Benefits of slow cooker | Slow cooker for weight loss
There are huge benefits to using a slow cooker to help with your weight loss. That’s right, using a slow cooker can be a great tool when trying to lose weight. Why? One of the best ways to stay on track when it comes to eating healthy and losing weight, is being organised and prepared. Always having healthy meals prepared in the fridge or freezer is key. When you come home from a long day at work, the last thing you might want to do is start peeling and washing veg. No one wants to stand in front of the cooker for an hour as soon as they get in the door. This can leave us calling for a takeaway or grabbing processed high-calorie foods with little nutrition. Even worse, these foods do not keep us full, leading us to reach for more food shortly afterwards. Using a slow cooker means you can batch cook nutritious meals ahead of time to be ready for when you get home. You can also freeze the leftover portions for when you next need a convenient meal.
There are lots of frequently asked questions about slow cookers – let’s go through some of those:
Is a slow cooker hard on electricity?
“Is a slow cooker heavy on electricity” is one of the most common questions I get asked about slow cookers.
You may think that they use a lot of energy considering that they cook food over long periods. In actual fact, as it simmers food on a low temperature they use little energy and are actually a very energy efficient way of cooking!
According to Electric Ireland modern slow cookers consume as little as 150 watts per hour at a low setting. That’s less than €0.07 per hour of cooking. In fact, people advise that by using a slow cooker, you can reduce your energy cost by half.
Slow cookers are one of the most energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen, using similar or even less energy than a conventional light bulb, and a more energy-efficient alternative to ovens. And of course, they are incredibly cheaper to buy than an oven too!
So does a slow cooker use much electricity? No it doesn’t!
Looking to use your slow cooker? Try my beef and broccoli slow cooker recipe!
Is a slow cooker safe?
Slow cookers are safe, which has been confirmed by SafeFood. They cook food at safe temperatures, generally between 79°C – 93°C. They can also be left unattended for a long period of time. Keep in mind, when using a slow cooker you should take the same precautions as you do with any other appliance.
Remember though – you can’t use frozen meat in the slow cooker due to the lower temperatures. And food should be reheated in a microwave or oven, never a slow cooker. There are certain foods you should not use in the slow cooker however such as kidney beans, as they have a chemical that may not be destroyed by the lower temperature.
Compared with other kitchen appliances, they have a very rare chance of fire.
Benefits of using a slow cooker | Why using a slow cooker is good
Including the health benefits of using a slow cooker:
So why exactly is slow cooking better than using other methods?
- Allows you to prepare healthy balanced meals in advance
- It will save you money as it’s very energy efficient
- It’s easy to use. Minimal effort is needed as you throw all ingredients in and let it do the rest
- Time saving as you don’t have to stir or check on the food, just let it cook while you’re working, out for a walk or running errands
- It’s easy to clean – the inner pot is normally removable and non stick, so it needs a quick wipe
What do you think? Are you going to start using your slow cooker more?
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