Can you live without a slow cooker?
I can honestly say my answer is no. My slow cooker is one of the key pieces of gear that I rely on and use every week without fail. I think that a slow cooker is a must have item for anyone wanting to make real food a part of their life, here are my reasons why;
- It saves you time
- You do not need to keep watch while it cooks
- It is versatile
These reasons may seem basic, and honestly, they are but let me explain my reasons why you need one.
Cards on the table, I hate coming home from a busy day and knowing I have to walk into the kitchen at 7 pm, cook a full meal, and then clean up. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, it gives me the joy to create a beautiful meal for my family. This is not the case when I have had an 8-hour day at work, an hour commute to the gym, and then a heavy workout. At this point I am usually borderline hangry, I want to get home, I want my food as fast as possible.
This is where having a slow cooker comes into its own; I know that I can walk in and find a meal that is cooked, hot and ready to serve. That means food is served as soon as we are willing to sit down, not 30 minutes later.
With a little planning and preparation, you can put your meal in the slow cooker before you head out the door in the morning, time saving and hangriness preventing.
Unlike other ways of cooking, you do not need to stand over the cooker and make sure that it does not burn/stick to the bottom/cooking evenly. You set the temperature, fill the pot and put on the lid. You do not need to stir, check that everything is covered with enough liquid, baste meat or turn anything over. Worry free cooking.
I recently upgraded our slow cooker so now I have a little bit of a fancy one, it doubles as a sous vide cooker, this means my slow cooker can do two things. What you may not realise is a standard slow cooker is just as versatile, don’t believe me? Here are some of the things that I used our old slow cooker to make;
- Slow roast pork
- Roast lamb
- Roast chicken
- Roasted vegetables (sweet potatoes, peppers, etc.)
I do not really think there is an end to the things you can do with your slow cooker; you just have to give it a go.
If you are not convinced already here are a few more reasons that slow cookers are great;
Most slow cookers are large enough that you can cook food for six people, if you are not feeding that many people at once you are in the perfect zone of ‘cook once, eat twice’ and have leftovers for the freezer.
Cheaper cuts of meat are usually a little tougher; these meats are perfect for the slow cooker, so they are good for your budget
They make for an easy clean up; you have one pot to wash up which is always a bonus in my book.
You will never get a dry roast again; the slow cooker keeps in all the moisture when it is on, so you do not have to worry about your meat drying out.
If you are looking to buy a slow cooker here are a few that may interest you
- Kensington TWKSL150R
- Sheffield PL390
Little bit fancy
- Sunbeam HP8555
- Sunbeam MU4000
- Cuisinart 3 in 1 Multi Slow Cooker 6 Litre