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Slow Cooking for Chilly Evening Comfort

Slow cooking comes into it's own at this time of year. What could be more comforting than coming home to a ready made, hot, piping meal on a cold winters evening? It is a very convenient way to cook as it just takes a little preparation of the ingredients, which all go into the pot which is then switched on and left for however long you wish. So you could prepare it in the morning and come home at night to a cooked meal! They make fantastic stews and casseroles, both meaty and vegetarian.

Not only are they convenient to use but they can save money too. They are quite cheap to run and you can also use some of the cheaper cuts of meat, which can be very tender when cooked slowly. The slow cooking also infuses rich flavours to the pot, creating healthy, hearty meals for the family. They were first popular in the 1970's but are becoming very fashionable again.

We have included a couple of slow cookers in our feature. The first is the Russell Hobbs slow cooker which is reasonably priced at £25 and makes for effortless cooking whilst providing tasty, family meals. It has a capacity of 3.5l. We love that you can write in chalk on the pot to say what is cooking inside or what time it will be ready. The other slow cooker featured is a Crock Pot, which is slightly bigger at nearly 5l, for the larger family.

Also included are a couple of cookery books with hundreds of slow cooking recipes. You're unlikely to run out of ideas with these any time soon! The other way to slow cook is in an oven pot and we have featured a very stylish one from Sophie Conran, together with some gorgeous oven gloves! Enjoy!

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