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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 08:20 AM   1
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Slow cookers.....are they good?


Hi all

I'm trying to convince DH that a slow cooker would be a good investment. I've never used one but I hate cooking, DH usually cooks but works away twice a week overnight so I want to start cooking meals for me and the girls that a healthy but also means I don't need to be in the kitchen all evening.

I've noticed a lot of you mention slow cookers on the dinner thread, so give me ideas of what we can cook....we mainly buy chicken, mince, sausages and fish (salmon/tuna). I'm not keen on red meat.

Veg wise we eat everything but cauliflower.



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 09:38 AM   2
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I love my slow cooker... I have one large one and two small ones! I make a lot of soup and stew in mine. Chicken and dumplings is probably my favorite meal.

I also use mine to make pulled pork, chicken or beef.

Doing a simple google or pinterest search will give you 1000s of ideas.



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 10:33 AM   3
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Im not a massive fan. Some stuff is ok.



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 11:11 AM   4
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I love mine you just chuck in loads of things, put a bit of gravy in and it's done by dinner time!

Because of my mental health I struggle to concentrate when I'm cooking, and wander off and forget... Even easy stuff like bacon lol! So for me the slow cooker is brilliant!



 
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 13:25 PM   5
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I wouldn't be without mine. Most of our meals are done in it! I can throw it together when Esme is napping and forget about it for the rest of the day. And it's bloomin yummy.

We do Fajitas, curries, chilli, spag bol, stews, casseroles. I haven't been very adventurous but hoping to try new recipes soon.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2017, 21:49 PM   6
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I LOVE mine. I have a small one that's used for dips but I've made soup for two or applesauce in it, a 3.5 quart one, and a 7 quart one. I make chili, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, soups, stews, roasts, meatballs/meatloaf, roasted chicken, BBQ ribs, and all sorts of stuff in mine. I love that everything goes in at once (usually), you turn it on, and it cooks while you do other stuff. I work out part-time and it's great to come home from my evening shifts to have supper already prepared and warm.

And clean-up is a breeze because it's one pot. ESPECIALLY if you get the Reynold's slowcooker liners. Just toss the mess when you are done.



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2017, 16:20 PM   7
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They are great! I have a few different books with awesome recipes. They are some of my favorites



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2017, 19:39 PM   8
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LOVE slow cookers. Affordable, easy, tasty. Super simple to use and saves so much time. There are thousands of recipes for them. We use ours very often!

Apparently a new big "thing" that's up and coming is InstaPot. It's a pressure cooker that might be worth looking into?



 
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Old Jan 8th, 2017, 19:56 PM   9
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Love my instant pot! I got it on cyber Monday and it's already a favorite.



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 06:02 AM   10
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I love ours too, I don't think they're that expensive either - our slow cooker recently had to be replaced and the new one is a bog standard crockpot for £18.

I'm hoping to use it more this year as generally it goes in storage until autumn/winter in our house as DH loves casseroles, stews/dumplings. I'm making a large bulk amount of ragu at some point next week!



 
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