Hinari SC395SS Lifestyle 3.5 L Slow Cooker
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- Stainless steel 3.5 L capacity slow cooker
- Slow and even cooking for stews, casseroles, curries, soups and much more
- Three cooking functions--low, high and warm
- Removable dishwasher-safe ceramic bowl for serving at the table
- Tempered glass lid for easy view and recipe booklet
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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 SC395SS is made from stainless steel making it a smart addition to your kitchen and with a capacity of 3.5 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.
Top Customer Reviews
I chose to attempt the Lamb Casserole with Red Wine and Rosemary first of all from the accompanying recipe booklet. Due to the ingredients I had available I made a few alterations (added a parsnip, omitted the flour, used dried herbs rather than the bouquet garni.) The meal was quick to prepare with a total time of around 10 minutes in the saucepan to soften the vegetables and brown the meat before transferring to the slow cooker for 6 hours. The meal was absolutely delicious and the meat was so tender even with a cheap cut. With low and high settings it is easy to set your meal for the time required whether getting it ready before work or around lunchtime. The warming setting is also ideal if you are delayed in eating.
I am now going to try the Ratatouille and Sausage Casserole recipes. Whist there isn't a huge range of recipes in the booklet I think most kinds of meat and vegetables can be put into a casserole as long as you include at least 1 pint of liquid. Perfect for tasty, warm, home cooked food on cold winters evenings.
My own slow-cooker is a large Tower slow cooker. The main difference I found is when mine is on its "low" setting it's barely bubbling at all and I feel that if I inadvertently left it 6 hours too long, the food would be absolutely fine. The Hinari SC395SS on the other hand bubbled away merrily on the "low" setting, which made me wonder whether the food would taste really overdone if I left it a bit longer than intended to.
So far, though, it appears just the ticket. It doesn't take up much worktop space and it's easy to use.
The removable ceramic bowl has 4 very shallow and narrow indentations spaced equally around its rim to allow steam to vent but they're not very effective on their own; instead, as the food bubbles away, the steam builds up and escapes in splutters from underneath the lightweight lid which causes a constant rattling throughout the cooking - pretty irritating if you have to listen to it for 8 hours! This rattling happens on both the low and high heat settings.
However, it's easy to solve the problem by weighting one side of the lid (we used a baking potato) ...ahhh, peace and quiet again, perfect!
Other than that flaw this is a fairly good little slow cooker; and would suit a small family, or a hungry couple, as long as you don't mind staying in whilst it's on. As for us, we wouldn't feel comfortable leaving the unit on and going out for the day
(PS - another reviewer mentioned a "timer" on the unit, so just for clarity, there is NO timer; only the off-low-high-warm settings).
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To try this product out I decided I would make a sausage casserole, which you can see the results in my video review (I apologise for my awful cooking skills), I personally thought I was going to fail at making it, but it actually turned out to be really easy and because it cooks it a lot slower than an oven, I was less likely to burn food as I get distracted really easily, which is why I normally go for the microwave.
The slow cooker has a great sized cooking pot, the sausage casserole I made was supposed to feed up to four people yet it only filled up the pot by 1/4 maybe a little more, so if your feeding for a small sized family, this would be the perfect size for you.
This product has 4 different settings; "OFF", "SLOW" which cooks things very slowly as the title states, most things on this setting takes between 4-8 hours depending on what you are cooking, "HIGH" which pretty much half's the cooking time and finally "WARM" which obviously warms your food.
I believe one or two people have mentioned "rattling" sounds when it's cooking something, but for me I personally didn't have this problem and I was cooking on high.
In the end my first experience was a good one and I realised how much money I could save using it rather than buying microwave dinners for 2pounds each, I could instead buy ingredients which are cheap and make something that would last me a few meals, for example the sausage casserole which serves four people came to a total cost of three pounds and eleven pence! Which depending on how hungry I get could last me 2-3 meals!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Keeps food warm when cooked, a good idea
Would buy again, and recommend to all my friends and family
It is a reasonable price that area , is worthy for what you paid for. It is a reasonable price that area , is worthy for what you paid for.Published on 25 Sept. 2013 by Mai Lok
Why I didn't buy one years ago I don't know as it is labour saving, efficient and ready when I am.Published on 15 May 2013 by Topsy
This item was delivered very rapidly, and appears to be very good quality and construction.
We love this, especially for cooking beef.. Read more
My old slow cooker packed up after 30 years and I replaced it with this because it is high rather than wide and easier to fit in the kitchen cupboard. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2012 by Mary Haynes
I had always heard people commenting on their slow cookers, but always thought to myself why wait that long for a meal when you can do it quicker on the hob. Read morePublished on 22 April 2012 by janis