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Advice about Slow Cookers needed 
7th-Jan-2010 09:41 pm
I bought one. I understand that they cook things more slowly at a lower heat. Is there a general rule for making, say casseroles? Do  I make the kind of casserole I would normally but put it in the slow cooker all day rather than the oven for an hour or two? Do I need an actual recipe book? Mine comes with a book but there's nothing in it that I would want to cook especially or extra ingredients are needed.

If I browned some beef stewing steak and onions, then threw them in with a chopped leek, celery, pepper, mushroom, tinned toms and a stock cube - would that work? Or would I need to do something else?
7th-Jan-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
It would indeed work. You need less liquid than you do in an ordinary casserole as it doesn't evaporate and, if you've time, it's as well to brown your meat and bring everything to the boil before putting it into the slow cooker, but if time is short, don't bother! Just put it on its "auto" setting, if it has one, and forget about it until supper-time. I use mine a lot nowadays.
7th-Jan-2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I want to try it when I am not at work - I wouldn't usually have time to do chopping/ cooking type stuff before work in the morning. We shall see- if there's a snow day tomorrow I will try it!
7th-Jan-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Basically, you can throw stuff into your slow cooker in the morning, turn it on, and come home to yummy casserole.

As well as the using less liquid thing, the other thing to remember is that when you're chucking ingredients in, root vegetables should go in first, to ensure they cook properly.

Elsewise...experiment, and have fun!
7th-Jan-2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I shall have an experiment tomorrow, if I'm at home or Saturday! :-)
8th-Jan-2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
I sometimes sprinkle a tbsp of cornflour onto meat and veg before adding the liquid ingredients. Gives it a helping hand. Also passata is good for thickening up casseroles.

One website you might find useful http://www.justslowcooking.com/index.html loads and loads of recipes
8th-Jan-2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
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