Product Type: Breville Slow Cooker
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Breville VTPO41 4.5 L Slow Cooker
Member Name: sassypat456
Breville VTPO41 4.5 L Slow Cooker
Advantages: Reduces waste, convenient, cost effective
Disadvantages: Can get boring I've been told
There's a certain sense of satisfaction in coming home to the smell of a home cooked meal, and in my more organised moments I try to create this effect by making dinner using my slow cooker.
After searching around, and not really knowing what I was looking for, I decided on this Breville model because it was minimalist in its design, seemed easy to use, and was on special offer in Argos!
This slow cooker comes in three sizes with this being the smallest at 4.5l. It's also available in 5.5l and 6.5l capacities, so there's something for everyone depending on the size of your family.
This size is perfect for myself, my hubby and our daughter and is very easy to use with just three settings, low, high and keep warm.
So far I have cooked everything on low, sometimes switching to keep warm if dinner has been cooking for a long, long time or my hubby is delayed coming home.
Basically the idea is simple. You just bung everything in the crock pot in the morning and leave it to simmer slowly all day, resulting in a delicious, healthy meal with minimum effort.
The cooker has a stainless steel outer casing with the dial on the on it. Then there is a heavy black crock pot which slots neatly inside. This is where all the ingredients go, before you pop on the clear glass lid.
For me, the glass lid was a bonus, as being a bit of a control freak, I like to see what's going on in there!
My favourite thing to cook is spaghetti bolognese and I have one bubbling away as I'm writing this. When my daughter is having her morning nap I brown the mince first in a pan, and then pop it in the slow cooker along with chopped mushrooms, carrots and courgettes, a tin of chopped tomatoes, a glug of red wine and worcester sauce, plus some garlic, herbs and a stock cube. Easy peasy! All I have to do then is cook the pasta normally.
I leave the meat mixture on low for around six hours and can then go on about my business without having to prepare dinner later on. When my hubby comes home, hey presto a home cooked meal is ready and waiting for us all.
The beauty of the slow cooker is that because it cooks meat slowly it makes it lovely and tender, therefore you can use cheaper cuts, thus saving money. There is also less waste because I will add chilli powder and kidney beans to the leftover mix tomorrow and have it with nice bread.
Slow cookers are also excellent if people are eating at different times because the food stays nice and warm in the pot, and you can just scoop some out as and when you need it. We usually eat together, but if my daughter seems tired I will give her some earlier in the day.
This particular model is great because of its simplicity. You really can't go wrong as all you have to do is plug it in, turn the dial and that's it. It is very easy to clean, as the inside is non stick, and the sleek design looks nice and modern and fits in well in my kitchen.
I have cooked a whole chicken in here with rosemary, garlic and white wine and it fits easily so the size is perfect for a small family like mine.
Like I said, I picked this up on special offer in Argos for £17 but it normally retails at around £25. Obviously the bigger sizes cost a little more.
Using a slow cooker has really helped me prepare healthier meals, reduce food waste and cut money off our weekly food bill. Who can ask for more than that?
Summary: Easy as 1,2,3