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The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone. We are a busy homeschooling family and when it comes to dinner after a long day especially during the busy holiday season I want nothing more than an easy, simple, and delicious meal. As a part of the Walmart Moms, I was asked to try out something new from Crock-Pot. I love my Crock-Pot for an easy dinner solution on my most busy days, so I was intrigued to try out their latest model to hit Walmart shelves: the Crock-Pot Hook Up.
Looking at the box, one can already tell that the Crock-Pot Hook Up is a bit different from a traditional slow cooker. Its a bit thinner for easy, stackable storage with other Crock-Pot Hook Up units. I personally like the rectangular design. The heat settings are HIGH, LOW, and WARM just like a traditional slow cooker. So cooking in them is as easy as putting ingredients into the crock, covering with the lid, and let it cook for the recommended time for the setting chosen. So what makes them different from a regular slow cooker?
What I found interesting about the Crock-Pot Hook Up is that they plug into each other. So you aren’t crowding a power outlet trying to plug in multiple slow cookers at your next holiday gathering. Instead the Crock-Pot Hook Ups plug into each other side by side, with up to 6 units being able to attach to each other. The last unit is the one that gets plugged into the wall to power them all. With multiple Crock-Pot Hook Ups plugged into each other on the countertop it looks like a buffet!
Of course, I couldn’t wait to try it out. So one busy homeschool day I decided to streamline dinner for that night. I cooked my sides in the two Crock-Pot Hook Up units and paired them with a chicken that I was cooking in my other Crock-Pot right beside the Crock-Pot Hook Ups. The chicken was a tad bit too large for the 2 Quart Crock-Pot Hook Up. So I decided to cook potatoes in there instead. This is why you see two power cords plugged into the wall in the photo above. One for both Crock-Pot Hook Ups and another for a regular Crock-Pot off camera. There are multiple sized Crock-pot Hook Ups available a 2-Quart (which I found is great for making slow cooker mashed potatoes for our easy busy weeknight meal but not big enough for the main dish in a meal), 1-Quart which has two 1-Quart crocks in one unit (perfect for vegetable sides), and a larger 3.5 Quart Hook Up. If I had the 3.5 Quart Hook Up, I could also plug that into the other 2 units and only use one power source. Remember one can plug 6 Crock-Pot Hook Ups together. That is definitely better than using several different style Crock-Pots at once. One could also easily make a complete meal with several Crock-Pot Hook Ups linked together.
The meal came out perfectly and clean-up was a breeze thanks to the removable, dishwasher safe stoneware. I liked that the two units connected together really didn’t take up any more space than my regular Crock-Pot that I normally would use. I can definitely see using the Crock-Pot Hook Up to help streamline cooking for large get togethers or holiday meals. They are also great for everyday cooking as well.