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      08.03.2013 23:16
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      Great slow cooker, specially for the price.

      Why I wanted this.... I wanted this product because I love brisket that has been slow cooked especially on my Sunday dinners! I had found other slow cookers but they were quite expensive and a friend recommended the Asda one to me. Packaging... It comes in a big box with a picture of the slow cooker on the front. When you take it out the box you have different compartments you have to fit together. Glass lid with little handle. A porcelain bot, black, to cook in. The appliance body itself, which is stainless steel. And has handles on either side. This slow cooker looks the part, you have the glass lid, so you can see easily how your cooking is going, a heating light so you can tell its cooking, a knob to change the heat setting and the body itself, which you can move around easily With the handles on the sides. Capacity... It hold up to 3 litres, so it fits in quite a lot. Settings.... You can choose to set it on high or low.. High... Puddings and casseroles it's about 100 degrees and should be left too cook for 3-8 hours Low... Roasts, stews, ribs, it's about 95 degrees and should be left to cook for 6-12 hours. What's it for.... It's intended to make meat more tender and foot tastier, I think it's good for cheaper cuts of meat, they do Tate much better and don't taste half as cheap. Availability.... You can buy this cooker in Asda store or on the website. Price... £14.96 My experience.... I didn't use this to cook meat at a big do, I just used it to test it. As I previously said I love brisket, so I prepared the meat and put some gravy in the slow cooker, very watery gravy. With the meat and the veg. I kept checking on it every half an hour to see if it was doing okay! I waited 6 hours then got it out. I could straight say smell the difference of the meat, as I started to carve it, it just fell apart. The meat started to just melt. So I have had it for a while I have started to do casseroles in it and my fiancé can tell the difference when I am using the slow cooker. In my opinion I cannot fault this device at all. It's cheap and lasts, as I said I have had no problems with it, I have never had to change the fuse and it has never not worked. My opinion.... I think this is better than some slow cookers I have bought, it's 3 litre capacity is more than enough for me, and I think the taste and quality of meat are amazing. I have has no problems with this cooker at all, I cannot fault it in anyway, especially the price. Advantages.., Very very cheap for a slow cooker. Cooks meat to perfection. Looks very stylish. Hold a lot. Disadvantages... I don't think it has any Would I recommend... I always recommend this, when my mothers broke, I advised her to buy one!

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      05.07.2012 22:10
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      Cheap and efficient way of eating

      Many of our busy friends have used slow cookers for years and always told us how wonderful they are. To me it was like paying for a cooker which you already had and needed to find a large storage area for it. Partly it was simply to avoid being like everyone else that we ignored the whole craze for slow cookers. Finally we began to be won round to the whole process and lifestyle which comes with a slow cooker and stumbled across a cheap Asda number. The thinking being if we spend less than £10 (it was about £7) and we didn't take to it then we hadn't lost much. We went for the 2.5litre size, expecting to need a larger one for a family of four eventually. Actually it fits our family and allows some to be popped in the freezer for a later occasion. So it found its place in a cupboard under our sink and enjoys a regular outing onto the kitchen worktop. ------- What's Cooking - Description ------- The cooker itself is approximately 1 foot cubed, but obviously circular. The main body of the cooker is metal with one button. The button has three settings; off, low and high. There is a small light above which indicates when it is on. This is really refreshing: an electronic device with only one button! So simple, anyone can use it, even me. The basic function of the low and high settings are that low seems to take 8 hours to cook anything, and the high setting takes 4 hours. The flex is remarkably short. It's not a huge problem, however, as we tend not to carry it around the kitchen. The lid is glass, in the hope that you might be able to see in, but in process it is always covered with water, so that is of little use. There is a small hole to let steam out. The main cooking section is a black pot which slots inside the cooker, rests on the heating element and can be removed for cleaning. The main problem with this is that if you have been cooking something for 8 hours then it has a habit of welding itself on. It does do fairly well at coming off, but can take some soaking. There are two small handles for lifting it out. It has been pretty robust so far, although we've never tried putting it in the dishwasher. ------ Chucking it all in - Uses ------ There are some great advantages of slow cooking generally and most of them relate to its sheer simplicity. Most of the time you chop up the ingredients at breakfast and throw them in and switch it on, and by the time you come back at tea-time, it's ready. This means that cheaper cuts of meat can be used, ideal in a recession. It can be quite versatile; stews, Bolognese and apparently even sponge puddings (although I have to say we were not very successful with this and it came out a little rubbery). So tonight we had a lovely sweet and sour pork and the meat came out very tender and sweet. ------ Stewing it over - Evaluation ------ You can probably guess that I've been won over by slow cooking, and the Asda bottom of the range version has done us absolutely fine. It is so simple that you can't really go wrong with it. When there is only one button then there is only one button that can break. The main problem is storing space as it is quite large, which seems ridiculous when we already have a cooker with a timer. However the slow cooker claims to be more energy efficient, which I can well believe. It claims to take up the energy of a light bulb and it says 168-200W on the base, so I guess it's right. I wouldn't want to eat from this every night, meat and sauce can get a bit much but its well worth having and using once you get the hang of it.

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        18.06.2012 08:45
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        Would buy again in a heartbeat

        ==Overview== I purchased this slow cooker about two years ago for the princely sum of £7 whilst it was on offer in Asda. I had been looking for a slow cooker for a while but wasn't sure about what sort of fancy things I would need on it, so when I saw this slow cooker from Asda which was both cheap and simple-looking, I decided for £7 if it was terrible, I could live with it. ==Cooker== The cooker is 3.5 litres in size, in real terms when it is full, it equates to around 20 large serving (big big) spoonfuls of chicken curry, can squash around 10 small pork chops into it. The cooker is perfect for using for parties which I often make curry, chilli, bolognaise, sweet and sour chicken in or is equally perfect for cooking a smaller meal for the family whilst you are out at work grafting. The cooker has two settings low and high. I typically put mine on before I leave for work in the morning around 8.30am and switch it off around 6pm at night. The only thing that has been over done for this length of time was when I experimented with a pasta bake in there (which worked out really well, just left it in for too long, it probably only needed around 4 hours). Meat comes out of the slow cooker really really nice and tender and soft. This is helpful, particularly if you can not afford the best cuts of meat as the slow cooker really tenderises the meat for you. I don't particularly like grilled or fried pork as it can be tough but putting some pork chops in the slow cooker is one of my favourite recipes. I suggest Googling slow cooker recipes but really any old numpty like me can cook delicious food. Yesterday for example I put around 1cm of water in the bottom of the slow cooker, added 7 pork steaks and uncooked mushrooms and celery and left it to cook on low all day. I returned home after a day out to find a meal fully cooked for me to which I added gravy granules to the water and meat juices and it seriously tastes delicious. I have cooked potatoes in there too at the same time as the meat and they are amazing - they soak up all the meat juices and taste delicious. I also have another slow cooker (for parties) and would say the Asda one is comparable to that and to that of my Mum's (who also has two for parties - we like to party!) in terms of quality and cooking ability. I'm not certain how cost effective it is leaving the slow cooker on all day in terms of electricity but in terms of convenience when I am out at work all day, I think it is super. A tip is try not to take the lid off very often as the steam builds up inside which is how the food cooks, so if you release the steam it has to take time to build the heat and steam up again. By all means, take the lid off and stir occasionally but once or twice in 8 hours should suffice. The design of the slow cooker is quite trendy. For £7 I would expect some sort of basics range look but this is silver around the main body and finished with black trims (see photo). There is a light to tell you when the slow cooker is on. I like that it doesn't have lots of fancy buttons and you only have three options "low" "high" or "off" :) The main "cooking" part of the pot comes out for easy cleaning and I frequently put mine in the dishwasher after a bit of a soak in Fairy liquid. The pot does tend to get hard bits of food on it and dry around the edges as it has been on all day so a quick soak and wash in the dishwasher will sort that out. ==Overall== For £7 this was an absolute steal for me (although it has now gone up to £12 - still a bargain!). I use it regularly and it saves me a lot of time at night as my meal is cooked virtually straight away as soon as I walk through the door. I highly recommend it for the cooking ability, convenience and size and would not hesitate to buy another one tomorrow.

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          15.03.2012 15:04
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          A good value product which will lead to many easy but delicious meals

          I received this slow cooker a few years ago as a Christmas present from my Mum. It was a bit of a surprise for me, but she seemed to think that I had mentioned I really wanted one - no recollection of that but as it turns out it was a fantastic gift! I love my slow cooker and I use it all the time. The product This particular model is at the lower/cheaper end of the market but it works perfectly well. It is extremely simple to put together as there are only a few parts to it - the outer shell of the cooker with the temperature gauge on, the removable ceramic bowl which you cook the food in, and the glass lid - simples! Using the product The slow cooker really is such an easy way to cook and is great if you just don't have time to slave over a hot oven but do want to eat proper, healthy meals. To prepare your meal you simply chop/measure all of your ingredients, chuck them in the cooker, turn it on to the correct level and set your timer. Your recipe will tell you how to cut up your ingredients and in which order to put them into the slow cooker and it really is as easy as that. You should check on it occasionally and give it a quick stir if you can but other than that there is nothing else required of you in order to prepare a delicious meal, and if you are out/at work all day you can set it when you leave in the morning (not worrying about stirring) and have dinner waiting when you get home. Cleaning and storing When you have finished with the cooker the cooking bowl lifts easily out of the shell making it very simple to wash up, and you don't have to worry about any electrical as they are all attached to the shell part. For this I usually just give a quick wipe over with a wet cloth as it doesn't come into contact with the food and therefore doesn't get dirty. Unfortunately I have a tiny kitchen so I have to store my slow cooker in its box in a cupboard but if I had a decent sized kitchen I would definitely leave this out on the surface as it looks smart and classy and, although it is big enough to prepare a meal for 4, it is really quite compact and wouldn't look out of place on your worktop. Negatives Although I think this is a great product, especially for the price, there are two factors that I can conceive may be viewed as negatives. Firstly, there are no recipes given with the cooker - just a couple of recipes on a sheet of paper so you could try out your product straight away would have been a nice touch on the part of the manufacturer. However there are hundreds of slow cooker books on the market and I'm sure a quick Google search would throw up many hundreds more recipes so there is nothing holding you back. Secondly, there is no timer on the cooker itself so you will need to use a separate timer when preparing your meals. This is not a problem for me as I use the timer on the oven but I can see that some people may prefer a cooker with a built in timer. Summary All in all I think this is a fantastic product at a great price, and now that I have it I would be lost without it as it saves me so much time and yet cooks delicious, healthy meals that I and all my family enjoy. I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone looking to buy a slow cooker. This product is currently available on the Asda Direct website for £12.00, catalogue number 156-1754

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            30.01.2012 21:25

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            Practical especially if youve got a family to feed.

            I bought my slowcooker from Asda as it was reduced to a tenner and I thought it would be convenient as Id just had a baby. My partner works until 7 on a night and I was sick of cooking at different times or having to wait until he finished work. This was my solution, I could put food on in the morning, leave and forget about it until teatime, me and the kids could eat tea then he could have his when he got back. It has made my life so much easier in that way. There are 2 settings low and high, I use high if I need to cook something quicker say in 3 hours and just put it on low if Ive got more time. I have tried lots of different things so far chillis, curries, stews even rice pudding. I have also cooked pork in there which makes it nice and tender for on cobs. The whole pot comes out of the cooker so it is easy to wash and it easily feeds 2 adults, a 3year old and Im now using it to cook meals for my 7 month old too. Definately glad I bought it and for the money cant complain at all.

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            21.11.2011 18:08
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            Fast food, cooked slowly.

            Until a couple of years ago, slow cookers were something that I tended to associate with elderly and mad people. Unfair, perhaps, but it was based on the fact that the two people I know who are devotees are my mum and aunt and both of them are over-qualified in the crazy stakes. I also wasn't quite sure how they worked and felt that they might be a possible fire risk. And then I saw one on offer for the ridiculously cheap price of £6.99 and decided that I could happily put my fears of burning the house down aside for the sake of a bargain. ~*~What does it do?~*~ The hoovering! No, I jest. It cooks things, slowly. Bet you didn't see that coming, did you? This is a method of cooking that uses an insulated pot to bring food up to temperature and keep it there for several hours until the ingredients are tender. ~*~How does it work?~*~ The outer casing is made of brushed stainless steel and has an attached plug to power the enclosed heating element. The inner pot is where your ingredients go and this is made out of black ceramic. It doesn't look mega-expensive, but nor does it look cheap as chips either. To make a nice tasty meal, you deposit your ingredients into the ceramic pot, cover with plenty of liquid, put the lid on and turn the dial to either high or low and leave it alone for as long as is necessary. Most stews and casseroles that I've made get between 8 and 10 hours of cooking whilst I'm out at work. The beauty of the cooker is that once you arrive home from work or wherever you've been, dinner is right there waiting to be served. It should be pointed out that this isn't a completely hassle-free way of cooking - if you just put basic ingredients into the cooker and cover with water the end result won't be terribly appetising. A little bit of work is required to get good results, but the overall effort is still much less than that required to make a stew on the hob, say. My way of doing things is to brown the meat before putting it into the veg, and to quickly sweat the veg with whatever herbs/garlic/seasonings that I'm using before adding them. I always use a decent stock as well, because this gives a better end result. My most recent meal was an oxtail stew for which the prep time was 20 minutes or so (flouring and browning the meat, sweating onions and carrots with herbs and garlic) and then I left it on overnight and whilst I was at work the next day. After that cooking time the meat was incredibly tender and the flavours had developed and blended to make a really tasty meal. If I'd been making the same meal on the hob I'd have been worried that the pan would have boiled dry or the meat stuck to the bottom. The advantage of the slow cooker is that, as long as you put enough liquid in, it won't boil dry. This is because the glass lid only has one tiny ventilation hole and so any evaporating liquid just condenses and returns to the pot. Because the food isn't cooked at so high a heat that it becomes welded to the cooking surface this is a very easy item to wash. A quick skoosh round with some washing up liquid and a brush leaves it looking as good as new. Alternately, I've always put mine in the dishwasher with no ill effects but I'm not sure the manufacturers would recommend this. As to my initial worries, well, I haven't been burned to death yet and I've been using it regularly for well over a year. Whilst it's true that any electrical item left switched on has a fire risk, it's pretty small with this item. The outer casing does get hot but not to the extent that it would burn or cause anything in contact with it to burst into flames. As long as you check that the cable is intact and it has the proper fuse, there is no more danger with this item than there is with a television left on standby. ~*~Any disadvantages?~*~ A few, but they are pretty minor grumbles. - This is quite a small slow cooker. Asda specify that it holds 3.5 litres, which, if you're making a stew equates to 4 decent portions or 6 stingy ones. Those with large families may be better off with an appliance with greater capacity. - The inner pot is ceramic and the lid is glass, both of which are eminently breakable. I've had a quick look on the Asda website and it doesn't mention anything about replacement components so presumably if you manage to shatter it you'd have to buy a new one. For less than a tenner that's not too bad financially but not terribly environmentally-friendly. - This is not a 'cool-wall' appliance and there is no way of locking the lid in place, so if a child pulled it down there'd be the potential for pretty bad burns. However, the outside of the appliance doesn't get incredibly hot and you'd hope most parents would have the sense to position this out of reach of inquisitive hands. - The outer casing cannot be immersed in water. This means you can't give it a really thorough wash. Any food splashes can be easily sponged off, though, and it's only the inner pot that food is actually in direct contact with. - There are only two heat settings (and the difference between them is negligible) and no timer. - Cooking smells seem much more pervasive than when using the hob/over. I made my stew last night and the house will smell of it for a couple of days. I quite like that, but some people may not. - This appliance is only really suited to meals that have a large liquid component. Soups, stews, casseroles, curries and the like will be grand; your bacon sandwich will be decidedly lacklustre. ~*~Overall~*~ Although it would seem the price has now gone up slightly this is still an amazing bargain. Whilst it may not have a wide array of features, it doesn't really need to and this is a great slow cooker for a couple or single person. Highly recommended.

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              23.10.2010 14:04
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              After reading a review a while ago about a good slow cooker, me leaving a message and then Nar2 messaging me about a cheap alternative from Asda (thanks love!), I am pleased to now be reviewing my newest piece of kitchen cookware. The product I will now review is - "Asda electric slow cooker, model ESC-30 - 3l" I have to say that I was actually looking for the Smartprice version that had been recommended to me, when I noticed that this particular unit had been reduced down from £15.97 to £7.00, really I was not going to pass this up for the sake of a few pounds difference! The other reason for buying this particular unit was the capacity it holds, I owned a unit many moons ago that was only big enough for one person, since then my hubby has come along so I needed something big enough for two, my kids don't like stews! Within the box you get the outer unit, complete with lead and plug, an inner croc pot, not only functional but would be good to use as a cook to table serving dish and a clear glass lid complete with a plastic handle, this is good as it doesn't as much heat as the rest of the lid. To use you simply fill the croc pot with your choice of meat, stock and vegetables, place the croc pot into the outer unit, cover with the lid then switch on. There are two heat settings, the first being low meaning a slower cooking time of around 8 - 12 hours and then high, which is a slightly shorter cooking time of 3 - 8 hours, though in my experience there really isn't much difference between the two, with there only being 5 degrees C between the two settings. In my experience the cooking times given are not entirely accurate, with me cooking a substantial stew, and even though the vegetables in it had been cubed quite small, it still took a good 12 - 15 hours for it to reach the ideal consistency for me, though I tend to set the unit up the night before ready for the following dinnertime. The unit works in the same method as most deep fat fryers (or at the least the one's I have used anyway!). The outer unit itself is a large heat conductor, spreading the heat evenly throughout the entire pot, this obviously ensures even cooking, though for how long the food is actually in the pot there is very little chance of there being cold spots, like you would see with microwave cooking. Now to the important bits, the food itself! I find that any food that has been slow cooked is tender and flavourful, being much nicer to eat than anything else I have tried, though I would recommend, reheating a batch of left over stew again (thoroughly of course and if reheating in the slow cooker add a little more water to compensate for the long reheating time), and then try it, second time around the flavours are even more intense! Any problems, not really! I have had to get used to the cooking times though, as I mentioned earlier the times given were not that accurate, but compared to the power used to slow a braised meal in a cooker compared to the slow cooker there is no comparison, with the slow cooker winning every time. There are the usual restrictions with the unit, and in fairness they are quite self explanatory, these being don't touch the inner pot or the glass part of the lid without hand protection as it does get really hot, also the unit is not to be used in an oven, and frozen things should not be added straight into the hot pot (though cold is fine, I tend to use a few frozen vegetables!), also putting cold water into a hot croc pot is a no-no, this could potentially crack the pot then you would really struggle getting a replacement for your unit. This is a lovely addition to my kitchen, I am glad to have it just in time for all the wonderfully warming stews needed when the weather turns really bad! Recommended! For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk Thanks for reading x

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                15.10.2010 17:09
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                For £7 I'm ecstatic!

                When I was on one of my late night jaunts to Asda, I noticed that they had a huge wall of Slow Cookers reduced from around £15 to £7. Having wanted a slow cooker for a long time I snapped one up. It comes in a green and white smart price style cardboard box (so not the best looking present, though the actual slow cooker looks good and could be giftboxed perhaps) with the actual slow cooker and a little instruction leaflet (very basic). As with all electricals from Asda if you keep your receipt you get 12 months guarantee from the store direct which means no sending away or calling premium rate numbers if you experience a fault. The slow cooker is made up of 3 parts. The actual cooker which has a splash proof flex and plug attached to plug it in to the electric, plus the inner ceramic 3.5 litre capacity 'crock' pot and the glass lid. There are two heat settings on the pot, Low and High. Low is around 95°C and is recommended for cooking times of 6-12 hours and High which is around 100°C and is recommended for cooking times of 3-6 hours. The there is a setting for 'Off' though I assume this is kind of redundant given that you can just swithc it off and unplug it from the wall! The slow cooker looks good, is brushed silver steel finished, and the inner pot is removable for cleaning (and suitable to pop in the dishwasher). It's a simple kitchen appliance to use. In essence you chuck all of your ingredients in to the inner pot, switch it on and go out to work, then when you arrive home, your dish is cooked and ready to serve. You can cook meats, fishes, soups, stews and desserts in it amongst other things. I chose to cook Chilli in it for my first dish. I basically began by filling the inner pot with lean minced beef, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, bit of passata, couple of cloves of garlic, some Oxo, chopped birdseye chilli, chilli and salt flakes, red kidney beans and baked beans. Then I switched it on to Low, went out to work, did my usual after work running around and got home about 9 hours later to a perfectly cooked, best tasting chilli I've ever had! There was enough to comfortably feed four from the 3.5 litre pot, though I suspect you would need a bigger one if you had friends coming over or a bigger family. I served it up in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream and a couple of Nachos on the side. It was absolute bliss after a day at work and as I do all the cooking it was lovely to just chill with a nice bowl of hot food, without having to stand and cook it first, by which point my appetite reduces anyway! Then, I simply tipped the inner pot in to the dishwasher and that was all of my washing up done too. Then I decided to get a little more adventurous and went hunting for recipes on line, imagine my horror when I found that I was supposed to brown off the mince and veg before I put it in to my Chilli! Well, it tasted great anyway and perhaps because I used lean beef, there wasn't any fat or residue which browning off is meant to avoid. So I ordered a proper cook book which I am waiting on still (thanks, Ebay!) and in the meantime I tried a couple more recipes, a corned beef stew (cooked exactly like the chilli) and a veg tagine. Both of these cooked wonderfully and tasty and the slow cooker was on again 9 hours roughly on low for the stew and about 11 hours on low for the veg. All of the dishes you can make in it though seem to be hearty, healthy, cheap and full of good stuff like veg, meat, herbs and spices. No processed bunged in the oven food any more through the age old excuse 'I dont have time to cook from scratch'! I love my new toy, it's great quality, cooks delicious food and makes life a whole lot easier - all for £7, if you can still get your hands on one, I recommend it. And have fun experimenting with it when you get it. Thanks for reading

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                  09.10.2010 16:59
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                  Fantastic Slow Cooker Making Life Easy!

                  I love my kitchen gadgets and when I spotted this Asda Slow Cooker reduced down to £15.97 (it later went down in price again to £7) I just couldn't resist. This slow cooker has two settings: low & high (not the 'warm' setting) which has been mentioned by several other reviews of this product. Before I go on I must say that I definitely have the slow cooker in the picture! This slow cooker has the main base which is plugged in to a standard socket in my kitchen and then there is the large crock pot which can be removed for serving, putting on the table (heatproof mat required) and easy washing. There is also a large chunky glass lid with a small vent for steam to escape from. I find the design of this product to be very easy as I can just lift out the pot and soak it straight in the sink to ensure it scrubs up clean every time. The slow cooker settings 'low' and 'high' seem to be suitable for all purposes that I have had so far and I've found that all the recipes in the '200 slow cooker recipes' that I purchased are designed for either low or high so it seems to be a pretty standard slow cooker. I find that the 3.5 litre capacity is fantastic for feeding the whole family and it's also fine if I want to make a meal for 2 as well. This pot is even sufficiently sized for a medium chicken carcass when making a nice chicken soup for these long Winter nights. This slow cooker is so easy to operate, simply plug it in (I keep mine unplugged at all times when not in use) and then turn it from the off position to low or high. I find that most meals I have been cooking use the low setting and take around 6-8 hours which is ideal as I can put in the ingredients before leaving for work and come home to a lovely warm dinner. I think the design of this slow cooker is quite sleek as it's silver & black so suits my kitchen very well and looks fine next to the rest of my kitchen gadgets. I also find that it's lightweight enough for me to move whenever I want and store in a cupboard when not in use. Overall I would say that I am very pleased with the design of this product. There is a fair amount of flex on the plug so that I may position it wherever I like in my kitchen and it's so simple to use just throw your ingredients in, turn it on and leave it to cook. Most of the meals that I have cooked in this have not been stirred once until just before I dish them up and I find that with a little bit of soap and water I am able to get the slow cooker looking as good as new in no time at all. If you are looking for an easy way to make delicious, nutritious meals for your family then I would definitely recommend a slow cooker to you. This particular one is currently available from Asda for £7.00 but is out of stock at present. The regular price is £15.86 which I would say has paid for itself in just a few weeks as I have been able to use cheaper cuts of meat and throw in lots of canned goodies and feed the whole family a delicious dinner when they come to visit.

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                    16.07.2010 22:58
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                    Good value for money and provides excellent simple food

                    I purchased this slow cooker from Asda around Christmas time for £15 and since then I have found it invaluable in my kitchen. My friends have raved about how good slow cooked food tastes and how easy it is to do, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon by buying a reasonably priced slow cooker. The slow cooker comes in 3 parts; a metallic exterior with plastic feet to stand, light weight, which heats the heavier crock-pot inside and a glass lid which goes on top. The crock-pot holds 3.5 litres, which I have found when full with meat and veg can feed 4-6 people. The slow cooker has 3 settings: high (food takes 4-6 hours to cook), low (food takes 8-10 hours to cook) or warm, which can be used after you have served the food from the crock-pot to keep it warm if you want any seconds! Thus it is very straight-forward and easy to use. There are so many options of foods that can be cooked in there; I began with chopping up some meat say chicken/pork/beef (cheaper cuts are good for the slow cooker as longer cooking time makes the meat more tender) and browning the outside in a pan. I would then throw in as much veg as I could- carrots/onions/potatoes/leeks/swede/sweet potato/parsnips etc etc and then fill with some stock and possibly some cornflour to thicken the liquid. I would put it on in a morning before uni and the smell of the cooking food when I entered was divine and always tasted fantastic. Since then I also invested in a cook book and have made curries/ meatballs and many other varieties of foods. One of my best ever kitchen purchases!

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                    Fantastic slow cooker for the price which delivers delicious meals everytime

                    I decided to buy a slow cooker after hearing a lot of good things about them and I wasn't to be disappointed! Having this slow cooker means it is easy to prepare delicious and nutritious meals and leave them cooking all day without having to worry about them burning or about the house setting on fire! I have prepared several meals in it so far such as stews, curries and soups although I believe it is ideal for doing a joint of meat in as well! All you have to do is throw all the raw ingredients in, switch it on and leave it for a good number of hours... You can even leave it overnight without having to think about it! It has 2 heat settings - low and high so if you want something to cook a bit quicker, you can use the high setting, otherwise pop it on low and leave it for as long as you can. Either way you will have a delicious meal to enjoy! The cooker has a ceramic pot that lifts out easily and is quick to clean too! I bought this for £7.00 a few months back and it is a complete bargain, well worth much more than that so don't be afraid to pay it! If you are looking for an easy way to make healthy meals with minimum fuss then this is for you!

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