Around the time our youngest daughter was born in November 2012 I started hearing about slow cookers on Twitter, and I was all “what on earth is a slow cooker?” So I clicked through to one of the blog posts mentioned, which happened to be this one by Karin over at Cafe Bebe to find out what a slow cooker was.
Not only did I discover what one was but I bought the one that Karin recommended in her post, using the discount code she offered – thank you! Ben muttered and moaned about it being a waste of space and money, and that he couldn’t see the point etc etc, until he’d had a few meals cooked in it and he too saw the light.
We are both huge fans of the slow cooker now, although we exchanged our Morphy Richards partition for an Argos all in one, bigger version about 6 months ago as we wanted to be able to cook bigger portions.
So if you have no idea what a slow cooker is, here is Wikipedia’s description:
“A slow cooker, also known as a Crock-Pot (a trademark that may sometimes be used generically in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) is a countertop electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature (compared to other cooking methods such as baking, boiling, and frying), allowing unattended cooking for many hours of pot roast, stews, soups, “boiled” dinners and other suitable dishes, including dips, desserts and beverages.”
It is an incredible way to cook so many dishes, such as stews, curries, chillies, soups and other “in sauce” dishes, but also roasts and other meat dishes. As our Franglaise family is mad about our slow cooker you will soon be able to find a slow cooker page with our recipes, as it really is any family’s friend.
So why get a slow cooker?
- It is cheap to buy. Our slow cooker from Argos cost £20, which I was able to get with our Nectar Points. Result.
- It is cheap to use. Your slow cooker will be on for around 8-12 hours in general but it uses the same amount of electricity as an eco light bulb, compare that to simmering on the hob or cooking in the oven.
- It allows you to use cheaper raw ingredients. Because you are cooking over a long period of time you can use cheaper cuts of meat, as well as vegetables that may have gone past their best. The food still tastes amazing.
- It takes very little time. A lot of recipes suggest you brown the meat first and cook the onions before putting them in the slow cooker, but for an everyday family meal I find you don’t need to do this. Throw all your ingredients in, switch the slow cooker on and go to work. Come home to the smell of dinner already to go. If there is a lot of veggie chopping to do and you don’t have time in the morning you could do this the night before and keep everything in the fridge until morning, or cook it overnight and reheat the next evening.
- Food cooked in it tastes and smells amazing!
There you have it, it saves time and money, and let’s face it most families need more of those two!
It just so happens that the lovely ladies over at The Motherhood are giving away a slow cooker at the moment, so if I’ve convinced you then why not head on over for a chance at winning one for yourselves?