Advantages Lovely food available as you walk in the door
Disadvantages Must be organised!
I get this feeling that slow cookers are not the "in" appliance at the moment, so I'm going to try and change all that with this review. I decided I wanted a slow cooker when my new oven failed to stay on long enough (electric - turned it self off - don't ask!!) to do my long slow Lancashire Hotpot recipe, so a quick nip onto the old internet and the Morphy Richards Digital Slow cooker model no. 48730 is what I bought.The appliance is made up of brushed finish stainless steel and it has a ceramic hotpot inner which is removable so if you like you can take your cooked meal to the table to serve. The pot is dishwasher safe and is a HUGE 6 ½ litre capacity, guaranteed to serve the largest of families.
The digital control panel allows cooking times to range from around 4 to 8 hours depending upon the recipe you wish to cook and once the cooking time is over it has a keep warm facility which means you do not have to walk in the door just as it has finished to have your hot meal. The lid is made of toughened glass so you can have a peek at your meal without lifting the lid.Recipe Book - it comes with a 16 page user guide/recipe book which ok is not very long but gives some very good "basic" recipes that either can be adapted to suit individuals tastes or used as a comparison to enable you to cook your own favourite recipe.
Recipes already in the book include, minestrone soup, lentil soup, vegetable soup, chicken casserole, Caribbean chicken, chicken in white wine sauce, fricassee of turkey, new England beef, steak and kidney ragout, beef curry, paprika beef, beef in red wine, goulash, chilli con carne, oriental honeyed pork, pork and pineapple curry, lamb with lentils, vegetarian curry and even desserts like rice pudding and fruit compote.The user guide is very thorough on safety, taking you through the safety instructions, electrical requirements and features. It then runs though a section on slow cooking, what foods are suitable and tips for slow cooking. These are really useful if you wish to adapt your own recipes. There are also guidelines on how to boil gammon, or pot roast beef etc. At the end of the guide after the recipes there is a weight/volume conversion table and advice on how to clean your slow cooker. It also has the UK and Ireland helpline number details and the web address on the front.
Having never own one before I just thought that they were glorified casserole producers but I really now think they are much more than that. It never occurred to me that you could do soups and puddings in them. It also never occurred to me that you could put together your bolognaise sauce ingredients in the morning, pop it into your slow cooker and when you come home on a night, its cooked and all you then have to do is cook your pasta and pop on your garlic bread and hey presto (or should I say hey pesto! Sorry!) - Delicious!So far I have cooked, sausage casserole (my daughters favourite), chilli con carne (my husbands favourite), bolognaise, chicken casserole and of course my slow Lancashire Hotpot recipe (my favourite) and they have all been a success.
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