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Crock Pot to the Rescue: Making the Most of a Pork Roast

I don't cook all my meals in the crock pot, but I do use my slow cooker for many different dishes. The crock pot is economical in that it uses a lot less power than heating up the oven or using multiple pots and pans on the stove top. I also like that I can put all of the ingredients for one dish in in the morning and the slow cooker will do the rest of the work for me while I go about my daily business.

Like most people, I am struggling to get the most value and nutrition from the food I eat. Prices at the grocer's continue to edge ever higher, with meat being the largest single expense. I do all that I can to stretch my food dollars and my food as far as I'm able.

I had a four-pound sirloin pork roast that I initially cooked in the crock pot after browning in the skillet. I slow roasted the pork along with two pounds of baby carrots. It made a rich broth that I also saved.

Meal one : Pork roast, carrots and sweet potatoes. (Cooked in crock pot)

Meal two : Pork sandwiches with grilled onions and melted provolone.

Meal three : Pork roast diced into bite-size chunks, cooked in the rich broth, and egg dumpling noodles added.

(Cooked in crock pot)

Meal four : In the freezer for a repeat of the pork and noodles at a later date.

Not bad for two people and four pounds of meat!

Image Credit » Photo taken/owned by Feisty56

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MegL wrote on September 16, 2014, 3:26 PM

Not bad at all. I have had a crock pot (slow cooker) for about 10 years now and once I had one, I couldn't understand why I had never known about them previously! It took a male colleague to tell me about them and how his wife and their 6 children found the slow cooker so useful, producing tasty, nutritious meals with the cheaper cuts of meat.

LoudMan wrote on September 16, 2014, 4:18 PM

Oh yeah. Those things are just wonderful for a nice, tender roast.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:00 PM

I enjoy using my crock pot year round, but it really gets a workout in the cooler months of the year. I am thinking it is time for homemade chili. Do you use yours for more than main dishes?

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:01 PM

I know I've only scratched the surface as to what can successfully be made in the crock pot. I've found a recipe for bread to be made in the slow cooker and some yummy looking desserts too. I'll have to let you know how they turn out.

suffolkjason wrote on September 17, 2014, 8:49 AM

That sounds like a great way to make meat go further.

Ruby3881 wrote on September 17, 2014, 8:33 PM

Well done! One roast giving you four meals is a great deal, and it's a testament to your frugality :)

k_mccormick2 wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:52 AM

Great job on the meal stretching. I try to use my crock pot whenever possible. I have even taken to making crock pot meals ahead of time and storing them in the freezer so I have meals ahead of time. I have to stock up on my ingredients as I have used up all my crock pot meals so that will be the next grocery shop as this one is becoming all about Halloween and stocking up on a few things that I have run out of.