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  • missychrissymissychrissy Forumite
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    Lentils, split peas, barley and marrowfat peas don’t need rapid boiling first. Any that do, like kidney beans, wii tell you on the packet.
  • pamsdishpamsdish Forumite
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    Just found this thread "bookmarked" I have an extensive range of dried peas, beans, grains, herbs and spices, but tend to chuck whatever meat I have with whatever veg I have into the cooker and turn on, I do use a lot of thyme but the others get passed over, I often cook a gammon with red lentils, I find split peas can take a lot of cooking, carrots parsnips and onions, I also prefer my potatoes boiled, but don`t often eat potatoes. Will soak some marrowfat and try that tomorrow @missychrissy
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  • missychrissymissychrissy Forumite
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    I have struggled with split peas in previous SCs and had to soak them overnight beforehand to ensure they cooked well. However, in my present SC I prefer them not soaked overnight as it cooks them much better. I prefer my pease pudding with a bit of bite, cooked but not sloppy, otherwise that is soup, which is fine if that is what u want.
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    Si_ClistSi_Clist Forumite
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    edited 7 July 2020 at 1:39PM
    Well, Morrison's order once again turned up this morning minus the brisket I ordered (does it really exist?), but at least they could manage the chicken thighs, so thanks to you lovely lot My First Slow Cooker Meal is now simmering away and the whole house smells of chicken casserole.  Hopefully I'll have that and the mashed taters just about ready for her when Madam returns from the hospital, so the only question now is this ...
    Assuming that we don't scoff the lot tonight, do I simply let the rest cool down in the slow cooker then bung it in some suitable container and freeze it, or what?
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    bouicca21bouicca21 Forumite
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    edited 7 July 2020 at 1:48PM
    Personally I’d shove it in the fridge to cool, and then either scoff it tomorrow or freeze for a future time.

    And I think chicken was a better bet for your first sc meal as brisket/stewing beef takes longer. With chicken you can be spot on sure it will be ready when your wife gets back.

    enjoy the meal (and the praise you will undoubtedly get).
  • mamanmaman Forumite
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    If you and your lady wife like plain food, I'd suggest savoury mince, You can eat it with new potatoes and veg, pour over a jacket potato  or put it in a dish and add mash to make a cottage pie (reheat in the oven). 

    My recipe has lots of added chopped veg to stretch the meat out and make more portions but I'd say that except for the onion most of the veg are optional.

    Put these in the SC for about 6 hours. I'd start on high and turn it to low when it's bubbling. It can stay on for longer. I'd make it one day and eat the next as it tastes better. You'll need 500g mince (I like 5% fat), 2 onions, 3 carrots, 2 garlic cloves (optional), 2 medium potatoes, 200g mushrooms, cup of frozen peas (these will lose colour but taste fine), 5 Oxo or other beef stock cube, 800 ml of hot water, 5 tbsps of tomato puree, salt and pepper to taste. 

    Incidentally, if you did fancy a recipe with wine in it, Tesco do excellent own brand wine stock pots. I might add one to the mince. :wink:
  • joedenisejoedenise Forumite
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    Thank you for letting us know how you got on with the slow cooker.  It can be frustrating sometimes when people ask for help and then don't ever post again.  Good luck with whatever you attempt next.

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