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I greatly enjoy being a blogger, I adore all aspects of food; the constant thinking about, planning, preparation, consuming, photography and eventual blogging. I love receiving comments from readers who like the look of, or have tried one of my recipes. Looking through my archives I realise that I started blogging in January 2007! And have been at it on and off ever since. When I first started blogging Facebook had only been open to the general public for 4 months and I had not heard of twitter! A lot has changed in 4 years. There are far far more blogs, better software, better templates and most interesting there is interaction between PR companies and brands and bloggers. Social Media is no longer new and is here to stay.
As a result of this, the rewards from my blog are now more then a few comments; samples, meals, and events all come my way. I genuinely am delighted when anyone wants to seek my opinion or review one of their products. I do have a firm rule that my integrity is more important than any reward; and anything I post will be my honest opinion. I think that most PRs understand this and know that when sending anyone a product for review they are running the risk of unfavourable opinions being published. Happily this is not the case with this product.
I am a huge fan of slow cookers (or crockpots) and use mine once or twice a week throughout winter. Slow cookers free up the hob, are safe to leave overnight or when you go out. I find the cheaper cuts of tougher meat respond the best to slow cooking, a bonus in the recession! My favourites are beef shin and ox cheeks, both of which become meltingly tender and bursting with flavour after 8 hours in the crock pot. When I have a party I usually make a huge batch of slow cooked chilli, which happily sits in the cooker all evening for people to help themselves to.
I was recently sent a Morphy Richards Flavour Savour slow cooker for review. As well as the traditional slow cook, it also browns. Slow cooking, although fantastic, is not quite as simple as chucking everything in the pot and letting it simmer; you really do need to brown the meat and saute the vegetables first. This means using an additional pan, frying off the meat, then transferring to the slow cooker to cook. The Flavour Savour does both jobs remarkably well.
Firstly I think that it is very elegant. The sleekly shaped stainless steel pot sits on the base, for storage the base sits inside the cooking pot, with the flex neatly coiled and the plug slotted in. The cooking pot can also be used on the hob and is dishwasher proof.
The cooker browned meat just as well and as quickly as in a frying pan on the hob. It did take a little longer to heat up than a frying pan would. But, by the time I had turned it on, grabbed my ingredients and started to chop them, it was ready. Because you are frying in a deep pan you do not get splatters of fat and oil everywhere, meaning less cleaning up, a bonus in my opinion. It took me about 15 / 20 mins to prep & fry off 3lb of meat and 2 large onions.
Because you fry in the cooker pot it is already lovely and hot, so your casserole starts to simmer relatively quickly after you add the other ingredients and liquid.
The Flavour Savour is highly versatile with a stew and 3 slow cook functions. Cooking timings range from 1 ½to 10 hours. All cooking cycles are followed by a 2 hour keep warm cycle. This allows you to prepare a casserole either in the evening or first thing in the morning, leave it cooking all day whilst you are at work and come home to a perfectly cooked casserole ready to eat.
On the faster cook functions the Flavour Savour will also simmer; enabling it to be used instead of a ring on the hob. For example it could be used steam a Christmas pudding in, freeing up an extra ring on the hob on Christmas Day. I can see myself using it on the keep warm function for serving hot punch at a party.
I really like the product. I especially like that it will turn itself off after the maximum of 12 hours, making it utterly safe to leave on when you go out for the day, with no need to worry if you get delayed, or have a last minute invitation and get home at gone midnight. The only criticism that I have is it would be far handier if the lid would fit onto the pot upside down so the handle was tucked away for easy storage. I am more than happy to say goodbye to my old slow cooker and install the Flavour Savour in its place.
I reviewed the 6.5 lt Flavour Savour retailing at £89.95. This will serve about 10 people (or fill the freezer).
I am delighted to have a 4.5lt Flavour Savour worth £79.99 to give away for one lucky reader, and a discount of 35% on both models for everyone!
For the 4.5lt Flavour Savour
Discount: 35% – takes the product to £51.99
Expiry date: 31/12/2010
For the 6.5lt Flavour Savour
Discount: 35% – takes the product to £58.47
Expiry date: 31/12/2010
P&P is free and the products have a 2 year guarantee.
This giveaway is open to all readers with a UK mailing address. The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced in a subsequent post. When commenting please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries. You must leave a separate comment for each bonus entry otherwise they will not be counted.
For a chance to win please comment and tell me your favourite winter casserole recipe.
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I’ll even throw in extra entries if you follow me (@fussfreeflavour) or (@LoveYourMorphy) or both, on Twitter and comment to tell me you have done so. And even more entries for liking my facebook page, and the Morphy Richards’ facebook page, and commenting to tell me you have done so. Again, if you already like me or Morphy Richards comment for an extra entry.
My thanks to Morphy Richards for sending me the product for free and for providing the prize.