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This is a good sized slow cooker, I have a family of 8 and it easily holds enough for all of us and leftovers. It is a very good price and good quality, the crock pot is removable so it can be used in the oven.
I have cooked most meats in this cooker and it makes the most amazing pulled pork! Brisket and pot roasting beef tastes wonderful just popped in with a slug of red wine, the cooking liquid makes a very rich gravy, you really wouldn't believe you were eating such a cheap cut. Chicken cooks well in it too as it keeps its moisture. Stews, casseroles and chilli are all easy to make, just make sure that you cut out a third of the liquid in any recipe that isn't specifically written for slow cookers.
The only issue I have is that even on the lowest setting, it cooks very fast. I have had slow cookers for many years and they have all kept the food on a very slow simmer, but this has the food bubbling quite fast. I found that rather than having the cooker on high for half and hour then turning it to low, but having it on low from the start helps keep the temperature a little lower throughout the whole cooking time.
Over all, it is easy to use, good quality and very affordable, so I would especially recommend it to anyone on a tight budget.
We had been loving together a while and my partner used to make the tea but when he was relocated it meant he would be home from work much later, this is when we started to struggle to have healthy food as we were both tired and working long hours and didn't then fancy cooking a meal, (sound familiar?) so when my brother asked what we wanted one Christmas we asked for a slow cooker!
He got us this morphy Richards one, we had sausage and other casseroles and then it went back in the cupboard and got forgotten for a while, then we had our little girl and I became a childminder meaning I wasn't finishing work until 7 some evenings and with a child to feed that was. Too late to be starting to cook food so we got the slow cooker out again and it was the best thing we ever did...it is used almost daily!
The slow cooker is a lovely attractive stainless steel colour on the outside with a ceramic black bowl inside (this is removable for easy cleaning). It has several settings including off, low, medium and high which is fantastic (I will explain more about these in a minute)
There is also a light which indicates that the slow cooker is on.
And it has handles on both sides so it can be easily moved.
The slow cooker is quite large and we don't have much space left on the work top when it is in use- this is because we don't have a lot of work top space and it needs to be kept about 4 inches away from anything else
Something else to be aware of is that it gets very hot when in use so you probably don't went it close to the work top Edge if you have children
I have recently discovered that there are soooo many things you can do with a slow cooker for instance roasts, Currys, you can use the cook in bag meals, jar meals etc you can cook pretty much anything in the slow cooker, you just have to adjust the time accordingly. It is also worth knowing that the slow cooker can cook meat from raw as I used to think it had to be browned etc first and that defeated the object, however this is apparently not the case.
The slow cooker is a decent size and can fit in whole chickens and other roast joints, it has easily served 6 from it and has had leftovers.
The slow cooker can be left on all day and it never seems to dry out the food and due to the low, medium high function It means I don't have to rush prepping the tea as I can do it first thing in the morning and put it on low all day, I can prep it at lunch out it on medium and it will be done for tea and I can prep it after the school run and still have it in time for tea If on high it is fantastic!
It has also really helped to prevent that reheated stodginess you often get as I take my little girls food out at approx 530 so she is not impacted by our finish times, I then have mine when I finish work and if my partner is on a late he can take his out at 9- all the time it is on low and it doesn't dry out!
The only things which would be nice on this slow cooker are a timer so it can come on when out if needed and a keep warm function so once cooked and I take my little girls food out it is just kept warm as opposed to continuing to cook, however for the price I feel this is very reasonable and a great slow cooker!
I've been after a slow cooker for quite some time, so when my dad offered to buy me one as a belated housewarming present, I jumped at the chance. We went into town together, and went through various stores looking for one that felt right to me - I saw some fantastic ones that had 8 in one functions and did steaming and rice cooking at the same time, and I saw tiny little ones ideal for single people. But this model, the Morphy Richards 48715 was the one that gave me my Goldilocks moment.
There are a number of reasons I chose this one . Firstly, the style of it - I love the way it looks. It has a very stylish stainless steel outer shell, with smart black trim, so would fit in with all my other appliances. It had a lovely solid black (dishwasher safe) ceramic pot, that when lifted out of the cooking base would look smart on a dining table to serve out of, and had a nice clear toughened glass lid that would allow me to keep any eye on the food without removing it and reducing the heat. I also liked the non heat conducting handles on the side of the appliance, which would allow me to move the whole appliance during the cooking process if necessary without having to wear oven gloves. I really value being able to get a good grip on appliances safely, as with my cat getting constantly underfoot I want to be sure not to drop things. This slow cooker is oval rather than round.
The second reason for my choice was simplicity - whilst I had briefly considered an all singing all danging Tefal model, what won me over with this was the simplicity of the settings. I hadn't even taken this cooker home, and yet thanks to it's simple control dial with only four settings (Off, High, Low, Medium) I could already see that this was going to be pretty much foolproof.
The third was just the very obvious value for money with this model. It's capacity is huge - 6.5 litres with an optimal working capacity of 4.5 liters, this is easily enough to feed myself, my boyfriend, my daughter, and leave enough for a couple more adults, or for seconds/leftovers for the next day. You can easily fit a whole chicken in here, or a roasting joint. Not only was this huge, it was also cheap - the price in Debenhams was just £29. Normally I would be very dubious of buying something so low priced, but the fact that it was made by a brand I know from past usage and from my experience working in electrical warranty to be incredibly reliable and trustworthy. Speaking of warranty, this comes with one year automatically, but you get another year free if you register the appliance on their website which takes just a few minutes.
This is a doddle to put together once you take it out of the box - simply put the ceramic pot into the metal base unit, read the manual (which has some very handy tips on how to get the best out of your appliance, such as browning meats, cooking volumes, layering by time needed etc), pop in some ingredients and pop on the lid and you are ready to go!
So, how have I found cooking with this? Well, I've had a few minor issues at first with the control kno. Sure, with only four settings (Off, High, Low, Medium) it's fairly simple, but whose daft idea was it to put them in that ridiculous order! In my mind, the settings would make for more sense placed in order - off, low, medium, high. That way turning it to the right would be turning it up, turning it to the left would e turning it down - simple!
Apart from that though, I have used this very nearly every day since I got it. Initially,with each atch cooked being big enough to feed all of us for two days, I would freeze the leftovers - now I give them to my boyfriend to take to work for packed lunches, and especially with the weather being so cold they are much more satisfying than sandwiches. The meals I've cooked have been a pretty even match between recipes I've found in books or on pinterest, and me just slinging things in the pot and seeing what comes out.
I have found that long, slow cooking can turn the cheapest, toughest cut of meat into something quite delightful with a little bit of effort - one roaring success recently was a very cheap gammon joint I purchased, and cooked on a low heat in the slow cooker for 20 hours in a bath of (off brand) diet coke , a little honey, onion and celery - (it was meant to only be 14 hours, but the boyfriend forgot to turn it off while I was out). This resulted in gammon that was juicy and tender, and pulled apart with two forks. It had an absolutely gorgeous sweet flavour, and as we had friends round that night, we shared it out round everybody with crusty bread. The vegetables that had cooked with it we also added on to our sandwiches as they were nice and sort, and the coke juice that was left, I thickened and used as the base of a chinese chicken the next day. I've also been having a lot of fun making slow cooker fudge - I could never make it on the hob as it had to be slow exact, but in the slow cooker it's easy.
Obviously one of the great things with a slow cooker is you can just turn something on and ignore it for ages - you can leave it cooking whilst your out at work , out running errands, or in my case sat in the other room concentrating intently on my studying. This works perfectly for me - I'm at my most energetic in the morning, and this is when I have most enthusiasm for cooking, so I simply chuck something on when I get up at 8, and by the time the other half is home and hungry at half six, it's all cooked and ready.
The pot is easy to clean - very little sticks to it, and nothing had ever stuck to the extent that it needs anything more than a soaking and a little rub over with a sponge. Obviously there are some common sense care issues with the pot itself - silicon or wood tools are better as they are less likely to scratch or chip the ceramic - and as long as the pot is well cared for I see no reason why it should become harder to clean. Obviously the base unit being electrical cannot be submerged in water, but both the inside and the outside can be wiped over with a damp cloth.
So far, I've been full of effusive praise for this product - do I have any negatives? Not really, but there are a few points to consider before buying this model. Firstly, the ceramic pot, being large and thick walled is actually very heavy. Whilst this is not a problem for me, my mum, who has wrist problems would not be able to pick this up comfortably at all. Secondly, although it is dishwasher proof, this pot, unlike some other brands, is not oven proof or hob proof, so anything that needs browning or grilling will need to start off in a separate pot. Thirdly, the pot works best when at least half full - if there are only two of you, and you have no wish for leftovers or seconds, you probably want a smaller volume (48710 has the same functions, look, and shape, but is 3.5l). And lastly - the oval shape. You can bake cakes and crumbles in the slow cooker, however most cake recipes require for the cake to be cooked in a tin within the slow cooker. With it being oval shaped, some of the larger circular cake tins may not fit inside properly. The lady at Debenhams was perfectly happy to let me unpack the slow cooker and play with various tins from the cookware department to establish if it would suit my needs!
Overall, I love this slow cooker. I do imagine that usage might tail off as it gets warmer and I start to want lighter meals (or then again, maybe I'll make lots of hams and fudge) but I do see this as an appliance that, much like the kettle and the toaster, will always remain out and handy for frequent use, rather than ever being put into a cupboard. I love being able to make cheap, filling, and delicious meals with minimal fuss, and I'd never go back to being without a slow cooker. I think my real cooker is jealous!
I bought this slow cooker to tide me over whilst my kitchen was being renovated. At the time of purchase, the larger capacity model was on offer and was cheaper than the lower capacity model.
I live alone and use the slow cooker to batch cook meals. All I need to do is prepare the ingredients (peel, chop etc), bung it in the slow cooker and set it to high, medium or low. The capacity of this slow cooker is huge. I make curries and stews in it and get around 6-8 portions from each meal, with the slow cooker only half full. This would certainly suit a family who wanted to prepare a meal for the whole family but have leftovers for the next day or freezing.
The machine is incredibly simple to operate. It comes with a removable casserole-style dish that you place the ingredients in. This then sits in the slow cooker, with a lid sealing it. The on-off dial is simple to operate - you choose from: off; high; low; medium (in that order - presumably based on the settings you would switch between most frequently. I find the low setting better for meat so that the meat takes on more flavour (but does need to be left running for longer).
You are supposed to be able to slow cook whole chickens but I have never tried this. I have cooked meat curries, meat stews and vegetable stews in it. These are ideal in the colder months.
If the lid is removed during cooking, it will take some time to get back up to the right temperature again. To get around this, only remove the lid when it is absolutely necessary to stir the food or gently move the lid back and forth (there is room to do this) so that the water that settles on the inside of the lid runs off and you can see how the food is doing.
I have occasionally left the slow cooker running when I wasn't in the house. This should be perfectly safe to do so if you know how long it needs to be on and when you will be back home. However, I can't quite get my head around doing this so I do it infrequently. Never any problems whatsoever when I have left it running for six hours whilst in the house.
This slow cooker has a great capacity. We are a family of five and this makes easily enough for one meal, usually enough to freeze half for another occasion. I have had this a few years and it still works but only just...is not very durable. We have had to replace the inner crock pot as it cracked (this cost about £12 for the Morphy Richards website) about a year ago and I have just noticed a new crack appearing on the replacement. The dial has also cracked and completely broken off. This means it is stuck on medium heat, which is the only one I use but still not ideal! Having said that I still use if a couple of times a week and I live it. It's great to be able to' fix' our evening meal in the morning and not have to worry about it until we get home. Maybe next time we will look for one with a less fragile crock pot if such thing exists!
My mum has been telling me for years that I need to buy a slow cooker to make my life easier. This year for Christmas she bought me one along with a slow cooker cook book so I've been busy putting them both to use throughout January! She bought me the Morphy Richards 6.5litre slow cooker because this is the same one that she uses at home!
Morphy Richards is an electronics company that specialises in the manufacture of household appliances such as hairdryers, kettles and toasters. I know them best for the kitchen appliances that we had throughout the house while I was growing up and have always thought their products were amongst the most reasonable in price as well as very reliable.
~~ What it looks like ~~
The model is a large cooker at 6.5litres which sits on the work surface. It has a cord that extends from the base to the plus socket which is long enough to have the freedom to move the cooker around, but not so long that you could sit it on the floor or move it to the other side of the kitchen. It has non-slip feet which means it will stay in place without the worry of spillage or knocking it onto the floor (a serious worry with me, I drop everything!). The cooking pot is ceramic and is removable so once the food is cooked it can also be used for serving. The pot and is dishwasher proof as well as being very easy to clean, even after a casserole or curry. The outside is brushed stainless steel (titanium) which is easy to wipe down and it has cool touch handles. It has a toughened glass lid which is great because you can see straight through it to see the food without removing the lid and letting the heat out.
The cooker is very easy to use with just four settings; low, medium, high and off so not much chance for confusion there which is good! It is oval shaped with a capacity of 6.5litres and cooks at 330 watts. The shape means that it is ideal for cooking joints of meat as well as casseroles and all in one meals. It is also a good size for cooking a meal for a family or when entertaining a group of friends, or cooking ahead for the week so that I can refrigerate and eat the food later in the week for lunch!
A slow cooker can be left on all day safely cooking while you go about your routine. It means that you can enjoy freshly cooked, hot food when you get home from work or a day out, without being stuck in the kitchen for hours. I find that after a day at work I don't want to be cooking for an hour as I end up eating much later than I want to. At least once a week I will cook using the slow cooker and arrive home to a wonderful smell and a beautifully cooked meal with no effort at all!
~~ Cooking with the slow cooker ~~
The first time I used the slow cooker was on the 27 December for my sister's birthday so only two days after I received it! We were having 30 members of the family over for a get together and mum had made two big steak pies, a chilli and Ashleigh thought it would be nice to do a big curry. We just used 4 jars of Patak's Rogan Josh sauce (a big favourite in our family!) and chopped up a whole load of chicken fillets and left them in the slow cooker on the medium heating setting together while we were out of the house. We came back five hours later to delicious tender chicken curry.
Last week I was late leaving for work but knew I had a friend staying that evening for dinner who would be arriving at the house at the same time as me. I had bought some chicken thighs a day earlier which were in the fridge. I quickly pulled the slow cooker out of the cupboard, turned it on, threw in all the chicken, opened a can of tomatoes and threw them in with a bit of red wine. I gave it a stir and added some herbs and spices (no idea which - I was rushing!) and ran out of the door. I came back that evening to a wonderful smell and delicious chicken that fell of the bone and just served it with some mashed potato and vegetables that I had picked up from Sainsbury's ready made on the way home! It was amazing!
I've also used it for making easy and healthy stews with braising steak, potatoes and vegetables. Braising steak isn't great quality meat but once it has been cooked slowly for a few hours it tastes wonderful. A slow cooker is perfect for this kind of meat. It also doesn't require the oil that you might use for frying or roasting which means that the food is often healthier.
~~ Some tips for using a slow cooker ~~
- Don't remove the lid too often as a lot of the heat escapes
- Fill the slow cooker about a third to half full for optimum cooking
- Cut food into similar size pieces so that they cook in similar times
- Start cooking on a higher heat and reduce towards the end
- Always remove cooked food from the slow cooker and store it promptly
- Defrost food fully before using slow cooker
- When cooking has finished wash in warm water rather than cold if the bowl is still hot
~~ Price and availability ~~
From some quick online research the prices seem to vary between £25 and £40 for this model and it seems that buying online or in store is comparable in price. I've made a note of some of the prices below for information.
It is also available in a smaller 3.5litre size.
~~ Overall ~~
The best thing about the slow cooker for me is that no matter how long I leave the food, it doesn't overcoo. I am constantly burning food in the oven by forgetting all about it. It will prepare a healthy, tender and tasty meal with minimum supervision. For me this is the most important thing. Working all day means that I get home from work and am too tired to stand in the kitchen for an hour preparing a proper meal. This gives me the best of both worlds and means that I always cook lots of food which can then be heated up the next day. The only negative thing I can think of about the Morphy Richards slow cooker is that it doesn't have a timer on it. It would be great to not have to waste energy until I get home to turn it off - a timer would be great to cut off as soon as the food is cooked. Also I can imagine that for people with small kitchens it would be difficult to store such a large object and at 6.5 litres, this model is quite large.
However, for me the Morphy Richards Slow Cooker has been a bit of a lifesaver and I'm still really enjoying using it and experimenting with foods and recipes I've never used before. It's excellent value at the prices mentioned below and would recommend for anyone. 4/5.
Slow cooker - what did I do without it?. For any busy person this is an ideal addition to your kitchen. It is also a credit crunch worthwhile investment as uses less electricity than your standard oven and as creates such nice meals you won't want to eat out.
Best for casseroles - Bolognese, pork in cider to name but a few. The trick is to have some liquid although don't need huge amounts. Meat often benefits from being slow cooked and just melts in the mouth. One of my favourites is pork with some onion apples and cider. Oh so easy to cook just throw everything in and switch to low for a few hours.
Take care however if cooking pulses as you will need to potentially add more liquid as I have discovered to my cost. Provided you put enough liquid in then it will make a tasty dhal - even better than the local take away according to my parents who are quite the food critics!
If a novice to the joy of the slow cooker then soups are a good way of getting used to it. Throw is your chosen vegetables and some stock and leave to simmer away overnight and hey presto lots of lovely soup to pour into your flask for your lunchtime break. It has three settings low medium and high although I tend to use just low or if in more of a rush high.
Size matters! Even if cooking for one good idea to get a decent sized slow cooker. I like to batch cook at weekends so make large quantities eat some and freeze some. This also makes the electrical cost of running it fairly low. This model has a capacity of 6.5 litres so enables you to make a hearty portion however it is easy to clean but it should not be soaked. It is quite heavy and because of the size fills my bowl.
Overall I would certaily recommend it although not if you have back problems. £30 well spent as it has been very well used.
My mum is the queen of 'slow cooking' and has been telling me for years that I should invest in a slow cooker. I have always resisted saying that I couldn't bear the thought of getting up at 6.30am (I leave for work at 7.30am) to prepare our evening meal. I would love to be that organised, but I love my sleep! I could never be like my mum!!
However, needs must! Our family dynamics are such that I have decided to succumb. With teenagers in and out at different times (and demanding 'proper food'!) plus a husband who always seems to arrive home late, a slow cooker seemed to be the simplest and healthiest option.
As a family of 5, (big eaters too!) I needed to purchase the largest cooker I could. Most seem to hold 3.5 litres and say they are suitable for a family of 4. I needed bigger than this so I bought the Morphy Richards 48715 oval 6.Litre capacity, stainless steel slow cooker.
Why Slow Cook?
Slow cooking allows you to be organised and arrive home from a hard days work to the smells of a wholesome meal, ready and waiting - it's almost like having your meal on the table when you get in. As the cooking time is much longer than using a conventional oven food becomes more flavoursome. Cooking at such low temperatures mean that meat , in particular, cheaper cuts, becomes tenderised. You can put pretty much what you like in the cooker , cover with liquid, leave it for several hours and hey presto dinner is ready! I can make a casserole which will be ready when we all come in at different times. The kids now know if they are going out again that they can cook a potato, some rice or pasta to have with their meat. I no longer have to come in from work to shouts of "what's for tea?" or " I'll jut have toast , I haven't got time to wait" or in the case of my wonderful husband (me to him) " your dinner's in the dog!!" No more arriving home at 5 o'clock and starting to cook tea with out having time to take my coat off.
The slow cooker has a black ceramic pot which sits inside a stainless finished outer casing. I bought it for £38.95 from Argos and it comes with a 2 year guarantee.
* Oval shape - which it ideal for joints of meat as well as casseroles, curries and chillies
* 330 Watt makes
* Capacity 6.5 litres
* 3 cooking settings: low, medium and high
* Toughened glass lid
* Dishwasher proof
* Removable ceramic pot
* Cool touch handles
* Non slip feet
How it works
The slow cooker works by building up heat and maintaining it at an even temperature. I usually cook on a LOW setting which means the cooker is working for 10-12 hours. The 6.5 litre oval ceramic pot has a working capacity of 4.5 litres or 8 pints. It is big enough to cook a large joint or chicken. You don't have to just do stews and casseroles.
I usually prepare the food the night before and store it in the fridge. Most recipes suggest you brown everything before hand, but I don't usually bother (apart from frying off the onions) I know its going to be cooking for long enough. Even Jamie Oliver doesn't brown his meat before he casseroles it - he says it makes no difference to the flavour. So with all the meat and vegetables chopped and prepared. All you have to do is bung everything into the ceramic pot, cover with liquid (stock, wine, beer, tinned tomatoes - depending on what you are doing) and switch on. It couldn't be simpler.
The ceramic pot is large and therefore heavy, but it is very easy to clean. Because the food cooks so slowly and at an even temperature, there are no 'burned on' bits of food to scrub off. It is dishwasher safe, but I think it takes up too much room. I think hand washing is no problem.
This particular slow cooker is quite large and takes up a lot of room on the work surface. I am lucky enough to have a large kitchen so it is not an issue for me, but it does need to be taken into consideration before buying.
The outside of the cooker gets very hot and you have to make sure you don't touch it. There is a warning on the instruction leaflet - ' never touch the outer enclosure..' but I was still surprised with the heat it generates. You could easily burn your self. Therefore make sure it is kept out of reach of children.
Was it worth buying?
I have been using the slow cooker for several weeks with my mum laughing at me and saying " I told you so!" and I have to admit that she's right. The preparation the night before is minimal and the meals that have been cooked have been delicious. The cooker heats so gently that liquid is retained ensuring lovely sauces and gravies. When the food is ready you can switch it off and the cooker will retain enough heat to keep the meal warm for up to 30 minutes. This is great for late arrivals!
The slow cooker is very economical and safe to use.
A great buy and I would reccommend it to those of you with a hectic home life.
However does this now mean that the old saying is true?....
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all!"
Thank you for reading. :o)
We got bought this morphy richards slow cooker 18 months ago now when we moved into our first house, but we have only just started to use it a few months ago. I am actually very impressed with this product and we use it now about once a week.
This slow cooker is actually quite big, a bit big for the amount of food we put in, there are only two of us, it has a 6.5 litre capacity pot, but its good to have one a bit bigger if you are cooking for guests. The great thing about a slow cooker is you can chop up all your ingredients, throw it all in the dish and just leave it to cook! Also, you know exactly what is going in to your food and that its all healthy!
The first few times I used this slow cooker I put it on too high for too long and my food was very over cooked, but once you get used to the heat settings, it is so easy to use. I don't tend to leave it on all day while I am out, I usually use it at the weekend when I am in, and I cook the food on a high heat for the first hour or so, then on a low heat for about another 4 hours, and the food comes out delicious. Especially casseroles, the potatoes are really soft, and the chicken is lovely. I expected the meat to come out quite tough after being cooked for so long, but it comes out really tender and I wouldn't go back to cooking this sort of thing in the oven again! You don't need to stir it or keep checking it, you can just leave it on for hours and not worry about cooking!
If you do want to check on your food, it has a glass lid so you can see the food cooking. The dish is quite heavy, but this isn't too much of a problem. Also be careful because it does get very hot too touch whilst cooking.
I recommend buying this slow cooker to everyone, I wouldn't be without it now. It cooks food perfectly once you get used to what heat settings you need to use, it is easy to clean and stored away easily!
I would recommend buying a slow cooker to any busy or working family that still want to eat good healthy meals after a long day instead of reaching for the ready meal or take away menu. I have a large family and the 6.5L is perfect for me. I tend to do any prep the night before after washing up from dinner and then just wrap it up in the fridge ready to put on the next morning before leaving for work. I tend to use the low setting the most when working a full day and love coming home (particularly in the winter) to the smell of dinner and knowing that all there not much to do other than dish up. I have cooked a whole chicken on a Sunday and enjoyed spending the day out with the children without having to slave over a stove to get a good cooked meal inside them. I always use my slow cooker over the christmas period when cooking lots of different meats for christmas, just pop in a beef joint and pop the lid on and you will have a perfect tender joint, no basting, no hassle. Or your bacon joint in water, lovely!
I tend to think of the heat setting with a rough time guide of when I want to eat, 4hrs-high 6hrs-Medium 8hrs-high. Of course that depends on what you are cooking and how much but thats the rough guide I use for most meals for a large family and I've never had anything burnt or under cooked.
Its great on low setting with a pre cooked chilli for a party, take the lid off pop in a serving spoon and let people help themselves.
The inner dish comes out and washes easily. I do find it heavy to lift out of a low cupboard.
I bought a Murphy Richards 48719 3.5 litre slow cooker about two months ago and was extremely happy with it. I then arranged a dinner party for six people a month later and thought the slow cooker would be an ideal way to cook the meal. This way I could prepare everything in the morning and set it away cooking. Then by the time the guests arrive on the evening there is no last minute rush and stress, all I have to do is dish the food out, relax and enjoy the evening. However my 3.5 litre slow cooker would not be large enough so I purchased the Murphy Richards 48715.
Again it has the three settings of low, medium and high which I find very useful. Generally I use medium but if Im late putting the food in I will use the high setting.
Its size is perfect for families, dinner parties and cooking joints in. The meat comes out beautifully tender, even when I've used pretty cheap cuts.
I have cooked a variety of meals in it, from curries, casseroles to rice pudding and not one of them has come out disappointing.
I find the ceramic bowl cleans very easily.
The only thing I can think would improve the product is if it had a timer.
I bought this slow cooker a few years ago. As a busy family of 6 we were rushing around most evenings trying to do homework and activities. Cooking dinner was challenging at best. After complaining to a friend at swimming lessons one evening that I had yet to start dinner she told me that hers was just waiting to be dished up. I went out and bought this slow cooker the following day. I now have two, the 3.5 litre model and the 6.5 litre.
Both are brilliant and get used every week. The 6.5 litre is best for batch cooking, roasts, whole chickens etc. I have been known to have both slow cookers on the go at the same time!
You can use much cheaper cuts of meat and they just melt in your mouth after being cooked in the slow cooker. Often on a Saturday night I will cook a roast over night. I put it on high for the first few hours before I go to bed and then turn it to Med until morning.
The Morphy Richards model has three settings High, Med & Low. The low is effectively a keep warm feature.
The ceramic dish washes fine in the dishwasher. Although there are some glaze surface cracks in mine now. But plenty of life still in it. The glass lid is not supposed to go in the dishwasher. It's been in mine a couple of times by mistake and lived to tell the tale.
The instruction manual is quiet good. Some nice recipes for chilli, soups and curry. Once you get the hang of slow cooking you can adapt your own recipes. I haven't bought any slow cooker books but refer to the manual often for recipes.
The only thing I've had mixed success with in the slow cooker is rice. It's either stuck to the bottom or too wet.
In terms of wear and tear the plastic knobs on the lid and for the temperature setting are flimsy. The lid knobs cracked on both my Morphy Richards slow cookers shortly after buying them. They didn't come off completely so still able to use. The temperature knob on my 3.5 litre slow cooker came off and wouldn't go back on. I had to replace the slow cooker. I bought a cheaper Tesco model but lived to regret it. I later replaced it with another Morphy Richards.
When my husband saw me coming home with the first slow cooker, his reaction was oh no another gadget to gather dust. When the knob came off the 3.5 litre one, he was the one who sent me straight out to get another.
Perfect appliance for busy families. Can't picture a time when we won't use a slow cooker.
Like many people, including men like myself, I enjoy cooking and find that a home cooked meal taste a lot better than a microwavable one.
I do like to spend time in the kitchen, a lot more than the wife to be honest, and I enjoy different ways to cook, from roasting to frying and boiling to pouching, so when I discovered the delights of a slow cooking I was instantly hooked.
Anyway, I have used a few 'cheap' slow cookers, or 'crockpots' as they are also known but my latest one seems to have lasted me the longest and has performed a lot better than my previous ones, giving me and my family many delicious meals at a low cost.
** First the TECHNICAL BITS...
* Oval shaped.
* It has a silver, stainless steel body with a black ridge which the toughened glass lid sits neatly on.
* Two black handles, one on either side, and a black control switch on the front.
* The control switch has three settings, low, medium and high.
* A keep warm facility
* 6.78 litre capacity
* 350 watts
* The actual pot is dishwasher safe.
Unfortunately this unit does not have a timer setting.
** IN CONCLUSION...
As I said I have used slow cookers for some time now and find that the finished results have a taste of there own, the food being succulent, almost melting in the mouth, so when I came across the Morphy Richards 'crockpot' on offer I jumped at the chance to buy it as my 'Tesco' special had had its day.
I have now owned this one for a while now and it has helped me feed my family many time over, especially during the good old English winters we have to endure.
It is so easy to use that an arthritic monkey could manage to make a meal in it, it is a simple matter of preparing the ingredients, such as potatoes, meat, (of any type), and vegetables, then simply pouring over some stock, topping up the pot with water if necessary, then setting the switch to low/medium/high, (dependant on choice, although I do tend to use low most of the time).
Then you can go about your daily business as usual, letting the 'crockpot' simmer away for a few hours, leading to a delicious family meal when you need it most, at the end of a busy day.
Plus, the 'keep warm' facility allows any remaining meal to stay warm just in case anyone wants an extra serving. (although do keep the lid on to keep the heat in).
I have a family of four, me, the wife and our two daughters, (luckily, my daughters enjoy eating vegetable which is a help), and the size of this slow cooker means I can give us all a good square meal with some to spare so I can maybe freeze for the day after.
I do find it to be a form of healthier eating and it will save you money in the long run as you can use almost any ingredients to make a hearty dish for all. My kids have never yet complained about the dishes I have served up, which is a good thing as they do tend to say if they don't like something put in front of them, so I will keep using this 'crockpot', especially with the Winter drawing in once more.
Even though it may be quite a large sized unit it doesn't look out of place in most kitchens with its stylish looking stainless steal a black mixture, the size of it just means that you can make more of a meal in one go.
I bought my 'Cockpot' in a sale, paying just over twenty pounds for it, but even at its price of around £35.00 it is still value for money and will definitely save you time and money.
If I had to give it a negative mark then I would have to say that it is the lack of a fitted timer which would come in handy if you had to leave the house for longer than the cooking time needed for the dish you are making. But this can be overcome by plugging in a normal timer switch into the plug socket and using that instead... simple and very effective indeed.
In all, it is a cracking little cooking machine which helps you create good quality meals for all your family with such ease, leaving you time to go about your daily tasks in the notion that you'll be eating like kings at the end of the day.
** Some notes to remember...
* It is advisable to fill the pot above half way, maybe even up to the three quarter mark, other wise the contents will cook too quick and the food will be overcooked and spoiled.
* Like any cooking gadget the more you use it the easier it is to use,
During my cooking course I've been living with my brother, who usually lives alone in a typical bachelor pad.
His oven doesn't work so I've been a bit limited to what I can cook. Luckily he has a slow cooker, so I could him one of my favourite dishes, Thai Massaman Curry.
I have only recently got into slow cooking and I have been using my Tefal 4-in-1 to slow cook. His Morphy Richards is simply a slow cooker, so using it was a bit different for me..
This model of slow cooker is absolutely huge! I've no idea why my brother chose this massive model, as he lives alone and is hardly the type to plan ahead and cook a large batch and freeze some. I guess it's just the typical male mentality to buy the biggest product available and not consider whether it's appropriate to his needs (I make no apologies for this sexist statement because you know it's true!).
The capacity is 6.5 litres, so even though I'd doubled the quantity of my curry recipe (to feed 6), it only filled the cooking vessel by about a third. The cooking vessel is oval in shape and it is very heavy, I would say on a par with a small cast iron dish. The cooking vessel can be brought straight to the table and it is also dishwasher proof, which is a bonus, but I think you would be hard pressed to fit it in!
The main difference of this slow cooker to my Tefal is it has various temperature settings: low, medium and high. I'd prepared my curry the night before we wanted to eat it and the following morning I put it into the slow cooker and cooked it on low all day whilst we were out. I did bring the curry to boiling point in a pan before putting it into the slow cooker, but then I realised that I could have set the temperature to high to do this (and saved myself another pan to wash up!). This is the advantage of having various temperature settings and something I wish my Tefal had.
However, even though I'd set the cooker on low, the heat was really quite fierce and when I got home the meat had dried out a little bit. I hadn't added much liquid because I'd based the amount of liquid on my Tefal, which produces a gentle heat, so luckily I came home earlier than I anticipated, otherwise I think the meat would have started to burn!
I did manage to salvage my curry, but the texture of the meat was a little dry because of the intense heat. In my opinion, this slow cooker does not slow cook. Using it on the low temperature is more like boiling, whereas I believe it should be barely a simmer. There isn't a keep warm function, but there was enough residual heat to keep my curry hot for 2 hours so I didn't need to reheat it for serving.
Because of the high temperature I don't think it's ideal for cooking small quantities of food, therefore it might be better suited to large families or those who like to cook in bulk.
I also found that the outside of the stainless steel unit was quite hot to the touch, although it does have 'cooltouch' handles, so it is possible to pick it up and move it around. The toughened glass lid did its job by not allowing any heat to escape and although it does help that you can see through the glass, the condensation that accumulates does obscure your view.
Overall I think this is a fairly decent slow cooker for the price (currently around £26 on Amazon) and it is relatively cheap to run at 350 watts. I think with all slow cookers it does take a while to perfect recipes and a bit of trial and error is necessary. However, I am not in the least bit jealous that my brother owns this, as I'm perfectly happy with my Tefal 4-in-1!
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