Getting your hands on a quality cheap slow cooker will not only save you time and money, it will open up a load of healthy meals that are so easy to make and they can be cooking while you’re getting on with other things. So with that in mind, let’s have a look at all the different advantages of using a slow cooker.
Money: It’s not only on your electricity bills that you’ll save money by using a slow cooker. You’ll save on food wastage too. Slow cookers are great for cooking food that isn’t as fresh as it was. Because the food is cooked over a period of hours, you can also get away with using cheaper cuts of meat too. Because they are cooked over a low heat for a number of hours it helps to tenderise meats that are tougher. So the ways to save money using a slow cooker are pretty varied.
Time: Time is money as we’ve all heard before, and using a slow cooker will save you a lot of both. You can prep the meal the night before, throw it all in the slow cooker in the morning. By the time you’re home from work a delicious nutritious meal is ready for you to enjoy. And because it’s all done in the one pot, the washing up afterwards is a breeze.
Meal Options:Slow cookers aren’t all just veg and tough meat throw in a crock pot for 3 hours. There are so many great tasting recipes out there for you to sample. Because of the slow cooking process, the veg and meat has loads of time to soak up the spices and flavourings that you decide to use. Giving the dish a lot of flavour and taste.
HealthierThere’s no need to add oil to the cooking process of a slow cooker. Because of the slow process, the fat on the meat won’t drain away. So by cutting the fat off the meat first, there’s no extra fat in the dish. The vegetables will keep most of the nutrients that can be lost when cooking over a high heat. A win win all round.
Best Slow Cookers
Deciding which is the best slow cooker for you all depends on what you’re looking to use it for and what your budget is. You can get a quality cheap Breville Slow Cooker for under £20 that’s perfect for making great meals while you get on with other things. If this is all you want then this is really good value for money.
You can pick you a brand like Morphy Richards or Crock Pot with a bigger pot size, a timer and a few other handy gadgets too for around the £40 mark. We like these ones, and if your budget can stretch a bit and you know you’ll be getting lots of use from your slow cooker we’d recommend getting one of these brands.
Top of the line slow cookers can do so much more than slow cooking so it’s a bit of an unfair comparison. The Morphy Richards top end slow cooker also doubles up as a very efficient fryer too. So factor in the other appliances that you’ll not need if you go for this model.
Slow Cooker Recipes
Getting quality slow cooker recipes is so easy. A simple google search will show up so many different choices that you can then filter to get ones that suit your taste and ingredients. Just take a look at the great recipes that are on the BBC Good Food website and also a great recipe website calledAll Recipes, this isn’t just a good place for slow cooker meals though. They have loads of different meals recipes to look over. You never know, you may find your hidden chef.
We hope you’ve got some good advice on getting your quality low priced slow cooker. Our number one tip is to not over spend on one. If you don’t need it to have all the added extras and a built in fryer, then you don’t need to go down that road. A cheap and cheerful slow cooker, will have you eating healthier and making your meal prep so much quicker.