Why use your slow cooker for that!?

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When I tell people what we cook in slow cookers I often get looks of confusion, wonder and even disbelief!

So many people think slow cookers are for soups, stews and the occasional corned beef/silverside only.
So when I tell them that we do anything from soups, casseroles and roasts to even lasagna, cakes, fudge, pavlova, scones, rice and even breads and scrolls they often look at my like I’ve completely lost my marbles >.<

So here is what members ofΒ  our Facebook group ‘Slow Cooker Recipes 4 Families‘ gave as reason why they choose to use their slow cooker for dishes that are traditionally cooked in other appliances:

  • – Less time standing in the kitchen cooking – great for people with pain and disability limitations
  • – Less chance of burning the meal
  • – Saving money on cheaper cuts of meat for slow cooking and the end result is still tender
  • – Saving money on buying less take away/impulse/convenience meals
  • – More free time for family during the busy dinner time hours
  • – Handy for people who don’t have the option of a traditional oven
  • – Less oil needed in cooking so a healthier cooking option
  • – Less dishes/clean up
  • – Less heat in the kitchen
  • – More intense flavours
  • – Less risk in the kitchen for little ones around boiling water and spitting fat etc
  • – More delicious smells throughout the house and all day long at that
  • – Because they enjoy the challenge of making a traditional dish a non traditional way
  • – Because they enjoy slow cooking
  • – Because they can!So what about you?

    Why do you do it?
    Use our comments section below to tell us your reasons πŸ™‚

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  1. Kris says:

    So my child can help me prepare a meal with out being near a hot appliance, then we switch it on and leave it πŸ™‚

  2. Kerrie says:

    Because I have a 4 month old who craves constant attention. Cooking in the slow cooker makes meals easier this way. A happy baby is a happy mumma

  3. Don says:

    Congratulations on a great job, this site will make so many people very happy. Thanks for your efforts.

  4. Sharon says:

    I work full time and am away from home 12hrs a day. It’s nice to come home to a cooked meal (and my partner is loving the variety) πŸ™‚

  5. Angela says:

    Versatile,Simple,Yummy meals that make your house smell amazing ,and all your delicious meals you love to share with us Thankyou:)

  6. krystie glen says:

    Because my partner works afternoon shift 1pm-1am and has to have dinner at work….so I get two or three cookers on the go and make him delish meals that can be frozen and taken to work that way he doesnt miss out on amazing dinners

  7. Sue says:

    I can cook healthy inexpensive meals for 6 ,while I do other things πŸ™‚

  8. Danielle says:

    There is also the slow cooker is cheaper to run then the oven, I remember the cost charts going around the facebook page a little while back.

  9. Dayna says:

    Because I’m a shift worker. I can plan ahead for what shifts I am working for the month and freeze the meals.

  10. Debbie says:

    So I can spend time with my husband when he comes home from work, and talk about our day, rather then me be stuck in the kitchen cooking dinner, our dinner is already cooked

  11. Shona Cross says:

    Have loved discovering new things to cook all the time. Am currently enjoying making cakes and new meat dishes

  12. Rebecca says:

    My daughter and I have alot of fun preparing & making our meals. She helps every step of the way and learns all of the different ingredients aswell.

  13. Leanne says:

    The results are just so delicious and none of the goodness of the food is lost.

  14. Veronica says:

    I work full time. I find it easier to prepare in the mornings and have something cooked when I get home tired I know there’s a healthy meal waiting for me πŸ™‚

    • Brooke Elmer says:

      I used my slow cooker a lot pre kids for this reason… also on the night before when prepping a meal, like steak & salad, I would continue to chop & prep the sc meal and dump it all in the pot, put the pot in the fridge ready to pop into the sc next morning. Then I’d have 1 round of clean up for 2 meal preps – time management ahoy!

  15. Jeannette Markham says:

    I love the beautiful tender and moist food from my slow cooker. I’m also looking forward to being able to cook nutritious meals in summer without sweltering in a hot kitchen.

  16. Brooke Elmer says:

    The slow cooker uses less energy than the oven to cook your meal… and in my circumstances, it is running all day while my solar panels are powering the house for FREE, instead of turning the oven on closer to dinner time when the panels are making less or no free power!

  17. Stephanie Wilmen says:

    One of the biggest things Ive noticed since cooking with the slow cookers is the reduction of the oil film left on my kitchen surfaces when cooking on the stovetop. Even less clean up!

  18. Kelly Puckeridge says:

    I wish I had of found this page many years ago when my husband and I started our business, we would of saved a mint on take aways. Now I enjoy the recipes put up, hubby has retired now due to illness and his a member as well. He scrolls through looking for dinner. I am looking forward to this summer, instead of slaving in my kitchen, the slow cooker while I can actually go swimming in the backyard pool instead of watching through the window. Thank you

  19. Sue W says:

    It’s much cheaper to run than an oven

  20. Larell says:

    I use mine for several of the reasons stated above and also to be able to often double the recipe which I can then save for a “leftover” meal for another night off from cooking.

  21. Jennifer Lang says:

    Working full time and running around after family members when l am not this gives me some…me time….my family also love all the different dishes l try out…and l have lost 10kg in the past 4 months since l started consistently slow cooking

  22. Linda Heaphy says:

    After working all day & then picking up kids from school there is the homework to help with the washing to be done etc etc & then there’s the days where I play sport from 6pm. So to not have to worry about rushing home to try & get something on the table is great.

  23. teresa edwards says:

    Is it cheaper to run than your oven. ?

  24. Amy McDonald says:

    I joined this group, but don’t know why I did at the time as my only sc was packed. I couldn’t believe what people were cooking in their sc, it was quite intriguing, so I kept looking, the rest they say is history. That sc is still packed away but I now have 3 more. I still have many recipes to try but am very impressed. I had given up making cakes etc but they are just so easy, sc are WoNdErFuL!!!!

  25. tammy says:

    I use it as a way of ensuring we eat a healthy meal at dinner time as I can prepare it all during babies nap time and pop it on to cook. That way I can concentrate on the kids after school and do homework etc without stressing about cooking. It also is perfect when we get home from swimming at tea time that us ready. Also I’ve found after just a month of weaning my now 7 month old he can eat the same dinner as us as the food is so tender he can eat it without any teeth with no need to puree.

  26. Dara says:

    As I grow older I become more and more tired by 5pm. Using a slow cooker allows me to cook when I have the energy. It means I eat something healthy rather than something not.

  27. Amie Hayburn says:

    That pretty much covers it for us lol. We don’t have a traditional oven and love our kitchen gadgets πŸ™‚ We have a young family and it just works for us (plus the smell of stuff cooking….mmmmm yummy). I also really enjoy learning new ways to cook from scratch (healthy and so tasty πŸ™‚ ).

  28. Michelle says:

    I work night shift, my husband works days so very convenient . On in the morning as my husband goes out the door and ready when I wake up early evening. Win win situation

  29. Libby Wilson says:

    I enjoy the sc as it makes the toasties meals.
    So simple to use..
    Everyone eats there whole meal— no mess no fuss.
    Everyone is happy.

  30. Ang says:

    Because i am a working parent with health issues. At times I can barely make it thru the day. Slow cooking is easier on me, saves me time and effort… and food comes out great!
    My teenage son loves it

  31. Bronwyn says:

    As people have said, the timing benefits are great with a young family. It’s easier for me to do get dinner started in the middle of day when the youngest are sleeping and the eldest is at school. Trying to do even a 20 minute dinner at 5pm night is nearly impossible. I’m just now starting to get into the premade frozen meals to take to work for lunch, which will save us $$$$ on buying lunch

  32. Julie says:

    I have TMJ so coming up with soft /nutritious meals is a nightmare until I got my first sc

  33. Michelle Roberts Pfeiffer says:

    Due to suffering a stroke and not having the strength to stand for long periods and can’t bend down to put things in and out of oven with the use of only right arm and my family get to eat healthy home cooked meals instead of takeaway every night . Husband can help do a majority of prep night before so all I have to do is throw everything in and turn it on the next day. So it’s cooked when he gets home from work.

  34. Joanne says:

    Why use a slow cooker, I say why wouldn’t you ! Cheaper to run, turn it on and you can then get on with your day instead of being tied to the kitchen . Allows you to spend more quality time with your family and friends. And of course the beautiful aromas floating through your house all day and less washing up to do. Really it’s a no brainer.

  35. Julie says:

    With TMJ ( jaw issues ) and arthritis slow cooking means I can dump it all in one pot and let it cook without having to stand there, it comes out nice and soft ( tmj issues )


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