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FIVE AMAZING SLOW COOKER HACKS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
It might not seem like much, but the humble slow cooker is capable of far more than you might expect. With the winter drawing and energy prices rising people have swapped to slow cookers to make every penny count.
Aside from being energy efficient, slow cookers can offer a variety of options to your cooking experience. Here at Tower we have compiled our five favourite hacks to help you get the most out of your own slow cooker.
You might be surprised by this one but by using tin foil you can create two separate compartments so you can cook two different foods at once. Add in a slow cooker liner and you can prevent sauces from overlapping and mixing. This would be perfect for cooking potatoes and meat simultaneously, allowing for more creativity when cooking. Larger models would be ideal for this so that you can cook as much food as possible, so the 6.5L Rose Gold Cavaletto slow cooker would be perfect. The generous capacity allows for large quantities of food to be cooked with ease.
Slow cookers take all the hassle out of cooking as they work in the background giving you the freedom to do other things. However, by browning off meat or frying off onions and mushrooms in a pan or skillet beforehand, you can enhance the flavour of a meal with caramelisation and helps to ensure everything is thoroughly cooked. Browning only takes a few minutes so it is barely an inconvenience. This is perfect for beef stews and sausage casseroles.
By putting a clean tea towel or thick paper towel inside the rim of the lid, you can prevent moisture from reaching your food so it doesn’t get soggy. This is a particularly useful trick if you are trying to create something slightly more unusual in a slow cooker, such as chocolate fudge cake or brownies. This can also help to intensify flavours with meats like pulled pork as sauces and gravies will be thicker. Models such as the Rose Gold 3.5L Infinity slow cooker have a keep warm function so meals are ready at your convenience.
Use baking soda to keep your slow cooker in pristine condition. Merely mix three tablespoons of baking soda with some washing up liquid, fill the crockpot with water and heat on a low setting. Empty the water after a few hours and give the crockpot a firm wipe. Any tough to remove stains should come off with ease, leaving your slow cooker immaculate and ready for further use.
Making a creamy cheese sauce for a carbonara, or just a basic béchamel for a lasagne? Whilst it might be tempting to just throw everything else in at once, resist that temptation. If you put dairy products into a slow cooker too earlier, you run the risk of them curdling and causing a sauce to split. By adding them in later on, preferably with half an hour cooking time remaining, you can ensure that creamy texture and preserve the rich taste for a more flavoursome meal.
Have we piqued your interest? There is nothing to stop you from experimenting with your slow cooker to see what it is really capable of. We have some more traditional recipes for you to try . Check out the full range of Slow Cookers here. If you are interested in further information about Tower Products, why not follow us on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok or to talk with fellow Tower Air Fryer owners why not join the Tower Air Frying Group on Facebook.