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A slow cooker is a great way to make dinner, but what do you do with the juice left over? There are many ways to use leftover slow cooker juices. You can add them to sauces, stews, or soups.
They can also be used as a marinade for meat or fish. If you feel creative, you can use them to make smoothies or cocktails. The possibilities are endless! So don’t throw out that juice. Put it to good use!
Follow these tips for simple ideas for recycling leftovers into delicious and nutritious meals!
Can you reuse crockpot liquid?
Many people are hesitant to reuse crockpot liquid because they’re unsure of the safety risks. While it is true that some pathogens can survive in cooked food, the chance of getting sick from using leftovers is meager. You should be fine if you’re reheating the food to a safe temperature and taking precautions like washing your hands thoroughly.
Of course, this is true for a limited time only. I cannot recommend keeping and reheating food more than two days after it has been cooked.
There are plenty of ways to reuse crockpot liquid. You can add it to soup or stew, use it as a base for gravy, or mix it with rice or pasta. Leftover crockpot liquid is also a great way to add flavor and nutrients to your meals. If you’re unsure what to do with it, plenty of recipes online can help.
How to use up leftover slow cooker juice
Slow cooker juices are packed with flavor and can be used in various dishes. If you have leftover juice, don’t throw it away! Here are a few ideas on how to use it up:
- Add some juice to your favorite soup or stew recipe. It will add extra flavor and complexity.
- Mix it with olive oil and vinegar to make a tasty salad dressing.
- Add it to your favorite marinade recipe.
- Use it as a base for a healthy smoothie. Especially if you have juice from a veggie meal.
- Pour it over cooked chicken or fish for an easy and delicious meal.
Use the juice in a sauce.
Making a sauce is a great way to use leftover juice from the slow cooker. This simple sauce can be used on chicken, beef, pork, or fish. It’s also great over rice or pasta.
To make the sauce, start by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the juice and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the butter, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over your favorite protein or grain dish.
How do you make gravy with crockpot juice?
Making gravy is a skill that can come in handy during the holidays or whenever you have a lot of leftover juice in your crockpot. This tutorial will show you how to make gravy from crockpot juice using just a few simple ingredients.
First, start by heating the liquid in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s heated, add flour or cornstarch and whisk until it’s fully dissolved. Then, add salt and pepper to taste. Bring the gravy to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, or until it has thickened. Serve hot with your favorite dishes!
Use the juice to make a soup or stew.
Slow cooker leftover juice is perfect for making soup or stew. The liquid will be thick and flavorful, and you won’t have to add any extra seasoning.
Leftover juice is a great way to use up leftovers and a quick and easy way to cook a meal. Just heat the juice in a pot on the stove, and it’s ready to serve. You can also add some vegetables or meat to make a complete meal.
Use the leftover slow cooker juice as a salad dressing.
You can also use the leftover juice to make salad dressing. Mix oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl, then slowly add the leftover juice while whisking until thick.
Add slow cooker juices to rice.
Adding leftover slow cooker juice to rice is a great way to whip up a quick and easy meal that provides plenty of nutrients. If you want more flavor, add some spices like chili powder or cumin before adding the juice.
Use the juice as an addon to water.
This bit can sound a tidy weird, but hear me out.
Even though, in most cases, you won’t have enough of a slow cooker liquid to cook anything in it all the way. You can still use it as an additional flavoring to the water base. To be more explicit – add the juice to the water for your pasta or rice. Even diluted by the sizeable amount of water, it still adds flavor to the result.
So, in the end, you have lightly flavored pasta or rice. The taste won’t change significantly, but it is still better than nothing, especially if you are on a strict diet or want to add something special to a plate.
What to do with leftover stock from the slow cooker? Smoothie up!
If you got a lot of stock or juice remaining after your latest slow-cooked meal, one option is to use it as a base for a smoothie. It might sound a bit adventurous, but the stock can work as an excellent substitute for the day-to-day water that you usually use.
I was surprised that using vegetable stock as a base for my veggie smoothie ended up so well. Of course, it won’t work as great with fruits, but with vegetables, it is incredible. It added that extra layer of flavor I was looking for.
Freeze the juice for later use
One best way to use leftover slow cooker juice is to freeze it. This will allow you to enjoy it later as a sauce or stock to recreate some of your favorite dishes. Divide the liquid into small containers, and then put those containers into the freezer, so you have more options to use it in the future.
If you’re unsure what to do with your frozen juices, cook them in a pot on medium heat for about fifteen minutes. This will release all the flavors from the vegetables and herbs, giving you an aromatic broth that’s perfect for cold winter days!
Turn the leftover slow cooker juices into a demi-glace.
Demi-glace is a rich and complex sauce that can elevate any dish. It’s made from a slow cooker’s juices leftover from cooking meats or vegetables. All you need is an hour or two of simmering on the stovetop to reduce the juices to a thick and luxurious sauce.
Demi-glace can be a finishing sauce for beef, pork, chicken, or fish. It also makes an excellent base for soup or stew. So don’t throw away those leftover juices from your slow cooker—turn them into demi-glace!
I recommend using ice cube forms to store your ultra-thick sauce. Pour the liquid gold into the structure and store it in the freezer for up to six months.
Whenever you need an extra finish touch for your meal, pull out a cube or two, heat it on the stove, and amaze your guests with restaurant-grade sauce.
Use the leftover juice as a morning pick-me-up.
If you have had a rough night and are a bit hangover, one great solution to get yourself into working order again is to use the juices from last night’s dinner.
Keep the juice in the fridge overnight. Pour it into the cup in the morning, add your favorite spices, heat it, and drink to your heart’s content. Two things can happen: you will throw up or feel better. Either way, it will sober you up 😀