We have been reviewing the Morphy Richards slow cooker (thanks, Littlewoods!) It is, I am surprised to say, great; useful, practical, easy, makes tasty food, saves loads of time and is perfect for new parents and that tired old advertising cliche of the ‘busy mum.’ Here’s how we got on:
A slow cooker, seriously?
Yes! Although my mid-twenties single self really would have recoiled in horror at the thought of something so practical (back then I used to be of the mindset that eating was cheating, and we only ever had instant noodles and washing tablets in our cupboard) I am now older and very much wiser *cough* and it’s surprisingly handy for the baby stage we’re at now.
So what makes a slow cooker good for new parents?
Basically, you bung a load of raw stuff in and then about 6+ hours later there’s a nice meal. You don’t have to do much else but stir it a few times, so it’s minimal effort.
Now I’m back at work it’s becoming really useful. Also in the early stages of having a baby, when everything’s really topsy-turvy, and it can be ages before one of you gets round to cooking in the evening (especially if there’s loads of wake-ups and cluster feeding that goes on forever). So with a bit of forword planning this works out really well. If you’re on maternity leave you can’t live on food from Cook forever (more’s the pity!). And it makes a nice and very easy change from things on toast.
What can you cook in a slow cooker?
Stews, curries, soups, goulash and stroganoff dishes, but it also surprised me that you can cook most things – pasta, puddings, mulled wine…the list goes on and on. You can even cook whole chickens and big bits of meat, which is great for things like pulled pork. We don’t even brown the meat first, as it seems to have no bearing on taste (you would cook mince though). It’s also handy / thrifty to make bigger amounts so you can eat it again the next day.
What are the good points about the Morphy Richards Slow Cooker?
- It’s so easy to use – you bascially put the food in, select either low, medium or high temp and then leave it on for hours until the food is done
- We’ve not had a bad meal in it yet
- It’s even easy to clean as you can just put the pot in the dishwasher
- It looks good – industrial steel – and matches the rest of our kitchen
Are there any bad points?
- I can’t really fault it as it’s just so easy to use. I’m sure there are more sophisticated models on the market, but this one does the job very well
- I am pretty impatient and like to stir things, which you shouldn’t do as it prolongs the cooking time
- You can get a bit slow cookered-out if you use it a lot! But again, this is not a reflection on the Murphy Richards model
What are some good slow cooker recipes?
Recipe for basic nice slow cooker stew: put passata, garlic, red wine, red meat, herbs (something like smoked paprika) an onion, veg, stock and some flour in the slow cooker. Put it on medium for 5-6 hours.
Recipe for slow cooker Thai chicken curry: put chicken strips, a can of coconut milk, bamboo shoots / water chestnuts, baby corn strips, pepper, a quarter of a jar of green curry paste and chopped chilli in the slow cooker. Put it all in on low for about 5-6 hours. Add a bit of milk if it’s too thick.
So there you have it; my dad liked it so much, he got one for Christmas.
(We were sent the Morphy Richards 48718a 6.5L Slow Cooker model from Littlewoods).