I'm all for the slow cooker concept but just need to buy one - any brands I should steer clear of?
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14-12-2013 14:26 #21
14-12-2013 15:07 #22
I have a 3 week old DD and our slow cooker has been so good. I hardly used it before but use it most days now. DD has a bit of a witching hour at 6 when I usually start preparing tea which makes it hard. She sleeps for a couple of hours after our morning walk so I throw everything in the slow cooker and at tea time it's good to go. Ours is a Sunbeam.
14-12-2013 15:27 #23Senior Member
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Mines a sunbeam too. If I had my time over I would buy one that you can brown the meat in first.
14-12-2013 16:02 #24
I have a Ronson which has not let me down in nearly 5 years. I did get the gigantic 6l oval model which I love for batch cooking and doing uncut shanks, size 22 roasts etc but I could also almost do with a smaller one as well as it needs to be at least 3/4 full (instructions say 1/2) or it starts to burn the top edges even on low. So I don't use it much day to day.
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14-12-2013 16:16 #25Senior Member
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14-12-2013 16:34 #26
I have a crock pot, it's been really good (and it's huge, I make large batches and freeze the left overs). I also have a small George Forman slow cooker and it's great for casserole mixes and small roasts (I find I use my larger one a lot more though, I've been making everything from scratch and ditching processed foods. It's much tastier and sometimes cheaper too ).
I started with the small one but found it was a bit too small for a lot of the recipes I wanted to cook, and thought with kids on the way a larger one would be a great investment So far I haven't regretted getting a bigger one at all
I also have an air fryer, it's been absolutely fantastic with small kids around (I do heaps of things in it, roast veggies, chips, croissants, pies, cakes, anything you can pop in the oven really). It's quick, easy and so yummy (plus it doesn't use very much oil for fried foods).
As for meals to freeze, my favorites are stews, Spag Bol, soups, tuna casserole, scones, as well as heaps of other things that have been mentioned
I've got a few really great cook books lately (Matt Preston's latest one is awesome, I highly recommend), so I have heaps of recipes I just can't wait to try
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