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Salter EK2842 Chalkboard 3.5-litre slow cooker
Pros: surprisingly useful chalkboard finish, small kitchen footprint
Cons: short electric lead
Star rating: 4/5
Robert Dyas (£24.99)
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The first things we noticed about the Salter slow cooker were its good looks, sturdy construction and neat size.
The cooker is tall and round, its surface area making it perfect for space-challenged kitchens. The 3.5-litre capacity works for couples and smaller groups.
The deep inner pot is ceramic, so searing meat and browning vegetables needs to be done in separate pans. Once added to the cooker, heating up was fast and even throughout.
The Salter is a standard three-function cooker with low, warm and high, chosen using a small knob which clicks firmly to each setting.
The handles are cool-touch and don’t get hot during cooking. Even at the end, though the handles were warm, it was possible to carry the pot safely to the table.
The outside gets hot, which wasn’t an issue for us, as the annoyingly short lead kept the cooker well back from the edge of the worktop.
Despite the smaller size, the beef stew and chicken curry we tested were beautifully reduced after their allotted cooking times. The chicken had fallen from the bone and the sauce was vibrant and tasty. The beef remained in lovely tender chunks, as did the vegetables, and the gravy was rich and deeply flavoured.
There was no burned-on food, and it was easy to clean in hot soapy water.
The stand-out feature is the quirky chalkboard finish. Three chunky fat chalks are included, for marking times (there are no physical timers on the cooker), reminders or notes of what’s cooking inside.
Robert Dyas (£24.99)
Type: regular slow cooker
Size: 27.6 x 24.7 x 27.3 cm
Settings: low, high, warm
Functions: chalk board finish plus chalks, power indicator light
Pot: black glazed ceramic
Lid: glass with cool-touch handles
Guarantee: 3 years
Dishwasher: inner pot and lid
Oven and hob friendly: no
Instruction manual: yes
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