Art of the Slow Cooker
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Age Rating: 4+
The other weekend I had a bit of a kitchen epiphany as I ran down the street trying to escape Melbourne’s sub-zero temperatures and buckets of hail and rain: How nice would it be to come home to a ready-made meal courtesy of a slow cooker? My friends and family have been telling me to get one for awhile now. So that’s exactly what I did.
But having lugged the 6.5l monstrosity home, I realised I had no idea what to do with it, or any proper ingredients on hand to go in it. How long would it take to make a casserole? And at what heat?
I did what any normal modern-day confused individual does – ask Google for the answers. Quite embarrassed to find how simple the whole mechanism was, I also saw a lot of search results for slow cooker apps. Perfect!
I chose one to download based purely on its icon – never judge an app by one. Luckily my choice was sound, despite the method. And the $1.99 I invested to download Art of the Slow Cooker onto my iPhone has been well worth it ever since.
Did you know you can make certain types of bread, even dessert in a slow cooker? You can. I kid you not. I just assumed it was the sort of cooking contraption busy mums used to make ’70s-style stews and stroganoffs.
What I like about this app is its concise categories for different dishes. If you’re after a main type of meal, tap on the tabs that read ‘classics’ ‘stews’ and ‘braising’. There’s also recipes for soup-making and side dishes. It’s probably not the most comprehensive app in terms of its volume of recipes, there’s about 30 in total. But for slow cooker novices like myself, it’s the perfect segue to mastering some solid dishes to help mix up your weekly dinner repertoire.
Picture perfect: The photography used in Art of the Slow Cooker makes the cooking part seem a lot more appealing.
The design of the app is clean, with some great photography of the meals. There’s also illustrated step-by-step instructions, making it hard to mess up any of the dishes too badly.
This is a relatively cheap download to introduce you into the world of slow-mo cooking. But the best part is in the eating – especially when you’ve come home from a long day of work, and dinner is set and ready to go.