Wednesday 29 August 2012

Why use a slow cooker

I am not alone in my love of slow cooking, and having converted a few peoples over on twitter, thought I'd jot down some notes, as I am often being asked about it!

Prep for Chilli

Chilli with Tortillas, cheese and peppers
As I work from home, with children, I could be in danger of catering all day long, and then after the children have gone have to start afresh for our own dinner.  Slow cooking means I can prepare our evening meal around lunchtime, and not have to worry about it until later in the evening when I just need to dish up.

It is also cost effective, using the same amount of energy as a lightbulb, and though I would never leave the house with the oven or hob on, I have no qualms about leaving the slow cooker plugged in.
Chicken Jalfrezi
It is also fantastic if you have a dinner party, when I have been known to have 2 or 3 going at a time!  It means when guests arrive I am more or less done, and I can get myself ready without running around doing *stuff* at the last minute.

I personally have a 3.3l and a 6l.   The 3.3l is perfect for a family of 3 or 4, unless you are doing something like lamb shanks when you might need something larger.
Lamb Tagine
I regularly do curries, various cuts of mean, even a "roast chicken" recently, you can check out some of my other ideas here!

They retail at around £20/25, so it's not too big an investment if you don't take to it, and if you don't I bet you'd find someone who would!

@mediocre_mum hosts a #scsunday (slowcooker sunday) over on her blog, which is a great place for ideas and inspiration, and I have bought several books from Amazon starting at around £3.

What's not to love?  Would love some feedback :)

Annie x


  1. Annie, you certainly converted me.. Saw your recipes and thought I'd purchase a slow cooker.. I'll never look back! Looking forward to coming home from work in the winter to some gorgeous dinners!
    Thanks Annie! :)

  2. You're very welcome and good to hear, and I like the positive spin on Winter :)

    Enjoy, and do share recipes back, always open to try something new!
    Annie x

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