-looking, high-quality slow cooker bags you can choose from.Buy Now
5. “The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Delicious No-Fuss Meals for Busy People” by Karen Bellessa Petersen, $13.43 on Amazon
What’s the point of buying all these awesome accessories if you have nothing to put in the slow cooker? And what’s the point of using a slow cooker for complicated recipes that require a ton of ingredients and prep time? Karen Bellessa Petersen’s easy-slow-cooker-recipes-only cookbook offers a wide variety of tasty dishes for you to try out when you’re looking for a new slow cooking experience without a lot of fuss. (Caveat: Pantry staples like chicken broth and salt aren’t included in the five ingredient count, but that’s more of a technicality.)Buy Now
While they’re great for preventing burns, my problem with fabric oven mitts is that they’re often very slippery. I never feel like I have a good grip on whatever I’m taking out of the oven. Plus, if you’re holding something hot for a while you do eventually feel the heat start to come through the fabric. So I love these silicone grip mitts for the slow cooker! Slow cookers are often heavy, so it takes a little longer to move them, and that’s something you really don’t want to drop. With the silicone grip, you have a firm grasp on your slow cooker and you don’t have to worry about getting burned while you transport it.Buy Now
Removing the lid from your slow cooker is always awkward if you’re short on counter space and don’t know where to put it. Luckily, there is an attachment you can add to your slow cooker that will hold the lid in place while you stir or serve your food—no more clunky piece of glass and plastic just awkwardly and messily chilling out on your countertop.Buy Now
Allegedly, it can be potentially harmful for certain types of countertop to use your slow cooker directly on the surface. This silicone roasting rack will elevate it, just in case. And remember what we said about silicone being super heat-resistant? Ergo, you should have no qualms about resting your slow cooker on this for long stretches of time. Or you can also use it in the slow cooker if you want to elevate your meat from the grease that renders out as it cooks and keep the bottom from being too close to the heating element. For under ten bucks, this is a no-brainer. Buy Now
No explanation needed here; this digital probe thermometer will ensure your meat is done and safely cooked at the right temperature, because nobody wants to eat undercooked meat. Trust me.Buy Now
This is the cutest little thing: a knob replacement for your slow cooker to personalize it a bit more! It attaches right to the lid of any slow cooker and OK, maybe it’s not a matter of practical necessity, but it’s adorable.Buy Now
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