Morphy Richards Sear and Stew 6.5L Slow cooker @ Sainsburys for with free clic and collect
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Morphy Richards Sear and Stew 6.5L Slow cooker @ Sainsburys for with free clic and collect

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Found 26th Jan 2014
The best price I could find for this slow cooker, our friends have one and it is great.

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this model is quite often on sale (I did some quick research and paid £25 at Argos last November, currently it's £27) - also has a ceramic bowl, which is handy for transferring to oven

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Dirt cheap too run, slow cooking means you can use cheaper cuts of meat. Bung it in with some veg and herbs in the morning and let it go. Virtually impossible to overcook (suppose you could leave it for a week and it might). And it's dirt cheap.

Cheap cuts have the best flavour imho. Chuck in a pork shoulder joint, sliced onion and a bottle of bbq sauce. Six hours later, pulled pork is yours.

Did I mention it was dirt cheap?

anonimousse

These slow cookers seem to come up a lot here as deals. Please educate me … These slow cookers seem to come up a lot here as deals. Please educate me like a five-year old on what I am missing? I don't mind the jibes or funny jokes. But would like to know the technical details of using such a device and the benefits of it?I already own a pressure cooker, so how does it compare to it? Discuss! ;--))



Can't comment on how they compare to a pressure cooker (don't own one, yet). I use it primarily out of laziness.
Today I put some diced venison (1.5kg, which cost something like £7.50kg from Costco ) in with chopped onion, carrot, mushroom, garlic, bay leaves, pepper, etc and a bottle of red. 7-9hrs later serve with veg and mash. Or make up a simple pie crust (flour, oil, water) and bake in the oven for 40mins

Original Poster

They are fantastic for a joint of Gammon, cook it all day and it is the most tender meat you will ever eat. We do all our stews and soups in the our old one. The advantage of this one is that you can brown the
meat in the container on the hob first = less washing up.

anonimousse

These slow cookers seem to come up a lot here as deals. Please educate me … These slow cookers seem to come up a lot here as deals. Please educate me like a five-year old on what I am missing? I don't mind the jibes or funny jokes. But would like to know the technical details of using such a device and the benefits of it?I already own a pressure cooker, so how does this compare to it? Discuss! ;--))



The idea of a slow cooker is that you can cook cheap tough cuts of meat for a long time on a lowish temp, so they turn out lovely and tender. So, you prepare it in the morning, then go off to work and come home to a tasty meal. However, most of them you have you seal your meat etc separately then put it into the slow cooker, but this one you can do it in the slow cooker, so less hassle and mess.

The difference to a slow cooker is that the pressure cooker is cooking the food quickly under pressure, the slow cooker does it long and slow. Things like ribs are great done in the slow cooker, - they get really tender and the sauce really soaks into the meat. Not sure what they'd be like from the pressure cooker.

Sorry to say the larger models seem hampered by a thermostat! I have both this model and the smaller sized one. With the larger one even using just the low setting everything seems to take half the recommended time. The smaller 4.5 litre one is brilliant and recipes all are as per the books etc - just don't be fooled into thinking this one is too. Look at the negative reviews on Amazon, lots of unhappy people. If you have not owned one before it's easy to think its great, but for anyone who is thinking of upgrading then I think you are unlikely to get caught out. When I say half the time, I really do mean half the time. I have tried two tested recipes (beef curry and sausage casserole) that both take about 7-8 hours in the small one (on low). Both were done in about 3 hours in the large one. May as well just buy a crock pot as for most it's nice to start slow cooker in morning and then come home to something that is not mush.

Has anybody used the Pyrex SlowCook range?

James76542

Sorry to say the larger models seem hampered by a thermostat! I have … Sorry to say the larger models seem hampered by a thermostat! I have both this model and the smaller sized one. With the larger one even using just the low setting everything seems to take half the recommended time. The smaller 4.5 litre one is brilliant and recipes all are as per the books etc - just don't be fooled into thinking this one is too. Look at the negative reviews on Amazon, lots of unhappy people. If you have not owned one before it's easy to think its great, but for anyone who is thinking of upgrading then I think you are unlikely to get caught out. When I say half the time, I really do mean half the time. I have tried two tested recipes (beef curry and sausage casserole) that both take about 7-8 hours in the small one (on low). Both were done in about 3 hours in the large one. May as well just buy a crock pot as for most it's nice to start slow cooker in morning and then come home to something that is not mush.



I can't see any negative reviews for this model on Amazon, are you referring to the one with the ceramic pot? Could you post a link to the reviews please, as I'm seriously tempted to get this one!

Original Poster

Likewise, I can't see to many negative reviews about it either. I got a bit worried that I had made the wrong choice. Time will tell.

anonimousse

Thanks for your post, much appreciated. The pressure cooker does need a … Thanks for your post, much appreciated. The pressure cooker does need a lot of control and cleaning - but it can deliver almost everything that you mention. I would love to have something like this, but don't like collecting more stuff when the existing equipment can do the job perfectly well. It is such a dilemma to try out this cooker and very tempted as I cannot afford Sous-vide style cooking.



I totally agree re excess equipment. I gave my (massive) slow cooker to my sis, as it took up too much room and I rarely used it. I've done some googling and the temperature of most slow cookers on "low" setting is 200F/93.3C. and high setting is usually 300F/149C. One hour on the high setting is equal to two and a half on low setting. You could check and see what temperature your cooker oven goes down to. Mine goes down to 100C so I can just as easily slow cook in my cooker oven, in my cast iron casserole dish. If you start a dish on the higher temp for half an hour, it heats up the dish to get it going, then down to low to slowly cook. So, to summarise , if your cooker goes down to 100c or slightly lower, you can slow cook in your own oven instead, no slow cooker required.

Sous vide is lower temp again. A quick google shows that it can be as low as 40C ! for some fish, up to about 87C for some vegetables, so it's not really comparable.

lilacjumper

Has anybody used the Pyrex SlowCook range?



I had a look at it when it came out, it's just cast iron casseroles, like le creuset, Chasseur etc.

What's the cost of slow cooking in an oven though? I know a slow cooker is around the same as a light bulb.

Ha ha...iirc which! estimated a slow cooker's consumption as being akin to a standard bulb or bulbs depending on the size. This one is 260 watts from an earlier post so it would use slightly more?

Now £34.99 and oos. Damn missed out again.
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