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Slow cooker if out for 10+ hours?

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ChangingStates Sun 14-Jan-18 21:53:25

Really want to buy a slow cooker to use on days where I am out at work but my days are often 12 hours- had a quick flick through a recipe book and it seems most recipes are 4-8hrs. Anyone with long days use one and if so what are your tips? Or should I just give up on the idea??

MushroomSoup Sun 14-Jan-18 21:56:48

I do. Out of the house at 7 a.m. and not in before 6 p.m.

Despite what the recipe says, I cook on low!

Fallulah Sun 14-Jan-18 21:56:53

I had this problem, now I prep it all and have a timer switch on the plug socket so that it is only actually on for 6 to 8 hours depending on what it is.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sun 14-Jan-18 21:58:38

I have done it - sometimes I'm out for 14 hours with my long commute. It's fine for stews and chillis as long as you don't use a premade sauce - I find that the sugars in them makes them burn even on low. I love my slow cooker - I cooked a half leg of lamb in mine today, with a marinade of redcurrant and port, and it was immense. I could have just roasted it to be honest but wanted to try it a different way!

Wolfiefan Sun 14-Jan-18 21:59:05

Plug in timers are not recommended as you leave food sitting out at room temperature so bacteria can grow. You can get slow cookers with a keep warm function which is safer I believe.

Owlettele Sun 14-Jan-18 22:01:19

Used to leave ours on all day - similar length to what you mentioned. Found even on low sauces were singed and didn't taste great. Now we use a plug timer so can have on for the 4 hours or whatever is recommended. smile

PurplePotatoes Sun 14-Jan-18 22:03:06

I have one with delay start and keep warm functions. Must admit I hadn't thought about the bacteria thing though!

ChangingStates Sun 14-Jan-18 22:09:52

So if I just pick a low setting I can cook for longer than the recipe says? This is a whole new world confused
Any recommendations for ones I can use for longer on low-,or with a delay??

ChangingStates Sun 14-Jan-18 22:11:03

Which one do you use purplepotatoes- delay start and keep warm may do it!

PurplePotatoes Sun 14-Jan-18 22:27:02

It's this one

Andrew James Premium Slow Cooker with Timer, 4.5L Red Digital Cooker with Removable Ceramic Bowl, Tempered Glass Lid, Delayed Start and Keep Warm Functions

It really is great!

DropZoneOne Sun 14-Jan-18 22:29:34

I use a plug timer for it to come on later. Hadn't ever considered bacteria but all my recipes are vegetarian so maybe that's why it's ok? Or the bacteria get killed off once it heats up fully anyway?

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