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    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 19th Sep 15, 5:14 PM
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    • 19th Sep 15, 5:14 PM
    Slow cooker favourites 19th Sep 15 at 5:14 PM
    I'm trying to use my sc twice a week and have some recipes I use regularly but I'm finding it harder to find something different to do that will be a good family addition.

    I make

    beef chilli
    Beef curry
    Jacket potatoes
    Whole chicken
    Chicken casserole
    Sausage casserole
    Pulled pork

    These are family-friendly and great to make but see other posts and everyone seems to do much more so I'd love a hand!

    I try to avoidd mince in mine and soups as I prefer them made in the pan but.that's just us.

    Id love to have another simple chuck everything in type meal I can make that's a bit different and would freeze well as there is always extra.

    Thanks xx

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    Last edited by MSE Zorica; 22-09-2015 at 5:28 PM.
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    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 3rd Oct 15, 7:29 PM
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    Do any of you make Liver and onions in the SC? I bought a couple of recipe books (from 'The Works'), but sadly nothing similar to the Liver and Onions I do in the frying pan - and tend to over cook the liver so it goes a bit leathery!
    if anyone can give me a ballpark figure for timings I would be sooooo grateful. OH loves liver and onions and I have no clue how his mum used to do it so the liver was really tender (or so he tells me).

    oh and I did my gammon joint in the SC on Friday - tasted gorgeous but it was more like 'pulled pork' on the plate! didn't need the extra hour I factored in as the joint weighed more than the recipe stated.
    Last edited by meritaten; 03-10-2015 at 7:31 PM.
    • happy35
    • By happy35 3rd Oct 15, 7:44 PM
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    Do you soak the liver for a few hours in milk before you cook it? I do cook liver for OH and find the milk helps keep it soft when cooking, when I have missed this step out they can tell the difference. i have never made it in a slow cooker though
    • mrs motivated
    • By mrs motivated 4th Oct 15, 12:17 PM
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    Do you soak the liver for a few hours in milk before you cook it? I do cook liver for OH and find the milk helps keep it soft when cooking, when I have missed this step out they can tell the difference. i have never made it in a slow cooker though
    Originally posted by happy35


    I also soak liver in milk for a couple of hours. Calves liver is so tender when cooked, although its expensive these days, that's if you can actually find any
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    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 4th Oct 15, 5:12 PM
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    ahhhhh - no, I haven't been 'soaking' the liver in milk, I just dipped it in milk before coating in flour!
    OH likes lambs liver and I can honestly say I haven't seen calves liver for sale.
    hmmmm - will try soaking in milk overnight, flash fry and do it on low for five hours but allow a couple of hours being kept warm just in case it needs more cooking.

    Thanks!
    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 5th Oct 15, 7:03 PM
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    Sausage casserole in mine again tonight - have chill in the freezer so will have chill and jackets tomorrow for tea.

    I have been using mine loads now that autumn is here and it makes like so much easier - I still haven't braved the soup yet, baby steps
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    • scon1234
    • By scon1234 5th Oct 15, 8:29 PM
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    Beef and ale stew!

    500g Beef
    1 bottle of beer (Newcastle Brown)
    1 stick of celery
    1 onion
    2 carrots
    (dice all of the veggies, and cube the beef)
    1 stock cube
    1 tin of tomatoes
    2 bay leaves (if you have them)
    1 big desert spoon of plain flour
    Salt & pepper

    I like to sautee the chopped veggies before bunging the lot in the slow cooker. I don't even brown the meat.

    Also Mexican chicken. Chuck in some chicken (white or dark meat is fine) cover in with a jar of salsa. Cook until you can shred the chicken with two forks. Serve over rice, or over tortilla chips with some grated cheese and sour cream if you're after a treat.
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    • CAT££
    • By CAT££ 25th Oct 15, 5:39 PM
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    I've bought a 6.5l slow cooker from Aldi today for £16.99.

    Have settled down to read this thread to get some ideas.x
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    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 26th Oct 15, 6:46 PM
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    that is the same make but TWICE the size of mine! and I seriously considered buying it .................but, there is just the two of us. (I had purchased the 3.5 litre one for £12.99 a few weeks back).
    it does make a delicious beef and ale pie though, I use similar recipe to scon but without the tomatoes. and I usually just buy ready rolled puff pastry, cut it into 8 portions and bake what I need and freeze the rest for more pies! easier than fiddling around putting pastry tops on pies. just dish it out of SC, top with your cooked pastry and bobs your auntie!

    PS - the 'Hobgoblin' Ale in Aldi is just as good as Newkie for this recipe.
    Last edited by meritaten; 26-10-2015 at 6:49 PM.
    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 14th Nov 15, 9:54 AM
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    sorry I am a complete SC novice and have tried to search instructions but am finding it a struggle


    I have a 700g shoulder of pork currently defrosting so I can cut off the fat (crackling)


    I would like to cook it to the consistency of pulled pork but just have it with gravy not BBQ sauce


    Do I need to add stock to the SC to start it off and if so how much?


    Thanks
    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 14th Nov 15, 10:24 AM
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    I usually just put 100ml of stock with some onions, carrots and celery in the bottom - salt and pepper and it comes out lovely xx
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    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 14th Nov 15, 5:41 PM
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    I don't see why it wouldn't work just doing it with some onions carrots and celery, if you have some, and a cupful or so of stock if you intend doing a gravy.
    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 17th Nov 15, 5:24 PM
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    Just to report back - once the fat (crackling) was removed it was a fairly small pork joint, but I added some onions and 100ml of water and some salt and pepper and cooked on high for 4 hours - it was delish ! So tender and the juices made lovely gravy.


    At the moment I have creamy beef tagine bubbling away ... diced beef and cauliflower with onions, hot paprika, turmeric and ground ginger - cook until the cauli breaks up and makes a creamy sauce.
    • Tink_04
    • By Tink_04 17th Nov 15, 6:43 PM
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    Sounds lovely!

    Glad it turned out well xx
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    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 17th Nov 15, 7:04 PM
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    Skint - that sounds lovely! hmmmmmm - I have all the ingredients so I may well do that tomorrow!
    • bigdaftkid
    • By bigdaftkid 19th Nov 15, 9:11 AM
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    www.slowcookercentral.com has hundreds of recipes including, breakfasts, main meals, puddings, bread, and cakes but be warned you will become addicted
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    • Lindy&Boo
    • By Lindy&Boo 22nd Sep 16, 11:04 AM
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    Brisket of Beef
    Brisket of beef done in the slower cooker is very tasty
    I brown the meat in a pan and put it in slow cooker with, carrots,onions and beef stock
    • Kymyg
    • By Kymyg 22nd Sep 16, 5:56 PM
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    I love mine use it more in winter month's.
    Any type of curry using cheep cuts of meet.
    Pulled pork plain so you can add own sauce.
    Coca-Cola chicken
    Spag bol
    Chilli's
    Stews again different meets and flavors
    Poach fish
    Fish casserole
    Shepherds or cottage pie I do the topping separate.
    Good to stew fruit and freeze

    I use mine to make bulk meals put in dishes or tubs and freeze. Good for busy people or even like me pregnant ladies for after baby is born.
    • Angel_Jenny
    • By Angel_Jenny 22nd Sep 16, 6:09 PM
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    I made sausage casserole in mine yesterday - some sausage brands seem to work better than others!
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    • nanny beach
    • By nanny beach 23rd Sep 16, 10:09 AM
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    I have got a big original Tower, slo-cooker had it since the 80s.Bought a book on Amazon for pennies by Anntte Yates, easier to say what CANT you cook in them! people used to laugh at me for that and my Pressure Cooker, havent got one now because I have induction. Doesnt work on there. My younges daughter 24, is a convert was VERY surprised at that one! You can tenterise very cheap cuts of meat with a long slow cook.
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 23rd Sep 16, 12:24 PM
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    I made sausage casserole in mine yesterday - some sausage brands seem to work better than others!
    Originally posted by Angel_Jenny

    I find slightly posher sausages work best for casseroles cos they have a slightly tougher skin, the cheaper ones tend to go a bit soggy unless you add them right at the end of cooking.
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