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Old 31.01.2010, 21:24
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

I bought the Migros Slow Cooker CHF49.90 four days ago, and it is absolutely marvellous - much better and half the price of the first one I bought some time ago.

Incidentally, Amazon UK only delivers such items in GB.
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

I have a Rival that I bought in the US (It was wired for Europe), and it has an EU plug. It was cheap, less than $100 - I want to say $70, but not sure. Mine has a glass lid, ceramic pot, both of which go into the top of the dishwasher. I think the capacity is about 5quarts, and it's an oval shaped thing. Has a timer, high, low and warm setting. It's not fancy.

Anyway, I've made some interesting things in mine... a cuban thing with shredded beef - ropa viejlo, also something cuban with ground meat and olives and tomatoes - very tasty, and I use it to simmer tomato sauce and chicken stock. I've also made an indonesian beef rendang. Sorry for the crap spelling.

So while we don't use it all the time, it's a handy device. I find that if you're using meat, browning the meat and then deglazing the pan and stuffing it all into the pot helps a lot. There are newer ones in the US where you can put the pot on a heating element and brown right in the pot, but the reviews on them are mixed. And they are more expensive.

We just bought a tagine to use on the stove...and while you can't leave this all day, it works off a similar principle... at least it involves slow cooking. I like the tagine a lot.

Hmm.. I probably should have waited till we arrived and bought the Migros one.
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

I've got a slow cooker.

It's nearly nine o' clock, and my dinner's still not on the table!
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

Wish I had (even) a slow cooker...
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

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I used recipes from the Internet. No success. Bland flavor.
My wife and I really like the recipes on http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/. We use ours almost every day.
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

sygirl101 was raving about slow cookers the other day so I dutifully did a bit of research and just bought this from Amazon.de, the Wahl Slow Cooker Oval 3.5 Litre Black ZX710 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wahl-Cooker-...pr_product_top

Looking forward to giving it a try actually, would be nice to find a tasty recipe, dump all the stuff in the pot, and then leave it to fester all day so I can eat it when I get back from work and can't be arsed to cook.
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Buying a slow cooker - any advice

I've been using mine a lot more, mostly to simmer chicken stock. I let it go overnight and it makes great stock from the leftover carcass of a roasted chicken.
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

While I fully realise I will lose man points for using this sentence... I recieved my slow cooker yesterday... whoop whoop!

Planning on doing a home-made white wine and mushroom sauce tommorrow, I bought some "cheap" pork bits to test how it softens lesser cuts of meat. Looks the perfect size for one person. I'm using this recipe http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/wh...mushroom_70895
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

So almost a year later and still slow-cookerless... I had my eye on the Migros 3L one but I think it's too small. Has anyone found a larger one anywhere here in Switzerland? I used to love cooking whole chickens back home...
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

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I have been considering buying a slow cooker but I am a bit worried about food at room temperature for extended periods of time especially when cooking something like chicken. Do they heat the food enough & quickly enough to prevent food poisoning bugs from taking hold?
Your fridge isn't enough to kill the bugs, it just keeps them at bay. That's why you don't eat raw chicken. It's the heat that does them in. They definitely heat enough for that (~165° F if memory serves). The liquid will boil if set long enough, so you know it's enough. If your meat is so rancid that it doesn't kill them all, you've got bigger things to worry about.
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

To anyone unsure about whether to get a slow cooker: try some slow-cooker recipes first to see if you like it. Just put a pot with a lid in your oven at the right temperature (i'm gonna guess 70 C, but I could be totally off). Since most Swiss ovens are all fancy-pants with digital temperature control, this should work nicely.
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Re: Buying a slow cooker - any advice

I'm shopping for a slow cooker so I thought I'd update this thread to save the next person time.

The Migros (Mio Star) slow cooker is not available. Maybe my timing is just unlucky but it's not on their website.

If you google:
"slow cooker" you will only find the Solis brand, which seems expensive for what it offers.
"schongarer" will bring up the Russell Hobbs Cook-at-home and various Klarstein options

Other than that I could find a number of multi-cookers e.g. Cuisinart MSC600e but no other pure slow cookers.

If you are willing to order from overseas, in addition to Amazon (de or co.uk), John Lewis also has a good range.
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