We eat a lot of cheaper meat/veg and usually make stews/casseroles and resent having to use the hob or oven for so long, especailly in summer.... so have bought a lovely slow cooker [I;m very happy!]
I have just prepared [before going out to work to lok forward to my first slow cooked dinner....man I hope its ok....] a simple beef, peppers, red wine stew that I';m hoping to use tonight, then have with pasta, then have with other stuff, freeze etc.
I wondered if any of you had tips, dos and don;ts etc and could tell me/direct me to some recipes. My sister was given one and she said she has got a bit stuck in a rut.
ALso, is it really like leaving alightbulb on? It definietly won;t blow up or anything while I;m out will it?
Haven't got any recipes to hand mumble but I made a lamb-stew thing the other week. Just chopped LOADS of veg (leeks, celery, peppers, mushrooms (yes, even added them at the beginning and they were lovely), potatoes, carrots, onion) a bit of salt, black pepper and a bouquet garni. Then sealed some lamb (cheap cut). Added water (I've yet to guage the right amount, always end up with LOADS of gravy) - don't need stock as the flavours from everything all mingle to make a delicious stock any way - and put it on low around 8am. God it was delicious when I got in from work and no, don't worry, I've had mine for a few years and nothing's ever blown.
Love my slow cooker. Good for busy mums - can put on in morning & welcomed home to a lovely meal you have not slaved over Also use packet sauces when short of time. Chick chasseur with chick thighs lovely mmmm.
Spag bol,Soup, Chilli & Boeuf Bourg lovely from scratch. Dont be put off by (unchilli) chilli - I put a jar of chilli flakes on the dinner table so everyone can add their own - Dh loves spicy food Dds not so much so everyone can add to their own taste.
It's brilliant, I've cooked about half of the receipes and never been disappointed with anything - they're easy to follow, delicious, healthy and usually pretty cheap, best recipe book I've ever bought (and no I am not Sara Lewis nor in any way related!)
My favourite recipes are for Abruzzi lamb, Kashmiri butter chicken, and a couple of veggie dahl-type curries - gorgeous.
I use my slow cooker about 3-4 times a week and it really is safe to leave it on all day, or even overnight.
Oh, I love my slow cooker. Its older than me so prob not the most efficient (120 watts) but I love my roast dinners in them - the stock thats left over is base for soup etc and the meat on the chicken literally falls off the bone.
The oldstyle board on mse has loads of recipies too...here