Who loves their slow cooker?


Hello Dear Reader,

We didn’t have a roast lunch yesterday, we just didn’t feel like it. That meant I had to get something simple for our supper. It didn’t go so well, I cooked potatoes in the slow cooker along with the chicken and carrots and they didn’t taste so great, but we ate them anyway.

All I had to do when I got home from work was to cook some spring greens, defrost some raspberries and spoon some natural yogurt alongside. 

My slow cooker keeps us going through the winter and it’s so great to come home to a cooked meal……..just without potatoes. 

Chicken in a white wine sauce with carrots

Chicken pieces

4 carrots, peeled and sliced,

1 onion finely diced

3 mushrooms finely sliced

1 glass white wine

1 mug of milk with 1 heaped tablespoon of cornflour

1 tablespoon of butter.

Salt and pepper to taste

I popped in four peeled potatoes – I’d leave these out next time. 

Blend the cornflour with enough milk to dissolve it.

Combine the lot and cook on low for six hours. 

All finished off with buttery spring greens. 

Thank goodness for my slow cooker, especially when I get in cold and hungry.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

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21 thoughts on “Who loves their slow cooker?

  1. Hi Froogs, I love my slow cooker, big time, even in summer (our summer has been so hot and humid) I find the slow cooker doesn’t emit too much heat so it doesn’t make the, already stinking hot kitchen, even hotter. Recently I have made a corned meat in ginger beer, a lovely slow cooked stroganoff and a chicken and ginger congee. I just love it. I have also used my beloved slow cooker for melting some bees wax sheets down into a solid block, I simply tore up the bees wax sheets, put them into an old wide mouthed jar, put it into the slow cooker on low for a couple of hours. Problem solved. Have a great week.
    Fi

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  2. I have THREE, and use them often. Used my large oval one yesterday to “bake” a meatloaf. Today finds me making a rotisserie style whole chicken in the very same! I love coming home and dinner is about done, or I can leave a warm dinner to accomodate my childen’s sometimes crazy schedules. Great for stocks, for keeping party foods warm, etc.

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  3. I have 3 slow cookers, one 6.5 litres and 2 x 3.5 litres and sometimes I have all 3 on the go cooking something different in each. I use mine most days of the week, the large one fits a joint or whole chicken or I can batch cook in it, the smaller ones are ideal for a single meal. I wouldn’t be without them.

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  4. We don’t eat meat but my slow cooker will cook even the toughest beans and pulses in 3 hours(on high) without soaking . I buy 2kilo bags of chickpeas borlotti beans butterbeans etc in the local Asian shop for about £3.50 each, Cheap eats!

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  5. I’m with you on the slow cooker. I absolutely love it! It’s fantastic as I have two little boys and so I prepare ingredients the night before then pop them in the slow cooker in the morning. This means I don’t have to prepare food with the children around. It also allows staggered tea times; the boys can eat almost immediately after school and then my husband can eat later when he comes home from work.

    I also use it to make stock overnight from the roast on a Sunday then place the vegetables in the next morning to make a soup. We use it to make bolognese, soups, stews, pulled pork, curries, chilli, casseroles, rice pudding and yoghurt.

    Ours is starting to behave oddly but my mother-in-law is going to gift us her old one. Thank goodness for mother-in-laws!

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  6. We love the slow cooker for baked potatoes. I fill it with washed potatoes any kind and turn to low. Tonight I had some leftover salmon and some leftover salad to go with our hot potatoes. Nice and quick!

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  7. I have a multi cooker and I do use the slow cooker side for stocks etc. More often I use the pressure cooker function. Some members of this household hate slow cooked meals.

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  8. I get so nervous about leaving my slow cooker on when I’m out. I love the food I have cooked in there – esp Bolognese, beef shin and lamb shanks – but they tend to get done when I’m mostly around, or just popping out to do the school run. I help at my son’s school two afternoons a week, so leaving the cooker when I’m out for a few hours would be perfect…………..I’m just too worried to do so. Daft, really.

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  9. my parents bought me my slow cooker in the eighties when I went off to university, I used it all the time the four years I was a student and I’m still using the same slow cooker now for my family all these years later. Never a week goes by when its not used. Love it.

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  10. I sometime use tinned new potatoes in stews etc and they come out very well in the slow cooker. At only 15p a tin from Aldi pretty cheap too. Never used fresh spud in one though.

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  11. Love my slow cooker, just did a great batch of chicken broth in there, but I have to tell you, don’t do it overnight. I woke up at 2 AM with the most delicious smell in the house and then I was hungry! My next item to go in the slow cooker is going to be Pulled Pork which we will do for the Superbowl. This recipe looks nice and easy…my favorite kind.

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  12. Could you tell me if a slow cooker is low cost to run? I’m trying to cut down on my electricity usage and am trying to find the most economical ways to cook . My kids have flown the nest so am cooking for one , but want to batch cook to save money. But am so confused what is cheaper ? Running a slow cooker all day, using a traditional oven / hob (electric) , a microwave ?

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