Category Archives: Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Sunday: Chilli For A Crowd

For absolutely ages now, I have been wanting to join in the Slow Cooker Sunday linky hosted by Mediocre Mum. I have finally been given the opportunity this weekend as it is Thomas’ 1st Birthday tomorrow and we hosted a large family party for him yesterday.

As the weather has turned noticeably colder over the last week, I wanted a dish that would warm people up and that was very easy to make. I decided to make chilli to go along with the roast pork and roast glazed ham sandwiches I was doing as well. Here is my recipe. As I was making it for so many people I didn’t want to make it to hot.

Ingredients (feeds a crowd!)

  • 1.7kg of steak mince
  • 4 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 packets Schwartz Chilli Con Carne seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 3 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method
1) Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker, give them a stir and leave on low for at least 12 hours
2) Remove the fat off the top. I used a ladle and a sieve to get onions back and put them back once I had removed the fat.
3) Eat in a big bowl with garlic bread and rice

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Product Review & Giveaway: Crockpot Cook & Carry

I was recently lucky enough to be sent a CrockPot Cook & Carry to review. I was very impressed with its size. It is large enough to make dish for a family but due to its wide base, it will also cook a dish for two or three people with ease. The Cook & Carry comes with a lockable lid meaning you could cook at home for example and then take it with you when visiting people and reheat it, all in the same pot. Its comes with a handy carry case too. The pot is dishwasher safe making it very easy to clean.

Overall, I was very impressed with the CrockPot Cook & Carry and I have decided to give one away. All you need to do is follow a couple of simple steps below to enter.

1) Like Jo’s Kitchen on Facebook

2) Like CrockPot UK on Facebook

3) Leave a comment below to confirm that you have done the first two steps, leaving your Twitter username if you have one. This makes it easier to contact the winner.

Or

If you are not on Facebook, please leave a comment below telling me your favourite slow cooker recipe.

This competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has entered. The winner will be announced as soon as possible.

Good Luck! :-)

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only 1 entry per person
  2. The competition will close at 5pm on Friday 30th March 2012 BST
  3. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the competition has closed.
  4. The competition is open to UK residents only
  5. The prize will be delivered by CrockPot UK once the winner’s contact details are confirmed.
  6. Any questions or queries, please email joskitchen@hotmail.co.uk


Appliance Review: Morphy Richards Flavour Savour Slow Cooker

Since January, I have been reviewing a Morphy Richard’s Flavour Slavour 4.5L Slow Cooker. I have been using it on a regular basis and have cooked a variety of things in it, including my chicken curry, chilli con carne and a couple of beef stews. (A recipe for one of them is below.)

Overall I have been very impressed with the Flavour Slavour. It is not like a traditional crockpot slow cooker. It is a metal pan that sits on base that works like a hot plate. You can fry meat and vegetables in it  before adding any the stock etc meaning that you do need to use another pan.  It has a fast stew function that takes 1 hour and a half or an hour and 45 minutes, perfect if you forget to turn the slow cooker on before you go to work in the morning. It has the usual slow cook functions that you can adjust the time on, 4 hours, 6 hours and 8 hours. I usually used the 6 and 8 hours functions depending on when I put the slow cooker on. One small negative with the Flavour Slavour is that stuff sticks to it very easily during the Fast Stew function unless you stir the contents regularly. It can be a bit of pain however, I found the Flavour Slavour to be very easy to clean either by hand washing or in the dishwasher.

As well as sending me the slow cooker to review, Morphy Richards set me a challenge. The challenge is the £4 Slow Cooker Challenge which is to feed a family of 4 for £4. You are allowed some free ingredients that do not come out of the £4 budget such as salt, pepper, stock and herbs however the main components of meal must not cost more than £4. To fulfil this challenge, I present to you my Braising Steak Stew.

Braising Steak Stew

(All ingredients brought from Morrisons)

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 300g Braising Steak (£1.36), chopped into chunks and large pieces of fat removed
  • 2 onions (30p), peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 4-5 carrots (30p), peeled and chopped into 1/2 com rounds
  • 6 large potatoes, (£1.25), peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 1 pint of beef stock*
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs*
  • Salt and Pepper*
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce*
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce*
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Sauce*

* = Store cupboard ingredients

Total cost of ingredients: £3.21

Method

  1. Put the braising steak, vegetables except the potatoes, stock, dried herbs, Worcestershire sauce, Soy sauce, Tomato sauceand salt and pepper to taste into the slow cooker.
  2. Stir everything together and then set the timer for 6-8 hours cooking time, depending on how long you have.
  3. Carry on with your day….
  4. When there is 1 1/2 -2 hours left of cooking time, add in the potatoes and continue cooking until the time has elapsed.
  5. Serve in a big bowl with home-made bread and a glass of wine. Enjoy!

If you are interested in purchasing a Flavour Slavour, then you can here.

Many thanks to Chris from Morphy Richards for sending me the slow cooker to review.  It is much appreciated :-)

Happy Cooking! :-)


 

 

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