Using a slow cooker is an easy way to create deliciously tender beef, lamb, veal or goat meals. Follow our simple tips below to create the perfect dish everytime.
Tips for using a slow cooker
Adapting your favourite beef and lamb recipes
Your favourite beef and lamb recipes can be easily cooked in a slow cooker. Check the recipe booklet that came with your particular slow cooker, find a recipe that’s similar to your recipe and use it as a guide. The most important rule is that you ensure the food and/or liquid fills at least half to three quarters of the removable bowl that sits in the slow cooker.
Smaller size slow cookers will generally take a regular recipe designed for 4 or 6 people. Cooking in the larger slow cookers may mean that you need to double the ingredients in the recipe.
If there’s too much liquid in the dish after cooking, remove the lid and cook on the high setting for a further 30 – 40 minutes.
Converting a regular recipe for the slow cooker
As a general guide 1 hour of simmering on the cooktop or in the oven equates to about 5-6 hours on low or 2-2.5 hours on high in a slow cooker.
Since there is little evaporation when cooking with a slow cooker, you may need to reduce the amount of liquid which may be called for in a regular recipe. Reduce the liquid by a cup or two. Flour or cornflour is often used to thicken dishes cooked in the slow cooker for the same reason.
Below are some fantastic Slow Cooker Recipes from our friends at themainmeal.com.au
Thai Style Beef Massaman Curry
Braised Red Wine and Rosemary Lamb Shanks
Moroccan Beef Casserole