Slow cooking is fast becoming one of the most popular cooking methods in homes all over the country. Finding the time to cook from scratch and enjoy healthy home cooked meals is difficult for most of us. With a slow cooker, however, you are able to do this with very little effort at all.

By using a slow cooker, you will find that the meat is tenderer, the flavours are more intense, and you are able to cook in large quantities so that you can freeze your meals in portions, thus saving you time and money. Of course, in order to get the most out of a slow cooker, you will need to make sure that you are purchasing one that will work for you.

The problem is that this is actually quite difficult because there are so many different models to choose from. One that we like and have decided to review is the James Martin by Wahl Digital Slow Cooker. James Martin is a much-loved British chef with a fantastic range of kitchen appliances. We hope that you will find our review useful.

James Martin by Wahl Digital Slow Cooker Review

 

Pros:

  • It has a large 4.7 litre capacity making it ideal for batch cooking or cooking for large groups.
  • It has a clear glass lid so that you can easily keep an eye on the progress of your meals.
  • It has an easy to use digital timer.
  • The ceramic cooking pot is removable and easy to clean.

Cons:

  • There are no specific programs to
    choose from.
  • The LCD display is quite basic.

Our Review

Considering this slow cooker is endorsed by the famous chef James Martin, we were expecting very good things from this model. Although it is quite basic in terms of functions, we were actually relatively pleased with this product.

To start off with, let’s talk about the appearance of the slow cooker itself. The first thing that we liked was the stainless steel outside of the cooker itself. In combination with the black elements and the blue LCD control panel, we found that it looked really stylish and would definitely look good in a modern home.

Upon starting up the slow cooker, we first took a look at the LCD display. The display is clear and very easy to see. From the display, you will see control buttons for different options. These buttons will allow you to choose from three modes (high heat, low heat and keep warm), set your timer and choose to use the timer delay. The timer delay is great for those meals that you want to cook overnight.

One thing that we did find is that the display and modes themselves are very basic. This is not a slow cooker that you would use if you wanted a range of programs to choose from. However, the basicness of it makes it perfect for those who have not used a slow cooker before and are a little apprehensive.

In terms of cooking results, we were really satisfied. For most meals on a low heat setting, it is a good idea to cook them for between 6 and 8 hours. However, if you are planning on cooking a joint of meat then you will be looking at a longer cooking time. For meals on a high heat, you should aim for between 4 to 6 hours, but again, larger joints may take a little longer.

We had no issues at all with the cooking process. The meals that we made were delicious and full of flavour, and the meat was tender as you would expect with any meat that you would cook in a slow cooker. The clear glass lid allowed us to keep a close eye on the food every now and then which really helped.

When it came to cleaning the slow cooker, we were pleased to find that the ceramic cooking pot is removable which makes cleaning much easier. As well as this, the pot itself is completely dish washer safe which is another bonus.

Overall, we have to say that for a budget slow cooker; this one does everything that you would expect it to. It is easy to operate, cooks well and is easy to clean. We couldn’t really ask for more from a slow cooker within this price range. If you are on a tight budget but want a slow cooker then this would be a good option to consider.

Features:

  • LCD Display
  • Digital Timer
  • Delay Timer
  • 3 Modes
  • Clear Glass Lid
  • 7L Ceramic Pot
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • 98kg
  • Dimensions 22 x 38 x 19 cm