Slow Cooker Experience

A couple of years ago, I nagged my dad for a slow cooker. It took me a while to convince him to get us one because he didn’t think it’d be a useful appliance. However, I wore him down, telling him that this is something I could utilise, saying that I wanted to cook more, but it’s hard to do so when I’ve got an evil split shift which really means working twelve-hour straight. So he got us one, and I used it twice since then to make beef stew.

Beef Stew

This was my first attempt. This attempt was a major learning experience for me. I kept envisioning my first attempt ending up with stew exploding all over the countertop, and I was even alarmed when it started “spitting” at me, but I ended that by placing a heavy coffee mug to keep the lid on tight. Regardless, the stew turned out well. This one was more savory and more clearer because I added too much liquid and I used Korean daikon because turnips were nowhere near me. For seasonings I used thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and coarsely ground black pepper. This was a hit with my parents and me.

Beef Stew

Couple of days ago, I made the beef stew again, but I changed things up. Instead of Korean daikon, I substituted it with sweet potatoes. For the seasoning, I added a bit of rosemary and bay leaf. This stew turned out to be much sweeter — I blame the sweet potatoes — but it was still good. So much better than my first attempt! Just, nom.

Now, though, I need to branch out and try other recipes in the slow cooker. Never mind that I like stew and I like how it’s so easy to throw it in and let it cook for hours. Maybe I’ll try chili next time . . . Anyway, if you guys have a favourite slow cooker recipe, point me in that direction! I never say no to good recipes :D


  1. I’m glad your dad caved in and got a slow cooker! Slow cooking is a great way to go, especially as it gets colder. There’s just something satisfying about having a slow cooked meal in the winter. The beef stew looks good!

    We love slow cooking meat, whether it’s ribs or pork shoulder or beef. They come out so tender. (We use a cast-iron dutch oven, though a slow cooker would still work.) A lot of braising recipes would probably work well in a slow cooker too!

  2. That beef stew looks delicious! I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know how to cook at all, haha. I need to get learning!

  3. I can’t imagine the slowcooker spewing over unless it’s been cooking for a really long time :o. I’m glad to hear that everything worked out at the end and the stew was delicious!! Hope you’ll be able to make more delicious stews with the slow cooker. Perhaps some curry? ;))))

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