I Got A New Crock Pot! Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
I had some Parkson vouchers that I won last year and realized it was expiring on June 14th 2012. I had RM300 worth of vouchers so of course I don’t want to let it expire and go to waste. The thing is, Parkson which is located in Ipoh Parade is so lame. I seriously didn’t know what to use it for. Mom told me not to use it on ‘little things’. I agreed. I wanted to spend it on something special, something I’d never get with my money and something that I can use and remember.
I thought about spending it on perfume or clothing but no, just didn’t seem satisfying enough. I decided that it’s best to buy electrical stuff. But what?
I saw Tefal’s mixer that cost about RM160-ish. It’s small and cute. My mixer is big and bulky. But just didn’t feel quite right yet – like it’s not something I really want. Like I said, Ipoh Parade’s parkson is really lame. They didn’t have much stuff to choose. After looking around for a while, I contemplated on buying a slow cooker or a multipurpose cooker. I already have a multipurpose cooker but it sucked. Don’t buy one that has nonstick surface. I wanted to replace that, buy unfortunately 2 brands that I asked for were not in stock. Urgh.
I decided to go for slow cooker instead! Out of all brands, I decided to go for Takada just because it was love at first sight – it has a nice flowery design that I think is very cute. The rest are just plain boring. Thank goodness it’s in stock. It cost about Rm125-ish I think. There’s a smaller one that cost about RM90-ish.
I’d never get a slow cooker with my own money just because it’s expensive to use electric to cook using it. Most recipes call for at least 4 to 10 hours of cooking. My electricity bill is already so expensive. Beside, my style is cooking simple stuff fast. I don’t like tedious work around the kitchen mostly because I don’t have much time BUT I figured now that I have crock pot, I can make my own favorite chilli con carne the ‘real’ way! Best thing about this slow cooker is that the pot can also be used on a stove. So if I don’t wanna use electricity, there’s always the gas stove.
I just can’t wait to try out the slow cooker soon! I can’t wait to try out all the recipes that uses slow cooker. I already have chilli con carne in mind, and I can’t wait to try making beef stew!
Recipe From AllRecipes
- 905 g beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 30 g all-purpose flour
- 3 g salt
- 1 g ground black pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 g paprika
- 5 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 1 onion, chopped
- 355 ml beef broth
- 3 potatoes, diced
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.
- Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.