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Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 21st, 2016, 1:22 pm

I have just purchased a slow cooker, just bought a cheap one to see how I get on with it.

It is the VonShef Electric Slow Cooker 3.5L Litres,
This one http://www.amazon.co.uk/VonShef-Electri ... B009H2W2OO
anybody got one if so what do you think of it.

But I am looking for good recipes for it so any T&T recipes would be great
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby miss mouse » January 21st, 2016, 1:52 pm

Any stew or casserole recipe works well, they key points are to have the veg at the bottom and use less liquid than you imagine possible. I often spatchcock chickens and save the backbone and wing tips (frozen) until there are enough to make a stock in the slow cooker, that works very well. Mine is cheap and simple. Did it come with a recipe book? That is a good start.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 21st, 2016, 2:17 pm

Not received it yet miss mouse but yes it comes with a cookbook
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby MrsWWoof » January 21st, 2016, 2:50 pm

And if you're doing a casserole, suet dumplings come up nice and fluffy in a slow cooker.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby slimpersoninside » January 21st, 2016, 5:22 pm

MrsWWoof wrote:And if you're doing a casserole, suet dumplings come up nice and fluffy in a slow cooker.


How long do they take to cook please Teri.

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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby MrsWWoof » January 21st, 2016, 5:26 pm

Depending on size I usually put mine in 30-45 minutes before we want to eat. Because of the cooking method, they won't overcook with the lid on so it doesn't matter if we're delayed in getting to the table.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby slimpersoninside » January 21st, 2016, 5:40 pm

Thank you.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 21st, 2016, 6:18 pm

I had this at a house warming party last week which is why I decided to get a slow cooker, it was delicious
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby 4dogsagain » January 21st, 2016, 7:45 pm

I 'roast' chicken in my slow cooker. No fat or liquid of any kind, just seasoning. It makes a lovely juice when cooked. You can finish it off in the oven to brown it. I also 'roast' pork shanks the same way.
It makes beautiful coq au vin as well.
My mother used to cook porridge overnight in hers.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 21st, 2016, 7:59 pm

I will have to try that 4dogs especially the coq au vin
I will pass on the porridge though, I call it wallpaper paste, hate the stuff :sprout:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Catherine » January 21st, 2016, 8:22 pm

Get a ham joint put in slow cooker. Add an onion quartered, a couple of bay leaves and some whole pepper corns. Pour in a can of coke, cherry coke or ginger beer and cook on low for 8 hrs. A proper treat
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Gruney » January 21st, 2016, 11:28 pm

Catherine wrote: Pour in a can of coke, cherry coke or ginger beer and cook on low for 8 hrs


Ooh - I was going to do this for the weekend. I take it the joint doesn't have to be totally covered in the coke then?
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Catherine » January 22nd, 2016, 1:43 am

Gruney wrote:Ooh - I was going to do this for the weekend. I take it the joint doesn't have to be totally covered in the coke then?


No it will be fine if you are doing it in the slow cooker
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Catherine » January 22nd, 2016, 1:49 am

Lamb shanks are also fantastic done in the slow cooker. Just add any veggies you like, stud the shanks with garlic and rosemary and chuck in some port and red wine
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby MrsWWoof » January 22nd, 2016, 5:58 am

Mmmm, I'm liking the sound of a joint of ham done with ginger beer. I was thinking of doing ox cheeks in the SC this weekend but you may just have changed my mind.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Gruney » January 22nd, 2016, 7:11 am

Catherine wrote:No it will be fine if you are doing it in the slow cooker


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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 22nd, 2016, 7:36 am

We're going to be having this http://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/reci ... er-version at the weekend - if I remember to get the piece of brisket out of the freezer in time ... I'd better do it this morning while I'm thinking about it ...
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby ianinfrance » January 22nd, 2016, 8:46 am

suffolk wrote:We're going to be having this http://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/reci ... er-version at the weekend - if I remember to get the piece of brisket out of the freezer in time ... I'd better do it this morning while I'm thinking about it ...
Looks lovely and reminds me that we have a brisket in the freezer. hmm.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 22nd, 2016, 8:56 am

I have bookmarked it as well, as it is very similar to the one I posted so will definitely be giving it a try
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 22nd, 2016, 11:59 am

We're ok :D the brisket is out of the freezer - it's a small piece of flat Hereford brisket as sold by Waitrose - a bit under 500gm reduced to £3.50 as it had reached it's sell by date - things like that get snapped up and popped in the freezer :)
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 22nd, 2016, 12:56 pm

The slow cooker arrived today, within 30 mins it has its first meal in & cooking.
I found a Asian sesame chicken recipe & had all the ingredients to hand so bunged it is.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Gruney » January 23rd, 2016, 9:44 am

suffolk wrote:We're going to be having this http://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/reci ... er-version at the weekend - if I remember to get the piece of brisket out of the freezer in time ... I'd better do it this morning while I'm thinking about it ...


This sounds like something I'd like to try very soon indeed - right up my street!

I note the recipe calls for a large Slow Cooker - would a 3.5 ltr one be ok, or do you use a larger?
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 23rd, 2016, 10:32 am

Hi Gruney, one I will be making definitely, mine is 3.5 ltr as well & I am pretty sure there will be plenty of room. apart from the 1.3kg brisket there is only 270 ml liquid so would think there will be plenty of room

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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 23rd, 2016, 10:50 am

My slow cooker is 3.5litres and I use it for everything. I think 3.5litres counts as a large one - I use it for a good sized chicken.

I'll be adapting this recipe to cook a small piece of flat brisket (500gm) - I'll be starting it off when I've finished this :mug:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Gruney » January 23rd, 2016, 11:42 am

Thanks Suffs and Terry - I've always been a bit cautious about having meat touching the sides of the pot, without liquid, in case of burning.

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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Pepper Pig » January 23rd, 2016, 12:25 pm

There's a slow cooker recipe for butter beans in today's Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... salad-pate
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 23rd, 2016, 1:50 pm

Gruney wrote:Thanks Suffs and Terry - I've always been a bit cautious about having meat touching the sides of the pot, without liquid, in case of burning.

Thanks again.


I've never found that to be a problem - I put the biggest chicken in that I can as long as the lid fits on properly :D

My brisket has been in for about three hours - the kitchen's smelling wonderful :drool:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 23rd, 2016, 1:52 pm

suffolk wrote:My brisket has been in for about three hours - the kitchen's smelling wonderful


Whoops! :oops: :oops: Not my brisket - the Hereford's brisket :D
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 23rd, 2016, 2:53 pm

Hi suffs, so is your small brisket (about the size I would do) in liquid or dry.
Whichever is it on low or high & for how long.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 23rd, 2016, 3:33 pm

It's just in half the ingredients in the recipe, and as I only used one eighth of a pint of Oyster sauce I made that up to a quarter of a pint with hot water just so there was enough to slosh the beef around in.

So there's about half an inch of liquid/sauce/marinade in the pot.

Edited to add: sorry, forgot to say - I started it off on high and turned it down to low after a couple of hours.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby miss mouse » January 23rd, 2016, 4:34 pm

suffolk wrote: I put the biggest chicken in that I can as long as the lid fits on properly


If it doesn't, breaking it's back can help, a Top Tip from an American experienced giant turkey cook, this also works in the oven.

I have resorted to putting a weight on the lid until the piece of meat shrinks sufficiently.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 23rd, 2016, 4:39 pm

miss mouse wrote:I have resorted to putting a weight on the lid until the piece of meat shrinks sufficiently.


Snap! :hi5:

It's also worthwhile skewering the legs of an untrussed chicken to make sure they don't rise up as the tendons shorten because they can sometimes kick the lid off! :lol:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Gruney » January 23rd, 2016, 8:58 pm

Well you've all done away with one or two long held worries, today. Thanks very much. :tu:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Rainbow » January 23rd, 2016, 11:42 pm

suffolk wrote:My slow cooker is 3.5litres and I use it for everything. I think 3.5litres counts as a large one - I use it for a good sized chicken.

I was thinking of buying a slow cooker but wondering what size to get. You lot seem to think 3.5 litre is good but advice over here from Choice magazine (like Which in UK) says

"If you're cooking for two, you'll only need a 3–4.5L slow cooker, but if you're cooking for more or want the capacity then look at a 5-8L model."

Most of the ones Choice recommended seem to be at least 5 litres - seems rather large to me, as there are only 2 of us, but I do like to be able to cook for more than one meal.
Any advice, please?
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Gruney » January 23rd, 2016, 11:55 pm

All the books I've looked at gear their recipes to a 3.5ltr cooker, and provide for 4 servings. Don't forget, for them to work correctly, they need to be two thirds full; and two thirds of 6.5ltrs is a lot of food.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Catherine » January 24th, 2016, 12:04 am

My Mum mainly uses 3.5 and easily feeds 4. Well 3 in her case but my dad and 6ft brother always finish it off.
She does have a 6ltr but only uses it for big batch cooking
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Rainbow » January 24th, 2016, 12:56 am

Thanks for that, both of you.
Gruney wrote:All the books I've looked at gear their recipes to a 3.5ltr cooker, and provide for 4 servings. Don't forget, for them to work correctly, they need to be two thirds full; and two thirds of 6.5ltrs is a lot of food.

Gruney- I agree it does seem an awful lot of food ;) I had forgotten (or not known!) about the two thirds full rule!
Can your recommend any books and do they have many veggie recipes in them?
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Postby Rainbow » January 24th, 2016, 4:05 am

Thanks Catherine - that looks like a really interesting link. I'll look at it in more detail later on.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby spotteddick » January 24th, 2016, 8:50 am

I have 3 slow cookers all different sizes, so i just pick the one for the job. I have an original small crockpot, I also have murphy richards one about 4 ltrs and then the one that comes out for dinner party curries and game stews or when I am making a large batch of anything, it's the Cusinart 6,5 ltr. In this you can do almost any thing, it will next be used on St Patricks day to make lamb shanks, these come out with the meat falling off the bone, I use a small bottle of Porter and lots of root vegetables and herbs to make the stock, if it happens to be a bit thin no problem, just reduce in a sauce pan until you have it just how you like (adding a slug of the hard stuff).
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 24th, 2016, 12:27 pm

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One pheasant, with sliced onion, apple and fresh thyme in the cavity, placed on a bed of sliced onions, topped with bacon and thyme, with apple and celeriac wedges, in a 3.5litre slow cooker with no added liquid.

As the juices begin to run I'll turn the apple and celeriac in the moisture to stop them drying out.

The cooker is on High to start with, and I'll probably turn it down after 2 or 3 hours. We'll be eating around 6 ish.

To be served with creamy mash, purple sprouting broccoli and quince jelly (thank you Mary :kneel: ) :D
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 24th, 2016, 12:50 pm

If I leave now I will just about make it. what wine should I bring
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Pepper Pig » January 24th, 2016, 12:56 pm

I'm in my way too. :geek:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 24th, 2016, 1:18 pm

hickybank wrote:If I leave now I will just about make it. what wine should I bring


As we're cooking it with apple, a really good still cider would be my first choice ... otherwise Rioja will go down nicely :D

You lot do realise that you'll only be spectators don't you ... there's only one pheasant in the pot!
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby Pepper Pig » January 24th, 2016, 2:11 pm

I thought pheasant came in braces . . . :( :(
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby MrsWWoof » January 24th, 2016, 2:14 pm

I've got a Cuisinart 6.5 litre one too as whenever I do anything in it there's either visitors or batch cooking to be done.
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby suffolk » January 24th, 2016, 2:14 pm

They may come that way ... but today there's only one in the pot .... you should have given us more notice :lol:
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby hickybank » January 24th, 2016, 2:26 pm

Can me & pepper lick the plates for you
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Postby suffolk » January 24th, 2016, 2:33 pm

:chops: :lol: 'Fraid we'll have done that Hicky
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Re: Slow cooker recipes

Postby 4dogsagain » January 25th, 2016, 9:49 am

I have a 3.5l slow cooker, and use for batch cooking. I like to cook beef stew in bulk, then freeze; likewise mutton, venison and even good old mince. I get at least eight or nine servings. I never heard of it being more than 3/4 full, mine is often just and inch or so from the top! I've never had a problem.
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