The crockpot just might be the perfect cooking appliance for ketchups, jams, fruit butters, and other cooked-down things. These are all things best left to transform on their own, in the presence of steady, pervasive heat. The other great thing about crockpotting in summer is you can set it, and flee the stuffiness of the kitchen. Here are 9 recipes that’s be humming away in our kitchen for the rest of the season.
1. Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter
In this old-fashioned fruit butter recipe, a puree of fresh blueberries cooks down for at least 4 hours in the slow cooker. Sugar, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg join the berries in the last hour of cooking. Get our Slow Cooker Blueberry Butter recipe.
2. Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Sauce
Combine ketchup, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, soy and Worcestershire sauces and a few aromatics, cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, and you’ve got the perfect thing to slather onto ribs. Get Top Ate on Your Plate’s Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Sauce recipe.
3. Slow Cooker Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam
Four ingredients—fresh rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, and cinnamon—and 6 or 7 hours of unsupervised simmering in the crockpot are all you need. Get The Cottage Mama’s Slow Cooker Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam recipe.
4. Slow Cooker Bacon Compote
Spoon some onto pizza along with jalapeños and red onions or try it as a meaty nacho topping, even toast a bagel and top with cream cheese and bacon compote—it’s fantastic. Get our Slow Cooker Bacon Compote recipe.
5. Slow Cooker Peach Jam
“If you’ve never made homemade jam before,” writes Kelly on New Leaf Wellness, “then this is the recipe for you. Super quick and easy to prep.” Get Kelly’s Slow Cooker Peach Jam recipe.
6. Paleo Slow Cooker Ketchup
Medjool dates give this ketchup sweetness without refined sugar, and long, slow cooking gives the spices a chance to fully to give up their flavors. Get Plated With Style’s Paleo Slow Cooker Ketchup recipe.
7. Slow Cooker Spicy Relish
This works on a whole range of casual foods besides franks—nachos, burgers, tacos, you name it. Since this recipe makes a lot, you’ll be able to extend your condiment adventure into next season. Get our Slow Cooker Spicy Relish recipe.
8. Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Cook peeled, cored, and chunked apples for 3 hours, then purée with an immersion blender, add sugar and flavorings, and cook another 3 too 4 hours. Super easy. Get miydiy.com’s Slow Cooker Apple Butter recipe.
9. Slow Cooker Blueberry and Ginger Jam
Toss fresh blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and ground ginger into the crockpot, then switch it on. The especially good thing about this recipe: It shouldn’t take longer than 3 hours. Get BakingQueen74’s Slow Cooker Blueberry and Ginger Jam recipe.