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12 Crazy Things You Can Make in Your Crock-Pot You Haven’t Even Thought Of

by Adriana Velez on May 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

browniesHere at The Stir we never tire of telling you about all the wonderful foods you can cook in your slow cooker. Weren't we just talking about slow cooker macaroni and cheese? Cheesy melty awesomeness. But today we're thinking outside the dinner box, because there's all sorts of crazy things you can make with your Crock-Pot I'd never even dreamed of before. Some of these aren't even food related! Are you ready? Here are 12 surprising things you can make in a slow cooker.

  1. Brownies: Oh yeah, ooey gooey triple chocolate fudge brownies by none other than Martha Stewart. I mean, we could just stop here and call it a day. But no! More Crock-Pot fun awaits.
  2. Candles: Why not? If it melts, you can make it in the slow cooker. Here are instructions for making slow cooker Christmas candles, which you could adapt for any other season.
  3. Cheesecake: Yum! Check out this recipe for Crock-Pot cheesecake.
  4. Crayons: Melt down those crayon stubs to create all-new crayons using your slow cooker.
  5. Dye yarn: Yes, you too can use your Crock-Pot to dye yarn. And here are instructions using Kool Aid.
  6. French fries: Here's a recipe for homemade "Red Robin" French fries.
  7. Granola: I never would have thunk it! You can make granola in your slow cooker.
  8. Mashed potatoes: This makes perfect sense, actually. Here's a recipe for Crock-Pot mashed potatoes.
  9. Play-Dough: Make your own Play-Dough using the slow cooker.
  10. Potpourri: Turn your slow cooker into a fragrant potpourri air freshener.
  11. Soap: As with candles, if you can melt it, you can make it in a slow cooker. Here are instructions for making soap in a Crock-Pot.
  12. Yogurt: My friends tell me that hands down, the easiest way to make yogurt is in your slow cooker.

More from The Stir: Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup Recipe Makes a Delicious Dinner Any Night

Do you have any creative crafts or recipes using a Crock-Pot?


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Filed Under: crock pots, offbeat utensil uses


  • Super...


    May 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I made cupcakes in my slow cooker when my oven was broken. I love that thing LOL

  • Roses...


    May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    We have one of the mini ones and we use it as a homemade vaporizer. Just boil water and pour it into the crock poot, turn it on high and add vicks vaopr rub to the water. Leave it on high for 30 minutes with the door to the room closed, then turn it on low and leave it on all night. Works AMAZING.

  • alter...


    May 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM
    Carrot cake! Yummy and moist!

  • Coles...


    May 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM
    Something seems gross to me about using a crock pot for all of those things as well as food. Then again, I don't use my crock pot because I saw my husband put deer meat in it once. I don't eat meat and can't stand the thought of meat touching the same surface as my regular food.
  • PinkB...


    May 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    18 1/2 hours to make yogurt?  That's just too crazy. 

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    Carolyn Weaver

    May 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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    Marie Molnar

    May 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    We have one of those roasters that are like a 4 in one slow cooker/roaster/baker/steamer all in one. It is awesome!

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    Bunny Lee DuChemin Wilson

    May 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Cool ideas but I would never use my crock pot for non-edible things. Yuck. Maybe if I find an old one at a yard sale or something I might try some of these out though.


  • irish...


    May 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Those are some great ideas. I wouldn't use the same crockpot for food and non food items but I am considering making soap and candles.

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