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Mince in a slow cooker

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Bluebell66 · 03/08/2015 12:09

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

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Alonglongway · 03/08/2015 16:29

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 · 05/08/2015 22:12

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 · 05/08/2015 22:31

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

Bluebell66 · 06/08/2015 06:02

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.

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dreamingofsun · 06/08/2015 19:50

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 · 07/08/2015 06:50

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

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SpottyTeacakes · 07/08/2015 06:54

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 · 07/08/2015 07:22

No I don't brown it.

I just chuck everything in and leave it.

squizita · 07/08/2015 09:19

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 · 07/08/2015 13:35

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

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