How to use a slow cooker

Our beginner's guide to using a slow cooker shows you how to get the most out of this essential kitchen kit, plus gives you ideas for slow cooker recipes too.

Points to remember:

  • Keep vegetables chunky so that they retain their shape.
  • Use 1/3 less liquid when cooking in a slow cooker.
  • Submerge herbs in the liquid so that you get the most from their flavour.
  • Brown meat first to add flavour.
  • Thicken sauces with a little cornflour mixed with water if needed.
  • You can put a slow cooker on before you go to bed or when you go to work as it cooks very gently and evenly.
  • You can also make sweet things in a slow cooker – such as our slow cooker cheesecake.
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Check out some more slow cooker recipes:

Slow cooker aubergines
Slow cooker pulled pork
Slow cooker ribs
More slow cooker recipes

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