Slow cooker/low oven

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Cheryl

Slow cooker/low oven

I've never used a slow cooker, but there's one thing I've always wanted to know - is there any difference between a slow cooker or cooking in a normal oven at a low temperature?

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slow cooker/low oven

Cost and convenience at a guess. A slow cooker uses less energy so is cheaper to run, and can be left on all day even if noone is in the house. I personally wouldn't leave an oven running all day unattended.

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Cheryl

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They're both fused electrical appliances, so why is it safer to leave a slow cooker running unattended than an electric oven? I'm just about to get a new range cooker that comes with a slow cook oven, so I really want to have a better understanding of this.

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Leaving a slow cooker on is a bit like leaving a light on - it's very low voltage.

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Voltage????? What AM I talking about. Voltage is standard, I meant current. A cooker has a 30 amp fuse, and a slow cooker is going to be more like a 3 amp.



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Biggles !

slow cooker / low oven

It might pay to do some research. Some slow cookers may be lower energy users, but others may not be. Need to compare the 'this' with the 'that'. Personally, I have no problem leaving my oven on cooking at a low temperatue. I've not got the slow cooker out of the box yet. It was a freebie so that makes me less likely to use it; I don't really know the brand name.

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Expat Badger

Slow cooker/low oven

OH (electrician) says nothing in it really - neither is more likely than the other to fail and overheat ...current doesn't really make any diff. Anything plugged in that has a fault could cause a fire - doesn't have to be anything with a heating element.

so, that's reassuring!@!

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Monique

Cheryl

I am sorry I don't have any experience of this but I have a friend who absolutely loves her cooker with a slow-cook oven, & uses it all the time. She also goes out & leaves it on all day! Also if you are being sold such a cooker it must be capable of doing what it says IMHO!! M

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Kilmory

Low oven-what temperature?

I've just turned down the offer of her slow coker from my mother as it's too big for two of us. What oven temp. would be the equivalent of a slow cooker, please?

Kilmory

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Hamish Littlejohn

Hamish

As far as the food goes there should be no difference in taste. I think the slow cooker will probably use less power as only the crock pot is being heated and not a whole oven. I, personally, use my slow cooker lots and wouldn't be without it.

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Hamish Littlejohn

Slow cooker v oven

As far as the food goes there should be no difference in taste. I think the slow cooker will probably use less power as only the crock pot is being heated and not a whole oven. I, personally, use my slow cooker lots and wouldn't be without it.

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Nausea Bagwash

Slow cooking

Basically there isn't any difference other than cost. The slow cooker is cheaper to run than a full oven unless you are cooking other things in it at the same time.

Slow cookers are supposed to be time and work savers but really all they are doing is moving the timing around. Mine has only come into its own since I retired. I could never cope with the faffing about first thing in the morning before work.

Some cookers are equiped with a "slow cook" function oven which you can use in the same way as a table top slow cooker but I don't think there is a huge difference apart from size & cost between that and the main oven

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sam from worthing

slow cooker/low oven

sounds like a very posh oven, and something i would imagine could be very handy, especially if you entertain, for keeping things warm in a low temp oven.

if you were talking about a counter top crockpot slow cooker thingy, then i would suggest out of my preference doing it on a low heat in the oven rather than buying on of those - but then i am a housewife rather than a 9-5'er who wouldn;t want to start cooking a casserole at 6 pm to be eaten at 9pm, so i have the wonder of time on my side.

But i would think to have it in-built could be a very useful thing.

what make of oven are you looking at or similar? you may get more relevant opinions on it from some that have that brand or similar.

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JaneMR

Slow cooker

I love my slow cooker and have had one since I married 30+ years ago. I use it not only for stews, but things like bolognese sauces, soups and stock. It is much more economical than the oven (unless you are cooking several dishes at the same time) and keeps that and the hob free for other cooking.

If you can get yourself organised in the morning, you can just set it off and come home to a hot meal. Try it.

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Christine - Lancashire Lass

Slow Cooker

I have a Cannon double oven, which has a built in Slow Cooker setting & I find it extremely useful - I use it for long slow cooking for all sorts of dishes, usually in bulk so that the oven is full & I can freeze what I don't use so that there is always something good to eat in the freezer if I have a day when I can't be bothered or a day in the garden etc. It's also very handy as said in previous posts for keeping things warm, without spoiling & for warming plates etc. I had a worktop slow cooker as well at first, but found I didn't need it as I was using my cooker instead & sold it.

 
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