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The kitchen gadget everyone should have - A Slow Cooker

Updated on July 30, 2012

This hub has been inspired by this weeks 'Weekly Topic' -Kitchen Tools and Utensils! I am a big home bird, especially when it comes to my kitchen. I love to cook when I have the time, and feeding my hubby, family and friends is one of my favourite pastimes.

Now when I thought about the topic of kitchen tools and utensils there was one major piece of kitchen equipment that jumped out at me. My favourite of all my kitchen gadgets is my Slow Cooker! I have had it about a year now and bought it second hand for only £15, an absolute bargain! It is definitely one of the most used items I have in my kitchen, and probably one of the most versatile items in all honesty, I cook so much in it!

The Slow Cooker I have - Russell Hobbs
The Slow Cooker I have - Russell Hobbs | Source

What is a slow cooker and how does it work?

A slow cooker is exactly what it sounds like! It cooks stuff slowly! Its primarily a large self heating stock pot except you can cook almost anything in it, and it will (almost) never burn or overcook! It is a truly amazing invention.

You just put all your ingredients in (sometimes meats need to be pre browned), turn the cooker on to low or high, and leave them to cook for 4-10 hours. It is great if you work all day, or know your going to be home late but wont want to cook. It is especially good for stews, casseroles and soups. But you can make almost anything in it - cook a whole chicken, make deserts, meatloaf or even a pulled pork.

The pros and cons

First of all there aren't any cons I can possibly think of!

Having a slow cooker has definitely helped us eat more healthily. I put on healthy casseroles in the morning so we don't end up eating as many ready meals, take outs or convenience foods. It is a real god send honestly.

You are able to use up fridge leftovers and all the extra left over veg easily. I often just look what's in the fridge and cupboard and bung it all in the slow cooker, with some tinned beans and some meat if I have any to make a healthy stew.

You can even make meals from frozen. There is a whole movement around pre preparing all the ingredients of a meal and then freezing them all, so you can do a whole weeks worth of meals in one day. Then all you have to do it bung it in the cooker each morning, its so easy!

No more slaving over the cooker for hours, you can leave it on its own, and just come back to a yummy hot meal.

How I rate the Russell Hobbs 3.5L Slow Cooker

5 stars for Russell Hobbs 3.6L Slow Cooker

Now I can only vouch for my amazing slow cooker, which like I said is a Russell Hobbs, but I assume most slow cookers are the same, and as they all pretty much sdo the same thing I should think most brands are just as good as each other.

The only think I would say is if you plan on buying one, make sure you get one with a capacity big enough for you and your family. If you have a family of 5 a 2.4 or 3.5 litre probably wont be big enough. I have a 3.5 and although you can sometimes get dishes for 4 people out of it, it is more suited to full dishes for 2-3 people, but it will make enough of a side dish for lots! You get my drift.

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      AlanRimmer 4 years ago from Southwest UK

      Great review of the slow cooker. Your right they are great. Ours is used mostly for casseroles made from left overs with a few bits, as you say "bunged in". Fill it up, swtich it on and leave it. Like your recipe ideas will have to give them a try. Thanks

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      If you are gonna try my recipes I will say my lamb and figs is really yummy and the Ham in Coke is amazing

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      I wouldn't know what to do without my slow cooker!!! I make anything from pulled pork, to beef stew, to chilli...or actually anything that fits the mood of the day.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      It is definitely the most versatile kitchen gadget I have and I love it!! Glad you like my hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I have nearly every major kitchen appliance out there- save a slow cooker. Now I'm really thinking about getting one!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love my slower cooker. I have four a smaller size one for the two of us. Two large ones for when family is around and a very small one for dips. I bought the dip one at a yard sale for $2.00 it works great. Good kitchen gadget hub. Voted up.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      You should get one! They are amazing!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      4 That's awesome! lol! You clearly love yours! Thanks

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Great hub. I agree with you about there not being any cons to using a slow cooker. The fact is, I can't think of a single bad meal that I have ever cooked in a slow cooker. Everything, no matter what it is, turns out beautifully and all I do is add the ingredients at the beginning of the day only to come home at the end of the day to serve.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      It is a great piece of equipment and really can't do anything wrong! Thanks for reading!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Interesting hub, I am in total agreement - I would not be without my slow cooker, a cheap and cheerful one from Tesco but it does the job.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      I'm glad you like it! And you like your slow cooker, they are amazing!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I agree; there are no cons to owning a slow cooker! Great choice for your must-have kitchen gadget hub.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Thank you! There really is nothing bad I could think of to say about them!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      By the way, I own three! All different sizes.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Wow get you! Lol! I just have the one at the moment, but if we have a family at some point I think I will hve to get a bigger one too!

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      ElleBee 4 years ago

      I have a slow cooker, but I don't use it! I'll have to look through your recipe hubs and find some to try - the chicken, spinach and feta one looks really good.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      The slow cooker is the most versatile item in your kitchen, you should definitely use it more! Try any of my slow cooker recipes their all yummy!

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Aha! I've found your hub about your slow cooker. When I move (which I hope will be soon) I will try to buy one for myself. I have seen so many good recipes for dishes to be cooked in a slow cooker.

      I have now added a link from my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Oh a slow cooker is amazing! Seriously. Im about to try the week worth freezer crock pot cooking challenge. You make all your meals on one day then freeze it all and drop it in each morning, so simple! You should definitely get one!

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