9 slow-cooker hacks from dumplings to chocolate cake

Slow Victories by Katrina Meynink.

Your gradual cooker may be put to work for extra than simply wintry stews and casseroles.

1. Completely soften chocolate and stop burning

Slow Victories by Katrina Meynink.
Gradual Victories by Katrina Meynink. Picture: Hardie Grant Books


Add the chocolate to jars, place them within the gradual cooker, then pour in sufficient water to return three-quarters of the way in which up the jars. Cook dinner on low for 1 hour.

2. Swap out inventory

Attempt beer and even espresso for a stronger, heartier flavour in much less time.

3. It is nice for poaching

There is not any hazard of boiling water in your gradual cooker, so it makes a really perfect atmosphere for light poaching. Consider it as a pseudo sous-vide machine.

4. Use it as a smoker When you are by no means going to attain the identical genuine smoky flavour as you’ll utilizing a correct smoker or barbecue, you may introduce a smoky flavour to your cooking by incorporating wooden chips on the base of your cooker as a part of the braising course of.

Soak 1–2 cups wooden chips (I like hickory) in water for half-hour, then drain. Place the chips on a sheet of baking paper, gathering up the perimeters to surround the chips and make a packet that may sit within the base of the cooker. Make a number of small incisions within the bag with a pointy knife or pair of scissors to permit the steam to flee. Place the bag within the base of the cooker and put your protein, or no matter you’re cooking, immediately on prime. Pour 250ml (1 cup) liquid into the bottom of the cooker to create a bit steam, however not sufficient to swamp the wooden chips.

5. Eggs for binding

Eggs will all the time assist to bind a sauce and are greatest suited to white, creamy sauces. Combine an egg with some flour to create a roux earlier than including liquid to create a sauce, or just whisk in an egg yolk to assist bind and thicken sauces or soups.

6. Use it for proving

Fill your gradual cooker midway with water and set to the low setting. Put the lid on the wrong way up, lay a tea towel on prime, then set your bowl of dough within the lid. The radiant warmth from the new water under will assist the dough to rise.

7. Brining

Brine leaner cuts of meat earlier than cooking to cease them drying out throughout the low, gradual prepare dinner. For a really primary brine, add 80 grams of salt to 1 litre of water and stir to dissolve. You may as well add aromatics. Brine the meat within the fridge in a single day.

8. Get steaming

Add a steaming basket and a few water to the bottom of the bowl and use to steam dumplings. Or just place a bunch of herbs and greens immediately into the steamer basket and place a chunk of fish on prime of that. The fish steams within the moisture from the herbs under – no liquid required.

9. Use it as a big steamer

Construct a platform (most gradual cookers include a stand or platform insert that can be utilized for this) within the gradual cooker’s bowl, place the meals on prime, then fill with water till just below the highest of the platform.

That is an edited extract from Gradual Victories by Katrina Meynink, revealed by Hardie Grant Books $35.00. It’s out there from March 3 the place all good books are offered. Pre-order now.



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