Easy Slow Cooker Recipes
Whether you’re short on time or looking for a way to make delicious meals with low effort, a slow cooker could be just what you need to shake up your weekly meal plans.
This handy appliance is perfect for a range of meals, from soups to stews or chillies. Check out our tasty Mexican recipes, top slow cooker tips, and much more below.
What is a slow cooker?
A slow cooker is a handy countertop appliance with a removable, often ceramic, dish and lid. Once the cooker is switched on, it gently heats ingredients inside and can be left on for long periods of time, anywhere between two to 12 hours on average. They also use less electricity than a conventional oven.
How to use a slow cooker
One of the best things about a slow cooker is how easy it is to use. All you need to do is pop all of your ingredients in, put on the lid, set the temperature, and leave it to get to work. Most have only two heat settings – low or high – and some may have a ‘keep warm’ function too.
Top slow cooker tips
Know where to place
The bottom of your slow cooker is the hottest part, so that’s where to place tough cuts of meat or root vegetables. More delicate ingredients can be placed on top.
Browning is optional
If you’re cooking a cut of meat or vegetables that taste good with a sear, you can brown them beforehand in a frying pan or cast-iron pan. It does change the flavour, but it isn’t necessary.