Slow cooker delights

Set and forget with slow cooking

With winter now here, you once again look forward to cozying up with those warm, hearty meals – but who has the time or energy? If you have a slow cooker, then you are already in on the secret. If you do not, then it is time to pay attention.

Using a slow cooker is not only convenient, it can be a great way to save on money without skimping on flavour. has collected some tips and tricks to make your journey to meal time (and beyond) even easier.

Some other hot tips:

  • Use cheaper cuts of meat – they are often high in fat or connective tissue which break down during the slow cooking process, helping to keep the meat juicy and tender.
  • Put hard vegetables (like potato and carrot) at the bottom of the slow cooker – they will cook faster.
  • Do not lift the lid during the cooking process. The heat loss can extend your cooking time by about 20-30 minutes.

Slow cookers have long been thought of for only preparing dinner, but did you know they’re great for preparing baby/toddler food, easy brekkie’s and desserts too? Check out some meal ideas the whole family will enjoy.


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Read these slow cooking eBooks:

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Check out some cooking eMagazines:

  • Super Food Ideas
  • Recipes+
  • Nourish 
  • The Australian Women’s Weekly Food
  • Vegetarian Today

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Listen on the go with these slow cooking related podcasts:

All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher.


Libraries love these slow cooking blogs:

  • Slow Cooker Gourmet Follow Jennifer as she blogs about real ingredients, slow cooker recipes and meal planning.
  • Magical Slow Cooker Sarah storms the kitchen to give slow cooking tips and tricks.


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Stream this free slow cooking session on Kanopy.

Nutrition starts here: smart eating on a budget. Join Chef Marshall O’Brien as he shares nutritious food choices and eating on a budget.

Set up a Kanopy account to access more films for free. First time customer - select "Add Library Card" and enter your member number and password. Create a Kanopy account, then verify your email address. Repeat customers - login to Kanopy using your email and Kanopy password. 

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