My slow cooker is easily one of the most useful kitchen appliances that I’ve ever owned. And it is so simple. I was having a look at what is actually in it. And, you know what, there’s not much going on in there. A simple element and a ceramic bowl and lid and that’s about it. But like the vegetable peeler, bottle opener and grater, it’s usefulness is founded in its simplicity!
The slow cooker is the ultimate “pot on a simmer” that’s it in essence with one main difference, it’s a pot that will never boil dry. Even after six to eight hours cooking, food retains its moisture without any need to worry about it becoming a dry, crispy mess, this makes it a brilliant choice for those working who want a tasty meal without the hassle after a hard day. The other great thing is the cost. There are plenty of designer options out there and I’m sure these provide great extra functions and come in colours to match and enhance every kitchen, however my simple plain white cooker cost me less than £20 from the local supermarket – and I wouldn’t swap it for anything.
My slow cooker provides me with the best ‘fast food’ ever – not something you’d imagine you associate with slow cooking. However, with the ability to prepare a curry, a roast or a soup and have it infuse slowly all day when you are getting on with other things, ensures a speedy and tasty dinner in the evening. And I’d challenge you to find a better flavour to any of these dishes.
So if you are looking for an inexpensive, timesaving addition to your kitchen that provides you with great food every time then you would do well to pick up a slow cooker – and just an inexpensive one – you certainly won’t regret it.