Hamilton Beach Set n’ Forget Slow Cooker #SlowCookerMeals: Apple Cider Pork Roast with Smoked Bacon
October. It always seems to be one of the busiest months of the year to me, perhaps it’s that way for you too. Abundant choices among harvest days, and festivals, farmers markets bursting with the year’s broadest selection, last chance displays from summer harvest, to the changing root crops of the cooler season ahead. The ‘Pick Your Own’ takes us from memories of peaches to crisp, ripe apples, this year producing a seeming bumper crop out at the orchards.
October, for me also marks the sports season followed by the shared table of tailgating, #SlowCookerMeals such as Apple Cider Pork Roast with Smoked Bacon that along with the changing color of leaves transpire the seasons from bright colored salads to homey warm filling dishes. And also in my case, traveling, transferring, and warming foods in a small wood shed off the college field hockey pitch equipped with power plugs for Slow Cookers and assorted appliances which will later line long tables with a broad variety of hearty foods for filling a large tailgating crowd.
My youngest daughter, Alex the athlete, has now graduated. For me, this marks the first collegiate season I am no longer required to travel, attend, and prepare mass amounts of food twice weekly during the field hockey season.
Of course, this then begged the question from friends when declining a fall event invitation if I really ‘had’ to attend the team party in town, or the local game and tailgate.
Well, maybe it is, or maybe it isn’t a feeling most teams share after experiencing the intensity of Division 1 team athletics shared together over a full four years, the agony and the ecstasy. It’s hard to explain, but it’s much like coming together as a family, the family coming back to the table together both in support of the team and in sharing the celebration meal together.
On the fall food segment sharing seasonal foods and now past Tailgate meals with the team family, I wish I had been sent the: Hamilton Beach Set n’ Forget 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker four years ago. I hadn’t. However, I was recently sent this Slow Cooker for review. And after using it three times now I still wish I had this appliance four years ago but I sure am glad I have it now. One reason: Apple Cider Pork Roast with Smoked Bacon. Now if you scroll up you will notice sliced pork on a serving platter no longer pulled pork for a tailgate crowd.
If you are like me, you may prefer cooking in your enameled cast iron pot, and in this way, you can control the desired texture of your food. However, the Hamilton Beach Set n’ Forget Slow Cooker that comes with a probe enables you to prepare your roasts to the desired temperature, and texture, such as this perfectly cooked roast pork.
I’ve also experimented with this Slow Cooker using roast beef, same results, are perfectly cooked. Using the probe and setting the temperature enables you to prepare your food while leaving you free time in the interim like celebrating the Oktoberfest attending harvest days and festivals, shopping at the farmers market, or picking from a bumper crop of crisp, ripe apples out at the orchard. While you are gone, once your meat is cooked, this slow cooker feature automatically clicks to warm.
Finally, the colorful root vegetables each fall inspire my annual preparation of a sort of combined spiced African/Moroccan style stew. Sharing it at the tailgate meant warming it in my other style of slow cooker where I worried the entire time about the vegetables becoming too soft, I simply could not control the temperature correctly. Now, using the Set n’ Forget, after sauteing a base of sliced onions, garlic, and ginger in a saute pan and then cooking in the spices, I simply tumble my prepped colorful medley of vegetables into the Slow Cooker, stir through the spice mixture, add in a bit of chicken stock and coconut milk, and cook the whole meal on the Program Mode (as opposed to the Probe mode) where in this feature you simply set your desired length of cooking time, thus enabling a ‘just right’ cooked, spiced vegetable stew.
I rate the Hamilton Beach Set n’ Forget Slow Cooker sky high. I Love this appliance and am confident in its recommendation for purchase for any home or entertaining use. I would also recommend it for any parent with a four-year or otherwise collegiate Tailgate trail ahead.
Additional features I value with the product include the ease of use, directions that are very simple and clear, and the side clips are snug on the glass top which is particularly helpful for travel and preventing spills. The carrying handles are very sturdy. It comes with a spoon which was neither here nor there for me as my main interest was in the function, but you might like it. The oval shape and stainless steel outer design make this Slow Cooker attractive on a counter or in any buffet setting.
Finally, should this be your next appliance purchase, be sure and try the #SlowCookerMeals recipe for Apple Cider Pork Roast with Smoked Bacon, 160 F degrees, an easy four hours from perfection on those busily filled October days.