Slow cooker advice/recommendatio
I have come across some delicious sounding recipes for slow cookers. I cook from scratch every day & enjoy the process. What really appeals is being able to prep a meal in advance instead of doing so in the after school rush of homework & activities.
However, I'm concerned it will be a one-week wonder (yes, dusty juicer, I'm looking at you ) & I hate having precious kitchen space taken up by redundant or little used gadgetry.
What model do you have? Are they worth the money? Are the cheaper versions just as good?
I have had many I am a slow cooker fiend and need at least two in my life at any given time
Russell hobs I would steer clear of. More of a one pot cooker- it's too hot and boils everything even on the low setting.
Morphy Richards I have had the 1.5 ltr and the 6 ltr. The 1.5 ltr is very good, not too hot and cooks evenly, perfect size for a rice pudding/ dessererts/ side dishes. The 6ltr I found good but a little too hot again. It will slow cook, but for instance a lamb shank will be cooked in 6 hours- if you leave another two hours the sauce will boil and stick. I like a slow cooker to cook really slowly and never burn- if I stay out an extra four hours than planned for example.
Asda own is good quality for the price- the low setting is properly low and the warm setting keeps food warm without continuing to cook. This is the one I give as presents- it gives a good slow cook first impression and the large is only about twenty quid.
My favourite , though priciest, slow cooker is my crockpot. It's the family one that Lakeland sell- it's 64quid, but IMO worth every penny. It really cooks things perfectly and has a timer built in which I find so convenient, it's perfect size for a whole chicken, or Turkey / half lamb leg, and it can be put under the grill to brown hot pots and things at the end. Mine is near the end if it's life ( five years being used at least three times a week) and as soon as it goes ( there's a crack that will split it eventually) I am buying a new one.
Lots of great info - thank you
Feeling torn between the Asda & Lakeland version (huge fan of Lakeland). The Asda version sounds like a relatively cheap way to trial slowcooking BUT I love batch cooking & the from that POV perhaps I should dive straight in with the larger Lakeland version...
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