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Post  alec eiffel on Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:28 am

Do we have a slowcooker thread already? Anyway, do you have one, do you like it, does it gather dust for most of the year? I love mine! Would love to share some recipes and stuff, unless we've done that already...

A friend has just directed me towards this blog a year of slow cooking where someone used their slow cooker every day! Interesting stuff.

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Post  TP on Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:35 am

I dont have a slowcooker. Go ahead and share your recipes.

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Post  appletree on Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:43 am

I have a slow cooker and love it so much i brought it on holiday this week Embarassed It is fantastic being able to put something in of a morning and come back to a cooked dinner, for example on Sunday we cooked a gammon joint in there while we were out all day then when we came back we just had to boil the potatoes and veg. On Monday we made a chilli in there on the morning so when we got back it was cooked and we just had to boil the rice. Ver, VERY, useful thing to have!
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Post  TP on Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:46 am

many years ago i had a pressure cooker do people still use them? I dont use it now. Dont even have it any more?

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Post  alec eiffel on Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:47 am

They are soooo useful. Great idea to take it away with you. I didn't know if we'd use it all that much when we stopped eating meat but it's so good for cooking beans I like it just as much I think. I don't use it as often as I should but every time I do use it I kick myself for not using it more!

I don't have a pressure cooker. I remember being terrified of my mum's Very Happy They're meant to be really good for cooking beans and things like that. I wonder if they're still scary and hissy.

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Post  TP on Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:38 am

i see they do special sauce mixes for your slow cooker.

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Post  alec eiffel on Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:44 pm

TP wrote:i see they do special sauce mixes for your slow cooker.

Do they, oooh I've never seen them, how exciting!

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Post  TP on Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:09 pm

I saw them last night. It made me think of this thread. It said for slow cookers on the front.

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Post  Bitsy Beans on Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:52 am

I have one although I need to use it slightly more than I currently do. We eat mostly chicken, whole ones at that and I cannot bring myself to cook it in the SC pale Embarassed plus I don't seem to have as many summer recipes for it either so it barely got used over the summer as I just didn't fancy the warming kind of meals.

Is that enough excuses for you? Laughing

I would love to see your recipes though. Might inspire me......
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Post  alec eiffel on Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:53 pm

We do ratatouille or tagine type things in the slowcooker during the summer. I made an effort to use ours this summer as I didn't want it to just be a winter thing. It was really useful when we were decorating as it stopped the call of the takeaway after a day of sanding.

I'll try to think of some recipes. I think I do have a couple of chicken recipes but obviously I don't know whether they're nice or not!

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Post  PurpleIvy on Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:41 am

Well, this afternoon I made some soup. I had a turkey drumstick left from the other day, loads of veg in the fridge/freezer, am clearing out because we are going away later in the week. There's a vegetable soup recipe in my Dukan Diet book, so based it on that. Added a speck of chilli to make it a bit more interesting. So I have soup with turkey stock, plus some more turkey meat for my protein rich diet. Mmmmmm

I only got my SC the other week, when I got it out I was surprised how big 6.5 litres look! My soup filled 4 1 litre tubs and then there's the turkey too. It was pretty full, as some of the veg were floating on the top! SOme for the freezer.

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Re: Slowcookers

Post  alec eiffel on Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:57 pm

If you want to convert a conventional recipe for the s/c then you can! Halve the liquid and cook for -

Conventional time 30 minutes s/c time low 6-8 hours, high 3-4 hours
Conventional time 30 mins - 1 hr s/c time low 8-10 hours, high 5-6 hours
Conventional time 1-3 hours s/c time low 10-12, high 7-8 hours

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Post  2boysmum on Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:21 am

We have a slow cooker that doesn't get used very often and DH recently bought a pressure cooker, he likes to take soup to work with him and it's good for that. Yes they do still hiss and steam and I'm a bit scared of it to be honest!
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