What a difference a day makes

 Hello Dear Reader,

Sometimes, you’ve got to save a quid! I try to use my slow cooker and my mini-oven instead of my gas cooker or main electric oven. I have a wall mounted energy monitor and I hate seeing my money disappear so I do everything I can to use as little energy as possible. Today, we treated ourselves to a small joint of brisket which requires a very gentle slow roast. I made our supper at 5.30 this morning and at 5.30 tonight, we were eating lovely shredded slow roasted beef. There’s enough for the next couple of meals as well. Why not try a week of slow cooking and check your meter to see how much energy you’ve saved. Using my slow cooker is one of the many ways I save electricity. I only have eco bulbs, I have nothing on stand by, I have no tumble drier, I only have one light on in the one room I am in, I don’t put the lights on until I can’t see, we use the slow cooker, I use my mini oven. In fact, I do everything I can to use as little energy as possible.

Are you with me on this one?

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22 thoughts on “What a difference a day makes

  1. Everything apart from the lights, neither hubby or I can see to well, so although I do have energy saving bulbs we also have a side light each, hubby to read by I me to knit or crochet by. I have a Remoska that I use instead of my large cooker.

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  2. Now even as a vegan I have to say that not only looks delicious, but hats off to you for cooking it the energy conscious way!! I'm looking at the old haybox way of cooking – not quite brave enough to actually give it a go, but the microwave is heating up what I batch cooked on Sunday for both energy saving and austerity food budget management!! xx

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  3. I love my slocooker. The joy of starting early in the day and preparing a meal – getting in in the evening to find a lovely hot meal all ready…bliss

    and discovering the random and weird things it does as well as regular meals- ham in cola, the most golden glorious chicken stock…

    tis truly a boon and a blessing [as are you, dear Froogs]

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  4. Absolutely! I am sitting here with one light on (energy saving bulb, of course) and no heating on and loads of candles lit, some of which are teacup ones I made from leftovers of other candles. The slow cooker made pork and bean casserole for tonight's dinner and yesterday we cooked two trays of roast veg, a cake and two portions of chicken escalope (homemade from reduced chicken. 1 tray of veg was last night's dinner and the other is to be heated up in the m/wave with a tin of toms ( from Approved Food) for pasta sauce. Incidently, the pork and beans will do two more meals for two.
    What pleases me is that doing it the frugal way actually becomes easiest after a while.

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  5. Mini ovens are a new one on me and one that I am very interested in. I hate putting on the main oven for just one thing. I try and batch cook and really fill it up, but sometimes when you really need the oven on for a small amount I think a mini oven must be great. Do they really save a lot of money? How many kilowatts is a good one to have?
    Yours slow cooked meal looks fantastic, I love my slow-cooker and this inspires me to use it soon.
    Regards
    Dan

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  6. Hi
    I used my slow cooker to make a stew with dumplings in yesterday – tonight I have thrown all the vegs that I have left over this week, and they will slow cook tomorrow when I am work and we'll have home made veg soup with herby dumplings and warmed bread when we get back from work tommorow night – I do stewed steak in it regular but have never tried a whole joint – I might now after seeing your roast beef – it looks delicious!

    Best Wishes

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  7. Do you have any thoughts on pressure cookers? Im 22 and live with my parents still but have read your entire blog several times and find it insiprational and amusing

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  8. Mini ovens are so awesome!! 🙂 They don't even need pre-heating! I didn't realise slow cookers use less energy than normal cookers!

    I'm impressed that you can manage without a tumble drier. Our house gets so damp in the winter if we dry clothes inside!

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  9. I also have a Remoska, but I bought a Czech cooker (with a thermostat) from QVC outlet store which was too good to miss. I haven't used my oven for about 2 years.

    I got a slow cooker from Freegle but have only used it a couple of times as I am a veggie & t'other half isn't. So, I don't tend to do casserole thingies other than veggie ones which don't need to be in all day.

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  10. I love my slow cooker, I really miss it in the summer.
    I also love the way I can get dinner ready in the morning and then forget all about it, till im hungry and viola its ready just in time to eat.

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  11. Yum – the beef looks delicious!

    I use my slow cooker mostly for casseroles and stews. Yesterday I attempted to cook chicken quarters in the slow cooker; I placed these on a bed of chopped onions and parsnips – the end result however was a bed of slush that didn't taste very nice at all! Any ideas please where I am going wrong? Veg too small/too much water in the bottom? Thanks!

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  12. I don't have a slow cooker, but do have a pressure cooker, which is equally energy efficient. Instead of buying gas bottles every nine months (we only use gas for cooking) I'm getting to 11-12 months before I have to order more gas.

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  13. I last used my slow cooker on Tuesday to prepare a Lamb Tagine. Yummy!!!

    I'm curious about the vegies you used and how you prepared them. Looks like large chunks of potato, carrot and parsnip, yes? I've not tried carrots but found exposed potatoes get a curiously hard outer layer. (The ones in liquid disolve.) Did you put any liquid in with it? If so, what and how much?

    – Pam

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  14. I have 2 slow cookers, big 3.5 litre and small 1.5 litre. The small one is faster than the big one, and is used just about every day. Almost impossible to mess up a piece of meat. I do everything in it, just a splash of sumflower oil, a stock cube in a bit of water (Tescos own, beef, chicken or vegetable) and a chopped onion with the meat. Makes the gravy as well, with granules as needed. It's just big enough for 2 of us.

    Big one used for bacon joints or a hock, overnight on low with lots of water, then lentils and any vegetables chopped and added to the stock. Leave a bit longer, and lovely soup, a meal on its own, well several meals. Joint gets used hot with cauliflower cheese, and cold with salad or in sandwiches.

    I can't imagine cooking without one.

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