Here comes Winter

Enjoy the long, low heat of slow cooking!


submitted by Marie Traynor RD, MSc, Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist
Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

I agree with Dietitians of Canada when they say that using a slow cooker will:

Save money: The long cooking time breaks down the tougher connective tissue in less expensive cuts of meat like chuck, rump and flank meat making it soft and tender.

Save flavour: The long cooking time brings out the flavours of the ingredients. It’s a great way to increase vegetables intake.

Save time: Think of all you can get done while the food cooks.

Reduce meal prep stress because it makes cooking easy. A lot of recipes won’t require any extra preparation steps.

And, Hydro One tells us that using a slow cooker saves energy costs, “A slow cooker uses 65% less energy in seven hours than an electric oven uses in just one hour.” Public Health Inspectors tell us that slow cooking is safe if you follow some straightforward food safety tips. See their slow cooker food safety fact sheet and the dietitians’ slow cooker cook book at or call 1‑800‑660‑5853.


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