This tip is something I have done, but I’ve not mentioned it in my recipes. Since a couple of readers left a comment about it recently, I thought it would be a good tip to share.
If you have electrical outlets on the outside of your house, such as on a deck or patio or even in your garage, you can plug in your slow cooker and keep the heat out of the kitchen.
I don’t do this often because I find that cooking meat outside attracts flies and they like to sit on the handle of my crock pot lid. They also end up inside more easily. However, when it gets really hot, I do take it outside and just deal with the flies.
Another factor that influences whether I plug in my crock pot outdoors is whether it is something I need to stir. Most slow cooker recipes don’t need stirring, but especially if I am cooking on high, I do stir some things like my Mexican Chili.
Going in and out of the house even a few times to stir means I’m letting in heat and at least partially defeating the purpose of having it outside.