Dust off the crock pot and get ready for delicious slow-cooked goodness. Slow cooking can really bring out the flavour in any dish and make the meat super tender. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite slow cooker recipes, perfect for a comforting winter meal.
How to slow cook
Dice the meat
Cut the meat into even size pieces and season.
Brown the meat
To add flavour, sear or brown the meat in a frying pan before adding to your dish. This is best done in small batches.
Add vegetables and stock or liquid to almost cover the contents. Cover tightly and cook until tender.
Reduce the liquid
For some recipes, you can remove the liquid from the casserole dish and thicken it by simmering it in a pan on the stove.
Tips and tricks
Braising vs stewing
Braising and stewing are virtually the same, except with a braise the meat is partially submerged in liquid, and a stew, it's fully submerged. Also. with stews the ingredients, including the meat, are generally chopped smaller.
Keep the lid tight
If your lid is loose, cut a piece of baking paper to fit snuggly inside your dish, on top of the casserole. This will help retain moisture and stop your meat from drying out.
Reduce the liquid
Skim off natural fats and oils from the top of the dish during cooking if preferred or reduce the liquid down by simmering it in a saucepan on the stove before serving.
Best cuts for slow cooking
Economical cuts like pork shoulder are excellent in the slow-cooker, as they become tender the longer you cook them.
• Pork shoulder
• Brisket or chuck steak
• Lamb shanks
• Chicken thighs or drumsticks
Convert your favourite recipe for the slow cooker
As a general rule 1 hour of simmering on the cooktop or oven equate to approximately 5-6 hours on low or 2-2.5 hour on high in a slow cooker
As there is little evaporation when cooking with a slow cooker, you need to reduce the amount of liquid. As a general rule reduce the liquid (such as stock, wine or water) by about half the original amount. A maximum of two cups of liquid will generally be enough for most slow cooker recipes, except soups!