Love me tender, 10 things I have learned since using my slow cooker

It took me a long time to get one. I don’t know why. Now that I have one, it’s like this thing is a no-brainer. I can’t believe I didn’t have a slower cooker when I was working. It would have saved so much time, arguments, and we would have had delicious nutritious hassle-free meals. But now I have one I am realising the many benefits of my slow cooker. These are my 10 things I have learned since using my slow cooker.

10 things I have learned since using my slow cooker

1. I can cook hassle free meals

Yes, there’s no racing home thinking crap what shall I feed the kids tonight (OK meal planning was not my forte back then). But with the slow cooker, I have to plan and shop for what I am going to cook for the week. It’s turned me into a meal planning ninja! And that’s great because I’m not charging around the supermarket thinking …argh need more fish fingers.

Nope, with the slow cooker, there’s a chicken curry waiting ready to be dished up. All I need to do is pop on some rice. And no more moaning kids, they eat whatever that darn slow cooker cooks!

2. I can cook cheaper cuts of meat

This is a good one. Because the cooking is long and slow I can buy and cook cheaper cuts of meat. The slow cooker works its magic making the meat soft and succulent. I love a bit of slow cooked pork belly, or a beef curry made up of stewing cuts. This week I am trying beef massaman curry.

3. When I get home, there’s a hot delicious meal waiting for me

That’s the beauty of the slow cooker. I prep in the morning, chopping, slicing and dicing and a bit of browning of the meat. Then I pop all ingredients into the slow cooker. Put the lid on and set the cooking level. Usually low or if I’m pressed for time, medium to high. Flick the timer on and get on with my day. And in the evening – there it is a super, slow cooked meal.

4. It’s economical. I can double up quantities. Eat and freeze

I love this. I can cook more and save more. I can double up on quantities and freeze the extra portions. When I haven’t  had time to cook, there’s usually a Chilli con Carne to be found in the freezer.

5. It’s energy efficient, less of a drain on the electric

That slow cooker is economical and efficient. It uses far less electricity than our electric fan oven.  More pennies (or centimes because I am in France) saved. Kerrching!

6. The long, slow cooking does amazing things to food flavours

I have converted my chicken curry recipe for the slow cooker and after six hours of low, slow cooking, it tastes divine. The pungent spices have penetrated deep into the chicken, the sauce is full of zest, that chilli trips of the tongue.  Oh and the meat, it just falls away from the bone. No more moaning about chewy meat!

7. There is less washing up

Hurrah! Oh so much less washing up, especially if I’ve opted for the one-pot recipes. I am a big fan of any meal that can be cooked in a single pot! Anything to keep the washing up to a manageable, in my case, non-existent level.

8. It’s easy on my purse

The slow cooker is giving me extra wriggle room in my purse. Less stress on the electricity bills, using cheaper cuts of meat, and meal planning which I have finally got my head around, means we are saving money on our weekly shop!

9. It’s saving me more time

Slow cooking saves time, by redistributing time.

I either prep in the night before or in the morning after the school run. Then the food is tipped into the slow cooker, switch it on and return when the food it is done.

My slow cooker has put an end to the evening kitchen frenzy of cooking something, anything for starving, grumpy, tired kids, and then something for us.

I know, almost four years of cooking two sets of meals. You don’t have to tell me. I am still kicking myself!

If it’s slow cooker night – we are all eating it!

10. I can just pile it in then walk away

And that’s the beauty of slow cooker cooking, pile it in, switch it on, walk away! I love my slow cooker!

 

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68 Comments

  1. My rice cooker is also supposed to be a slow cooker, but I haven’t quite worked it out. Everything seems to be cooked within one to two hours! I do need to use more often though and properly plan my meals, I’m spending far too much time in the kitchen. #KCACOLS
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    • Give it a go, it’s pretty awesome when you get going with the slow cooker and there are some fabulous meals!

  2. I have to be honest when my MIL gave me a slow cooker as a house warming gift 13 years ago, I smiled and said oh how lovely while in the back of my head I was thinking what is this s£&@ ! But now I couldn’t imagine not having one! They are so versatile, and there is nothing better than walking in the front door after a hard day at work and smelling that delicious slow cooker smell!!!
    #foodiefriday

    • Yes high five! That’s how I feel about my slow cooker, I just love it!

    • Oh I have been there way too many times! You need the slow cooker kitchen saviour!

  3. I don’t use my slow cooker enough, mostly because my husband is not a big fan of the kind of food I do in the slow cooker. I’m going to give it another try after reading this, though. My friend always says ‘it’s like someone else has cooked dinner for you!’. #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Yes do it! It takes a slightly different mindset, and a little bit of organisation, then you are good to go!

  4. We love our slow cooker, although I don’t use it enough, not sure why! You’ve inspired me to make more with it, thank you 🙂 #bigpinklink

    • Thank you! It’s takes a bit of planning, but once that’s done it’s easy!

    • No problem at all. It’s a live saver, and time creator when you are working, just takes the hassle out of an evening!

  5. I love our slow cooker! It makes life so simple, especially when you have food at the ready when the toddlers are screaming for dinner! I love using it during the Winter too! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week! xx

    • Thank you! I love ours too. I just don’t know why I didn’t get one sooner!

  6. Oh, I really miss our slow cooker! Ours packed up about a year ago and we’ve not replaced it. But I love how tender the meat gets in it – I’m not always a fan of red meat, but I love it from the slow cooker. And it’s all just so easy! I think I’m going to request a new one for my birthday! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • Yes time to get a new shiny slow cooker, especially with baba number 2 on the way!

  7. I love this post and we love to use the slow cooker too! I think it is great for trying new recipes and cooking meat which is more tough in the oven.

    • Yes you are so right! It’s a brilliant little kitchen invention. Total life saver.

  8. I love doing my meal planning and prep ahead of time, and then throwing something in the slow cooker in the morning before school. And it makes the house smell AMAZING!!

    • I know, I just love the smell of a cooked meal when I walk in the door!

  9. I love my slow cooker! I don’t use it as often as I think I should, though! I used it today, Fridays we have a swimming lesson at 3.45-4.15 and by the time we’re home I’m too knackered to think about cooking! Lifesaver for sure 😉 #foodiefriday
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  10. I wasn’t just talking about this with my friend today! Wondering if it’s a bit retro mum. But my friend sais her slow cooker is a life saver. Where do you get your recipes though? That’s the only thing putting me off, having to think of new things to put in there. But something has to change! My cooking and shopping routine is a mess.

    • You have to get that cooker out and get with the slow cooking programme! It will change your life!

  11. I love all those things about my Crockpot! Sometimes it is pain in the bum to prepare things early in the morning, but the prospect of coming home to food ready to eat is amazing. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the sauces never reduced down and you need to thicken them!
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    • I know what you mean, but knowing it’s all cooked when you get home makes the prepping a minor inconvenience.

    • Yes, do! It’s just so amazing! It’s been brilliant for curries, no more hovering and stirring the pot!

  12. Ooh I love a slow cooker too. I only ever get it out in the winter though. I need to think up some Spring recipies to use in it! #Brillblogposts

    • I so love this kitchen contraption. Yes spring time recipes would be brill … better start checking some out!

  13. Loving the idea of just piling it in and walking away – I’m not much of a cook but maybe this is the way forward for me. And less washing up – got to be a winner! #coolmumclub

  14. Every reason above is why I love my slow cooker; Did you know, you can cook amazing baked potatoes in your slow cooker??? I know, amazing! #brillblogposts

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