Canadians Embrace the Simmer with Ethnic Cuisine, 'Nose to Tail' Dining and Gluten-Free Meals in their Crock-Pot Slow Cookers
TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Synonymous with stews, soups and chili, the Crock-Pot slow cooker is a Canadian staple when it comes to embracing fall flavours. In preparation for Crocktober, the fall slow cooking season, home cooks are looking to current food trends for fresh inspiration, including ethnic cuisine, nose-to-tail dining and gluten-free dishes.
"What's great about cooking in a Crock-Pot slow cooker is that it allows food to simmer and stew, which is key when it comes to creating savory meals," explains Korey Kealey, food and entertaining specialist. "Whether I'm making a classic chili recipe or an Indian-inspired stew, I can leave my slow cooker to infuse all the ingredients in the dish for an extra dimension of flavour."
At-home-cooks looking to upgrade their slow cooker this Crocktober should consider the 4.5 QT Crock-Pot Pattern, a new kitchen classic. With the signature convenience of Crock-Pot slow cooking, the stylish black and white damask design looks at home on the kitchen counter and the dinner table.
"With one-touch controls, programmable time-settings and modern silhouettes, Crock-Pot slow cookers have never been more user- or countertop- friendly," says Shalley Anand, Product Manager, Jarden Consumer Solutions. "From three-in-one designs to individual sized food warmers, there is a Crock-Pot slow cooker ideal for every classic and chic new recipe."
This Crocktober food trends such as ethnic cuisine, nose-to-tail dining and gluten-free dishes will be making their way to slow cookers across Canada.
Slow Cook Revolution
Great things take time, and that is certainly true for dinner. Today's taste buds prefer home cooked meals, quality ingredients and some TLC. The slow cooking revolution doesn't mean you have to spend all day in the kitchen - it is about simple changes in preparation that make the slow road to supper a satisfying one. Crock-Pot slow cookers promote a 'set it and forget it' mentality that provide at-home-chefs more free time. After the initial prep work is complete, Crock-Pot slow cookers take over and ensure the dish is slowly cooked to perfection.
With a number of ethnic sauces and mixes available at most grocery stores, it's easy to branch out and try something new. Traditionally, many ethnic dishes are best served after a lengthy stew and simmer, which makes them a great paring with a Crock-Pot slow cooker. Whether it's Basil and Tarbai Bean Pork Roast, or Indian Lamb Korma, there is always something for those looking to spice things up. Plus, by using a prepared sauce or spice mix, like those from Patak's, there is no need to worry about finding all the different ingredients to produce a single dish
Those looking to extend their culinary palate may opt for 'nose to tail' dining - where every part of an animal is used. But no matter the cut, if you are looking to tenderize tough meats, slow cooking is the way to go. Whether you are starting with a whole chicken or using a unique cut, when heat is kept low, proteins in muscle are less likely to overcook, ensuring the meat stays moist and tender.
When your health is on the line, swapping out ingredients that are high in fat or rich with gluten is more than a lifestyle choice. Altering a recipe to accommodate food allergies, or healthier life choices, is easy with in a Crock-Pot slow cooker. After simmering, stewing and roasting all day, a simple swap of ingredients is hardly noticeable. Simple tweaks can make any recipe gluten-free, low sodium, low fat, organic or natural.
About Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS)
Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS), a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE:JAH), is a leading consumer products company that designs, manufactures and markets, nationally and internationally, a diverse portfolio of consumer products under world-class brands such as Bionaire®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam® and VillaWare®. JCS is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, and employs more than 13,000 people in ten countries. JCS can be found on the Web at www.jardencs.com.
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