Pacific Palate – The Return of the Slow Cooker

Today I talked about the resurgence of Slow Cookers as a method of cooking and featured recipes from a book by Judith Finlayson called The Healthy Slow Cooker. (Click on the link to purchase from Amazon.ca and save 34%!)

Cooker I haven’t used a slow cooker in ages, but I’ve made 3 recipes from the book, all with great results.  Here’s the one for Apple Oatmeal with Wheat Berries, a great way to wake up in the morning, with breakfast already made!

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups steel-cut oats

1/2 cup wheat berries

2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 cups water

1 cup cranberry or apple juice

This works well in a small, slow cooker, but I used my large one and just cut the cooking time by a couple of hours.  First, grease the slow cooker stoneware with butter, margarine or oil.  In the cooker, combine the steel-cut oats, wheat berries, apples, cinnamon and vanilla.  Add water and juice.  Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8 hours or overnight.  When ready to serve, stir well, spoon into bowls and top with fruit, nuts or sugar of your choice.

My new slow cooker is from Breville. The company is from Australia, and features excellent design along with sturdy construction. Breville I already have an excellent electric grill/griddle combination I use for steaks, breakfasts, whatever!  Anyway, the slow cooker is finished in brushed stainless steel and looks so good you won’t be embarassed to have it sit on your countertop, unlike the ‘flowery’ designs of the past.  That is, unless you’re into retro.  This one retails for about 50-60 dollars, with a 5.3 quart capacity.  Now here’s kind of a fun site from the original Crock-Pot company, Rival.  The link goes to a history of Crock-Pots, and guess what?  You can even order a slow cooker with your favourite NASCAR driver featured on the exterior!!!

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4 Responses to Pacific Palate – The Return of the Slow Cooker

  1. Ted says:

    Thanks for your Pacific Palate show this morning – the Apple Oatmeal looks great, but I really would appreciate the Moroccan Lamb recipe or info!

    Enjoy your trip to Italy!

    Thanks.

  2. Kara says:

    Don,

    Thanks for the slow cooking advice on this mornings program, my Mum just gave one to my husdand and I for x-mas and we’ve been experimenting. (some good and some ok…) Our commutes have just grown, due to a recent move, and we want to have good, healthy food…fast. So we need all the advice we can get!

    I have some oats straight from Scotland so I’m going to give the breakfast a go! The Lamb sounded amazing too, will have to look up the recipe. (my husbund will appreciate that one)

    I look forward to your weekly visit every Tuesday am!

    thanks,

  3. karen says:

    I was looking forward to a steamy crockpot of oatmeal, but it was more like soup. Very disappointing… I tried it on the stove and it had a more ‘regular’ consistency.

  4. Michelle says:

    I’m usually pretty busy in the morning, so my everyday breakfast has become a packet of instant oatmeal…it’s efficient, yes, but not the most tasty thing to wake up with. I’m definitely going to give this crock pot oatmeal recipe a try. I never even thought of adding fruit juice; I’m sure it adds a lot of flavor and gives a nice consistency to the final product. Don, you’ve got me sold on this idea :) I’ll let you know how my crockpot effort turns out!

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