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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.

Check out some more slow cooker recipes:

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


Make sure you are using the best kitchen equipment with our review of the best slow cookers.

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