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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Shut up!

    I'm lost. What's the point of using electricity to run this slow cooker thing for 10 hours when I could just chuck it on the stove for a couple of hours.
    It's so handy at the end of the day when everyone just wants to eat. You just take off the lid and scoop it out. The last thing I feel like doing after a busy day, is cook.

    Also, the longer you cook meat the more tender it is. Once you try it you will never go back to stove top cooking for stews

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    Hi DA

    Did the thing not come with instructions?

    I don't have a cooker but I do pot stews in the oven. Basically what pugger said but I'd be using salt, pepper and herbs for favour as well, a selection among tarragon, thyme, basil, sage, rosemary, bay leaf, look up "bouquet garni". Different herbs go better with different meats, and it also comes to personal preference.

    So basic beef stew for me, beef, carrots, onion, celery, potato, sweet potato, herbs, salt pepper and stock/tinned tomato combo to cover.

    To get more exciting - eggplant, zuccini, leek, garlic (not necessarily all together) depending what you have.

    And then you can do curries. I use curry powder or pastes from asian grocers. And they do slow cook / stew brilliantly.

    PS Puggerup - glad to see you're no longer Hyacinth's bitch.

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    Your fast cook option, or high setting is 4 hours DA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi DA

    Did the thing not come with instructions?

    I don't have a cooker but I do pot stews in the oven. Basically what pugger said but I'd be using salt, pepper and herbs for favour as well, a selection among tarragon, thyme, basil, sage, rosemary, bay leaf, look up "bouquet garni". Different herbs go better with different meats, and it also comes to personal preference.

    So basic beef stew for me, beef, carrots, onion, celery, potato, sweet potato, herbs, salt pepper and stock/tinned tomato combo to cover.

    To get more exciting - eggplant, zuccini, leek, garlic (not necessarily all together) depending what you have.

    And then you can do curries. I use curry powder or pastes from asian grocers. And they do slow cook / stew brilliantly.

    PS Puggerup - glad to see you're no longer Hyacinth's bitch.
    You just made me hungry.. I'll be your bitch again if you cook me some dinner

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    Thanks guys. No Hy, it didn't come with cooking instructions. I've gone through the booklet several times. There are only a couple of pages on how to clean it, set it up, and some recipes - but nowhere does it mention cooking times whatsoever. Grrr.

    Have chucked it all onto the stove in a casserole pot for now. Next time will try it on high for 4 hours or so, and see how I go.

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    I have a heap of Slow cooker recipes - pm me your email addy and i can send them through!

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    Haha are you sure you didnt want a pressure cooker?

    Slow cookers are great, I do wicked spiced corn beef and pickled pork with mine.
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    Thanks for the reminder that I have one in the back of the cupboard. It is going to be VERY handy!

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Thanks for the reminder that I have one in the back of the cupboard. It is going to be VERY handy!
    Aw, and I bet you know how to use the darned thing too, Di!

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    I get all my vegies ready the day before (except potatoes cuz they get brown overnight)...brown the cubed beef in the morning with onions etc. I set my slow cooker so it fits with dinner time. I put largely diced potatoes in first...then browned meat and the big chunks of vegies of my choice (capsicum, zuchinni, carrots, onion etc...whatever you like). I also add a tin of super sweet corn.

    I then add a tin of crushed tomatoes and a good amount of tomato paste and a some sugar to neutralise the sourness in the tomatoes. I add beef stock and/or water so it just covers meat/vegies and let it stew away.

    About 1 hour before dinner time I add a small amount of thickened cream (it tastes really nice). 5 minutes before dinner time...I mix some corn flour and water...add a little bit at a time to thicken stew to the desired thickness.....DINNER TIME!

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