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Well what can I say about my morphy richards slow cooker? I completely love it! I got mine just before christmas and I have used it for as many meals as I can since then. With a busy life and two little ones, my slow cooker as been a life saver and i produces the nicest meals i have ever tasted. Something like a chilli (I always make my own food from scratch) has become so much simpler, I just throw in the ingredients and the cooker does it all for me, I do not have to constantly check it, or stir it, and I never have to worry that meat isn't cooked properly, because this appliance guarentees perfection each and every time! There are only a few heat options, and most reciepes you will use will tell you which one to set it at and how long it takes. The morphy richards slow cooker is best for busy families, or people that work all day and want to come home to a decent meal in the evening. Many a time I have left the house for several hours and left the slow cooker on, saving me time and energy. For the price (you can pick one up for under £30 from many sites such as amazon, mine was £27) I reccommend everyone to buy it (which I constantly do to friends and family members), because without a doubt it is my favourite new toy!
I got this bought as a wedding present when I got married a couple of years ago.
I have used it a lot since we got it and really love it so far.
The great thing about it for us is that you can prepare the meal in the morning before you leave for work and when you arrive home your dinner is ready and waiting for you! Perfect!
The model that I have is the 6 litre one and we find that this holds plenty enough for all the family (2 adults and 2 children).
The slow cooker really could not be simpler to use. The cooker has 2 main sections to it a metal outer section which is the part that plugs in and then an inner ceramic bowl which you can lift out to either put the food in or for when you are serving the food out.
The outside section has 2 plastic handles on the sides which makes it easy to pick up and move if you need to without burning yourself.
The ceramic section can be lifted out of the cooker itself and we sometimes put the bowl in the centre of the table and then serve it out from there.
The cooker is very easy to keep clean the ceramic section can be put in the dishwasher which is great as it saves you having to wash it up, one less job for you! All you need to do with the outer part is give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth.
When you are using the cooker you simply prepare the food that you want and put it into the bowl. You then select the temperature you want from the front (high, medium or low) and that's it job done.
When you arrive home that evening your meal will be ready for you. You can always tell when the slow cooker is switched on as there is a red light on the front that turns on when you turn the dial to select your temperature.
The lid on the slow cooker is glass so you can look in and see how your food is coming along if you need to but it is perfectly fine for it to be left all day without any intervention.
I did wonder at first if we would run out of meal ideas but we have not at all. I have bought a few slow cooker recipes and they have lots of ideas in them which is great.
I was really happy with this gift and we use it at least a couple of times a week so its definitely getting used! It is a great idea for a working or busy family. The other good thing is that when you come home the gorgeous smell of food has filled the house its like coming home and having a cook there ready to serve your meal. I would definitely recommend it to others.
I've been using a slow cooker regularly for a few years now, as a busy working mum I find it ideal, I can bung in a load of ingredients in the morning and food can carry on simmering away all day and then be served up as and when needed, at different times if necessary. I suppose then that it was inevitable that my original slow cooker, also a Morphy Richards, would give up the ghost one day. I replaced it as almost as soon as it did with this 6 litre model which, as the product description would suggest is actually a slow cooker with two separate cooking bowls so you can cook two things as at once. Each compartment is 3 litres big and you can use one or both bowls. I find this a great advantage as I can cook two meals at the same time or slightly spicier versions of the same meal. It's one of the things that make this an excellent product that I would recommend, and for which I paid £24.99, a bargain in my mind for something that solves my cooking issues a few times a week.
Out of the Box:
When I first got the slow cooker it required some minimal assembly - the plastic handle on the glass lid had to be screwed in. I would rather not have had to do this and found the manufacturer's explanation that it was necessary to avoid damage in transit a bit strange, but it was easy enough to do. Apart from adding the handle it was a question of washing the porcelain inner bowl and you are good to go. The cooker comes with a comprehensive and clear manual with plenty of recipes which would I think be useful to anyone new to slow cookers. I have tended to stick to the recipes I usually use - bolognaise and stews that are I would imagine standard family fare, but there was still quite a lot of useful information in the book for even an experienced slow cooker user - I didn't know that you could wrap potatoes in foil and bake them in a slow cooker and have tried this and found it an effective way of having my main meal all cooked as one.
The slow cooker is easy to use and has settings of high, low and medium. I tend to use medium most which requires about 7-9 hours cooking but if you are in a rush and only have an afternoon for food to be ready then the high is a useful setting, whilst low is for longer cooking or keeping food warm, eg for serving at a buffet. It's easy to switch between the settings as there is a simple dial and a light that comes on to tell you the slow cooker is on. Compared to my previous slow cooker which had a digital display this is quick and easy, it won't tell you how long food has been cooking but it's simple and pretty well fail proof. I like the fact too that there is a clearly visible light to tell you the item is on; it's not cool wall and does get pretty hot over time so it's good that there is some obvious indication that it is working for both safety reasons and for reassurance that it is actually on. I like having a glass lid as you can see the food cooking - when slow cooking it's important not to open the cooker too often as heat will escape and cooking times be increased. If you want to cook one meal and not two you can either divide the meal between the two compartments or put water in one side. At full capacity I find that you can easily make enough food for 8-10 people as billed.
At 28 x 37 x 24.5 cm the footprint of this cooker is not particularly small, and you will need quite a large cupboard to store it. The bowl can go in the dishwasher and also apparently in the oven - I've not chanced this I have to say, but in my use of the slow cooker I've found it great at producing melt in the mouth stews and delicious chilli con carne. You do need to brown meat in a separate pan before adding it to the cooker - some slow cookers can go on the stove too, but I don't find this to be a requirement for me. It's not particularly difficult to clean, inside and out - the inner fits in the dishwasher and the outer just needs a quick wipe over. The only disadvantage I can think of is with this model is that you can't fit a whole chicken in it, were this something that you wanted to do - again this doesn't bother me but may be something to consider before purchase.
The cooker is guaranteed two years which is a plus in my book and, in my opinion, is well made. I quite like the shiny metal finish of the bowl and the dial seems chunky and solid. The lead length is generous enough - about one metre by my measurements - and the appliance has plastic feet to avoid damage to the work surface. It's never going to win any beauty awards but it's not so ugly that you wouldn't want to have it out on the side in your kitchen. There are two stay-cool plastic handles on the side of the cooker if you need to lift it when cooked - all in all this is a simple but well thought item with few bells and whistles but which works well and is, I think, great value at the price I paid.
If you can see the benefits of slowcooking and being able to cook two meals at once then I would say that this cooker is a good buy - should you wish a one bowl cooker this same cooker is available with a single bowl. For me having two compartments works well and I prefer it over the crockpot version I borrowed from a friend which seemed a bit fierce to me, with this cooker I can produce great results every time. I had no hesitation buying a Morphy Richards again despite what was I assume the failure of the element on my previous model - it had had a lot of use and I've no reason to think that this cooker won't last a similarly long time. I would really recommend slow cooking, and this cooker in version for anyone who wants to make great meals cheaply and ... slowly. Highly recommended, I couldn't live without mine!
The Morphy Richards 6 litre Slow Cooker is stylish and contemporary in design with a divided pot for versatile cooking / The oval shape makes it ideal for joints of meat as well as casseroles curries and chillies whilst the dual bowl can accommodate 2 x 3 litre or 1 x 6 litre dishes.A slow cooker can be left safely cooking while you go about your busy daily routine so you can enjoy freshly cooked meals without being tied to the kitchen / The removable ceramic pot is easy for cleaning and makes an ideal serving dish.Also includes a toughened and insulated glass lid to view cooking without letting heat escape along with 3 cooking settings. / Short name: Morphy Richards 48762