Tesco 3.0L Slow Cooker reduced to £8 instore/online
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Tesco 3.0L Slow Cooker reduced to £8 instore/online

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Found 26th Dec 2012
Seems like a good price for slow cooker. 3 heat settings and stainless steel outside. Great for winter stews!

Also available online here:

tesco.com/dir…852

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link to item online, for collection instore or delivery

tesco.com/dir…852



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Edited by: "zaft" 26th Dec 2012
really good these just got a load of em for 12 lol
I have one of these.
Brilliant.
Thanks for the post.
can anyone confirm whether this model features a timer?
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w0ol

can anyone confirm whether this model features a timer?



No this model doesn't include a timer I'm afraid.
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I got this a year ago, it's good enough and for £8 worth buying just for having in the cupboard ready for when you need it some time in the future.
This appears to be a new model replacing the 3.3L model that has all the rave reviews. I don't know what the difference is apart from capacity but the LED is much closer to the heat control on this new model. On Tesco direct the older model is still £10 but this new model is £8. The Tesco Direct site is very confusing. They are listing this new model at close to 2/3rds of a metre long with a weight almost twice the of the old model. They also seem to think it has a white appearance instead of steel. The reviews for the older model were brilliant lets hope this new replacement model is equally good except for the lower capacity of course. Curious to know how the new model is cheaper. I wonder if the ceramic pot has been replaced with a thin non-stick metal pot?
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bonzobanana

Curious to know how the new model is cheaper. I wonder if the ceramic pot … Curious to know how the new model is cheaper. I wonder if the ceramic pot has been replaced with a thin non-stick metal pot?



I got one, it's still a ceramic pot inside. Any other questions I'd be happy to answer.
Edited by: "zaft" 26th Dec 2012
zaft

w0ol can anyone confirm whether this model features a timer?No this model … w0ol can anyone confirm whether this model features a timer?No this model doesn't include a timer I'm afraid.


thanks for replying, don't think the lack of timer will make to much of a difference. I will keep an eye out for one tomorrow. heat added :-)
zaft

I got one, it's still a ceramic pot inside. Any other questions I'd be … I got one, it's still a ceramic pot inside. Any other questions I'd be happy to answer.



I was thinking of maybe getting one for my mother as a late christmas present but its hard to choose. The 3.3L model is rated 134-160W at the bottom is it the same for the new model?

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bonzobanana

I was thinking of maybe getting one for my mother as a late christmas … I was thinking of maybe getting one for my mother as a late christmas present but its hard to choose. The 3.3L model is rated 134-160W at the bottom is it the same for the new model?



It says on the bottom, Power: 152-180W
zaft

It says on the bottom, Power: 152-180W



Interesting, so the new model is actually more powerful and I guess with a combination of lower capacity and more powerful heating element it would cook meals quicker. My instructions state 7-8hrs to cook. The newer model sounds like it will cut that time down so probably not suitable for me as I'm out the door at 7.15am and not back to 6.15pm approx so away for 11hrs and I would just be wasting extra power. My mother is retired though and probably a shorter cooking time would be ideal for her so I think I'll go for the £8 model for her. Thanks for the help.
Am I the only one who worries about leaving these things on all day while out of the house?
Besford

Am I the only one who worries about leaving these things on all day while … Am I the only one who worries about leaving these things on all day while out of the house?



Shouldn't do. Slow cookers are very reliable and low power consumption and they don't get hot enough to start fires. There are much more dangerious appliances that cause fires in the home like fridges, freezers, toasters, kettles, washing machines and electrical wiring. If the heating element fails it should short out immediately.
Had the £8 model delivered today with my groceries and had a quick look to see how they compare. There isn't a lot in it. The £8 model does look a bit cheaper overall. The lip/seal at the top of the metal section looks a bit cruder. The LED actually looks nicer on the £8 model though. The real difference is the switch quality. On the £8 model it feels very light in operation and can be knocked easily off the selected mode where as the £10 model has a much more solid switch that securely clicks into position. Both manuals claim the same 7-8hrs cooking time yet one has a more powerful element. I'm not totally believing in the Tesco manual. It seems to me the low setting is probably the setting I need for cooking for 11-12 hours and that the high setting would cook food quicker than that. This appears to be what how other slow cooker manuals state. Perhaps if Tesco had used more than 2/3rds of an A4 sheet the instructions could be more comprehensive.


In summary either appear suitable for the job but the manual is minimalist to say the least and I'm not sure either are accurate. The £10 model does have a re-assuringly superior switch but not sure the difference is justified for that alone.

The £8 model is more powerful it seems so its high setting is likely going to cook food quicker and its low setting may cook food quicker than the £10 model's low setting especially with the reduced capacity. For me I need a 11hr cook time so I'm guessing LOW on mine will do that. No Auto setting on either so ideally I think I'm meant to cook for 15-20 minutes on high before setting low.


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Edited by: "bonzobanana" 31st Dec 2013
Leatherhead store selling these at £12?????

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Well this was posted a week ago so i'm not surprised the price has changed!
GuyUK

Leatherhead store selling these at £12?????expired?


It's still £8 on their website.
Nice find and heat added. I have one and use it frequently.
Ive got one of these. Has spent most of its life in the cupboard. Cos it has no timer I used it with a socket type timer which I picked up for a £1 on here some time ago. They are good. just needs a bit of experimenting with. I found the dishes too watery. Well worth £8.
Don't put as much water in as you might intuitively think is needed. I just put enough liquid in to (almost) cover the solids.
sorry to ask a daft question but is this size slow cooker suitable for two people ? i have a huge one for the 5 of us but wanted to buy my dad and his partner a late christmas present x
bought this week. two very nice meals made with it already :-)
Can anyone recommend a large 5.5l or above slow cooker with a timer.
cheers for this! will buy some for someone
Ski boy yes it's fine for 2 people.plenty big enough even though I bought the crockpot 2 days ago from tesco for £17 half price I didn't see this at £8 it the same size as the crockpot I bought though

Edited by: "pudding" 5th Jan 2013
Strange, I saw the previous post and price checked this in Edinburgh (Corstorphine) this evening, £14.97. Guess it's store specific though seems unlikely.
Cant go wrong at this price!

Voted hot!
Which? online fairly slaughtered this item but that doesn't seem to chime in with most people's experience. q.v.

Unimpressive cooking results
When we cooked on the low setting, the cubes of meat broke up, yet the onions didn't soften and some of the lumps of potato weren't fully cooked.

Cooking on the high setting wasn't much better. The stew sauce was watery, and pools of fat floated on top.

Using the 'keep warm' setting for an hour dried out the top and edges of the stew. The stew was also noticeably colder.

Basic instructions
Instructions for the Tesco slow cooker are basic, and while they explain how to use the slow cooker safely, they don't explain how to slow cook or convert conventional recipes to slow cooking ones.

There are no slow cooker recipes included in the instruction manual, so you'll definitely need to buy a separate book.

The slow cooker pot is dishwasher safe, but the lid isn't. You'll need to regularly clean and buff up the stainless steel outer casing, as it shows up finger marks easily. You can't use the pot and lid in the oven, either.

This model is fairly lightweight, but is large enough to make four portions.

Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight

Cons: Results from cooking test poor, very basic instructions
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