Crock Pot Crazed | The Cheap Life with Jeff Yeager | AARP

Frankly, today’s show is a real
crock. As in crock pots. Hey! I’m Jeff Yeager the ultimate
cheapskate and host of the Cheap Life. You know slow cookers, really are a cheap
skates best friend. In fact, when I was surveying my budget
minded brothers and sisters for one of my books, I’ve found that the average
cheapskate owns three crock pots. If cheapskates were a tribe the
crock pot would be our totem. Their cheap, versatile, convenient, making them the go-to appliance, for anyone looking to stretch their budget while flexing their culinary muscles. A new one
will set you back about thirty dollars, or you could pick up one at the local thrift store for just five or ten bucks. They come in all different sizes so, wether you’re cooking just for yourself
or feeding an entire platoon. The perfect crock pot is out there waiting
for you! Not only are they energy efficient, but
slow cookers are ideal for turning inexpensive cuts of mean and other ingredients
into mouth watering frugal fair. LJ: Contest Alert! Post your favorite crock pot recipe in the comment section below for a chance to win a fifty dollar gift card. Jeff: It’s time for a cheapskate shout out! Today’s cheapskate shout out goes to blogger
and best-selling author, Stephanie Odea. Who has an entire section of her website
devoted to slow cooking and not just main dishes but everything from appetizers
and soups, to drinks and desserts. Check out what Stephanie’s got crockin’. And here’s a simple tastey and pretty
inexpensive crock pot recipe of my own. Chef Jeff’s own delicious open-faced
beef sandwiches. You know, I always spray my crock pot with a
little cooking oill, to make clean-up a breeze. Quickly browning meet ingredients on
the stove top before adding it to your slow cooker will add tons of flavor
to your dish. Then add two medium sliced onions and put a big old chunk roast like this bad boy, in on top. Then I add two thinly sliced portobello mushrooms, four beef bouillon cubes, a little Italian seasonings and of course a pinch of salt
and pepper. Last step, add about two cups of
delicious cardbordeaux. Cardbordeaux- Any variety of red box wine. Allow me to use it in a sentence. I recanted the cardbordeaux, into a fancy wine bottle to impress the
arch duke. cardbordeaux. Then just set your crock pot on high and
about six hours later you’ll have the most tender beer and mushroom medley to serve
over thick slices of bread or mashed potatoes, with plenty of this flavorful broth.
Here’s a tip, double the size of the recipe and freeze the leftovers for
another cheap and easy meal down the road. LJ: Make sure to watch our episode on stockpiling your pantry for even more money saving ideas in the kitchen. Click to watch! So on behalf of the cheapskate nation, I salute crock pot tiers everywhere! I’m
Jeff Yeager for the Cheap Life! Stay tuned and crock on! Make sure you check out my other videos
leave a comment and let me know what you think of our show. Subscribe to the cheap Life. It’s Free!

54 comments on “Crock Pot Crazed | The Cheap Life with Jeff Yeager | AARP”

  1. Alan Abbott says:

    Croc pots (or slow cookers as we call them) are great! When camping you can use the similar method to save a lot of gas. Just heat the pot up and put in a 'pot cosy' keeps things warm and lets the food carry on cooking for some time.
    We buy a shoulder of lamb and cube it, then add the ingredients to make Moroccan lamb. In fact almost any casserole! lol.

  2. bearskibethany says:

    A nice cheap crock pot dinner is taco soup! One can of each: black beans, pinto beans, kindey beans (any three beans), tomatoes, whole corn, cream corn. Add all to your crock pot with juice from all cans. Add taco seasoning cook on low. I love watching your youtube shows!

  3. Eric C says:

    I wonder would it be okay for me to do a VR instead of listing my recipe?

  4. Rob Sholtz says:

    I'll have to try your recipe sounds good. I'm a little leary about using cooking oil for your under arm pits. lol

  5. Estelle Miller says:

    just found my fav. recipe. 1lb. chicken, 1 can chicken broth, 1 pouch taco seasoning. cook on low 6-8 hours. I have put this meet with tortilla chips, rice and cheese, and spaghitte noodles and everyone loved it. thanks for all the great ideas.

  6. ourrepurposedlives says:

    I just love my crockpots, all 4 of them…lol. My favorite is to make a huge roast (on sale, of course) with sliced onions, salt and pepper, a crushed garlic clove, and a cup of beef bouillon. Let it slow cook all day on low until it is nearly falling apart. I remove enough for dinner, usually fajitas, then divide the rest for other meals, and when cooled, I put it in marked ziploc bags and freeze until needed. Dinners in a flash on the cheap! Casseroles, sammies, tacos, etc.

  7. Lili Marlene says:

    Crockpots are not a cheap way to cook. A crockpot is an electrical appliance that needs to run for hours and hours. That pot roast could have been cooked in the microwave at less than half the time–even less in a cooking bag.

  8. The Cheap Life says:

    Great point about crock pots being useful for more than dinner. And thanks for sharing your recipe. Sounds yummy!

  9. The Cheap Life says:

    Feel free to upload a video! 🙂

  10. The Cheap Life says:

    We're enjoying your slow cooker recipes (and getting kind of hungry, too!). Keep 'em coming!

  11. Ronda nanny says:

    Awesome! I was in bread pudding for a church potluck. Turned oven on an

  12. Ronda nanny says:

    notice my oven on fire so turned off. What to do so i put it in a crockpot. Best bread pudding ever. Thats ho

  13. Edward Price says:

    I like to make either Corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes or ham and cabbage and new potatoes. The ham works the best because with the left over ham, I start out another crock pot meal of bean soup. I like to use pinto or great northern beans.and onion crushed tomatoes..crock away all day while I work….yum

  14. The Cheap Life says:

    Beans are fab for crock pots, and also among our Cheapskate pantry favorites! Check out the 8 Cupboard Essentials video (from January) in case you missed it…it's one of our most popular, and beans are a star!

  15. The Cheap Life says:

    Sounds yummy!

  16. Sarah Kranz says:

    My favorite use for a crockpot is "leftovers" soup. Whenever I have a little bit of leftover rice, vegetables, or chicken at the end of a meal that might not be enough for a full serving on its own, I throw it into a container in the freezer. When the container is full enough I dump it in the crockpot with 6-8 cups of chicken broth, plus some salt and pepper, maybe some parsley from the garden and some garlic and onions. Let it cook on low all day while I'm at work and voila! Dinner 🙂

  17. Stephanie ODea says:

    Thank you for the shoutout, Jeff! I'm honored. and a DEFINITE cheapskate. 🙂

  18. Aidan C says:

    Is this the new Mario game?

  19. The Cheap Life says:

    A cheapskate *and* a Crock Star…great combination!

  20. The Cheap Life says:

    Great idea on leftovers soup…and easy, too!

  21. The Cheap Life says:

    Still time to submit your recipe ideas for a chance at the $50 gift card!

    Bet some of you were extra-glad the slow cooker was handy during the late spring snow several states received. Something about soup and snow go together. 🙂

  22. The Cheap Life says:

    Your baked bean recipe is making me hungry for picnics and a real spring (unlike the snow we got today). Thanks for sharing!

  23. cloudkm92 says:

    Last crock pot recipe I did was to cook stew meat and a pork roast together with left over frozen veggies from the freezer. I ended up having enough for two dinners and two lunches for two people. I used water to save some money and seasoned my beef and pork with rosemary. Veggies were Lima beans, corn, and carrots. I cooked it on high for 4 hours and low for 2. Came out juicy and delicious 🙂

  24. Vonesh L says:

    Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

    2-3 lb bottom round beef roast
    1 Cup Beef Stock
    1 packet Italian Salad Dressing Mix (Good Seasons)
    1 jar pepperoncini rings
    1 loaf crusty french bread
    Giardiniera (Optional)

    Place roast into the slow cooker. Add 1 cup beef broth and Italian salad dressing mix. One hour before the roast is done add the peppers to the slow cooker. Total cooking time should be about 8-10 hours on low. Serve on crusty french bread with a side of au jus and giardiniera. Enjoy!

  25. Schizonymous says:

    Got a real RedGreen thing going on lol

  26. fed master says:

    and shes hot

  27. D Lee says:

    love the show and you make it so entertaining. heres my tip. dont throw away the lemon half you just juiced, put salt in it, i keep a carton of the cheap salt for cleaning and filling my lemons. place in a small bowl inside the refrigerator, it keeps the air fresh.

  28. Julie A. Hamilton says:

    i went to king soopers the other day and found crockpots on clearance for 90% off……2.00 CROCKPOTS! you would have thought i struck gold 🙂

  29. ourrepurposedlives says:

    I won! Yayyyyyyy! Rec'd my card in the mail! Enter the contests, everyone!

  30. Ambades says:

    As always, congratulations for the great ideas!!! I love this channel!!

  31. SuperYoshiFan says:

    Cardbordeaux… Another Classic

  32. Jeff Yeager says:

    I think you found Cheapskate Heaven!

  33. Sabrina Massie says:

    I'm surprised you haven't taken the next logical step in Cardbordeaux and COOKED it in a cardboard box… Talk about CHEAP!
    I currently have a crock-pot recipe of Kielbasa and Cabbage in my Girl-Scout Camp Oven (or to be cool .. my SOLAR OVEN)… Almost any crock-pot recipe works in a solar oven and at NO cost!
    You should check it out Mr. Cheapskate !! Thanks for the great videos !

  34. Veronica says:

    My mother makes just about EVERYTHING in a crock pot. Her most common meal is boiling dried beans in the pot,then adding bacon and sliced hot dog,then she will put in carrots,onions,garlic,and some greens. Then of course some salt and pepper and boom! I love it sooo much! We usually eat the whole pot full in one meal! Ah yes,a crock pot is truly the pot of the heavens. O:-)

  35. CrockPotMixes says:

    We're so glad you're a fan of crock-pots. Make any recipe even easier with Crock-Pot Mixes! 🙂

  36. Amanda Gavin says:

    I need to get a crock pot!!!

  37. VeganMommyof2 says:

    Hi Jeff I saw you on YouTube and it showed you make a Mediterranean chicken dish in the crock pot. Can you please post the recipe or do a video of it? It looked awesome, but my hubby doesn't eat olives. So I'll have to eat the olives yummy more for me.

  38. likeminas says:

    he threw in an entire steak, wth?

  39. preventec47 says:

    UMMM the cheapest cut of meat is  ROADKILL  … possums and racoons are best
    with squirrels close behind

  40. Red Judas says:

    Nice try, Mario.

  41. xMike Pvp says:

    Hamburger beans

  42. Mona Greer says:

    I believe you left out the letter r above in that msg…….didn't you mean to say CROCK ?????

  43. Lim kong beng says:

    Not cheap 6 hour using the electric plug

  44. orsie200 says:

    I own three crock pots.  I use them all.  I once cooked most of a Thanksgiving dinner in my crock pots because I had to work and didn't have time to do it any other way.

  45. dempseykat says:

    I own 4 slow cookers. I recommend Fast Cooking in a Slow Cooker Every Day of the Year, Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker and The Vegan Slow Cooker as good books for recipes. The first one is not as widely available, but it is my favorite. You can get it on

  46. vickie oglesby says:

    lim Kong beng…maybe you can't cook…don't be ashamed.. you can learn.. even online..

  47. vickie oglesby says:

    lili cannot cook..that roast would have still been raw..microwave are not recommended for some recipes from scratch..your pot roast was probably already precooked from a package.. crock pots use very little supposed to keep it on low to simmer…for obviously don't know how to cook in one.

  48. Karyl Debolt says:

    Nice movie. I am using inplix instructions to made it and I did it already 🙂

  49. Rob Sweetser says:


  50. Laura Richards says:

    Love it

  51. neemguy81 says:

    So, just noticed the "Cooking for a whole platoon" backdrop… Is that MCRD Paris Island?

  52. Maudie Icrochet says:

    One of my favorite dishes-ratatouille Hope I spelled that correctly. I do it in a crockpot. Easy comfort food and nearly all vegetables.

  53. buzman1985 says:


  54. BackWoods Outlaw says:

    Or as in crack heads 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤩🤩🤩🤩

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