Nurturing an empty nest? Wondering what to buy your son, daughter, niece or nephew as they embark upon university or college life? Worried they aren’t eating well? How about a slow cooker? They are a perfect Christmas Gift for students.
No longer a throwback to the 70s, slow cookers are back in vogue for people with busy lives who want to have a hot meal on the table at the end of a long day. Students are known for neglecting their nutrition when they’re away from home for the first time; it’s one of the things mums worry about most, ‘Are you eating?’ But between lectures and socialising, cooking can be the last thing on a busy student’s mind and dinner ends up being a packet of noodles or a bowl of cereal. A slow cooker eliminates all the fuss and preparation of cooking. They can simply throw a few ingredients into the slow cooker at the start of their day, set it to low or high and return later to a tasty and nutritious meal. And if you buy them a slow cooker with a timer, they can even set it to switch off at a certain time, in case lecture (or bar time!) runs over.
A crucial factor for all student, slow cookers are economical to run and can also use cheaper cuts of meat that are tenderised by hours of cooking. But a slow cooker that cooks for more than one person and they’ve got a few meals left over for freezing. Alternatively, students sharing a dorm or house could share the slow cooker and club together to buy ingredients, bringing a social dynamic to mealtimes. Some slow cookers even have pots that can be used on the hob, meaning one less saucepan to buy and take. In summary? It’s a perfect gift for students.
Slow Cooker’s you may want to consider:
Budget Friendly Slow Cookers
|Andrew James 1.5 Litre Premium Red Slow Cooker
A great colour.
The 1.5 Ltr Capacity is ideal for couples and individuals
Compact - does not take up much space on your kitchen worktop.
3 power settings: High, Low and Auto which starts on high and automatically reduces to low once the ideal temperature is reached for frozen food.
Pot only for Slow cooker use.
|Team SLG8B Slow Cooker, 1.5 Litre
VisiCook glass bowl cook pot
Easy to clean
Power of 180W
VisiCook glass bowl can also be used outside the slow cooker (though not in the oven as the lid knob is not oven proof)
|Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker
Amazon's Number 1 best selling slow cooker
Cooks enough for 3-4 people or a student would have enough left overs for several days to reheat. Can cook smaller amounts too.
3 heat settings - low, medium, high
Can use removable pot on cooker top for searing or stewing.
Slow Cookers with timers
|Crock-Pot Digital Countdown Slow Cooker, 4.7 Litre - Gloss Black
Large 4.7 litre capacity - up to 5 people
Programmable countdown - 30 minutes up to 20 hours
Features 2 settings: low and high,
Auto keep warm function for when lecture (bar time!) runs over.
Dishwasher safe stoneware pot with rinse-clean coating and lid
Pot only to be used with slow cooker
|Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, 5.7 Litre - Polished Stainless Steel
Large 5.7 litre capacity, suitable for up to 5 people or for left overs
Programmable countdown timer lets you program cooking times from 30 minutes up to 20 hours
Features 2 settings: low and high, as well as an automatic keep warm function
Removable dishwasher safe stoneware pot with rinse-clean coating and lid