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 Post subject: Re: Batch cooking
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Mmmmm. Slow cooker.

We quite often do a cheap joint of meat in the slow cooker all day on a Sunday while we go for a walk then meet up with friends in the pub at teatime. Just do a few veggies when we get home and we have a feast in less than half an hour - plus meat for sandwiches most of the week.


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The boys love the slow cooker. Nice beef stew one day. Top the leftovers up with more veggies and sossies fir the next day. Perhaps some nice chops the next day and on the final day you get to munch all the best bits that have sunk to the bottom and fill it to the brim with dumplings Mmmmmm salivating now.


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Slow cookers do the best ribs and pulled pork too!


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Rorschach wrote:
Slow cookers do the best ribs and pulled pork too!


i love slow cookers but they are very inefficient in general simply because they are not insulated

if you are doing a one stop say 8-12 hour cook assuming the machine has low medium and high select one level less on heat and cover with 2 tea towels and try the level as you go at around say 9 hrs

if it is a one heat machine then try one tea towel first with a 20% reduction in cooking time then a second with a 30% reduction and adjust cooking accordingly
whilst my suggestions are for quality products that have the appropriate overheating systems in place if you are fully present then maybe cheaper sourced "cookers" will be safe enough

and before you ask i use t towels on all sorts off pots pant and solo cooker to save heat as long as your talking trickle heat by which i mean a surface if you touched it for a fraction off a second wont burn

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Yeah I have an old kitchen hand towel I use for just that purpose. Warm up the cooker on high for about an hour (I also pre-heat any water/stock I am using as well as brown meat, onions for stews) then switch it to low and put the towel on top. Towel never burns but usually gets a bit damp from the steam.


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I couldn't batch cook for the same reason as Razor posted.....it would be a BIG (single) batch once finished. I'm very much a 'taster' when I'm cooking........ :shock:

I keep thinking I'm going to make a mega steak strip chillie though....nice and rich sauce, lovely strip steak and all the stuff chucked in....little button mushrooms, three types of beans, chillies, tomatoes.

Then, served with some orzo rice, a big blob of sour cream and freshly cooked bread!!

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I keep thinking I'm going to make a mega steak strip chillie though....nice and rich sauce, lovely strip steak and all the stuff chucked in....little button mushrooms, three types of beans, chillies, tomatoes.



When did you say you wanted that new gas supply running BG :wink:

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Is that making you drool.......I'll get Helen on the case for when you're down.

I'll make sure it's had HOURS getting all moist and juicy. :mrgreen:

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Is that making you drool.......I'll get Helen on the case for when you're down.

I'll make sure it's had HOURS getting all moist and juicy. :mrgreen:

Wow - Helen sure sounds like a 'game' girl....... :lol:

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Just as an aside (A serious one) Be Very careful with re-heated rice.

It needs to be cooled very soon after cooking then fridged or frozen.. at room temperature spores can breed and re-heating doesn't kill them.

One of the most common causes of food poisoning.

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I was going to say that myself - never fancied it myself, especially as it only takes minutes to cook fresh - doesn't seem worth it!

The rest makes sense!

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