got my slow cooker, now what do I cook in it?

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cant believe I have to wait until tommorow to use it. options are sausage casserole or lemon chicken. then on friday the otehr of these or ham and cherry coke. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

halfthesize Wed 12-Dec-12 18:33:01

I brought one about 2 years ago and have never looked back, I cook everything in it from casseroles to curry, chilli. I experiment all the time, hope you love yours as much as I love mine.grin

In this weather it would be sausage casserole for mewink

do you have to brown the sausages firrst?

I cook loads of things in mine too; sausage casserole, chilli, curry, lamb with lemon, garlic, anchovies and white wine, beef in red wine, macaroni cheese.... I also cook my mince, gravy and veg for a shepherds pie in the slow cooker first then put it in a baking dish after with the mash. It stops the mince from being squeaky IYSWIM. With sausages it's just down to preference with browning them.

rednosedreindeerinthegarden Wed 12-Dec-12 18:42:11

any veggie dishes anyone know of?

ooo they sound like nice dishes. by the new year I am hoping to do three dishes a week in it (how many days I will be working)

I've done the BBC Veggie sweet potato and spinach dhal in mine today- its beautiful- no Browning no fuss and delicious six hours later, although I needed more spice added its perfect for dc and I can add extra cayenne to minegrin
I add water by eye though, just to cover, as following recipe would leave it too watery.

minestrone is also nice, just add pasta to slow cooker when you get home, thirty mins later dinner is done.

That dahl sounds lovely pregnant

twinklesparkles Wed 12-Dec-12 19:28:49

Sausage casserole smile don't forget to do dumplings too smile

Bakingnovice Wed 12-Dec-12 22:15:04

How do you make macaroni cheese in a slow cooker? Do you have to cook Pasta first??

sashh Thu 13-Dec-12 06:18:12

You don't need to fry or brown anything first.

Get a piece of lamb, a shoulder (or half) just put the meat in, switch on and leave - you will never cook lamb in an oven again.

sausage casserole is in, dinner done at 8am, got to love that.

halfthesize Thu 13-Dec-12 08:21:27

Am just about to do a sausage casserole toowink I brown my sausages off but its a personal choice really.

Hope you enjoy it tonightsmile

pregnant the Veggie sweet potato and spinach dhal sounds fab, just looking for link x

I did brown them in frying pan as its quicker. looks weird but I am very excited to try it.

halfthesize Thu 13-Dec-12 12:21:59

Im sure it will be lovely dita smile

bigbadbarry Thu 13-Dec-12 12:23:34

Lamb with lemon sounds interesting, can you share the recipe?

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 15:11:27

Hi bigbad. I usually use shoulder of lamb. I pop it in the slow cooker, add the juice of 1 lemon, 1 glass of medium-dry white wine, 4 whole garlic cloves, a sprig of rosemary and then lay the (tinned) anchovies over the top of the lamb. It is delicious.

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 15:18:42

Oh and meant to add for BakingNovice, the mac cheese. Throw a whole packet of uncooked macaroni pasta in the slow cooker, 150g of melted butter, 2 beaten eggs, 2 pints of skimmed or whole milk, 200-250g grated cheddar, 1tsp of paprika and pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 4 hours.

I would have been so up for the mac and cheese last week, we had it sat night for the first time in ages, it was lovely, then dd2 threw it up all over her bed at 11.30 at night, gone right off the stuff now.
Casserole is smelling gorgeous.

that was delicious

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Thu 13-Dec-12 18:05:43

Oh Dita, nothing like it for putting you off a dish for life. I can't eat salami any more.

rednosedreindeerinthegarden Fri 14-Dec-12 07:17:36

pregnant i was trying to look for that recipe, and i can't find it!do you know where i can look, please? ii'm really keen to try it!

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 14-Dec-12 12:38:36

Pulled pork is great.

did lemon chicken today, chicken pieces, cut up lemon, honey and orange juice, semlt n ice, was probably the worst tasting thing i have ever put in my mouth. <boak>

BBC good food website have the dhal- I cant link I'm on phone. It isn't and actual slow cooker recipe, I just did it in the slow cookerwink , if you search sweet potato dhal in goodfood website it comes up.

Another nice slow cooker dish is pork belly and chorizo stew- BBC goodfood again. its delicious.

and noone has suggested rice pudding yet! yuk yum in slowcookergrin

I can seeme getting fatter than I am already, the saving grace being that you have to wait all day for the food.

JustOneMoreCoffee Sun 16-Dec-12 09:01:18

These recipes sound so lovely. My slow cooker has been used twice, both times were abit of a disaster as I ended up spending so much time trying to salvage a watery tasteless meal I may as well have spent the time cooking something on the hob. Really want to try ham in coke in the slow cooker, any tips would be very much appreciated!

dreamingofsun Sun 16-Dec-12 09:39:19

justone - you are adding too much water. try curry - just add a tin of toms, the stock cube/pot and no water. all the other things like meat, curry paste/powder, chutney, onion, apple, leftover veg. this will give you a view of what it should look like at the start - you will think its very dry. you can do the same with a bolognese recipe - use your normal one just don't add the liquid.

I love my slow cooker, I think I actually need two as during the winter it is used every night...
Baked Potatoes
you name it, I have prob tried it in slow cooker...

dreamingofsun Sun 16-Dec-12 10:09:52

yawn - what is 'chook'? I'm looking for some new ideas as i'm getting a bit bored

sorry I am a kiwi, chook is chicken

CJCreggnog Sun 16-Dec-12 10:25:33

Marking place smile

I have used my slow cooker three times. Still not confident, in need of recipes and inspiration ...

JustOneMoreCoffee Sun 16-Dec-12 10:33:11

Ahhh thanks dreaming! I thought it would all thicken up as it was cooking so long. I will definitely try a curry in the week smile

SkivingAgain Sun 16-Dec-12 11:02:07

Lovely curry recipe - chopped onion, chilli, ginger and garlic into slow cooker with a little oil. Mix in 2 tablespoons of tikka masalla paste and a tin of coconut milk. Add chicken (we favour filleted and skinned thighs).

SkivingAgain Sun 16-Dec-12 11:03:02

How do you do jacket potatoes?

ShrekTh3Halls Sun 16-Dec-12 11:08:12

curry grin

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Sun 16-Dec-12 11:59:30

I'm trying oxtail stew in mine today. Haven't got a recipe cos I've just decided to wing it:
Brown oxtail chunks. Put in slow cooker
Chuck in loads of carrots, leek, onion, celery, beer and bay leaf.
Leave to cook.

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:23:21

Chop an onion into large chunks, put on bottom of the slow cooker. Rub some spices of your choice (I use a mixture of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper, or there are Schwartz spice mixes you can buy) all over a whole chicken, then put it on top of the onions (breast side down). Switch on and cook for 6 hours. Simple but delicious!

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:25:14

Chicken, chorizo and butter bean stew:

6 chicken thighs, bone in, whole
1 chorizo ring chopped into thick slices
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin butter beans, drained
1 red onion, chopped
1 chicken stock cube crumbled

Cook on high for about 4 hours

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:28:24


2 chopped onions
2 packs of lean mince
2 tins drained kidney beans
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 crumbled beef stock cube
Some dried basil, thyme, chilli powder, garlic, salt and pepper

Cook on Low for about 8 hours.

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 13:30:29

Love the sound of the macaroni cheese - will try that.

The problem I have is a lot of recipes say cook for 4 hours but I need things that I can leave for 8 hours ideally. I know I could use a timer to switch it on, but I'm worried about leaving raw meat sitting at room temperature for over 4 hours before then cooking it at a very low temperature. Surely this isn't safe?

dreamingofsun Sun 16-Dec-12 13:38:36

fairy - have you tried cooking it on low for 8 hours instead of high? or you could do during the evening and reheat the next day.

ScatterGotStuckUpTheChimney Sun 16-Dec-12 13:40:31

Lots of the casserole-type things I've done have been four on high, but 8-10 on low. I think it just depends his quickly you need it (I wink

ScatterGotStuckUpTheChimney Sun 16-Dec-12 13:47:38

Sorry-learning how to use the app!

Goulash- brown steak with flour and paprika. Add a beef stock cube made up in as little water as possible and bring to boil. Put in slow cooler along with chopped onions carrot and potato. Add a bay leaf and in of tomatoes (chopped). Cook on low for 8 hours (or start on high then turn down). Serve with sour cream if you like.

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 14:00:23

dreamingofsun - no, I haven't tried that as most of those types if dishes seem to be for chicken and I didn't want to risk really dry chicken. Maybe I'll give it a go! Or do what you suggest, be a bit more organised and cook it the night before!

FairyPenguin Sun 16-Dec-12 14:02:05

For example, that mac cheese recipe says 4 hours (doesn't specify high or low) - I don't think that would take 8 hours to cook?

Mollydoggerson Sun 16-Dec-12 14:04:00

Probably been mentioned, but a full chicken is delish, the meat is so so soft, it's like butter.

Notmadeofrib Sun 16-Dec-12 14:41:29

Is there no liquid for the whole chicken? I always think of casserole and the like in a slow cooker. Mine also is a big 6.5l model.

notapizzaeater Sun 16-Dec-12 14:46:51

I don't add water to a whole chicken and it comes out lovely and moist - I freeze any liquid and use for stock next time. Sometimes I sprinkle a chicken oxo cube on top.

Mollydoggerson Sun 16-Dec-12 14:48:55

All the fat oozes out and the chicken cooks in it's own juices.

whole chicken comes out lovely and moist.
almost all the recipes I do are 8hours angry plus as I work- lamb lends wonderfully to extra long cooking- morrocan tagines, curries, hot pot (brown potatoes under grill when finished) and shank and leg keftico, or with red wine both take ten hours min and are deliciousgrin I love it

I'm not angry - not used to the appgrin

I did a breast of lamb stuffed with chipolata meat and apricots which was devine. just a splash of stock and leave for 8-10 hours- lovely on harisa cous cous

JustFabulous Sun 16-Dec-12 15:32:10

I have 3 slow cooker recipe books but only do a few recipes.

Posting mainly to get on the thread as your recipes sound nicer grin.

blossombath Sun 16-Dec-12 16:38:58

Joining thread for inspiration, great ideas.
Any suggestions for chicken thighs that wouldn't be too salty, so I can take off meat for 9mo ds? Maybe just brown skin, pop in pot with lemon and garlic. On high for 4 hours...would that work?

umiaisha Sun 16-Dec-12 16:41:23

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog - what setting do you cook the macaroni cheese on?

garlicbaubles Sun 16-Dec-12 17:00:53

skiving - for jacket potatoes you need foil. Twist some into snakes, to make a platform for the spuds to stand on. You can buy crockpot inserts for this - it's to allow air to circulate under the food - but I've never seen any to fit my pot! Wrap each spud loosely in foil - this is to brown the skins; the hot metal does it. Cook on high.

Similar procedure for anything 'baked' - it's all about having a space under the food and a hot surface to brown the outsides smile

I'm currently munching my way through the best pork'n'beans I've ever made - go me! Main ingredients: pack of cannellini beans (soaked overnight); pack of Aldi's bratwurst + one of their smoked frankfurters, cut up; onions, garlic and veg. Yum!

HoleyGhost Sun 16-Dec-12 17:20:35

My only real slow cooker sucess has been mulled wine grin

Will be giving some of these recipes a go

Safmellow Sun 16-Dec-12 17:33:49

If you put too much water in, add something dried to soak it up such as a handful of lentils.

I cook chickens on a few scrunched up foil balls, as stated earlier no added water required smile

Themobstersknife Sun 16-Dec-12 17:46:43

I have recently been adding orzo pasta towards the end of the cooking time which soaks up loads of liquid and doesn't take very long to cook and is lovely!

Current fave in our house is curry. Chicken thighs, onions, tin coconut milk, tbsp curry pasta or to taste, tsp ginger, chicken stock cube small tin of chopped pineapple, handful of raisins. I do tend to heat some flour with the spices first and then slowly add coconut milk to make a nice thick sauce to pour over. You could just bung it all in but prob be a bit runny. Real hit with the kids, I guess because of the fruit.

whiteandyelloworchid Sun 16-Dec-12 17:53:14

can you do beef stew and dumplings in it?

Themobstersknife Sun 16-Dec-12 17:59:29

Yep! From memory you pop the dumplings in about an hour before the end and switch it to high if cooking on a lower setting.

notapizzaeater Sun 16-Dec-12 18:54:01

I've never done it but apparently porridge overnight ready or breakfast ....

I do do rice pudding in mine with lots of sultanas/raisins - fab

Themob- I do veg soup with bacon dumplings- just add dumplings about 45mins/hour before hand.
Am I the only one who hasn't had any luck with beef? I find it too stringy iykwim. is there a trick?

whiteandyelloworchid Sun 16-Dec-12 19:40:24

them, sounds good

ClaimedByMe Sun 16-Dec-12 19:44:53

I love doing brisket in mine, cheap cut and tastiest cut!

Themobstersknife Sun 16-Dec-12 19:49:27

If you mean the meat is kind of fibrous, I know what you mean and am not sure what the answer is, other than cook it all on the hob and then shove it in on low. I have kind of got used to it.

magoosmom Sun 16-Dec-12 19:53:13 has some great slow cooker recipes smile

violetwellies Sun 16-Dec-12 19:57:47

Thanks for this, will be taking red cabbage out of slow cooker & putting chicken in in the morning grin My old crock pot diintegrated and Im a bit underwhelmed with its replacement. Recommendations for another new one much appreciated.

whattodoo Sun 16-Dec-12 19:58:55

I steamed my Christmas pud in mine.
Rice pud is fab. All casseroles come out fab and i'm def going to try baked pots

Abitwobblynow Sun 16-Dec-12 20:03:03

Links! Links!

Safmellow Sun 16-Dec-12 20:32:30
SkivingAgain Sun 16-Dec-12 20:56:59

Thank you garlic, will give that a go.

blossombath Sun 16-Dec-12 21:19:00

whattodo how did you manage the steaming? Mine is part steamed but would be great to do the final steam on Christmas day in the slow cooker, save the hob.

Very inspired by this, will definitely be trying to do more with mine when back to work in New Year

florilegia Sun 16-Dec-12 21:47:55

What a useful thread! I have inherited my mum's spare slow cooker, and I'm not really sure what to do with it. Reading with interest smile

thats the one I bought, it is a much darker colour than it looks on there but lovely all the same.

whattodoo Mon 17-Dec-12 11:43:52

blossom I just put the pud in with a lid, filled half way up with boiling water then left to simmer on low.

I did them for about 10 hrs when I first made them and i'll prob do them for 3 hrs on the big day.

Saves anotherr ring on the hob!

violetwellies Mon 17-Dec-12 19:19:47

Ooh what a fabulous colour crock pot . Will look more closely at that thanks

resurecting this for anyone who got a slow cooker for xmas.
I start work in a week and I need 3 recipes for the week, I have a sausage casserole for one day, beef stew for one day and I need a third, was thinking something with chicken. Any ideas welcome smile

MushroomSoup Sat 29-Dec-12 16:53:02

Chicken breasts, tin of chicken or mushroom soup, handful of frozen veg. Lovely!

sounds good.

I bought some chicken thighs, streaky bacon, soup veg mix and corn on the cob, would that work or just make an inedible mush?

SpacegirlRevisited Sun 30-Dec-12 11:22:17

I have two slow cookers.A large one for the children and me in which I have so far only been able to cook inedible vegetarian sloppy mush.I hate the bloody thing.I've accepted that veggie food and slow cookers dont really work for me and I will probably end up making a tiny water feature in the garden out of the pot!

I also have a small one in which I have tried to cook shin beef stew,pork and cider casserole and chicken casserole for my meat eating partner.These so far have always turned out tough and unpleasant.This cooker is small,tall and thin rather than deep and wide.Might that be the problem? The meat cooker is on for at least seven hours but still churns out something akin to shoe leather at the end of it.I cant bear to see my poor partner smile manfully as he tries to chew his way through yet another crappy casserole and its such a waste of money.

HalleLouja Tue 01-Jan-13 16:23:52

I made a lovely stew with beef, carrots, celery, red wine, chicken stock pot, parsnips, potatoes and put dumplings in near the end to make it yummy / soak up loads of liquid.

HalleLouja Tue 01-Jan-13 16:24:19

And bay leaves don't forget those and some fresh parsley.

Satine5 Tue 01-Jan-13 19:39:17

Just tried my slowcooker for the first time today. Disaster and disappointment! I did a beef stew (500g stew, one ltr of stock+ veg) and after 8 hours on low, I got a watery, beefy soup with veg that was till quite crunchy. Too much liquid? I thought it was all supposed to be covered in water/stock?

think probably, I did a beef stew today and hardly put any water in it, and put some lentils in to soak it up but it was still a bit watery, I like the way the veg come out though.

Feelingood Wed 02-Jan-13 12:22:40

Just getting on thread, I'm really inspired by the recipes on here. Thanks for posting all.

I'm going to try Macoroni Cheese recipe. Do you think it will work with rigatoni and not macaroni? I can always see how it goes and finish off in oven?

I've got half a tub of mascarpone, some mild cheddar, milk, mustard, paprika and cream so I think I can Cobble something together grin

BellaVita Wed 02-Jan-13 12:28:20

I am doing a chicken in mine today. Always comes out moist and juicy.

Feelingood Wed 02-Jan-13 12:40:07

Yes bellvita that's on my list can I ask does the meat just fall off the bone?

I was thinking I could serve a chicken dinner one day, then with all the little bits left that slide off the boney bits a chicken curry?

BellaVita Wed 02-Jan-13 13:01:11

Yes it does, you will have to wrestle with it when the time comes to get it out. You need about 10 pair of hands as it will fall to pieces. Absolutely do a curry with the left overs.

CanonFodder Wed 02-Jan-13 18:16:44

Ok, I just got a slow cooker too' and I have heard of this fabled 'ham in coke' I have a big gammon waiting with it's fat still's I soak it or just cook as is and do I trim all the fat off? How much coke do I need? How long do I cook it for? (weighs 2.6 kg)

Hmmmmmm, haaaammmmmmm

technical here, rinse it, chuck it in slow cooker with an onion chipped in half and fill up with coke, leave it on all day. works for me anyway.

CanonFodder Wed 02-Jan-13 19:40:30

Thanks diva, does the coke have to cover the meat completely?

CanonFodder Wed 02-Jan-13 19:41:11

Oh and do you put it on high med or low? Might do it overnight tonight and have ham and eggs for brekkie....yum!

yummy, I cover the ham totally and put it on low.

EmpireBiscuit Wed 02-Jan-13 20:06:13

Can I ask a potentially stupid question - I got a 1.5ltr cooker for Christmas along with a recipe book. All the recipes are for 4.5ltr cookers - obviously I third the ingredients but what about the cooking time?

dreamingofsun Wed 02-Jan-13 20:42:11

empire - not sure it would be much shorter if at all - can you try it first when you are around? If you did a stew in the oven, for example, you wouldn't vary the time by much - beef etc still needs to cook. as you can prob tell i don't use many books - i'm more of the sling it in and stir a couple of times technique.

Feelingood Wed 02-Jan-13 22:10:36

Thanks bellavita ^

I've made a chicken Rosemary's stew thing, you really can't beat it! Forgot how nice stuff is. When I get ride of steriliser I'm going to keep it on bench all the time in corner through winter anyway.

I'm still after doing the macaroni cheese, when it's cooked should it look like pasta in sauce like sloppy or more like a semi dry pasta bake from oven?

I've never made macaroni ever, in any way.

madde a sausage casserole this morning, although I have no pots, do you think I could chuck some pots in at lunch time when I go to the shop or will they ot cook properly. I could always do mash with it but I am essentially a bit lazy.

dreamingofsun Thu 03-Jan-13 08:56:39

dita - i've always found pots take ages, so usually do separately now. you could boil them and add once nearly cooked - but sort of defeats the object.

I'll do mash then. smile
got chicken thighs and streaky bacon and corn on the cob though i could do something with that what do people think?
I am very much a chuck stuff in sort of cook.

TheNameisNOTZiggy Thu 03-Jan-13 14:40:59

Just got a crockpot for Christmas so watching this thread with interest!

TheSamling Thu 03-Jan-13 23:59:25

Diva just reporting back to say ham in coke was LUSH! (have namechanged! Was CF!) Made huge stew tonight and tomorrow chilli. Am batch cooking up a storm whilst exploring recipes!

Feelingood Fri 04-Jan-13 00:09:42

i did the sweet pot n spinach dhal it was lush went down great with ds too.

ive had my cooker a while can say ive never used it two days in a row. im going to do the macaronii tomoorw.

realised it is safet than having oven on while dd sometime sneaks n crawls in i dont have to worry about hot oven door.

i too have leftoves to freeze! i like it i like itgrin

Feelingood Fri 04-Jan-13 12:40:29

Hmmmm, I'm currently cooking the mac n cheese recipe from page one. I've had it on low and within an hour it was dried on brown round the edges and looked a bit curdled.

I've stirred it and put water in twice. I suspect that the 'bag of macaroni' was smaller than the 500g one I used or the other quantities must be wrong.

It smells nice I put some Dijon mustard in as well, looking forward to lunch.

On another note.....I can't help feeling smuggified, when meal time comes round and oh it's there ready! Especially if you've been out and come home. Even better when there is enough to freeze. grin

Contd thanks.

Pinot Fri 04-Jan-13 18:30:18

good thread

TitHead Fri 04-Jan-13 21:49:03

I'm doing a ham in mine tomorrow. I want to make a soup with the juices from the ham. How do I do that never made a stock before.

Feelingood Fri 04-Jan-13 23:51:23

The mac n cheese - lets just say it kept growing ang growing, by the time I'd finished adding water to prevent further burn it tasted very bland.

Ds ate and dd ate it

I've a big pot for tomorrow but have bought more cheese. I have put some in freezer.

We are all macaronnnooiieeeeeeeeed up.

TheSamling Sat 05-Jan-13 00:24:52

Fitness, do it overnight, it was ah-Mazing! next time I will wait til it's cooled before slicing, because it was soooo much nicer like that.

your stock...depends on what you are cooking it in. If it's coke then I think Nigella has a recipe for black bean soup. TBH the leftover liquid was pretty grim on ours though and I couldn't bring myself to use it!

Good feedback on the mac n cheese feeling, was slightly sceptical about that dish as it's soooo easy to make in 15 mins anyway.

Chilli was awesome, now have 4 stews and 4 chill is in the freezer too. Now....what to make tomorrow....

TitHead Sat 05-Jan-13 07:47:29

I'm just balancing it on an onion sliced in half, threw in a couple of bay leaves and cloves(studded in the onions) and a tiny bit of water to cover the bottom.

for chicken I have thighs and breasts in te freezer, which would be better, the last chicken thing I made with thighs was so wrong but I left them whole, also is it ok to not not brown the chicken as I would like to perp ingredients at night so i can just chuck it all in.

also got a frozen leg of lamb nit on bone, was thinking of doing this in slow cooker, defrosting it now. what would you pout in with it? and how long?

JamNan Sat 05-Jan-13 12:54:05

Love this thread. I got my slow cooker on Thursday - have cooked lamb curry and swapped the cream for coconut and ground almonds and it was divine. Now cooking Caribbean red bean stew for tonight's dinner 'cos I had some coconut milk leftover.

Try this website for slow cooker recipes

Can anyone recommend any recipe books?

Feelingood Sat 05-Jan-13 18:09:41

Thanks for link jam I'll try the lamb curry recipe next week

My cooker is having day off grin after the mac and cheese shrooming pasta mass it is still soaking.

We have seen the last of the macaroni off for lunch with salad and extra cheese on top. Phew.

I might be brave and try to cook a chicken or joint.

BellaVita Sat 05-Jan-13 18:14:02

Just had North African lamb done in the slow cooker. Was delish.


got a lmab with garlic and rosemary paste cooking, omg it smells divine. thatlamb dish looks lush bella.

bickie Tue 08-Jan-13 19:30:15

Jamnam - there are some slow cooker books by an English author called Kate Bishop that are good. And I love Australian Women's Weekly books - there are a couple of slow cooker books.

pantaloons Tue 08-Jan-13 20:05:29

dita my beef stew (lobby round here!) was watery, I added pearl barley the next time and it was still too runny. When I mentioned it to a friend she said she always pulls a ladle full of fluid out towards the end of cooking and thickens it with bisto or similar before adding it back in. I've tried it and it works really well and adds a bit of extra flavour.

JamNan Wed 09-Jan-13 13:34:50

Thanks bickie, I'll look them up.

TheSamling Wed 09-Jan-13 22:50:15

jamNan, noticed in Sainsburys this week that James Martin has just released a cookbook for slow cookers, was £9.99.

JamNan Thu 10-Jan-13 10:09:56

Thanks TheSamling. Will treat myself. Selling somehting b

JamNan Thu 10-Jan-13 10:10:55

...something big on eBay so will buy some books.

Kitty0Cat Mon 18-Feb-13 14:34:08

Hi everyone when cooking a leg of lamb in my slow cooker do I need to turn it at all?? I browned it off, added garlic, onlon, carrots, a cup of red wine and a little stock (following a recipe I found) do I just leave it for 8 hours to do its thing now on low? :/

MrsSpa Sat 23-Feb-13 22:30:22

When I do meat (beef stew, pork and veg, anything like that) I always add gravy granules at the end to thicken the sauce up. I love lots of gravy so it works for me. Guess you could try cornflour but it might need a while to mix in?

cuppateaanyone Sun 24-Feb-13 22:08:32

Second that betty I popped a shoulder of pork in Friday night having first-rubbed it in salt, sugar and a bit of smoked paprika, added a sliced onion and some garlic cloves and left it on low fo 20 hours.

HalleLouja Tue 12-Mar-13 13:00:26

I did lamb shanks with the River Cottage baked curry sauce and it was mega yummy. Proper melt off the bone.

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