Makes 4 servings
1⁄2 cup beef broth
1 (8 ounce) bottle hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 1⁄2 lbs beef round steak, cubed or 1 1⁄2 lbs beef chuck stew meat
2 yellow onions, cut in large dice
1 cup baby carrots
2 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
The night before, whisk together the broth, hoisin, hot sauce, garlic and ginger.
Add the beef, onions, carrots and celery. Toss to coat well.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, transfer meat mixture into the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on a low setting 6 hours (or 3 on high)
Using a slow cooker
Quick & easy: Slow cookers make cooking healthy meals simple. You simply put the ingredients into the cooker and set it to cook, it then slowly cooks the meal – either on a low heat (which can take up to 8 hours) or high (which is generally 3-4 hours.)
Slow cookers are cheap to buy, economical to use and they’re great for making the most of budget ingredients. They offer a healthier, low-fat method of cooking and require the minimum amount of effort. Really, what’s not to love?
We spoke to Ginny Thomas, a training manager for Crock-Pot, to find out how to get the best results. We’ve also adapted some of our favourite recipes from the site to get you started. (Bet you didn’t know you could do a treacle sponge in one…)
How long should I cook it for?
If a dish usually takes:
- 15 – 30 mins, cook it for 1 – 2 hours on High or 4 – 6 hours on Low
- 30 mins – 1 hour, cook it for 2 – 3 hours on High or 5 – 7 hours on Low
- 1 – 2 hours, cook it for 3 – 4 hours on High or 6 – 8 hours on Low
- 2 – 4 hours, cook it for 4 – 6 hours on High or 8 – 12 hours on Low
Root vegetables can take longer than meat and other vegetables so put these near the heat source, at the bottom of the pot.