For a busy family with everyone working or at school, the crock pot in the 70's was my saviour. I would stick in one of the chickens, or a ham on top of some sauerkraut. Sometimes I made a spinach, egg, cottage cheese dish the kids loved. At night I would put the oatmeal in so it was ready for breakfast. I always loved potroast in it, but usually I browned it in a skillet first. I got out of the habit of using it for a long time but now I'm back to using it for sausage and sauerkraut supper, or pork loin. The ham (with the bone in) is melt in your mouth. I often do one of those, and then divide the tender meat up into portions for cooking in omelets, scalloped potatoes, etc. for the next month. btw, I've got 3 crock pots and have been through at least 4 of them since the 70's when they came out. And mulled cider kept in one all the while during the Christmas party is very handy.