We comtemplated buying a slow cooker for a long time – trying to decide what kind to get. There was the western one, Crockpot or the Chinese one, water-based. Checked both out on the internet and at the shops. In the end, we bought the water-based Slow Cooker, about a year ago. 🙂
It uses electricity and water; it can steam or slow cook/stew. It has 2 red claypots – a small pot and a large pot, each with 2 covers. 2 covers so that no evaporation comes out, I think. Maybe some of you would remember your granny or mum using something like that; cooking soup on a coal pot for many hours. And the soup is always delicious and full of flavour. It was mostly used for making 1 special kind of soup for women and girls to take once a month.. Do you remember? 🙂
We also bought a slow cook recipe book called Slow Cooking by Kitchen Classics. Well, we noticed that the final result always ended with too much sauce/liquid. Finally, after trying out several different recipes, I think that a water-based slowcooker doesn’t need so much liquid and so much salty ingredients – all to be reduced to half the quantity or amount given in the recipe. What we make in the slow cooker also doesn’t need any kind of oil or butter; the meat and vegetables are cooked perfectly – not mushy or stringy or hard.
Cooking this way is just really healthy and simple; only needing everything cut or chopped up and into the slow cooker. We don’t need to keep an eye on it; just leave it to cook and go do some shopping or housekeeping, to work, etc. When it’s done cooking, it’ll keep warm till everyone’s ready to eat.
We like and plan to cook many more healthy, simple and delicious dinners with our slow cooker. 🙂
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