i had seen numerous pins and blog posts about ways that you can prep ahead for several meals and then just throw one in the crock pot in the morning and voila! dinner for a week! so i consulted the pinterest until i found this gem:
the link to the page is here if you want to check it out!
it seemed idiot proof... it even came with a shopping list so that i didn't have to do that either!
i went to the store and got all the ingredients and was ready to go, when i remembered seeing an ad for the crock pot liners. i had always kind of shrugged them off before, but when i thought about the curry in the one recipe and the maple syrup in another one and orange juice in the third, i envisioned my crock pot slowly devolving into a sticky, crusty mess that forever smelled like curry powder...
so i dropped down the right aisle and found them:
now folks, they aren't cheap. four to a box will cost you $4-5 in the grocery store... so they are about a dollar per liner. and, at least in my kroger, there were no generic brand liners, so you have to go for the brand name. this usually makes me balk and put them back and say "screw it, i'll scrub"... but this time i didn't. maybe it was the maple syrup. maybe it was the threat of forever curry smell... who knows but i bought them anyway.
TOTALLY WORTH IT!
i made the curry dish the other night, and i actually remembered to use the liner. it made a huge amount, so after i had my one serving, there was still an entire crock full:
you can see that it was soupy and curry-colored and overall just kind of messy... i was smart enough to pour it into the dishes over the sink, thank goodness... maybe my common sense is growing...
but here is what my crock pot looked like after i lifted out the bag... i want to emphasize that i did not rinse, soak, or otherwise touch the interior of the crock. i just lifted the bag out and threw it away:
AMAZING! i expected some seepage or for the bag to stick to the pot or for there to be a place where the seam let the food get through or something. but nothing! all i had to do was lightly wash with some dish soap and it was good to go.
i cannot speak highly enough of these liners. the curry dish was ok... about a C/C- in terms of flavor, but i wonder if i missed an ingredient or something. the real winner in this situation was the liner. i will definitely be using them forever. certainly worth budgeting an extra dollar per meal when going to the store.