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Well I got this a few days ago and instantly went out to buy a chicken.
Now, being a keen cook I wanted to try and do a roast in a slow cooker, so whacked in the chicken with a bit of butter on top, spuds, parsnips, carrots and leaks (3 hours high and 3 hours low - I was in all day and a little pressed for time hence the variation on cooking).
One thing is this will make you food very tender (meat and veg), but don't expect a roast in this too be like an oven roasted dinner. In fact, while slow cooking, the chicken drained A LOT of fat (which if you are in you could drain occasionally, but overseeing a slow cooker is not really the idea for them). The potato's and parsnips were more heavily steamed cooked than roasted, but again I expected this although if the fat was drained they may have burnt a little better, I think they absorbed a lot of water and fat.
I think it'll take a little trial and error to get perfection regarding roasts with the slow cooker, but I have no doubt there are many meals (mainly stews/casseroles/other whack everything in dishes) that can be made that are healthy and can be left well alone while they cook.
As per usual I'll give pro's and cons:
Doesn't have a digital diplay! Pro you ask, why? Well I have had a number of appliances with digital displays over the years and must admit I found them superior to their dial/wind-up predecessors. This was until 2/3 years later where the LCD display would fade/break. Ever since I have avoided anything digital in terms of kitchen equipment.
Good capacity, this will fit large roasting joints, do 10 portions of other meals.
Bowl is ovenproof - not the lid however.
Easy to clean and non-stick - as per other non-stick cleaning i generally tend to turn the appliance on too low before wiing it with a damp cloth, the heat breaks down any residue making it a doddle to clean.
Keep warm function - good for reheating food without using the micro that would overcook it.
No indicator light - there is no indicator light on whether the appliance is on or not.
Gets VERY hot - and it can get very hot so Con1 means you could suffer from Con2 if you don't realise it's on - don't let kids or animals near it either!
No timer - I find it strange that not many if any slow cookers have a timer. I have purchased a timer plug to compensate for this but think this would be a nice gimmick on slow cookers. I know they are designed to be left on for a long time but you never know when you are going to arrive home in the modern world!
All in all I am sure I'll enjoy many a good meal from this.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2010, 09:26:45 BST
Mark S. Murphy says:
Thanks for the review, but in all honesty would you have ever expected this to produce a 'roast'? The point of this machine is that is cooks at a low temperature, which is obviously impossible to produce anything roasted!
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2011, 17:13:03 GMT
Yes you can roast things in a slow cooker actually, including chicken. You need to place them on an upturned saucer to keep them out of the fat and you wouldn't, usually, put in the veg as well otherwise they absorb too much fat. But chicken, ham, beef etc, can all successfully be "roasted" in a slow cooker.
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