How I Killed My Slow Cooker

11 Nov

Rather a sad tale this one.
As the weather has turned colder I have been keen to get the Crock Pot out again. I had some chicken last week but was unsure what to do with it. It seemed the perfect opportunity to dust off the slow cooker. In it all went with some onions and stock cubes but as I had no potatoes or suitable veg I emptied a bag of dry pasta and some sweetcorn into it.
Chicken and Sweetcorn Pasta Bake? Lovely!
After four or five hours the house smelt lovely and I was thrilled.
It looked rather odd when I took the lid off the slow cooker I have to admit, in fact there were no discernible pieces of pasta at all. The still slightly pink chicken was suspended in a kind of gelatinous mush:
photo 4Well at least it’s robust I thought and dished it all up.
Everyone was rather sad to discover that the delicious smelling dish was not a taste sensation. In fact as the pasta had broken down it had become a jelly like substance, and completely overcooked while the chicken was still just a little bit raw.
My husband even gagged as he tried to stomach a mouthful.
Inedible, it all came back into the kitchen. What a terrible waste!
photo 3Undeterred I bought some more chicken and this week put it in to the cooker very early in the day with garlic, carrots, onions and pearl barley as well as some stock. Couldn’t go wrong I thought with that?
But of course at the last minute I decided to throw in some dumplings (ready made mix of course I wouldn’t go it alone). The packet said to drop into the stew 15minutes before serving, which I suppose doesn’t mean in a slow cooker? Because after nearly 45mins they were still like white rubbery snowballs drifting around in a fast overcooking chicken dish.

I took the internal ceramic bowl out of the cooker and put it on the hob to hurry the dumplings along. The dish cracked over the flame and I had seconds to decant it before everything seeped out.

Unsure of whether it was full of china splinters I served it up. Again it was a half raw, half overcooked dish that looked terrible. My son declared it was ‘a vomit’ and my husband put some chips into the oven. The slow cooker went in the bin.
Ho hum.



17 Responses to “How I Killed My Slow Cooker”

  1. Jenny Eatwell 11/11/2013 at 11:53 am #

    ~ facepalm ~
    Alice, can I suggest that if you ever get another slow cooker, you only follow a prescribed recipe that has been tried and tested by someone else first? lol In fact, that might be a good idea for life! 😉

    • Alice Can't Cook 11/11/2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Ha ha, yes Jenny I think you might be right. Although you know following recipes to the letter is not my strong point!

      • Jenny Eatwell 11/11/2013 at 12:42 pm #

        Ah, well. I depends on whether you want something to eat at the end of it or not, I suppose. ~gentle elbow dig to ribs~ LOL 😉

      • Alice Can't Cook 11/11/2013 at 12:45 pm #

        Something just comes over me – it’s like a red recipe mist comes down and I have to do something wrong! Surprised the family and I aren’t as thin as rakes….

  2. Fuss Free Helen 11/11/2013 at 11:58 am #

    Oh dear Alice! Sorry, but this did make me chuckle too.

    I love my slow cooker, but you must follow a recipe. And you can add ingredients in stages.

    • Alice Can't Cook 11/11/2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Oooh I didn’t think of that, I just always put everything in together! Thanks for that, and for reading xxx

  3. wilsondan 11/11/2013 at 12:10 pm #

    The thing about a slow cooker is to use it to cook things that need slow cooking. Pasta wouldn’t be one of those substances.

    • Alice Can't Cook 11/11/2013 at 12:34 pm #

      But how do people just know this Dan?

      • littleblackcar 25/03/2014 at 5:42 pm #

        They don’t, but they do Google things before they start cooking.

        None of us are born knowing these things, but cooking does involve learning, which involves research.

        Also, in case you still have doubts: Do. Not. Ever. use ovenware on the stovetop. Seriously, you could burn/fill yourself full of shrapnel in a really terrible way. Corning, slow cooker inserts, Pyrex, etc. must never be put in the oven cold (or if they have refrigerator-cold food in them), or rested on heated burners.

  4. Dan 11/11/2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I burnt my sponge yesterday where I had to use the unchartered waters of the top oven…hope this makes you feel better. X

    • Alice Can't Cook 11/11/2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Unchartered waters? Doesn’t everything go on the top shelf of the oven Dan?

  5. Claire 11/11/2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Darling Alice, love the new site design. The slow cooker incident made me feel very sad indeed.

    • Alice Can't Cook 11/11/2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Thanks Claire, thought it was time for a refresh after two years!
      Yes I’m sad, have had it nearly as long as the blog, poor old thing, totally cracked 😦

  6. homecook 08/01/2014 at 9:28 am #

    Hi Alice, you can’t put a glazed ceramic slow cooker pot on the stove, but you can with an unglazed one. But with all ceramic ware, it’s best to not put it on high heat on the stove. It’s the same way as you would treat a claypot.

    • Alice Can't Cook 17/01/2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Thanks Homecook! That’s interesting to know for a future purchase. I will get another slow cooker because I did love it. Thanks for reading x


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