Slow cook your food for healthy, nutritious, hassle free meals
The evenings are getting darker and it’s clear that winter is well on its way now, which means people will be looking for hearty – yet healthy – meals to tide them over in the colder months.
A fantastic way to whip up tasty, great value, meals with little effort is to get into slow cooking, we’ve developed a range of intelligent solutions to help you do this.
If you’re new to slow cooking, it’s not always obvious to see why you’d bother, which is why we’ve pulled together this quick-read guide on the benefits of the process.
So why should you get into slow cooking?
Great-value family meals
Slow cooking allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat, such as shoulder of pork and leg of lamb. These cuts usually come from tougher, muscular areas of the animal, which need to be cooked slow and low to make them soft and tender.
If you want to find out more about using cheaper cuts, speak to your local butcher, who should be happy to share advice on cooking and preparation.
It’s a time saver
If you’re a busy person who’s always on the go, it’s great because you can pop your food in the slow cooker and get on with whatever it needs to be done.
Simple, nutritious meals
Fresh meat and veg, cooked over a longer period of time at a low temperature, holds in all the nutrition-rich, natural juices much more than other cooking methods.
Great for veggies
Vegetarian meals are easy to whip up too, and slow cooking makes root veg, lentils and other pulses even more flavoursome and scrumptious.
Many associate slow cooking with hearty, wholesome, winter fare. In fact, you can use your slow cooker to cook up anything from summer soups, to flavoursome risottos and light Asian favourites. It’s got curries and BBQ accompaniments covered too.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, a slow cooker is also great for making dazzling desserts, such as rice pudding and chocolate sponge pudding.
Sear and Stew Slow Cooker
To help you save even more time when you’re slow cooking, we’ve developed the stylish and practical Sear and Stew Slow Cooker. This nifty kitchen appliance allows you to sear the meat in the same pan as you cook it in, meaning you can seal in all the delicious juices, making it all even more flavoursome.
As well as making your food taste even better, the Sear and Stew pot is non-stick coated aluminium, which makes it easy to clean and more durable.
Are you a huge slow cooking fan? Why not share your top slow cooking tips and favourite meals below to help out newcomers?