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  • mal 5 Jan 2010 11:48:41 22,606 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I suddenly find myself wanting one of these after hearing a few people talking about them lately. What's the attraction? Why should I care about this sort of stuff?
    1) Some people like the taste of stewed meat.
    2) You can use cheaper cuts of meat since the slow cooking will tenderise anything
    3) You can put it on in the morning and when you come home your food is ready and the house smells lovely

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  • Psychotext 5 Jan 2010 12:01:31 54,309 posts
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    How do the electric ones work out for price (running cost rather than purchasing cost)? I can't say I'm entirely comfortable leaving my stove on all day.
  • Alastair 5 Jan 2010 12:03:25 15,889 posts
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    The recipe book I have claims it's the equivalent of leaving a light bulb on.
  • mal 5 Jan 2010 13:01:58 22,606 posts
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    Yeah, although that can be quite a lot. Looking at Amazon, most of the small ones are just over 100W. That'll be on the Hi setting though, which I don't use. Auto (IIRC) will cook on high for a bit then drop to low until you turn it off, which'll be less wattage.

    At 100W it'd take 100 hours to use 1kWh which looks to be about 20p during the day. So 20p every 12 days or so.

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  • jonsaan 5 Jan 2010 13:10:36 25,353 posts
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    Slow cooking is awesome. Bung a load of veggies, stock, tomatoes, wine and beef in, leave it all day and finish with cream. Heaven.

    Although it's best to seal off everything before you add it to the pot.

    FCUTA!

  • Mageme 5 Jan 2010 13:25:58 2,020 posts
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    jonsaan wrote:
    Slow cooking is awesome. Bung a load of veggies, stock, tomatoes, wine and beef in, leave it all day and finish with cream. Heaven.

    Although it's best to seal off everything before you add it to the pot.

    This is exactly what the wife and I did over xmas but with some wild boar that our neighbours gave us. Took ages but it was soft and tender and really tasty! :p

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  • ProfessorLesser 5 Jan 2010 13:31:30 19,357 posts
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    Slow-cookers are great for making very simple things taste much better.

    Quickly fry up some chilli con carne, whatever way you normally would but without cooking as thoroughly, then slow cook it for 4-6 hours. Much better.

    Cut up some winter vegetables into large chunks, fill the pot with water, add 5 or so measures of your stock of choice and slow cook for the rest of the day. Blend when you want to eat it.
  • Psychotext 5 Jan 2010 13:36:06 54,309 posts
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    I'm hungry. :(
  • Hog-lumps 5 Jan 2010 14:07:41 946 posts
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    As an alternative to slow cooking, pressure cookers are good as they achieve similar results in the fraction of the time - great if you want something stew-like in a hurry!
  • ProfessorLesser 5 Jan 2010 15:37:13 19,357 posts
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    Slowness is the actual advantage of slow-cooking though. It's quicker still to serve something you made earlier when you weren't as busy!
  • Hog-lumps 5 Jan 2010 16:33:46 946 posts
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    ProfessorLesser wrote:
    Slowness is the actual advantage of slow-cooking though. It's quicker still to serve something you made earlier when you weren't as busy!

    Thats a very good point! I've never thought of it that way before....

    \shops online for slow cooker :)



  • angeltreats 5 Jan 2010 18:11:09 2,602 posts
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    We had beef stewed in red wine with carrots and parsnips and red onion tonight. I chopped up the bits this morning and bunged them in the slow cooker and came home to a lovely smelling house and a hot stew after a cold, snowy journey home. Lovely!

    You can make fantastic rice pudding in a slow cooker too.

    I have a pressure cooker too but I mainly use it for stuff like cooking spuds/veggies quickly and soups.
  • Lutz 5 Jan 2010 18:14:41 48,854 posts
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    BTW, if you do beef and ale, don't use JUST ale... add in some water or stock too. Bit too bitter otherwise.
  • mal 5 Jan 2010 18:19:49 22,606 posts
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    O_o!

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 5 Jan 2010 18:19:59 12,745 posts
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    Ohhh, we have a slow cooker for Christmas but the recipes looked boring. I'll definitely give it a try though.
  • ProfessorLesser 5 Jan 2010 19:05:17 19,357 posts
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    BravoGolf wrote:
    Ohhh, we have a slow cooker for Christmas but the recipes looked boring. I'll definitely give it a try though.
    Seriously, just pick any dish you like that is sauce/liquid based and slow-cook it instead. You'll notice the difference.

    Tbh I'm quite tempted to try slow-cooking a bolognese sauce just to see how many flavours I can mix together.
  • ronuds 5 Jan 2010 19:26:18 21,788 posts
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    My wife's fave site is this:
    allrecipes.com

    She swears by it. But with a slow cooker, you can't go wrong with chopped beef, potatoes and other veggies.
  • Lutz 5 Jan 2010 19:27:00 48,854 posts
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    I want to try a chilli in one.
  • ronuds 5 Jan 2010 19:29:56 21,788 posts
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    Don't mention chili.

    I'll drool.
  • BravoGolf Moderator 5 Jan 2010 19:30:43 12,745 posts
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    chili.
  • ronuds 5 Jan 2010 19:31:10 21,788 posts
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    /drools
  • askew 5 Jan 2010 19:31:27 12,325 posts
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    This chilli recipe looks as though it would work well in a slow cooker. Came out alright after being in the oven for 2 hours.
  • Arcadiian 5 Jan 2010 19:33:34 830 posts
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    Each time I hear of a slow cooker I'm painfully reminded of this video.
  • Psychotext 5 Jan 2010 19:35:01 54,309 posts
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    Arrrghhh... the fuck. At least put a warning on it.
  • Arcadiian 5 Jan 2010 19:35:51 830 posts
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    I said painfully reminded. :D
  • ProfessorLesser 5 Jan 2010 19:51:55 19,357 posts
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    Holy crap, how much salt did she put on that?!
  • DaM 5 Jan 2010 20:51:51 13,271 posts
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    My wife got one last year, I was sceptical, but I've cooked a few curries in it and am very impressed, I bought a bigger one! If I am cooking for the family coming round, I wouldn't think of using anything else now.

    My wife found an amazing recipe for lamb shanks, an Indian style thing.

    Quick tip, if the sauce is a bit watery and tasteless when finished, remove it and quickly reduce it in a separate pan.

  • Psychotext 5 Jan 2010 20:55:42 54,309 posts
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    HUNGRY
  • iokthemonkey 6 Jan 2010 17:16:39 4,664 posts
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    A dead simple recipe is to get 2 large tins of condensed mushroom soup and some onion-seasoning. Put it in the slow cooker with a slab of beef and let it cook for 8 hours. The beef just crumbles off as you cut it and the soup takes on a nice 'white gravy' (ooer) taste, which is excellent on mashed potatoes.

    We also cooked a stroganoff in ours the other day and it was ace.

    http://that-figures.blogspot.com/

  • Benno 6 Jan 2010 19:04:22 9,933 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Psychotext wrote:
    I suddenly find myself wanting one of these after hearing a few people talking about them lately. What's the attraction? Why should I care about this sort of stuff?
    1) Some people like the taste of stewed meat.
    2) You can use cheaper cuts of meat since the slow cooking will tenderise anything
    3) You can put it on in the morning and when you come home your food is ready and the house smells lovely

    yep
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