Ambiano 3L Home Starter (sold by Aldi)

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Ambiano 3L Home Starter (sold by Aldi)

Now granted I have slow cookers that number in the double digits … but even I cannot resist a bargain to add to my collection and at just $19 this one had me lining up at Aldi for the doors to open so I could get my hands on one 🙂

 

 

This slow cooker features a glass lid with plastic handle knob
A 3L capacity ceramic cooking bowl
2 side handles
A wrap around cooking element
An indicator light so you can see at a glance when it’s turned on
And it comes with an instruction manual, a quick start guide and a 12 month warranty
Note: It is not dishwasher proof as per manual

 

The Temperature Control Panel has the following options:
Off, Keep Warm, Low and High
The manual describes these settings as follow …

Low: This setting simmers food for longer periods of time without over cooking or burning.  No stirring required on this setting.  Ideal for vegetable dishes
High: This setting gets food to boiling point at a faster rate than low.  As food may boil on this setting add extra liquid.  Occasional stirring of stews and casseroles will improve distribution of flavours for food cooked at high heat
Keep Warm: This setting is not designed to cook food but to keep cooked food at the perfect temperature until ready to serve.  Maximum of 4hrs on this setting is recommended

 

The Cooking Experience 

I found this to be a good slow cooker overall for it’s price range 🙂
Having the keep warm function makes it stand out from others in this lower price range.

The 3L capacity is big enough for most main meals you’d want to cook but would struggle for some dishes like large lamb shanks or large roasts etc to fit them in.
It would also be a good addition for a family wanting the option of a smaller cooker to go alongside their larger slow cooker/s

I found it’s cooking speed/heat level to be on the low side … this can be a real asset to those who work long days away from home and need a cooker that doesn’t cook overly hot or fast to enable them a longer cooking time without their recipe over cooking.  This would be perfect for that!

Hopefully this review will be useful to anyone considering purchasing this unit.
If you have any more questions I may be be able to answer by all means leave them in comments below 🙂

Happy Slow Cooking!

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10 comments

  1. Brodey says:

    Bought it and love it =)

  2. Diane Lambert says:

    I also bought this slow cooker last week. It seemed very lightweight compared to my 40 year old crock pot! But I wasn’t disappointed- cooked a delicious beef in red wine – perfect! Very handy to have extra slow cooker!

  3. Nathalie says:

    Hi Paulene I have this and was wondering if I was to cook a desert in there should I be having it on high eg for cooking a apple cake thanks.

  4. Wendy hromiak says:

    How much they sell for in nsw at aldi in australia

  5. Tracy Taylor says:

    I bought this crock pot about a year ago…Loved it..I cooked a stew the other day..had temp set on low for 6 hrs…Meal was great..but when I separated pot from base I noticed the whole inside of base was burnt and some on pot… Do you have any Ideal what would cause this…I can’t seem to email company…I have pictures but can’t seem to post…I will keep trying.. Do you know what would cause this..

    Thank You
    Tracy

    • Could it be that some of the recipe spilled over the edge and burnt under the bowl?
      If you are unsure I would advise not to use it or to have it checked by an electrician before you do to be safe 🙂
      I’m not sure how to reach the manufacturer but perhaps take it back to your place of purchase instead 🙂

  6. Bobbie says:

    Hi!
    Do you know what temperature the low, high and keep warm settings are? I bought an Ambiano 4 quart (model number: SCR440-ZTP1) crock-pot today from Aldi’s for the purpose of making homemade yogurt in it. I have watched several YouTube videos on making yogurt in crock-pots using only the “low” temp setting. When I make yogurt on my stove it has been suggested to heat the milk to 180* F to kill off any bad bacteria.

    I would really appreciate your reply if you know what the temperatures are on these settings for this particular crock-pot.

    Thank you,
    Bobbie W.

    • You would have to test your particular machine to be sure 🙂

      • Bobbie says:

        Okay I put water in my new slow cooker and set the heating knob on low. Temperature of water after 8 hours was 200*F. The next day after water cooled I set the heating knob on the “keep warm” setting for four hours and it registered at 175* F.
        Good enough to make homemade yogurt on the low setting for three hours! Yeah!!

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