Hinari HSC008 White 1.5 L Slow Cooker for Small Portions
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|Capacity||1.5 litres||1.5 litres||2.4 litres||2.2 litres|
|Item Dimensions||18.29 x 18.29 x 14.73 cm||18 x 25 x 20 cm||80 x 80 x 80 cm||26.5 x 29 x 30 cm|
|Item Weight||—||2.46 kg||2.6 kg||3.5 kg|
|Material||—||Stainless Steel||Ceramic||stainless steel|
|Special Feature||—||Programmable||Manual||Programmable; Keep Warm Function|
|Wattage||120 watts||—||180 watts||700 watts|
It can be hard to find the time to prepare a delicious, home-cooked meal but it's easily done with a slow cooker. They're so versatile, delivering all kinds of mouth-watering dishes from casseroles to curries, soups to stews and give you the option to prepare a meal in the morning, head out for the day, and return to it in the evening when its ready to serve. With a slow cooker it's less likely you'll overcook your food making it perfect for amateur cooks and seasoned chefs alike. While it benefits those cooking on a budget as the slow and even cooking tenderises the cheapest cuts of meat, allowing the flavours to develop more fully. And with just the one piece of kitchen equipment providing a whole meal, they're economical on kitchen space and washing up afterwards.
The Hinari HSC008 is white making it a smart and clean-looking addition to your kitchen and with a capacity of 1.5 litres (l) is great for singles, couples or smaller appetites. It has three cooking functions helping you choose the best cooking method for your needs. Select the high function to cook your food within about four hours or the low setting for eight hours between preparation and serving. Alternatively, opt for the warm setting to maintain a steady heat. Keep an eye on your food's progress with the tempered glass lid and serve it at the table without losing the heat thanks to the removable ceramic bowl making it a simple and easy journey from cooker to plate. The clean-up afterwards is easy with both the glass lid and the ceramic bowl dishwasher safe and the slow cooker comes with a booklet of easy-to-follow recipes providing a good starting place for kitchen novices and as inspiration for more experienced cooks.
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This little cooker is brilliant! The white ceramic pot is glazed all over - including the bottom - so it's very easy to keep clean. It takes up next to no space in our small and crowded kitchen and the glass lid means you can see how your dinner is getting along. It cooks perfect roast beef and porrige made with water is so creamy you'd think it was made with full cream milk.
I know the product info says it is 1.5L but actually I think it's smaller than that but having said that, I can still squeeze a 1kg brisket into it, so I don't care. Also, be a little wary of the cookbook that comes with it because I think they've got some of their ingredient quntities wrong. I don't care about that either as there are literally loads of slo cook recipes available for free in the net.
If you're after a slo cooker capable of doing no more than four portions at a time, that you can load up, forget about it, and just get on with your day then this is for you. If you have many mouths to feed then you should go for something bigger. For my part, I love it and I use it 2 or 3 times a week.
This really works very well. There is a useful manual with quite a few good recipes, though they are geared to a larger model I think, but you can just cut the ingredients. Once this cooker gets going it does an almost invisible simmer on Low , and a gentle simmer on High. I tried it with chicken and vegetables and they were delicious, with the meat falling off the bone. I was driven to buy a slow cooker because I have been living on ready meals since I retired but now find I can't get the food I want (eg no battery chicken, low calorie, low fat etc) from ready meals, and I will just have to cook it myself. This item has converted me to slow cooking. It is really easy with no burnt pans. It is useful there is an indicator light because not all models have the. I am planning all sorts of menus now. A good buy.
I was confused, reading other reviews, how some people said it was just enough for one person, some people said it made a meal for four, and some people said - just right for two. It depends, of course on a couple of things.
1) Whether the meal is a complete one, or you are having something else with it (eg rice or potatoes cooked separately), or whether you want smaller portions if having a pudding after, or big portions to fill you up.
2) Whether you follow the 'guidelines' not fill it more than 2/3 full. If it is on low I would suggest ignoring this - I have filled it to within a centimetre of the brim and it is absolutely fine. If it is on high, food bubbles a bit - but have still filled it to within an inch of the brim and it is fine.
So if you only fill it 2/3 full it is enough for two average portions - too much for one person.
If you fill it nearly to the top it does four easily and three if you want to be a bit of a pig.
Anyway, the main thing is - it is easy to use, does the job, you can cook smaller or bigger portions, there are some good basic recipes in the book but you can adapt ordinary recipes easily or just look up general slow cooker recipes elsewhere - other books or on the internet. There are some nice interesting pudding recipes in the book too.
I've done the bean and vegetable soup which was gorgeous - more like a bean stew. And one of the casseroles, which I adapted to Venison cooked with red wine and tomatoes, instead of beef. Truly gorgeous. Both cooked on low. Did a beef stew on high, which was nice, but would have been even better done on low.
One thing I really like is - even if you leave it way over the maximum 11 hours on low - it is absolutely fine - just gets better and better. I left one stew for about 15 hours when we were late back one night and it was lovely - not dried up at all - just a little bit of gravy sticking round the edges at the top.
The other thing that is really good about it is, as well as the high and low settings, it has a 'keep warm' setting. So if your meal is ready but you don't want to eat for a few hours, just turn it to 'keep warm'.
The pot is a nice manageable size and weight to handle and looks good enough just to take straight to the table for serving up - easy to wash up.
It's just cute, neat, does the job and saves electricity.
What else can I say? The lid is lighweight - you can see the food cooking so don't need to lift the lid. It doesn't take up much space so sits neatly wherever you want it and is unobtrusive. Unless you have a big family I wouldn't bother with a bigger one.
It's perfect for two people (or one person if you just put less in or save half for another day), ample for three people, would feed four people if you are having other food with it or a pudding after.
I still can't believe I got such a great product for less than £8!
CONS: No timer, though this might be resolved by using a separate timer plug. Nor does it have the 'auto' heat setting mentioned in some slow cooking recipe books (which will cook your food on 'high' for the first hour before automatically adjusting it to 'low').