Slow cookers are simple and user-friendly, usually requiring no more set up than plugging it in. They score highly on energy efficiency with latest figures showing that an average 3.5 to 5 litre slow cooker costs around 3.2p per hour to run – the exact figure depends on type, energy rating and energy charges.
A slow cooker works by simmering food at low temperatures. Most models offer a high and low setting the difference between the two settings isn’t a higher temperature – it’s just the time it takes for the slow cooker to reach the simmer point.
Because food is cooked over a longer period even the toughest cuts of meat can become tender as the slow cooker works its magic throughout the day. That means you can save money on your food bills by buying cheaper cuts of meat.
Slow cookers are also designed to be left alone making them the ideal kitchen gadget for both time and budget-conscious home cooks. In general, slow cooker recipes are very forgiving, and even if you go an hour or two over the suggested cook time it is unlikely to spoil the finished dish.
Slow cooking can also help to preserve precious nutrients. As with all cooking methods, some nutrients will be broken down, but the gentle heat doesn’t destroy as many as roasting or boiling.
Considering the comparatively low purchase cost and a slow cooking method suited to wallet-friendly cuts of meat, a slow cooker can help you save money on your household bills.