“ Brand: Tower / Type: Electric Cooker / Capacity: 3 Litre „
I have recently become a big advocate of slow cooking with its energy saving advantages, the convenience of having your dinner cooked when you get home in the evening from work and the fact that you can use cheaper cuts of meat as they will be tenderised during the slow cooking process. I bought the Tower 3L slow cooker from Robert Dyas about a year ago and chose this particular option, mainly as it was the cheapest cooker they stocked at £17.99 - with prices ranging from this to around £40 for a more premium brand. I didn't want to invest in a more expensive brand in case I didn't take to the concept of slow cooking long term, but this particular brand seemed to have all the basics that I would need anyway. With its 3 litre capacity, which is sufficient, its three settings consisting of low for cooking over a long period such as 10 hours, high for cooking over a period of around 5-6 hours, and warm for keeping the food warm once it's cooked, I didn't see a need for any extras. Once I put it to use I found that this slow cooker is easy to use because of it's simple, basic settings. You switch it on 20 minutes before you need it so that it can warm up, add your food to cook and put it on the relevant low or high setting according to how much time you have. A few hours later and I had a great casserole so the cooker did its job. I now use it regularly and have experimented a bit more with it, using cheaper cuts of meat and varying the recipe and it always gives good results. My one criticism, however, is that where some slow cookers have a wider, shallow pan, this one is narrow and deep and this makes it a bit cumbersome to both put the food in to be cooked and take it out once it is cooked. This is irritating as food can be spilled on route. However, this is its one drawback. For a basic, very reasonably priced slow cooker, it does the job.