Meanwhile, you bought your new slow cooker and you are excited to use it to prepare tasty healthy meals. The slow cooker is one of the convenient methods of cooking tasty healthy stews; it adds extra benefits to cook thin slices of meats which you previously avoided.
We will provide you the best possible guide to explain all the necessary and advanced settings which suit different types of dishes. It is always worthy to consider cooking in Slow Cooker in case of meaty meals, preparation of tasty ingredients for veggies. Lastly, it brings out the inner chef inside you just by preparing the recipes you never thought of.
- How to adjust the best Slow Cooker settings?
Every Slow Cooker mainly comes with different temperature settings including timers too. However few basic models only come with two temperature settings i.e. high and low settings whereas premium models may include medium or auto adjustment settings. Different food requires different temperature settings.
- High-Temperature Setting.
At high temperatures, it is always recommended to cook meats like chicken. It helps in cooking the meat much faster in almost three to six hours when cooked at slightly higher temperatures.
- Medium Temperature Setting.
However, in the case of medium temperature, you can cook big or medium-sized cuts of red meats. It is also an effective cooking temperature setting which helps in fast cooking without depleting any of the beneficial nutrients of slow-cooked meat. At last the results are kind of mediocre when compared with long slow cooking.
- Low-Temperature Setting.
As per experience, I must suggest you cook unusual cheap cuts of red meats at low-temperature settings because it helps in breaking down the connective tissues and gives tinder results. When compared with other temperature settings lower temperature cooked food was found more nutritious and tasty. However, cooking time with this set is a bit higher of approx 10 hours.
- Auto Cook setting.
It is an automatic smart temperature adjustment setting which usually starts cooking at high temperature at initial stages and gradually decreases the cooking temperature to the lowest temperature. It effectively saves electricity consumption and provides you the best food at lesser time.
- Keep Warm Setting.
The Keep Warm setting is also known as hold setting which comes handy in most of the cases when the dinner got delayed due to some reason, it keeps the food warm and prevents the food from drying out. It holds the moisture intact and stops the food from getting cold. This feature comes handy mostly in winters.
- Slow Cooking of unusual meat cuts by Slow Cooker.
The main advantage of Slow Cooker is that it can cook a variety of meats including Beef shin, mutton shoulder or OX cheek too.
For example, a clod or shoulder is pretty tough but a Slow cooker can soften it during the whole cooking process.
- Roasting your meat using a Slow Cooker.
Yes, a Slow Cooker is very efficient in roasting meats when compared with other conventional ovens. A slow oven consumes only 246 watts whereas an average oven consumes around 700 watts.
It is recommended to buy an oval-shaped Slow Cooker to roast chicken and large joint meats.
- Slow Cooker for Vegetarians too.
A slow cooker is also very effective in cooking vegetarian dishes like dried beans, pea, and lintel dishes. You can also prepare pulses just by soaking them overnight and simply boil them for 10 minutes which helps in reducing your body toxin levels.
- Additional stuff using a Slow Cooker.
A slow cooker makes it super easy to prepare tasty pudding. All you need to pudding ingredients in different bowls and place it inside the main pot. Pour water halfway up between the bowls and wait till your pudding gets ready.
You can also try making jams of your favorite fruits just by cooking fruit slices overnight and which results in great jam base.
- Slow cooking is labor Intensive or not?
You may thing slow cooking takes 12 hours which must be high labor-intensive but my dear friend you are wrong. However, if you prepare your ingredients the night before your meal then it simplifies your work all you need to pop everything into the Slow Cooker and switch it on. Just go and relax everything will be down automatically. Then al last your delicious food is ready for craving.