I want to use my slow cooker tomorrow - beef casserole. Can I soften the onions and brown the beef tonight, add the rest of the ingredients then put them in the fridge for the night? I leave for work early and can't do it in the morning before I go.
Alternatively, can I do it without softening the onions and browning the meat?
You shouldn't part cook the beef...everything else could be pre- prepared.
Although browning does increase the depth of flavour, it is not necessary and you can put the beef in raw with all other flavour enhancers/veg etc. (Nice recipe on Good food website yesterday using cinnamon)
traditional slow cooking methods (eg tagine) use raw meat not browned