Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Favourite kitchen equipment


My favourite piece of kitchen equipment has to be my slow cooker, it saves electric and saves on all that washing up, just put it on in the morning and the tea will be there waiting for you later.

I have had negative comments about slow cookers before, some say everything tastes the same in a slow cooker. I totally disagree, I rustle up some really delicious meals in ours.






I am using up what's in the cupboards and freezer.

So these are the ingredients I put together today.


Reduced Turkey Steaks (chopped), a tin of spicy bean salad, which is just mixed pulses and sweetcorn in a spicy tomato sauce, some reduced baby plum tomatoes chopped in half, a chopped onion, some chopped green peppers from the freezer, some mixed dried herbs, and seasoning and 800ml of stock.





No need to cook the turkey, just chuck it all in give it a good stir.


Add the stock and then just leave cook away.



I also had some leftover spinach so I popped that in as well.



I don't like wasting anything.




A simple tasty meal served with some bread and butter to mop up the juices.

Lovely grub.






A brilliant piece of kitchen equipment, no faffing about at the end of the day, just so easy, I wouldn't be with out mine.

Are you a slow cooker fan?
What kitchen gadget/equipment couldn't you live without.

41 comments:

  1. I had a crockpot many years ago. But I always worry about the meat not cooking at a hot enough temp and giving us all food poisoning. I am thinking if starting again and looking at Lakeland's slow cookers.

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    1. There are two settings, I start off on the high setting for an hour or so to get it going then I put it on the low again, and then turn back on high for the last half an hour. You could always seal the meat before if you prefer, I have sealed meat before and other times just put in raw, it works fine both ways.They are such a versatile thing, you can make so much with them.

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  2. I don't use my slow cooker all that often but when I do I wonder why it's not a regular thing. I might give a whirl at the weekend.

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    1. Yes I need to use mine more and try different things.

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  3. No, I am not a slow cooker fan. I'd read so much about them and so many people raved about them, I eventually bought one. But then everything I cooked in it came out tasting the same, whether it was a beef stew or chicken. And we weren't keen on the taste, either. I have a lovely Neff oven and as we're retired I don't have to get a meal on before I go to work and have it waiting for me on my return, so there really is no need of a slow cooker. I gave it to a local charity shop along with slow cooker recipe books.
    Perhaps my favourite gadget is the electric kettle! People tend to forget kettles, but where would we be without those? And also I like my Braun hand-held blender for soups. Best pieces of equipment, good knives and wooden spoons! Oh, and a pair of kitchen scissors for snipping herbs, and a good peeler (mine was from Lakeland, dirt cheap and the best one I've ever had.) Oh, and a really solid chopping board (wood, because I've read that wood is actually the most hygienic.) I love cooking and really, there is very little in the way of gadgetry I need.
    Margaret P

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    1. I suppose its not for everyone we are all different. I agree the blender is a very good piece of equipment. I bought a wooden chopping board last year.

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  4. My daughter swears by her slow cooker and we have had many a good meal from it so it is on my list to buy one for moving. We live in Lincolnshire and are moving to the Isle of Lewis it is 593 miles from here to Ullapool and then another 2hours 45minutes on a ferry. I wouldn't be without my hand blender.

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    1. They are very handy for busy families, wow that is a big move I can see why you are spending time visiting for your favourite places before you go.

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  5. I use my slow cooker regularly, today it had the bones from a roast chicken, a carrot, stick of celery, 3 cloves of garlic and a small onion all roughly chopped. A few peppercorns and some parsley stalks mixed in then covered with boiling water. I now have some very fragrant stock in the fridge for tomorrow. I don't have a gadget on my can't live without but would protect my Global knives against all comers.

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    1. Brilliant idea Pam saves it boiling away on the cooker which would cost more in electric or gas. That's what I love because they are cheap to run.

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  6. I use my slow cooker mainly for beef stews and gammon joints - not very adventurous! Lamb shanks are wonderful in it though. I tried chicken casserole in it once but didn't like the consistency much so now do this in the oven.
    I'm not into big gadgets (small kitchen) but I use my potato masher lots and my wiggly chip cutter for chips (still do chips in a chip pan with a wire basket and fry in beef dripping). I suppose I'm an old fashioned cook really!

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    1. I haven't got room for a chip pan, oven chips aren't really the same are they.

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  7. I love my slow cooker . It makes the best stew and chicken pieces. I don't understand how everything would taste the same if you use different herbs and spices in the recipes! I also love my air fryer, much much healthier than a deep fat fryer.

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    1. I know I don't understand why people say that either. I have don't really know much about air fryers.

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  8. I'm not the biggest fan of slow cookers. I do use mine sometimes but not that often.
    My favourite kitchen gadgets are my potato ricer for lovely smooth mash and my food processor with it's various blades which I am using more and more theses days for chopping and grating and as I have very warm hands I find it fantastic for making pastry as I don't have to touch the pastry apart from rolling it out-x-

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    1. Yes I take advantage of the processor for doing chopping, saves so much time.

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  9. Somewhere on my own blog I posted a recipe for a whole chicken that sits on a bed of tin foil balls and steams in the slow cooker. It's delicious. x

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  10. We use our slow cooker to "roast" joints, cooked brisket last night for a very fussy son and family and they ate every scrap. We have also cooked lamb and pork this way and never had a complaint. We also use it for casseroles and soup but each totheir own.

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    1. It is brilliant for cooking meat, it just melts away, I can get pork and beef in mine but, wish it was a bigger size so I could get a bird or lamb in there.

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  11. I love my slow cooker, it's one of my best gadgets. That and my bread maker. They both suit my busy life at the moment!

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    1. My bread maker sadly packed up this week, I shall keep an eye out on freecycle, I don't seem to have much luck with them. I am going to make some by hand this week.

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  12. I do like my slow cooker and have made all sorts in it from casseroles to fudge. Originally I bought it when I was working fulltime as I thought it would be a time saver, but I didn't find that to be the case [I prefer to seal the meal etc first] so have always tended to use it at the weekend. It was fab for cooking the steamed jam suet pud we did for Xmas day last year! It's definitely become more useful as I've learnt what else I can do in it. Arilx

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    1. Fudge, wow must try that, I need to get more adventurous with mine.x

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  13. The only problem I find with making a Fridge Raid meal is that sometimes I hit on something that is so good I want to make it again and can never get it quite right next time.
    I love my Crock Pot immensely. As a vegetarian, it makes cooking meat dishes for Mum so easy, I just flour the meat, put it in the hot stock with vegetables and forget about it for the day. Also, the crock just goes in the dishwasher for easy clean up. I use my 'meat free' crock for delicious slow cooked bean dishes, I make Ragu, chilli, rice pudding and more. I've even seen it used for cakes and breads on Pinterest, and time was when I used it for a warm bowl to serve hot punch at parties. What's not to love?

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    1. They are brilliant, as I have just replied above, I shall be looking to try out new things.

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  14. I replaced my heavy (old) ceramic Slow Cooker last year and absolutely love the new one - it is light, non-stick and the best bit is that the inner dish can be used on the hob! So the meat goes in, on to the hob to seal it, then add vegetables for a quick stir round before putting it back into the aluminium (?) outer ready to switch on for the day. There's a choice of settings too - Low, Medium and High - and it's RED!!!! Love it!

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    1. Brilliant, mine only has the two settings, I have had it some long the writing has got worn away.

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  15. I have a slow cooker but it's stashed in the garage. Never really liked it, even thought I liked how it looked and you can take the pot and use in the oven too. I will give it another chance one day. x

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    1. Hi Sadie, yes the pot is very useful for the oven xx

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  16. I love my slow cooker, I wouldn't even care if everything did taste the same, you can chuck everything in and forget about it, and it uses the same amount of energy as a lightbulb, fab! We quite often use it to cook dried peas and beans overnight as well.
    We used to have quite a few kitchen gadgets but have gradually gotten rid of them all, the slow cooker stays, though.

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    1. Good idea with the dried beans and peas.

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  17. I'm not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets although I do like my slow cooker, even though I don't use it as often as I should. If we go out walking it's so lovely to have a meal waiting for us when we get back from a day out. It's also good for mulled wine 😉 X

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  18. Love our slow cooker, we have a multi cooker too, which is great to be able to brown things in then use as a slow cooker. I often prepare food the night before (especially if it's been frozen) and then can just turn it on in the morning xx

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    1. Thankyou I always think simple food tastes the best xx

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  20. I loved my slow cooker. It was£7 from Asda many moons ago and I gave it to Miss22! Just seen the exact same one in Asda for £10! I might just have to replace it. But my oven has a slow cooker setting so I've just been using my own casserole dish in that. Same results!

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    1. I saw them in Asda for £10 last week, so cheap to buy and they seem to last.

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