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Mince in a slow cooker

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Bluebell66 Mon 03-Aug-15 12:09:48

Does anybody cook mince in a slow cooker without frying it off first? If so, is the end result ok? I'm concerned it may be too fatty. TIA

Alonglongway Mon 03-Aug-15 16:29:01

I've got a slow cooker with a saute function which I occasionally use for starting off onions and mince before switching to slow cooker. Really can't tell the difference. I do use low fat mince though

nelliestar Wed 05-Aug-15 22:12:21

I only use extra lean mince in the slow cooker so I don't have to fry it first. Any other kind leaves a film of fat on the finished dish I've found. HTH

987flowers Wed 05-Aug-15 22:31:45

I'm afraid I don't like the texture of mince in a slow cooker, it seems to make it really dry!

Bluebell66 Thu 06-Aug-15 06:02:48

Thank you all, I may experiment and see how it goes. When you're in a rush sometimes, washing up a frying pan seems too much hassle.

dreamingofsun Thu 06-Aug-15 19:50:09

the only thing i brown is sausages. i guess you are having mince with other things - i do bolognese which is fine. and don't fry that.

Bluebell66 Fri 07-Aug-15 06:50:56

Thank you dreaming, I'll give it a go. I want to do chilli, bolognaise etc.

SpottyTeacakes Fri 07-Aug-15 06:54:27

I always brown it off. Even with the lean mince you get a cup off fat off. Bleurgh no thanks. I'm sure the extra lean hardly has any though.

GaryBaldy Fri 07-Aug-15 07:22:04

No I don't brown it.

I just chuck everything in and leave it.

squizita Fri 07-Aug-15 09:19:09

I don't and if you use very lean mince or turkey mince, there's no need. A couple of my slow cooker recipe books actually say not to, so I tried it and found it works fine.

Bluebell66 Fri 07-Aug-15 13:35:52

Thank you Gary and Squitza - I've bought some extra lean steak mince and will give it a go.

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