Slow cookers are a very economical way to cook dishes that are best cooked slowly. They use only about as much electricity as a 60 Watt light bulb and because you are cooking slowly they are great for cheaper cuts of meat such as brisket and braising steak and lamb shanks.
What other benefits are there from using a slow cooker?
Slow cookers keep in all the flavour of the food they cook and the great thing is you can set it up in the morning before you go out and come home a fabulous hot cooked later.
What can I cook in my slow cooker?
When you think of slow cooker meals you probably think of stews and curries but slow cookers are much more versatile than that. You can cook porridge over nights so that you have a nice hot breakfast waiting for you in the morning. You can roast your Sunday joint in the slow cooker, particularly useful if you like to go out for the day on a Sunday, so on your return all you have to do is cook the veg. Seasonal uses for the slow cooker include cooking your Christmas pudding or Mulling wine or cider.
How I use my slow cooker.
I often spend my winters in the Alps living in a Motorhome, skiing during the day and working in the evenings. I love my slow cooker because I can set it up in the morning before I go out to ski and when I return the van is full of the aroma of great home cooked food. Because the slow cooker uses so little electric I can still have the electric heater on low to keep the van from freezing up while I am out.
My favourite slow cooker meals for skiing are chilli, beef bourguignon, Bolognese and coq au vin.