Product Type: Asda Slow Cooker
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Asda Slow Cooker
Member Name: robinbarfield
Asda Slow Cooker
Date: 05/07/12, updated on 05/07/12 (181 review reads)
Advantages: Simple, simple, simple
Disadvantages: Space and size for storage
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.
Summary: Cheap and efficient way of eating
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