I need some advice for those of you who own slow cookers. I have some major health issues that unfortunately are only getting worse. By the end of the day I can hardly keep myself up let alone cook a healthy meal for my family.
My DH is amazing and helps me around the house a lot. I feel bad because he works hard, helps me with the kids and then the housework as well. The last thing I want him to have to do is stand and do dinner at the end of the day. But this is now how it's ending up. Plus on Fridays he isn't home until 8-8:30pm.
We have no one else who can help out and there is only so many can't be stuffed dinners anyone can stand!
So I was thinking with winter coming that a slow cooker might be the way to go. So my questions are:
Is a slow cooker going to help me/is it something you use a lot?
Can I do all my casserole type dishes in the slow cooker instead of the oven - so in my QLD summers I don't have to crank up the hot oven?
What else can I do in it?
Can you use your own home made sauces in it - as the kids have lactose and food intolerances so we can't use those pre-packaged ones?
How long does it usually take to cook things?
Which brand do you have and do you love it?
Which brands should I stay away from - some people have told me that some of them lose their coating after a while and the taste can go into your food?
Is there anything accessory wise I should look out for?
Sorry for the novel. I just wanted you to know where I was coming from and why I am looking at one. I don't want to spend a fortune on just another useless appliance to take up valuable space in my kitchen.
Thanks for you help!