When I had the chance to review the new multi-cooker from Crockpot, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. While I’ve heard from people who rave about one-button cooking, the luddite in me still seemingly hasn’t progressed far from the stove.
The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker has an individual sauté button, stew button and there’s even a dessert button. That’s my kind of button .
How did I go with unleashing a new piece of technology in the kitchen? Read on to find out.
There’s a little cookbook that comes with the Express Crock Multi-Cooker to start you off, which is great because despite there being a yoghurt button, I had a sense that you’d need to do more than just push it in order to get the desired outcome.
Like add ingredients for example.
The Greek yoghurt recipe seemed ridiculously simple. Add the two ingredients of milk and a small amount of yoghurt, whisk (lucky I have one in my minimalist kitchen), and press said button.
I did all of the above and eight hours later I had myself over a litre of yoghurt at a cost of around $1.50.
The yoghurt itself was creamy and had a lovely tang to it, just like Greek yoghurt should. Even my fussy toddler approved of it in her porridge the next morning.
As an aside, here's a piece of free advice for anyone else attempting this recipe- don’t start an eight-hour cooking process at 3pm.
According to Poh, I could make Sweet Soy Braised Pork Belly in 45 minutes. I trusted Poh, and decided to gave this a crack.
The flavours in this dish blended together beautifully, and each mouthful was particularly fragrant with star anise. The rich pork belly went perfectly with a side of soft, steamed rice.
The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi Cooker has ousted my toaster to score a permanent place on my kitchen bench top.
I’m quite happy now playing sous chef to the robots.