Top 10 Uses For Your Slow Cooker
Everyone knows that slow cooker recipes are three things: cheap, easy, and delicious.
But what are the best ways to cook with one now that the winter months are rolling around?
1. Slow Cooker Chicken
Now a lot of people suggest not cooking a whole chicken in your slow cooker, but by using smaller portions of chicken you can create some of the most flavoursome meals ever.
BBC Good Food suggest whipping up a batch of Spanish Chicken. This recipe requires very little prep work, and is happy with you leaving it to cook for 6 hours meaning it’s the ideal meal to come home to.
If you love your spicy food, you can’t go wrong with a slow cooker chicken curry.
We adore this recipe from The Kitchn as not only is it packed with flavour, but you basically dump all the ingredients into the pot and allow it to cook slowly, the flavours marrying together perfectly until it’s time to serve!
Slow cooker curry is about to become your favourite way to cook it.
2. Slow Cooker Beef Stew
If you’re looking for a way to transform a cheaper cut of meat into something mouth watering – you need a slow cooker.
Beef stew is a firm favourite in many households as it’s comforting properties are something we crave throughout the autumnal months.
One of our favourite beef stew recipes comes from Good Housekeeping.
Their traditional meal of slow cooker beef stew with herby dumplings looks and tastes in-cred-ible.
3. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Since the wave of American themed recipes took over in 2016, cooking pulled pork in a slow cooker became a highly sought after recipe.
As the slow cooker gently cooks the pork, it tenderises the meat which allows you to get shredding.
If you’re looking for one of the best slow cooker pulled pork recipes, you can’t go wrong with this one from Slow Cooker Gourmet.
Grab your Andrew James Slow Cooker and thank us later.
4. Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes
Gone are the days where people think that slow cookers are just for tenderising meat.
Vegetarians everywhere are creating slow cooker meals which are not only healthier (in some cases) but they’re completely ingenious! Who’d have thought to cook an omelette in one?
If you’re looking for a winter warmer with the heat of Mexico, you can go wrong with Creme De La Crumb’s slow cooker Enchilada quinoa.
Imagine your co-worker’s faces when you rock up with leftovers for your lunch…
5. Slow Cooker Chilli con Carne
Chilli con Carne is a firm favourite at Andrew James HQ (so much so we made it into bread) but having a pot bubbling away just waiting for us to tuck in when we’re ready, is one of the best things when you’re chilly and hungry.
If you haven’t got the time to brown your mince before leaving to cook for a while, you’ll adore Jam and Clotted Cream’s recipe for slow cooker chili as her recipe is packed with flavour and conscious of time constraints placed on families.
6. Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole
Casseroles are without a shadow of a doubt the pinnacle of winter cooking (apart from maybe mince and dumplings!)
The smell alone can bring back fond childhood memories of sitting at your grandparent’s table, eagerly awaiting your tea.
BakingQueen74 helps you achieve this, thanks to her wonderfully hearty sausage casserole slow cooker recipe; definitely one for winter!
7. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Rice pudding was something we often hated as children, but loved as adults.
While it can take an age to cook in the oven, we find that the easiest way to get around this is to make it in your slow cooker.
BBC Good Food have a foolproof recipe for rice pudding by placing everything in the pot and cooking it for 4 hours. Set this away in your Andrew James Digital Slow Cooker and the delay timer will start it cooking 4 hours before you return home meaning it’s ready when you walk through the door.
8. Slow Cooker Gammon
Big fan of pub classic gammon, egg and chips? Who isn’t?!
This Mummy knows just how to cook up the perfect joint of gammon with ease – and it only takes two ingredients!
Of course, if you fancy whipping up something slightly different, why not have a go at cooking Jamie Oliver’s gammon in coke slow cooker recipe?
With our large 6.5L Digital Slow Cooker there’s enough space to cook up the biggest gammon joint you can find!
9. Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
Thankfully, all the easy slow cooker recipes out there mean we’re able to plonk ingredients in the pot and allow it to cook.
This means there is often no roasting, searing, or browning required so little to no oil or butter is used when using a slow cooker.
For a protein packed, easy breakfast, we’re obsessed with Delish’s take on porridge.
If you’re not a fan of blueberries, you can add raspberries, strawberries, or cherries – anything you like!
10. Slow Cooker Soup
There’s no doubt about it, Heinz soup sales are probably highest between September – February, but why buy it when you can make your own, and enough so you have freezer meals for weeks?
If you’re not a fan of soup, remember – it doesn’t have to be dull!
Soup is healthy, versatile, and guaranteed to keep you toasty.
So what are you waiting for? Get your slow cookers out and get cooking!