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frewen



Joined: 08 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 18 2:10 pm    Post subject: Slow cooker  Reply with quote    

I found a slow cooker today in a charity shop, which I am hoping won't boil food.

The last two slow cookers I have had cooked "hot". Does anyone know if slowcookers have increased in temperature over time? I'm after meat that falls apart in a casserole.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5152
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 18 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Worth investigating the pros and cons of a hay box?

https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/haybox-cooking-zmaz80jfzraw

You certainly won't burn food in it....

I wonder if a more modern take would be rockwool insulation?
I've always contemplated giving a hay box a go, but haven't tried yet.

jema
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 18 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They definitely have increased compared to the very old ones

These days I like "instant pot" which seems to have a sensible low setting, or sous vide type things with accurate control.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 18 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had the same problem. My current one is ok. Want me to check out what it is? It might depend on price, because my mil bought it for me and they tend to buy good stuff.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine has two settings; high and low. High will cook a casserole in about 5 hours and low about 8. I have never managed to forward plan enough to manage the low setting yet. Have done pot roast, cassoulet, stew and bolognaise sauce in it so far and they all turned out well.

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
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Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Second the instant pot. We've had various slow cookers over the years, I preferred those with high or low setting, the instant pot blows all others out the water mind you, because it does other stuff and is't just a big piece of kit for one thing (it sautes, too, and it's a pressure cooker). More expensive, though.

The best regular one we had was actually a Tesco value range little one!

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been given an oval slow cooker ,again settings high and low.

Unfortunately it didn't come with the manual Working out how to use it AND getting organized enough as well isn't easy

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
Worth investigating the pros and cons of a hay box?

https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/haybox-cooking-zmaz80jfzraw

You certainly won't burn food in it....

I wonder if a more modern take would be rockwool insulation?
I've always contemplated giving a hay box a go, but haven't tried yet.


I think some of the wool padding would be good. I'm going to try my charity shop buy now I've given it a good clean. I shall report back

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rice pudding worked and not a bubble of a boil reached.

I am a happy slow cooker owner

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thinking about it, didn’t you end up with my old one? I gave it to you because I never used it, and my MIL promptly bought me a new one. Which I hardly use. I only keep it because it’s so convenient for doing the Christmas puddings. Everything else I do in it just tastes of slow cooker.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6179
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 18 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've only used slow cookers previously for melting wax used for wax resist designs on pots...

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 18 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The first one I had tasted of slow cooker, but the new one I have that has a removable pot is fine. I do my Christmas pudding in the pressure cooker.

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