A slow cooker is an electric kitchen appliance that prepares dishes for a longer period at a lower temperature. This makes meat extra tender and remains to retain nutrients better. The slow way of thread running all the flavors into each other and dishes will be much tastier. Slow cookers can be used for the preparation of stews, soups, sauces and curries. The possibilities are endless. After the food in the pan is done, you can leave these alone for several hours. With a slow cooker, turn delicious food with little effort on the table.
What is a Slow Cooker
A slow cooker, also known as pot-crock is a kitchen tool that can be used for the preparation of a one-pot meal for a longer time at a low temperature. It is therefore very suitable for stewing meat. A standard slow cooker consists of a round or oval pot made of ceramic or porcelain. This container is placed in a casing, often of metal, this is the part that provides the heat. The lid is often made of glass and does not contain any holes. Slow cookers are usually between 0,5 and 7 liters in size. Often there is a minimum that is to be filled because the heating element otherwise does not properly work. Most of the slow cookers have two or more heat teeth. Often this small, medium and high, some slow cookers also have a keep warm setting. Most slow cookers have no temperature control and providing a constant heat until boiling contents.
What should you look for when buying a slow cooker
If you want to buy a slow cooker to look beside the look at different features of the slow cooker. In America, slow cookers usually around 30 euros, they usually cost double in the Netherlands. It is convenient to look for when purchasing on the following properties:
First, it is critical to check the size of the slow cooker. Often slow cookers 3.5 or 6.5 liters, for approximately two and four people. There are also slow cookers for a person, which have a capacity of 1.5 liters. In a slow cooker 3.5 liters, you can prepare about 2.5 liters of food. In a slow cooker 6.5 liters which are approximately 4.5 liters. Take into account that, in a slow cooker filled the food is cooked rather than in a slow cooker which is less than half full.
It is also useful to look at the shape of a slow cooker. For example, to prepare chicken thighs then apply these difficult in a small round slow cooker while it does fit into an oval cooker.
Multifunctional or not?
Some of pans can be used in the oven or microwave oven. To use the slow cooker in other ways, it is useful to look at this.
You can choose to take a slow cooker with a timer. Usually, the slow cooker then goes off after the time set or turn the pan over to the keep warm setting. When you have yourself off your slow cooker no timer on the slow cooker.
How do you cook with a slow cooker?
Cooking with a slow cooker is quite simple, but the possibilities are endless. The raw food and fluid are placed in the slow cooker. Some recipes like the liquid are heated first. You close the lid and turn on the slow cooker. The heating element heats the food, usually between 80-95 degrees. The content is closed by the pot and cover, escaping, therefore, no hot water vapor, allowing the substance at constant temperature stays and reduce water, broth or other liquid than normal.
The simplest slow cookers usually have only a few heat settings and must be manually turned off. The more luxurious slow cookers sometimes have a computer-controlled timer can follow programs like two hours in a quiet setting followed by two hours on a high setting.
No chance of burning
One of the biggest advantages is that you do not have to be afraid that the court is burning. Only if there is too, little added moisture can happen. Also, the food is not overcooked because moisture remains in the closed pan.
Easy to clean
A slow cooker is easy to clean. The inner is of pottery and when the slow cooker is used correctly will burn no leftovers. Also, the lid is also quickly cleaned.
Nutrients are better preserved
Where vegetables are cooked for a long time, be lost many nutrients. Remain to retain nutrients better by the lower temperature.
The slow cooker does the work
Finally, the biggest advantage is that you do not have to remain while the dish is cooked in the slow cooker. It is a safe way of cooking because a lower temperature is used and no pressure occurs in the pan. Also, it does not matter whether the food an hour longer stays in the slow cooker because it does not dryer is on.
Nutrients are lost
The long cooking can wipe out some vitamins and nutrients by enzymes. When vegetables are cooked at high temperatures, these proteins are denatured so that they have less influence. Blanching or sautéing for cooking can disable these enzymes. When this is done all, continue to retain the right nutritional values.
Safe but watch out!
While slow cookers are a safe way of cooking the content is still boiling. When this material is spilled on the skin, this can still take care of burns.
Slow cookers can not bake
Slow cookers can not bake. The flesh will not be brown in a slow cooker. If you still would like to use brown meat your meat before adding to the slow cooker as baking.