Welcome to my Lakeland Electric Family Slow Cooker Review. Expect to be taken into slow cooker food heaven…..
No matter what time of year it is I am lost without a slow cooker. I love to keep my food warm in it, cook stews, casseroles, curries, side dishes, ribs and so much more. I can put my slow cooker on in a morning and then by evening when I have finished work it can be done. Then as a family we can sit at the table and enjoy the delicious delights of the slow cooker.
So today let’s talk slow cookers or if you’re American based, crockpots! No matter what you do call them, they can offer you amazing delicious food with very little effort. Apart from if I am making a big marinade I doubt I ever spend more than 10 minutes preparing the meal. Then time is simply taken to chop up bread after all it would be wrong not to have heaps of chunky bread to dip in!!!!
So let’s talk slow cookers (as we call them here in Portugal) for a quick minute or two.
The history of us at Recipe This & slow cookers
I remember the first slow cooker I ever had. It was given to me by my mother as she didn’t use it and I desperately wanted one. It was back in 2000 and the closest one I can find to it (as it was old and very 90’s) is the Morphy Richards 3.5 litre slow cooker.
I made a beef stew with it and remembered having to finish off the cooking process in the oven because even on high for 12 hours it had simply not cooked. My mum passed it onto my aunt who has an expert in slow cooking and she said it was broken.
Fast forward about four years and I was the proud owner of another second hand slow cooker. At the time I was doing Kleeneze (door to door catalogues similar to Lakeland) and one of my customers gave it to me. She was an elderly lady and because she didn’t eat a lot, she had bought a smaller one. I never asked her how long she had it for, but it still looked in great condition. It was 2.5 litres and perfect for the two of us and our small child.
I still have it to this day and it is now used more as a food warmer and is one of the few things that we have on UK plugs.
The closest one on Amazon that I have found to this one is the Russell Hobbs 19780 Compact Slow Cooker.
Fast forward to last month and I am the proud owner of my new Lakeland Family Slow Cooker. I have now had a few weeks of cooking with it and I am loving every moment.
I think the biggest shock has been that it is a lot more energy efficient. The one I had been using was decades old and as such it would skyrocket my electric bill. I could also put a meal on via the high setting and it would take six hours, so for it to now take two was a shock to the system.
I am assuming this is how all slow cookers are supposed to work and I am clearly stuck in the dark ages. The plan now is to use the low setting a lot more so that the meals are cooked slowly and then keep their amazing taste.
Why get the Lakeland family slow cooker?
I am far from an expert with the Lakeland Family Slow Cooker after all; I have only had mine three weeks. But in those three weeks I have cooked in it most days and it has been a family shock if we’ve gone a day without it!
It is incredibly efficient, doesn’t take up much cupboard room and best of all it is easy to clean. Don’t you just hate it when you have a kitchen gadget and you spend half an hour afterwards scrubbing it clean? Well with this it has never taken me more than a couple of minutes.
Can I also mention that it looks trendy? Many kitchen gadgets do a great job in what you want them to do and then look so ugly. You should see the state of my food steamer; I just want to hide it away in a cupboard so that no one can see it!
It has fantastic side handles so that I no longer burn myself when I move it. Which trust me, I do that a LOT!
It has a clear lid so that you can look into it and see your food as it is cooking. This saves constantly taking the lid off (for a sneaky peak) and losing the heat.
Because it has a very fast high heat setting you can use it for a quick dinner. For example we’ve cooked chicken casseroles in it, in just two short hours. Where as we could also cook the same dish on low in five hours. This also gives YOU the slow cooker owner, the option of how long you want to cook dinner for.
I think because my previous slow cooker was so old, that I had not appreciated how good they are these days and I am so glad to have my Lakeland family slow cooker.
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Recipes using our new Lakeland family slow cooker
As our Lakeland slow cooker is relatively new to us, we haven’t done that many recipes with it yet (but we do plan to add lots of new ones over the coming weeks) but to get you started these are the recipes we’ve done so far:
- Succulent Slow Cooked Spare Ribs
- Slow Cooked Easy Sausage Casserole
- Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken Fajitas
Here are twelve reasons you SHOULD buy the Lakeland Family Slow Cooker
- Comes with auto, low and high settings
- With cool-touch handles
- Has an element that encircles the slow cooker for even cooking
- Dishwasher safe ceramic cooking pot can be removed to take the table and for cleaning
- Huge capacity makes it great for batch cooking or for party givers too
- The 6.5 litre Slow Cooker has a working capacity of 5.5L litre to allow for bubbling & simmering
- Measures 28 x 26 x 37 cm
- Beautiful glass lid that is perfect for watching your meal cook without taking the lid off
- Is very energy efficient
- Due to its size a family of four could easily have leftovers for the next day
- It is an AMAZING price
- It will make your kitchen look trendy
That’s A Wrap!
In terms of getting yourself one of these Lakeland Family Slow Cookers you can get yours by clicking here. If I were to do it again and/or if I were to currently recommend a slow cooker to you, I would say CHOOSE THIS ONE. Unfortunately if you’re based in the United States it wont be available to you, in which case I personally recommend the US best seller.
I have put together a great infographic to show you even more information about the slow cooker: