09 Aug

2 easy and tasty slow cooker recipes

Slow cookers are quite famous in modern kitchens of today. They are especially suitable for a busy family who enjoy home-cooked delicious meals but cannot waste a lot of their time in the kitchen. Slow cookers are time-saving, convenient to use, and budget friendly. With these you can cook delicious meals at home with very less utilization of your time and energy. This means you would be more inclined to cook in slow cooker at home to be served with healthier and more budget friendly meals than what you get from take-outs. Here are some simple and delicious recipes you can try:

Slow cooker roasted tomato soup:

This roasted tomato soup is a delicacy of the cold weather. Your family can enjoy it together by the fireplace on cold winter evenings.

Ingredients:

  1.   4 to 5 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  2.   5 garlic cloves
  3.   1 chopped onion
  4.   2 cups of vegetable stock
  5.   ½ tsp cooking oil
  6.   Salt and pepper according to your taste

Method:

  1.   Preheat your oven.
  2.   Spread aluminum foil over a baking dish.
  3.   Lay sliced tomatoes, chopped onion and garlic cloves over the foil. Sprinkle oil over it along with some salt and pepper to taste.
  4.   Roast vegetables for half an hour or until the vegetables become soft. Be careful not to burn them.
  5.   Add the roasted vegetables into the slow cooker with the stock.
  6.   Let cook for at least 2 hours.
  7.   Use an immersion blender to blend your contents right in the cooker. In the absence of an immersion blender, you can transfer your ingredients to the jug of your countertop blender and blend well. You should get a smooth consistency.
  8.   Taste your soup and add salt and pepper as required.

Slow cooker banana oatmeal:

This is a very easy-to-make nutritious and delicious breakfast to start off your day with a boost in your energy level and mood. This recipe makes enough for 6 servings so your whole family can enjoy it together.

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Ingredients:

  1.  2 cups of water
  2.   4 cups of milk
  3.   1 cup oats
  4.   3 mashed bananas
  5.   1 tsp cinnamon powder
  6.   ½ tsp salt
  7.   ¼ cup maple syrup
  8.   ½ cup chopped walnuts

Method:

  1.   Add water, 1 cup milk, oats, cinnamon, mashed bananas and salt in your slow cooker.
  2.   Close the lid of the cooker and turn it on.
  3.   Let the contents cook on ‘low’ setting for 6 to 8 hours.
  4.   After this time, check to see if the oats are soft.
  5.   When your meal is ready, you can transfer the contents of the cooker to serving bowls.
  6.   Add the remaining milk to the bowl.
  7.   Garnish the meal with maple syrup and chopped walnuts.
17 Apr

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Blender

Blender is a tool or machine generally used in the kitchen to mix ingredients or make purees. The blender runs through motor powered blades that swiftly rotate and chop, crush, and mix foods and can even make baby food purees. When you use this appliance then you must take care of it and beware of the do and don’ts for the blender.

Blender Do’s

  • You should use a continuous blend button when making a drink, cocktails, dressings, marinades and liquid foods which need mixing.
  • Use the pulse button when blending foods which need only short bursts of power such as for nuts and ice. Also use it when you are blending drinks containing ice cubes and frozen fruits.
  • Always cut food into cubes of 1 to 2 inches square in order to achieve a smooth and even blending performance.
  • A blender will perform well when jar is filled only half or 1/4 for blending. By following this, motor and blades work efficiently while thicker mixtures will make it difficult for the appliance to perform properly.
  • Keep in mind to place liquid ingredients first in the blender and then blend solid ingredients later on. This would help you in better mixing and would not harm your machine as well.
  • We have to use spatula for scraping down thick or dry food materials from the sides of the blender jar while blending.

Blender Dont’s

  • Pulse for 10 seconds when blending heavy mixtures; continuous running of machine in this case may harm your appliance.
  • You should not run machine continuously for more than 1-2 minutes in one go.
  • Operate the blender when jar’s lid is firmly on top; otherwise liquid in the jar may come out and mess your kitchen.
  • Do not use or consider a jar as a storage container.  If you are interested in further information on blender, checkout: best blender – reviews & top picks.
  • Do not take away the blender jar from the base unit while the machine is on. Make sure the blender is off once you are removing the jar from the base unit.
  • Avoid overloading blender with too many food items in the jar in one go.