After my success with the pulled pork, I couldn’t wait to use the slow cooker again. In fact, it was washed and ready to go right after dinner (that never happens in my kitchen). So this weekend, I decided to use some leftover ham up in a tasty slow cooked Ham and Lentil Soup.
We love lentils, and I almost always have a pound or two in the cabinet. Add in some chicken stock, onion, water, garlic and herbs, and we were ready to go with a filling, easy soup.
Again, the Oval Stay or Go Slow Cooker by Hamilton Beach
(provided to me by Tablespoon) cooked it perfectly. The lentils were tender. The flavor was rich and perfect. Everyone raved – and there wasn’t a drop of soup left to save. High praise, folks.
This time I also got to test out a special feature on this slow cooker – special clamps that hold the lid down so that you can cook up a recipe (like Ham and Lentil Soup
!) and take it over to someone else’s house without spills.
Naturally, I was apprehensive about spillage. The last thing I need is for my car to smell like lentils for the next month. Fortunately, the clamps help the lid on tight for the whole ride. But then, how can they not? These aren’t itty bitty clamps – they are attached to the pot and hook into special nodules on the lid. It’s really well-designed.
I think next time I need to try the low setting on the cooker – so far we’ve only used high. Can low work as well too?
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.