Wednesday, 12 February 2014

New Toy

I am a member of the Morphy Richards trial panel (I'm not getting anything for doing this before you ask!!)

Every so often I'll get an email asking for opinions on a new appliance they are designing. The questions will often start with a few different pictures and cover such things as size, price, looks, what it does etc. 

On some occasions you'll be asked if you'd be willing to test an appliance at home and if you agree you may be chosen to do so. 

Well, a while back, a survey came round about a new slow cooker and as always I said yes to testing and one arrived on Monday!

Here it is in all it's glory being used for the first time. 

But what is so special about this one I hear you cry? - well I hope I do because I intend to tell you!

As well as being a funky red, having a digital timer and keep warm function, this ones secret is in the crockpot itself. Rather than a heavy ceramic pot this one is metal. That makes it an awful lot lighter but the main advantage is that you can use it straight on the hob (except induction). Slow cooking doesn't brown meat and many recipes therefore suggest you fry up meat and some veggies to start them off which means an extra dirty pan. (I'm not too bothered about browning my meat but there are many people that find it odd!) So with this one you can put the crock pot straight on the hob, brown your sausages, mince, chicken etc, add your other ingredients then put it directly into the slow cooker, set the timer and off you go. As an added bonus when the timer finishes it automatically goes into keep warm mode. 

So tonight's dinner is cooking (Caribbean chicken) with minimal washing up to worry about!

Let's hope it tastes as good as it smells!

Simply Being Mum has a habit of naming her slow cookers and I've decided I'd name this one Mokey!! Wonder if any of you can work out why (it's a bit convoluted!!)

Oh and at the end of the trial period you get to keep whatever it was you were testing!!