I use the crock pot A LOT. I like it. I do stuff in the morning and as the day goes on, I do less and less til by supper I am tired and Hangery. So hot supper all ready made? Yes please. These photos tell a story. I put frozen chicken breast in a bag with a small jar of salsa. I labeled it 'Chicken taco's'. I froze it to use for a future day. Then one day I took it out of the freezer the night before. Left it in the fridge overnight to thaw. Put it in the crock pot in the morning. There was very little touching of the raw chicken. Some people I know don't like touching raw meat. (You know who you are).
Also some people say 'don't cook raw meat in the crock pot.' So don't then.... but I do. I cooked it 8 hours on low. Chopped it that night when I got in. Made quesadillas. They were delicious. Am I a genius? Probably