Buy a Slow Cooker for Cheap Easy Dinners Ayr
Buy a Slow Cooker for Cheap Easy Dinners
Buy a slow cooker for efficient and easy home cooking!
Buying a slow cooker - what's here?
It's perfectly possible to cook food with the aid of a couple of light bulbs and a well-insulated box. The experiment was shown recently on British TV (The Human Power Station, BBC HD, December 2009). A chicken was well-cooked this way in an hour and a half!
The easy - but slightly cooler - equivalent is to cook with a slow cooker. Slow cookery is quite simple and also quite eco-friendly if done right.
Here's a page about how to choose and buy a slow cooker, with a little bit about slow cookery - all from a green living perspective.
Slow cooker advantages
A slow cooker can be a great time and even money-saving device. If you have a busy lifestyle, you can spend just a few minutes loading up the slow cooker with goodies to eat later, secure in the knowledge that it will cook steadily for hours without the risk of craterizing your food!
Slow cookery is really very simple ad many recipes can be quickly adapted for use in a slow cooker.
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Time and money savings
From a green living perspective slow cookers have much to recommend them.
Yes, they use electricity but the wattage used is quite low and provided that you are not leaving them on for unnecessary hours, they can be reasonably frugal. Mine runs at 200 watts. As it saves on expensive bottled gas, in our household it's a boon. It also saves some in wasted food. When you are busy trying to do several things at once, it can be so easy to burn the dinner!
Of course, if you are lucky enough to get some or all your energy from renewable sources, the green credentials are even better.
It's hard to burn food in a slow cooker.
When you cook on top of the hob you cannot leave food unattended for more than a moment or two. Because the heat source is at the bottom of the pan there is a strong possibility that you will burn your food if you leave it unattended or unstirred for more than a few minutes. This is so, even if you have added plenty of liquid.
A slow cooker cooks from all around, so, provided that you add enough water to start with you are very unlikely to burn food. Of course, you can still overcook food if you leave the cooker on for too long. The temperatures which are used by slow cookers are less than boiling point, so even over-cooking takes quite some time.
Less burnt food equals less wasted money.
If you replace one or two take-away dinners a week with home cooked food, your slow cooker will pay for itself in no time. Or even if you replace supermarket ready meals with home-cooked food, you will save money.
You can also tackle some of those money-saving recipes that you keep meaning to try. Bean and pulse dishes do well in a slow cooker. So does anything that you might cook in a Dutch oven or casserole.
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