Honestly, with the advent in the world of slow cookers, I was quite skeptical about this type of equipment. I thought, well, what does she do that I won't be able to cook on the stove or in the oven. But once came across such a thing as multivarka-cooker Philips HD 2178. The fact that she cooks under pressure, and because of this you can do several times to reduce cooking time, intrigued me. I never liked the process of cooking beets when it is cooked 3 hours on the stove, sometimes spattering all around with red juice and spreading at home is not very pleasant smells. Also, I often had to cook the meat. On the stove, this process took at least an hour. And most importantly, what say the owner is that in multicookings can cook risotto divine! And so we decided to buy it. In addition, the volume of 6 liters is quite satisfied, so as to take less makes no sense at all.
Looks like multivarka-cooker Philips HD 2178? The large frame in the form of pots with handles, only plastic. Appearance similar to stainless steel, but really – wrapped in a thin layer of metal, which after 2 years use still began to rust. Weighs decently – 6.5 kg.
Inside is a heating element, it drops the bowl blanks. It is covered with non-stick coating, but I have it still burnt more than once, so you had to soak and wash adhering food by any means. In some places the coating has worn off. Don't know what I did wrong. Maybe there was a little water. Also, there are tick marks are drawn.
On the external side of this pan is the control panel where you can select the desired mode. Menu pressure cooker has 8 modes: porridge, cereals, chicken, meat, vegetables, pastry, jelly and soup. The slow cooker also works in 6 modes: fish, rice, cabbage rolls, casserole, stews and vegetables. Management – touch. There is a display, which displays information about the selected mode, of at what stage is the process of cooking and how much time is left before completion. During program selection panel makes sounds, the same happens, when the cooking process is over.
Also there is a button or hot. You can put a delay start. Useful if you want to get cereal for Breakfast or have to go to the shops, and on arrival the house will have to wait for a ready, hot meal.
Cover multivarki-pressure cookers Philips HD 2178 pretty massive. Probably because the functions of pressure cookers. On the external side there is a convenient handle with which it is convenient to open and close the device.
With the inside of the lid is perforated aluminum round insert, which is easily removed for cleaning and washing. Rim for her is a rubber ring which is also removable.
Included was another blade, a small ladle and measuring Cup. The spatula and the ladle was quite uncomfortable. Besides, they started to leave scratches on the surface, as a result, this plate was abandoned in the far corner. Measuring Cup for grains also I did not like – I have my own recipes which has proven over the years and played with a small Cup of no desire. In the end, for mixing I use a special blade of soft silicone, which you can perfectly to get cooked food, while not scratching the sides of the pan.
Now I want to tell you directly about how she prepares. The first cooked dish was a mess. I took 1 faceted Cup buckwheat, thoroughly washed, pour into the slow cooker, pour two cups of water, salt and turned the "Mess". Began heating, and in a few minutes the water inside began to boil, and the valve has risen. Appeared on the screen the time remaining until the end of cooking. After the cooking process is ended, followed by a signal and immediately joined heating. By the way, this is a very handy feature if, for example, waiting for guests or husband is late from work. And you want something to serve hot food, not microwaved.
Next we tried "jelly", which is just half an hour you can cook any meat: rabbit, Turkey, pork or beef. It turns out very soft. The jelly made it too, but just in case increased the time to 59 minutes (here maximum).
"Vegetables". It was cooked beets, potatoes, carrots, and when I wanted to make Olivier or vinaigrette – dipped all at once. To my surprise – the beets didn't dye the other vegetables. Although, if you boil them separately, the water turns bright Burgundy. Still a mystery how this could be. You can also cook the peeled potatoes for mashed potatoes.
The "meat". Good roast. Even tried to bake it in a sleeve with vegetables and spices. Quick and tasty.
"Chicken". It turns out the chicken for a couple.
"Baking". Doing this mode sponge cakes or Apple pie. The valve does not rise, the work is not under pressure, but on the mode of the pressure cooker. In 40 minutes it turns out good cakes, only here will not be very browned, and will need additional decorations to disguise your cake or pie. Another feature – very strong egg smell during cooking. But here we will have to wait. And to carefully remove the finished dish, I separate with a rubber spatula edge, lay inside a flat plate with a diameter slightly less than the bowl, hold her hand and turn the pot. After that, my baking is separated from the bottom and stays with me on a platter. Better to wait until they cool down.
"Soup". This mode is designed for those occasions when cooking well, quite reluctant, and the first dish is still necessary. Then all the ingredients are just laid in the bowl and the mode. As for me – edible but not very tasty. I'm still a supporter of the alternate bookmarks products. The only soup that is well prepared, was pea. On the plate so fast the peas to cook.
Further impressions about the modes of the slow cooker.
Naturally, the first cases were cooked pilaf. Many girls say, "has Thrown the products included ready." I so did not do. It's obvious that the result will not be good. I love that the meat was roasted, and not boiled. So I had to Tinker. On the "Vegetables" were fried the meat, then added the onions and carrots and then the rice, water, salt and spices. After that you can enable. The apparatus is first heated, and a valve in the form of steam coming out all the liquid, so a prerequisite is to turn on the hood, if you don't want the kitchen turned into a steam room. I prilovchilis to prepare all that is emitting steam in the bathroom. With tiles still nothing happens, but the kitchen furniture is a pity. When the moisture on the inside left, a countdown starts. And then have to wait only 24 minutes, the dish was ready. The smell from there is breathtaking!
Next favorite mode "Stew". In the summer I cut all the appropriate vegetables, but more, colada, perchta and put in the slow cooker. The flavor and taste delicious.
"Cabbage rolls". It also trains and stuffed peppers. For some reason always on this mode burns the bottom part of the dish. So came up with laying down or cabbage leaves, or to do a layer of onions. Then it turns out fine.
"Casserole". I do not understand why, but too undercooked. Do not use this mode.
"Fish". Similar to steam. But, if done with vegetables, a very tasty diet dish.
"Vegetables". Use this mode when you need to sauté or brown the meat. By default, you have 3 minutes, but time can always be increased.
I want to say that I am very pleased with my slow cooker. She helped me save a lot of time and effort. Prior to her appearance in our home much longer I had to stand at the stove. And when the baby came along, it was a real salvation. By the way, for the baby there and baked apples, and pumpkin. Quick, tasty and healthy.
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For example, when a child in the house, very good washing machine with dryer.
Also saves me the machine.
But if a holiday on the nose, and a stationary mixer.
Another "miracle" in my kitchen – electric oven with pyrolysis.