Crockpots tend to fall into the same category as KitchenAids and Vitamixes: They have a dedicated cult following of users who swear they’re the ultimate cook’s sidekick. If you’ve bought a crockpot and wondered what all the fuss is about, chances are that you’re only using it for a fraction of its potential.
Beyond perfectly braising meats and slow cooking stews, crockpots have a ton of other functions. Top chefs are even hooked—cookbook author Sarah DiGregorio told us that award-winning chef Grant Achatz uses the device for everything from steaming fish to making British puddings. Who knew?
Soups and stews are just the start: Here are seven ways to use your crockpot to its full potential.
Triple Chocolate Brownies
Mac and Cheese
Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes
5-Ingredient Chocolate Bars
Convinced you need a crockpot? People are obsessed with this seven-in-one device.