My sister hasn't used it in over 10 years so has given it to me, but without the instructions. Can anyone help? I'm hoping it will help me to reorganise my life, plan menus, budget, save power, become a domestic goddess etc...
The main to remember about a slow cookeris that you heat the food you are going to cook in a normal pan and bring it up to a simmering temp before transferring it to the slow cooker , ie don't put cold ingredients in it and expect it to heat it up to boiling.
Mine has two heat settings. One simmers casseroles or whatever in about two or three hours ( the hotter setting) and the cooler one can be safely left for about 6 or 8 hours. It is possible tio burn things at the hot setting but not likely at the cooler one.
One other thing - best to more or less fill it rather than cook with it half full.
They are great for parties - you can make a massive pot of say chilli and have it simmering away on a low heat all evening till you are ready to eat.
Thanks Jasper - but there are some one-pot types aren't there? Quite a few of the recipes I've seen, including on Mumsnet, do start from cold, but take longer ie 8 hours, or overnight till lunchtime next day.
I've had two different ones and with each the recipies that came with the instruction book were almost exactly the same so if you can pick up any other instructions they should pretty much do the trick. I always put stuff in cold and just leave it on low for hours. Meat on the bone is particularly good. One of my most simple meals is a piece of ham, add one tin of peaches plus the juice. Leave to cook on low and voila, instant delicious peachy ham.
sorry for reviving an old thread, my aunt recently gave me this model of slow cooker, i was mainly just wondering if i am suppposed to preheat it? the new recipe book i have says to consult the instructions but of course i have none.
also, if i have say, 4 chicken breasts in it, if they are overlapping will they still cook ok? it is quite small.