10 Reasons Why I love My Slow Cooker and How To Get The Best From It

slow-cooker

Two great things came out of the 70’s – me and slow cookers!  I wouldn’t want to be without mine and can’t understand why every household does not have one!  Here is why:

Simply put, you can’t beat coming home from a long day at work or a hard training session to a delicious, ready cooked, low fat, healthy meal

On top of that they:

  1. Are inexpensive to buy
  2. Are a heathy, low fat way of cooking
  3. Preserve nutrients
  4. Develop flavours and make food taste amazing
  5. Make cheaper cuts of meat tender and palatable
  6. Are cheap to run
  7. Are versatile, you can make breakfasts, dinners, soups and puddings
  8. Give you true one pot cooking with minimal fuss and washing up
  9. Do not dry out the food no matter how long you cook it for
  10. Are great for big batch cooking

To get the most from your slow cooker I recommend buying a good recipe book.  However it is possible to adapt your own recipes by following these 3 simple rules:

  1. There is no where for the liquid to evaporate so you need to use very little.  Reduce the liquid in your recipe by about 50% for slow cooking.
  2. Avoid lifting the lid as it creates a seal – every time you lift the lid you need to add about 20 minutes onto the cooking time
  3. Try to chop all your vegetables in a uniform size so that they cook evenly

Mine cost £30 and feeds 4 – 6 people (so that I can freeze portions) but you can pick up a 2 person one for about £20.

To start you off, over the next couple of weeks I am going to be posting some of my favourite recipes for you to try.  Follow me on Facebook as cleanleanbeanblog to see my posts or click follow on this blog

 

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