Crazy About Crockery – Review

As with most cooks, when I first turned to my crockpot it is because I want something savoury and easy because I don’t have the time to cook. When you check out Crazy About Crockery for the first time you will see that your crockpot can easily become your most used kitchen tool.

Not just one cookbook Crazy About Crockery is actually a 3-in-1 combo containing the Easy and Inexpensive, Soups and Stews and Entertaining cookbooks all in one very convenient package. The hard cover with plastic ring binding makes it perfect for setting down hands free while you cook from your favourite recipe(s).

The first book in the collection includes ‘101 Easy and Inexpensive Recipes for Less than $0.75 a serving’. Inexpensive is great but what about the taste you ask? There is no skimping on taste with these recipes, just reading them sets my mouth watering. From One-Pot Meals to Casseroles and then on to Meats (which includes wild and game recipes as well) ending finally with Supplemental Recipes (sauces and side dishes) you will find something even the most finicky eater will enjoy and well within your budget too!

Book 2 is ‘101 Soups & Stews for Less than $0.75 a serving’. This cookbook starts off with the Soups section, moves on to Stews and then (if you didn’t think that those were enough) even adds a section for Chowders and one for Stocks! Throughout each section are excellent tips and suggestions to make your cooking time easier, safer and shorter too. If you are having a rather large group over, try the Elephant Stew (page 59), which serves about 1,200 people.

Last but not least is the Entertaining cookbook. This too offers ‘101Recipes for entertaining at Less than $0.75 a serving’ and we all know how hard it is to keep entertaining cost down. Entrees, Appetizers, Desserts and Beverages are all covered complete with time saving, do-ahead and other tips to make your get-together better.

Each cookbook also contains a complete index of each recipe for easy access. Try this easy recipe:

Apple Stew

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  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat cut into pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6-8 new red potatoes scrubbed clean and cubed
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped


  • Heat oil in skillet.
  • In plastic bag, combine flour, salt, pepper and thyme. Add meat a few pieces at a time and shake to evenly coat. Transfer meat to hot oil and lightly brown meat on all sides. Remove meat and put in crockpot.
  • Add onion and celery and cook until onion turns transparent. Add to crockpot.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients in crockpot. Cover with lid and cook on low for 7 hours. Adjust seasonings according to taste and serve.


Prep. Time: about 15 minutes - Cost: about 63 cents per serving.
Makes 8+ Servings
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