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Slow cooker too hot

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MrsCanute Sun 08-Dec-13 20:09:03

Got a slow cooker (Breville stainless steel 6.5l) last week. Put brisket in just before bedtime, with cooked onions, stock and wine (not much, maybe 2 cups liquid), switched to low and left for 9/10 hrs (as per recipe). Next morning the liquid had evaporated, the brisket was dry and almost charred, and the house smelled of burned onions. When I poured some water in, it sizzled and boiled up.
So, slowcooker's lowest setting seems on a par with my conventional oven's med setting. Have I done anything wrong? Any advice? Is this NORMAL?

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 08-Dec-13 22:21:23

Sounds like you got a duff one. Take it back and exchange?

LittleBabyPigsus Mon 09-Dec-13 04:22:37

That does sound wrong. I'd return it.

Modern slow cookers generally run a bit hotter but not by that much!

ThistletoeAndWine Mon 09-Dec-13 04:25:29

Was there enough liquid? Sounds like it was dried out

MrsCanute Mon 09-Dec-13 09:25:32

Thanks for this. I think I'll take it back. The meat had dried out, but there were two cups of liquid in there to start with, and I'd read that there shouldn't be much evaporation.
I'm worrying now that all slow-cookers will be too fast for my purps.
Has anyone found the perfect large but v-e-r-y slow slow cooker?

TheDayOfMyDoctor Mon 09-Dec-13 09:33:04

We have a really large breville one and I've never had any problems with it. Sounds like you've got a duff one.

MrsCanute Mon 09-Dec-13 14:39:10

I took it back and got a heat-diffusing thing for the hob instead, for very
s l o w simmering. I think this may be slightly more useful. Four quid!

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