top tips for slow cooking
Just slice, chop and pop ingredients in the pot, but remember – no peeking
Clean your appliance Chances are your slow cooker has been gathering dust for 12 months, so ensure you give it a good clean – that includes the bowl and the lid. Also, remove the bowl and use a damp cloth to clean the inside of the appliance.
Keep the lid closed You’ll need to use all of your willpower to do this but it’s very important because the minute you open the lid, all the heat that has been building up in the bowl will escape and you will need to add 30 minutes to the cooking time. Resist the urge, it’s worth it in the end.
Watch the liquid When slow cooking in an appliance, you really don’t need much liquid. So stick to the liquid quantities stated in the recipe.
Cook and freeze Only cooking for one or two people? Don’t halve the recipe, go ahead and make the full batch, as slow-cooked food is perfect for freezing and enjoying at a later date. You are already using the electricity for eight hours, so you might as well make the most of it. Plus, the best thing is, you’ll have a delicious meal on hand for those nights when you can’t be bothered cooking, or perhaps you could surprise a friend or family member with a homecooked dinner. Share the love!
Oven vs slow cooker If you like the look of an oven-baked recipe but you’d like to make it in a slow cooker appliance, you can. Just reduce the liquid by one-third, so you won’t have excess liquid at the end of the cooking process. And, if you like the look of a slow-cooker appliance recipe but you’d like to cook it in the oven, the best rule to follow is to double the amount of liquid.