Claudann Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Claudann Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

During times of crisis, comfort food can be a welcomed thing to have. That is not to say that we should throw nutrition and healthy eating out the window — we shouldn’t. But when times are hectic and unsure, take a step back and focus on the things that we can control. Those things include feeding our families foods that they will enjoy and that we can prepare from foods we have on hand or can easily acquire.

Slow cookers are great tool to have because they essentially do the cooking while you focus on other things.

Slow cookers can save us money in several ways.

They take less electricity compared to an oven. They don’t heat up your house like an oven. And slow cookers are a great way to prepare inexpensive, lean cuts of meat. The moist heat generated by the cooker makes these cuts of meat more tender compared to other cooking methods.

Other foods including soups, casseroles, beverages and cereals can also be prepared with a slow cooker. With a little practice, a slow cooker can help prepare more meals at home, which can help save money.

Look at our Facebook page, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith County, for recipe tips as well as useful food demonstrations with your slow cooker.

For more information, contact Claudann Jones, Smith County Extension agent for family and community health, at 903-590-2980 or email

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