TOP OF THE POTS: 9 OF THE BEST SLOW COOKERS

One-stop pots for fuss-free meals.

Coming home on a chilly winter’s evening to a freshly-made casserole or curry is hard to beat. And the easiest way to achieve this? Kit out your kitchen with one of the latest slow cookers and let it whip up your favourite meal whilst you’re at work or out and about.

The latest models have a variety of nifty features, including a wide range of functions (from steaming rice to cooking porridge), detachable stove-proof pots for searing meat and digital displays for ease of use. There’s even one that also works as a pressure cooker so you can alternate between super-fast and slow cooked dishes. Models with large capacities are ideal for families or for those keen to batch cook and stockpile home-cooked meals for the freezer or for the days ahead. The pots usually go in the dishwasher too, so it’s minimal effort for maximum results.

If you’re into nose to tail cooking, or prefer to eat high-welfare meat, slow cookers are ideal for tougher, less expensive cuts, like beef brisket, shank, or pork cheeks, as moisture is retained during the slow cooking process which tenderises the meat and makes it melt in your mouth.

As well as stews, soups and tagines, it’s possible to make desserts in many new models. How about syrup steamed pudding, chocolate brownies or creamy rice for a hearty old-school treat?

Whatever your preference, simply throw the chopped ingredients in the night before, or when you get up in the morning, choose a suitable setting then go about your day.

Once you’re home again later, dinner will be ready to serve.  Bon appetite!

 

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