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Another slow cooker questions........browning on the hob

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OrangeKnickers Tue 21-Jul-09 14:09:04

I have read lots about slow cookers on mn and am dead excited about getting one. I think I'd like one that I could brown meat on the hob with to save washing up. Could I do it with this one? As it says it's got a ceramic bowl?


Am a cooking novice and feeling a bit thick.


FabBakerGirlIsBack Tue 21-Jul-09 14:10:31

Use a frying pan to brown things before putting it in the slow cooker.

You don't need to brown things if you don't have time.

PestoSchoolsOutMonster Tue 21-Jul-09 14:14:46

Same as what FabBakersGirl said.

vonsudenfed Tue 21-Jul-09 14:15:56

But it does taste better if you do!

I brown meat in a frying pan even if I am cooking a stew on the hob - and then keep it on the heat and use a bit of wine or stock or even water to get all the lovely brown sticky bits out of your pan and into the stew. They're what give it a really meaty flavour.

OrangeKnickers Tue 21-Jul-09 14:58:10

I do want to brown things, but I know it's optional. I've read mners saying they can brown on the hob in the slow cooker pan. But I am not sure which one that is.

Does that make sense?

FabBakerGirlIsBack Tue 21-Jul-09 18:08:07

Yes but you will probably need a certain hob as well as slow cooker that will do to do it.

Silver1 Wed 22-Jul-09 10:46:08

Orangeknickers I use the Crockpot Saute, I bought it in Costco, it is usable on all hobs-as well as the oven fridge etc, but it has higher heat settings so isn't quite as slow as the Morphy Richards, I probably couldn't/wouldn't leave anything in it for more than 6 hours-but it is useful when the LO is having a nap I can prepare supper and it's ready when I need it to be, tastes good and lets me be a bit more creative.

OrangeKnickers Thu 23-Jul-09 12:55:05

ah I see. I want to use it when I am at work, so I think I will just not be lazy and use the pan, as has been suggested! Thank you

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