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You should never wash chicken - and yet this book tells you too. This book should be removed from your site in case someone actually washes it.
Washing raw chicken before cooking it can increase your risk of food poisoning from campylobacter bacteria. Splashing water from washing chicken under a tap can spread the bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing, and cooking equipment. ... Only a few campylobacter cells are needed to cause food poisoning.
I was after recipes where you can just put everything in the slow cooker and leave it for hours, not ones where there are cooking processes needed at the start. Almost every recipe in this book starts with 'Heat some oil in a frying pan...'.
Some of the recipes are good but there is far too much prep time involved for most - I'm used to flash frying meat to brown it but this is ridiculous - it can be 20-30 mins prep at which point just finish the dish off in the oven!
If like me, you brought a slow cooker for one pot meals that require minimal prep work - something you can throw ingredients into before work, set it and forget it - don't get this book. The majority, if not all of the recipes require about 15 to 30 minute prep work on a stove (browning meat, cooking sauces, softening veg) before you can put it in the slow cooker - which for me takes the point out of slowcookers. If I had time to stand over a stove for 30 minutes, I'd just cook a meal on the stove. The recipes are great, but if like me you use your slow cooker for convenience - this book isn't for you.
I’ve now made 4 recipes and found the results disappointing. 2 of them I’ve adapted by added more spices/adapting as the family found them really bland - of the other 2, 1 curry was watery and insipid, and the lemon chicken was almost inedible bitter. I’ve followed the recipes closely and usually get good results, but find this book disappointing
I felt this was not so much recipes for a slow cooker so much as recipes adapted to use a slow cooker without any benefit. There is none of the effort saving that I associate with my slow cooker. The recipes I got in the booklet that came with my slow cooker and from the internet are better. I wont be using this book.
Very happy I bought this book. I am a slow cooker novice and was a little clueless but this book is full of different and not boring recipes. I've only tried a couple of recipes so far but I've had a look at all of them and there are no ingredients that are difficult to get your hands on which I have found to be an issue with previous recipe books being Americanised.
I like the fact that below the majority of the recipes is a section offering a variation on that recipe and how to make it different. I certainly don't need this yet as there are so many I need to try out but I think this is a great addition for future experimenting. I like the hints and tips on how to get the most out of your slow cooker, this was a nice surprise and perfect for newbies like me!
I have around 15 other books in this series and this is the first one I've been disappointed with. There are very few interesting options for pescetarians like ourselves and even fewer for vegetarians. The Skinny Slow Cooker Vegetarian cookbook is a much better buy. If not watching the calories some rice/pasta/potatoes can be served alongside to make much more imaginative meals.
This is the perfect book for both an absolute beginner or for someone who is familiar with a Slow Cooker. Everything is explained in easy to understand language from what type of Slow Cooker would best suit your family size, how to prepare food to go into the cooker to adapting your own family recipes.
The recipes are easy to follow and allows those who are perhaps not very familiar with using a Slow Cooker to see just how versatile they really are with recipes for breakfast i.e. Banana and Cinnamon Porridge through to what most people think off whenever a Slow Cooker is mentioned - Soups, Stews, Hotpots, Meatballs, Lamb Shanks through to cooking dishes for special occasions i.e.Pheasant with Pancetta, Lamb Tagine with Figs and Almonds and not forgetting the Desserts - Christmas Pudding, Saffron Pears with Chocolate, Pineapple Upside down cakes, Bread and Butter pudding, Peaches with Marsala and Vanilla and on to something warming to drink Hot Punches and Mulled Wine. And if you think that Fish, Seafood and Vegetables are too delicate to use in a Slow Cooker then think again - Caribbean Brown Stew Trout, Soused Herrings, Macaroni with Smoked Haddock, Squid in Puttanesca Sauce, Stuffed Peppers, Mushroom and Walnut Cobbler and Sweet Potato and Egg Curry are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes that can be done.