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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!
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