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#1 Thu 20 Nov 08 2:40pm

AJuff

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Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

I work full time and the children have lots of activities after school that compromise cooking time. Some days it's a real battle to get the children fed before going back out. A friend suggested a slow cooker which led me into thinking about using the oven on a timer. Any one out there that could advise? help

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#2 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:01pm

MsPablo

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

I don't like to go out and leave my oven on unless I'm taking a walk or within a short distance from home just in case I can't get back or something spills over and burns.  Also, you are heating a whole oven, perhaps it's a little cheaper to heat the slow cooker.

The slow cooker is more flexible in cooking times, you won't burn the food most likely because it holds the moisture well. You can load the cooking pot the day before and refrigerate it until you're ready to slow cook.

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#3 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:09pm

kprice580

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

I agree with MsPablo.
I have a slow cooker and it's tops! I put everything in it in the morning switch it on, hey presto when u get home it's cooked!!

Katy x x

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#4 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:10pm

Captain C

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

I've got one in a cupboard somewhere but dont have any instructions and am a bit scared to use it.

How long typically do you cook things for in them ?

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#5 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:23pm

Kye

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

http://www.justslowcooking.com/slo-0012076.html

Just found this site, looks good as i also have a slow cooker and have never seen the instructions, so mine is in a cupboard too.

Never leave the oven on while absent from your home, or any other appliances neutral

Good cooking smile

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#6 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:26pm

Captain C

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

are they more economical than an electric oven ?

I was going to make a stew in the oven, for about 3 hours tomorrow.

Would I be better chucking it in the slow cooker for 10 hours ?

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#7 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:37pm

kprice580

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

A lot more economical in my eyes, as MsPablo says you dont have to warm up a whole oven!

As I said in my previous post, just put everything in before you go out I do mine from 9-9.30am and Its done by 4-4.30pm. stewed beef is excellent yummy  yummy

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#8 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:38pm

Captain C

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

Nice one

Whats the stewed beef recipe Katy ?

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#9 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:42pm

kprice580

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

the usual...

stewing beef
onions sliced or diced
stock cubes
water 

put into slowcooker and leave! if u have chance to, check it for taste through the day.
I put in some cornflour mixed with water to thicken up before serving.

I serve with peas, carrots & creamy mash!!!

simple, easy!!!
Bish Bash Bosh!!!!! mrgreen

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#10 Thu 20 Nov 08 3:44pm

Captain C

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Re: Slow cooker v oven set on a timer?

Thats tomorrows dinner sorted  thumbsup

I might chuck some veg in, herbs, and a can of guiness, what do you reckon ?

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