Well if you’re looking for equipment worthy of its hype and price then the slow cooker might just check all the boxes. If your one who loves to cook on a budget then a slow cooker is a simply a must have.
Apart from that you’ll also be eating healthy since it requires least oil and almost 0 effort but you need to learn to use it right and efficiently. So here’s how to use a slow cooker effectively.
The first thing that caught my eye when buying a cooker was its low cost. It’s one of the biggest reasons these cookers have become so popular and are still high in demand. From lean meat such as chicken or fish to even your veggies, these cookers can cook them all.
Prices can range from a mere $40 to about $500 but trust me every penny you’ll need to put in is absolutely worth it.
Its healthy cooking
Worried about all the oil you’ve needed to cook the meat and veggies? Well guess what, you’ll need none of it with these cookers. To further take the health quotient up a notch you can even chop off all the fat sticking on the meat to keep your stews and curries oil free as these cookers do not come with a drip tray and not chopping it off can result in fat pools.
Effortless and time saving
Has cooking pork, chicken etc. become a tedious task? Does it seem to be too time consuming? Well then this is exactly the cooking utensil your kitchen’s missing. Unlike its name this cooker saves you plenty of time and like I said above requires hardly any effort.
Soups, stews etc. are cooked best in these cookers. Apart from that if you’re looking to grill stuff it’s always a better idea to slow cook it first.
Slow and steady wins the race
The setting that I recommend all my readers when cooking in these cookers is to keep it on low. Trust me even its low setting is way faster than your regular pressure cookers. This is especially useful when cooking curries and stews as it enhances the flavors.
With these cookers there’s no constant need for a check. Avoid removing the lid as it tends to leave out some steam leading to longer cooking times.
Keep the liquids low
Firstly your meat and your veggies won’t need too much of water to cook in any case but yes your stews and soup will need it but again avoid over pouring it as the tightly closed lid does not allow evaporation which then leads to leakage or uncooked foods. If you’re not sure I would recommend you fill not more than half the cooker or at the most two thirds of it.