Hacks for Your Slow Cooker

30/04/2020

From hot chocolate to soap, you can make all sorts of weird and wonderful things in our slow cookers! Keep yourself and the kids from going isolation-crazy with these clever hacks... and let us know how you get on.

Chicken Stock

A good homemade stock is not only super tasty but also healthier as it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Simply add the ingredients in to the slow cooker and leave it to bubble away. When you return hours later you will have delicious golden stock ready to enjoy!

Using a slow cookers, you don’t have to watch the pot as you would on the stove, the slow cookers will hold the stock at a controlled, slow simmer. Depending on the intensity of flavour you want, cook for 8-12 hours.


Ingredients
  • Bones from 1 or more roasted chickens
  • 2 medium white onions
  • 4 celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Water (enough to cover the chicken)

Optional

  • Add vegetables of your choice
  • Other seasons you may want to add thyme, parsley, garlic, fennel and peppercorn 

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients in the slow cooker: Place the chicken carcass in to the slow cooker.
  2. Roughly chop the vegetables and put them around the chicken. Add the bay leaf and any other herbs you desire.
  3. Cover with water: Add enough water to cover the chicken bones.
  4. The slow cooker need to be on the low setting. Leave to cook for at least 8 hours, depending on your desired taste cook for longer for a more intense flavour.
  5. Firstly remove the large bones and vegetable from the pot. Then using a large pot put a sieve over the bowl and drain the rest of the stock.
    Tip: If you'd like a clearer stock, use a coffee filter and strain again.
  6. To store your stock divide in your desired quantities and add to containers. Once cooled either store in the refrigerate for up to a 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

This simple recipe will give you the perfect hot chocolate, to rival your favourite coffee shop recipes. This super luxury tasting drink is the perfect companion to have with your favourite film or a little pick me up during the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1L milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 100g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Milk Chocolate 
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Optional (for the works!)
  • Marshmallows 
  • Whipped cream
  • Grated Chocolate

Method: 

  1. Add the milk, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and teaspoon of vanilla extract in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook for 2-3 hours on the low setting. Ensure you stir occasionally to prevent the chocolate from burning on the bottom. Tip: Remember not to use a metal spoon
  3. Once the hot chocolate is ready, serve and enjoy! 
Tip! Why not decorate with your favourite toppings? Such as marshmallows, whipped cream, grated chocolate or fudge sauce 

Slow Cooker Bio Yogurt

Bio yogurt has a smooth, creamy texture with a fresh, slightly tangy flavour. It can be enjoyed with fresh fruit or as a substitute with your porridge or cereal in the morning. Why add to your smoothie for an indulgent creamy texture. With your slow cooker you can make your own bio yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 2l Whole milk
  • 100ml Live yogurt

Method: 

  1. Add the milk into the slow cooker
  2. Cover and heat on High until the temperature of the milk reaches 82C, this will take a couple of hours. 
  3. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the temperature to drop to 43C for a further 2-3 hours.
  4. Take a mugful of the warm milk and mix it with the yogurt then pour the mixture back into the slow cooker and stir really well. 
  5. Cover, wrap the slow cooker in a big towel and then leave undisturbed for 9-12 hours until the mixture has set.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Diffuser

Fill your home with your favourite scents and subtly fragrance your room all day. This simple idea is a great way to refresh your home.

  1. Simply fill your cooking pot halfway then add your favourite essential oils such as lavender, rose or sandalwood to name a few. 
  2. Place the lid on and then simply let this simmer. 
  3. Or if you want to add natural ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, whole clove, lemon or orange peels add them and allow to simmer. 
  4. Add additional water as needed.

Tip: We recommend using a spare cooking pot for your slow cooker (spares can be found here)

Soap

Making your own soap is a great activity to do with the kids even using their favourite scents it can make a thoughtful homemade present for someone special. Also, by using a slow cooker you can reduce the time needed to cure (allowing the soap to dry out) from 4-6 week to just 1 week. 

Ingredients:

  • 250ml cool water 
  • 30g Sodium hydroxide
  • 90ml olive oil
  • 90g coconut oil 
  • 150ml another oil (such as rapeseed, almond, sunflower)

You will also need:
  • Gloves
  • mask
  • Glass jug
  • Handheld blender
Tip: We recommend using a spare cooking pot for your slow cooker (spares can be found here

Method: 

  1. Ensure you are wearing your gloves and mask 
  2. In a glass jug add the water and stir in the sodium hydroxide until dissolved (be careful of the fumes usually around for 2-3 minutes)
  3. In your slow cooker cooking pot add your olive, coconut and your other chosen oil into the pan. Switch the slow cooker onto high and allow the oils to heat up 1- 2 minutes.
  4. Once the oils are heated turn the slow cooker down to low
  5. Add the mixed sodium hydroxide and mix constantly for 5 minutes ensure.
  6. Using your handheld blender, blend until there is no trace of oil and is the consistency of a cake batter.
  7. Once it has reached this consistency, cover it and do not stir. After around 40 minutes it will have boiled and turned a translucent colour. 
  8. After this time it will swell more and start to curl in on itself (creating a hole in the centre of the mix). When the mix is translucent and has fill the hole in the middle, the mix is now done.
  9. Turn the heat off. 
  10. Then add about 50ml water and mix it in. It’ll be hard to mix but will smooth out after a few minutes of working the mix. 
  11. This is where you can get creative add your scent of dried herbs and essential oils to make it what you want. 
  12. Then Pour it into moulds, and let it rest for 24 hours. 
  13. After cut into your desired shapes and size and put it in parchment paper and allow to cure for one week.
  14. After a week your soap is ready to use.

Cake

Using a slow cooker to make a cake can create an incredibly moist cake which is simple and delicious to make. 

Ingredients:

  • 250ml water
  • 150g  granulated sugar
  • 115g cup Plain flour 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • 5 egg whites 
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
You will also need:
  • Aluminium tin foil
  • Clean Tea towel
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Electric hand mixer or whisk

Method

  • Firstly, you will need to prepare your slow cooker for the cake. You need to create a rack for the cake tin to sit. To do this you can twist a long piece of aluminium tin foil and turn it into a ring. Place this in the bottom of the slow cooker and add approximately 250 ml of water. Turn onto low and place the lid on 
  • Next, add sugar, flour and salt into a bowl and whisk until mixed.
  • In a separate bowl whisk egg whites and baking powder until stiff peaks form, usually around 3 minutes. Once formed add in the vanilla extracts.
  • Gently fold in the sugar mixture into the egg whites until they combine. 
  • Transfer batter into your cake tin (ensure this fit into the slow cooker)
  • Place into the slow cooker on top of the foil ring. 
  • Place the clean towel over the slow cooker, and place the lid over towel. 
  • Cook on Low for 2 hours (depending on your slow cookers it may take a little longer) Tip: use a toothpick to check by simply pricking the middle of the cake if it comes out clean the cake is done. 
  • Remove from the slow cooker and allow to cool. Once cooled remove from the tin and serve as desired. 
Tip! Why not top with whipped cream and summer fruits

These recipes should be used as a guide for creating new recipes, but they may need some tweaking along the way. 

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