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I think these are absolutely great. Firstly they are small I can fit mine in a cupboard when it's not being used but it's small enough to be left out all the time it takes up no space at all. Secondly is so easy to clean the pit in the middle can be taken out of the slow cooker so it's just a case of wiping the out side and washing the pot bowl inside its so easy. Thirdly it makes great food. I normally just chop up a load if veg and some meat add water n beef stock and you can leave it bubbling all day so when you get home you've got a nice meal to come home to so you can just imagine how great these are in the winter. I have also used mine to slow cook beef it was lovely the meat was just crumbling it was cooked perfect. I would recommend this to anyone
Works great! takes up a small space on your worksurface, perfect for slow cooking steak for a steak and ale pie, shame you cant put it straight in the oven, have to transfer it to another pot, More washing up!For the price i think everyone should have one of these! Isnt big enough to cook for more than one person though.
I was looking for a slow cooker for a while because I heard great things about them, and I finally came across this one and thought I'd buy it. It was pretty small and inexpensive, so even if I didn't like it, I wouldn't put a big dent in my wallet. And since I live alone, I wasn't too concerned with the larger models.
The first time I used it, I couldn't believe how simple it was. I took it out of the box, washed it, put the food in the cooker, and turned it on. That's it! It was the easiest dinner I have ever made. All I had to do was wait the 5o r 6 hours it took to cook, and I was ready to eat. This has made my Sunday dinners enjoyable and easy to make.
The crockpot itself would probably only be good for one or two people, since it only fits a smaller amount of food. It has three heat settings which is good if you want to cook food a little faster. It's small, so it stores away nicely in tight spaces. The shell of the cooker isn't too much to look at, and if you don't keep it clean, you can see a lot of the smudges on the reflective surface. A quick wipedown with soap and water will do the trick, but just make sure you stay on top of it.
Overall, I've owned this unit for months and it has worked well. I've never had any problems with it, and it is very durable. I would suggest it if you are looking for a smaller sized slow cooker
This little slow cooker is perfect if you're cooking for one or two people. At 1.5 litre capacity, the cooking pot is approximately six inches in diameter by 5 inches deep. It is round, rather than oval-shaped. It has the basic settings of 'low', 'high' and 'keep warm' and it doesn't need pre-heating before use. The 'low' setting cooks the food on the lowest heat for around 6 - 8 hours. With the high setting it takes a shorter time for the dish to reach simmering point, and it cooks the food in approximately 4 hours.
If you are new to the world of slow-cooking, one thing to bear in mind is that the dish doesn't lose moisture as it cooks. The liquid does not evaporate, so you will need less stock or liquid than you do when cooking with a normal hob or oven. Secondly, you must leave the lid on! For each time the lid is removed, you will need to add 20 minutes of cooking time.
Slow cookers run at a very low temperature, so they will not brown or fry the food. As with all slow cookers, it's recommended with this one that you brown the meat and fry your onions and spices prior to cooking, as this will improve the texture and taste of the meal, but if you are pushed for time it is also possible to just put it all into the pot and let it cook.
For me, I found the hardest thing is not so much to do with the cooker itself, but with calculating the quantities of ingredients. The recipes in most slow cooker cookbooks, including the one that came with this cooker, are intended for 'normal' family-size slow cookers so the amounts need to be adjusted. As a rough estimate I'd say you need to halve the amounts given for a medium-sized (5L) cooker, but you may need to tweak the quantities a bit for each recipe.
Cleaning the appliance is easy, - the ceramic cooking pot comes out completely, and once it's cooled can be washed by hand, as can the lid. They can also be washed in the dishwasher, though care has to be taken not to let the pot crack or chip. The slow cooker itself obviously cannot be immersed in water and would need to just be wiped down.
Food that's been slow-cooked for hours has a taste and texture which is hard to beat. Vegetables, particularly root veg, taste great, dried goods like beans and chickpeas cook well in the slow cooker, and meat is very tender. As a general rule fish is less suitable for slow-cooking because its delicate texture may not stand up to hours of simmering.
The advantage of using a slow cooker is that once the food's in the pot you can just go away and forget about it and come back to a nutritious cooked meal in the evening. For ease of use and convenience I would say this is a great little cooker.
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