Slow is the way to go, says new cook book author

Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:03am EDT
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By Miral Fahmy

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Whether you're on a budget or busy, a new cook book advises that slow is the way to go for preparing the nutritious, largely fuss-free meals many of us crave yet don't have the time to put together.

Sally Wise, author of "Slow Cooker", owns five slow cookers, or crock pots, tools she has been using for over 30 years to cook everything from soups and stews to fish fillets and even cakes.

She believes crock pots are just as relevant today as they were when she was feeding her six now adult children, because they are just so convenient, and economical.

"Crock pots can be bought from anywhere and they allow you to put a meal on, and seven hours later, it's beautifully cooked, using very little energy," Wise, who runs a catering business and also wrote a popular book about pickling, told Reuters from Australia.

"You control what you put into the slow cooker, and it lends itself to using natural produce for a healthy, balanced meal. You can also use cheaper cuts of meat and still get great flavor."

Slow cookers are electric appliances that cook their ingredients by maintaining a relatively low temperature ranging from 94 to 149 Celsius (200-300 Fahrenheit) for many hours. In Asia, for example, they are widely used to make rice.

With the current economic climate driving more people to cook at home, modern hectic lifestyles, and an increase in health consciousness, Wise said she expected the crock pot to see a revival of its 1970s heyday.

"I meet a lot of young mums who are very concerned about good nutrition and who also have to work and don't have much time to prepare meals when they come through the door. These are the people who are most enthusiastic about slow cooking," she said.   Continued...