Slow Cooker Cooking

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Philippines
July 31, 2010 8:14am CST
Are there anyone here who uses a slow cooker? I heard some great reviews about this cooker. And I'm thinking of buying one. I just wonder how long does a slow cooker cook food? More than an hour? 3 hours? They said that a slow cooker can keep out heat from your kitchen, and eventually your house. It can also cook meat nicely. It's good for stews and soups. What I like about it is you can just chop meat, veggies and stuffs and put them all there, lol. Any recipes you want to share. Thanks!
9 responses
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
7 Aug 10
Hi, I always use slow cooker to cook my dishes. Very easy and simple and I no need to worry that my food will get burn as long as I put enough water into the slow cooker to cook the food. You can simply set the cooking mode that you like:low,high and auto. I even use slow cooker to cook desserts like greenbean and barley soup. Sometimes, I will cook chicken potatoes(stew) with my slow cooker. I just cut the chicken into small chunks,add some potatoes and other ingredients,then set to high mode,cook them for 2 -3 hours and the chicken meat will be tender and taste delicious. You can always use slow cooker to stew pork,beef and other dishes.Of course,slow cooker can't be use to stir-fried vegetables. Get one slow cooker for yourself and give it a try,you sure will love it!! You can simply get the medium size slow cooker if you are having a small family members.
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
That chicken dish, sounds delicious. Tomorrow I'll try a chicken dish, lol. Thanks for sharing.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Aug 10
I've been lost since we moved into our house because we haven't come across our slow cooker (crock pot) since we've been here. When I lived at my mother's house I would say that I used hers on at least a weekly basis. There were times that we would start a meal the evening before we planned to eat it and let it cook on low all through the night and there were other times that we wouldn't start the meal until later on the day that we intended to eat and then cook on high for about 3-5 hours. It does keep the heat out of the kitchen and is also a very safe way to cook.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi. Yes, it is in fact a very safe way to cook food. I'm already teaching my son, how to use it. Thanks for sharing.
@bdugas (3582)
• United States
1 Aug 10
i love my slow cooker, I put ribs or a roast in it and go away and do other things while they are cooking, it always comes out so tender. There are so many good recipes on the net for cooking in one. Believe me once you try one you will love it. Slow cookers do just that they cook slowwwwww. I put my ribs or roast in it to have for supper, no it does not cook in an hour or two. And yes it beats turning the oven on when it is so hot outside. Look up slow cooker recipes on the net and you will find tons of them for just about everything.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi bdugas! Your right, I love it! I can't wait to try new recipes. I will tell my Aunt's about how life would be easier and yummier with it, lol.
@derek_a (10902)
1 Aug 10
Yes, I have a slow cooker and we have used it a few times. As the name suggests, it cooks very slowly over the period of several hours, depending on what you are cooking, but the food comes out well-cooked and very tasty because it has been cooked slowly. _Derek
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi Derek! Yup, I've proven that. The food really comes out tasty and the meat is well cooked. I'm searching for more recipes now. Thanks.
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
When I was working in Malaysia, I used a slow cooker and it's really good because the taste is good compared to conventional cooking and the health benefits is also good. For you to use it, it is better to use boiled water then put all the meat for about three or four hours, leave it to be tender and when it's done just put in the vegetables, cover and turn it off. The slow cooker is made of ceramic so when you turn it off the heat does not cool off right away.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. I just bought my very 1st slow cooker yesterday and I love it. I highly recommend it to all those who love cooking.
@sunnyp1 (60)
• Ireland
31 Jul 10
I also use a slow cooker, mostly for meat stews that can take between 7 and 9 hours. It cooks so slowly and at such a gentle heat that the kitchen does not get too hot.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi! Sunnyp1. Your right the kitchen ain't that hot w/ a slow cooker. Also, your kitchen smells so good the whole time your cooking. I love it! Thanks for sharing.
• Japan
31 Jul 10
Yes I do use slow cooker! This are great for making italian beef calzone that I usually make using my slow cooker.On my slower I can adjust and set if how long I want it cook but the it would also take some hours, there is 4,6,8 hours to choose and level of how high of the heat you want.This are just perfect if you are planning to make the next day meal.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi. Yes, it does have a setting: auto, high and low. So, it's not a problem you just set it up and it cooks perfectly. I prepare food around lunch time and it's perfect for dinner and the next day lunch. (cause I usually wake up late, lol) So, at lunch I prepare a new meal. I should have bough a slow cooker before. Thanks and hope you have a good day.
@oldchem1 (8144)
31 Jul 10
I wouldn't be without my slow cooker, I love it!! Opening my front door on a cold winter evening and being greeted by the inviting smells of beef stew or chicken noodle soup wafting from a slow cooker is just lovely. But winter is not the only time a slow cooker is useful. In the summer it can avoid introducing heat from a hot oven. At any time of year, a slow cooker can make life a little more convenient because by planning ahead, you save time later. And it takes less electricity to use a slow cooker rather than an oven. The slow cooker cooks foods slowly at a low temperature—generally between 170° and 280° F. The low heat helps less expensive, leaner cuts of meat become tender and shrink less.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi oldchem1. I finally got my very 1st slow cooker yesterday. I cooked beef stew yesterday and today I'm cooking pork recipe w/ tomato sauce. It really smells so good... It's so convenient, I just put all the recipes in the pot and set it up. No more worries. Thanks.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Yep I have that slow cooker. It was a gift from my niece! Works great too. There are tons of recipes all over the web. I think one of the most reliable sites is AllRecipes.com.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
Hi! I will look into that. I really love cooking new recipes. Thanks for sharing.