A friend lent me the 18032 Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker to use and I was really impressed. It looks very attractive with its brushed silver case and its good family sized, 3.5 litre capacity, black cooking pot. It also appears to be well made and was incredibly easy to use. It cooks, in my opinion, how all slow cookers should cook – perfectly slow. Therefore if you are looking for a good middle of the range slow cooker I think Russell Hobbs have done well with this one. You can see all of the Russell Hobbs slow cooker range at Amazon.co.uk.
It comes with a removable ceramic cooking pot which is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning after it has been used.
Moreover the oval shape of the pot makes it possible to cook joints of meat.
The 3.5 litre sized pot holds enough for 4 medium sized portions or 3 large ones.
The glass lid allows for easy viewing of your food while it cooks.
I think all slow cookers should have is a ‘power on’ indicator which shows when the cooker is switched on. My old slow cookers often sit on the side and it is hard to know when it is on or not if it doesn’t have a light. The Russell Hobbs model does.
There are three cooking settings: high, low and warm function. All need to be manually set.
Cooking in the Russell Hobbs 18032 slow cooker
I chose to cook my bolognese sauce recipe in it first as this is the recipe I use the most in my slow cooker and I know exactly how it should taste and how my usual slow cooker cooks it. It took about 8 hours on low for the Russell Hobbs to cook my recipe which is longer than my Crock Pot which I think is due to it cooking at a lower temperature. This is perfect as it didn’t dry out or sit bubbling unnecessary but would still be ready, if you set it up in the morning, for when you came home from work in the evening.
My second cooking test for the Russell Hobbs slow cooker was peach cobbler. This was a new recipe for me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While cooking this I had to pop out and pick up my eldest, which took longer than I anticipated, so the cobbler was on for longer than the recipe said however to my delight it wasn’t at all spoilt. As this slow cooker cooks slowly at a lower temperature than I am used to this recipe was not harmed by the extra hour of cooking. The cobbler was delicious and moist and the family have asked for me to do cook it again.
Neither recipe stuck to the sides of the pot either which also illustrates that this slow cooker cooks at a suitably low temperature.
This is a great slow cooker for starting out on slow cooking. It is a medium sized, well made, easy to use slow cooker. Which cooks perfectly and is easy to clean up afterwards.
Unfortunately this slow cooker is now out of stock however there are plenty of Russell Hobbs Slow cookers available on the market. The most similar slow cooker Russell Hobbs now sell is probably this one Russell Hobbs 18144 3.5L Slow Cooker in Black. Equally attractive and has some really positive reviews on Amazon.co.uk.