Slow-Cooked Pork Chops Esterhazy

M-J de Mestertons Slow-Cooked Pork Chops Esterhazy with Fall Harvest Vegetables
M-J de Mesterton's Slow-Cooked Pork Chops Esterhazy with Fall Harvest Vegetables: Substitute Fresh Tomatoes for Tomato Paste

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Rival Crock-Pots and Slow-Cooker Appliances Save Energy

Making my European meat sauce on a gas range or electric cook-top always made me wonder about the energy consumption involved. From now on, I am going to cook it in an electric slow-cooker. It will not only enhance the flavor of my sauce, but prevent it from scorching.

Today’s Crock-Pots, an invention by by Rival company, are very energy-efficient compared with  gas-fired ovens, electric cook-top, gas-stoves or toaster ovens, and even wood-stoves. These units, commonly called “slow-cookers”,  run on 100 watts of electricity. If used twice weekly, for eight hours at a time,  your slow-cooker will consume about forty cents’ worth of energy per month.

Slow-cooking is a way to make inexpensive cuts of meat tender, as in New England boiled beef or stews. There are plenty of recipes on the internet which call for the use of an electric slow-cooker, including ones which employ dry beans, an excellent source of low-cost protein and fiber. Rival has a great recipe for boeuf Bourguignon on its Crock-Pot web-site. Bon appétit!