With the cost of living crisis persevering with to take its toll, many people are on the lookout for methods to chop again on spending, particularly in relation to our meals and power payments.
Birmingham Live reporter Rebecca Astill was impressed to experiment with the sluggish cooker after studying that the equipment solely prices 23p per meal to run.
After performing some analysis, she stumbled throughout a slow cooked fry-up recipe that went viral just a few years in the past on social media - and determined to place it to the check.
A full English prices roughly 50p in power based mostly on oven cooking sausages, frying bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes, microwaving beans and toasting bread.
This meant there was a possible 27p in financial savings to make by utilizing the sluggish cooker as a substitute, with Rebecca filling the pot with bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and baked beans.
This is how she received on:
The fry up in a sluggish cooker technique
The tactic was fairly simple, though every ingredient required barely completely different therapy. The eggs have been to be cracked right into a mug and blended with butter and seasoning.
The beans additionally wanted pouring right into a mug, however I used a ramekin to avoid wasting house. The mushrooms have been to be folded into some foil with butter and seasoning.
The bacon needed to be rolled into tight, sausage formed constructions and stood up across the exterior, with the actual sausages, and the tomatoes went wherever I may discover room. Then there was simply the marginally tough activity of packing all of them into my small, 3.5L Andrew James sluggish cooker, and setting it off on low in a single day for eight to 9 hours.
Power prices utilizing the 2 strategies
Here's a breakdown of how a lot it prices to prepare dinner a full breakfast the normal approach in comparison with utilizing the sluggish cooker:
I woke as much as the odor of bacon tantalising my nostrils, and felt sorry for my two canine who had slept downstairs with that simply out of attain odor all evening. This was a very good begin.
All of it went downhill on the level once I lifted the lid of my sluggish cooker to disclose a tough, gray, exploded ball of what had began as egg. The remaining was not significantly better.
The sausages had bent over, and as a substitute of the crisp, juicy ones I used to be wanting ahead to, I used to be confronted with what I can solely liken to Harry Potter’s arm when he loses all of the bones in it within the Prisoner of Azkaban. The beans have been sealed beneath a thick, inedible pores and skin and the bacon tasted solely like fats.
The mushrooms and tomatoes have been the one good bit in regards to the meal, however who chooses a fry up for the veg? I pulled the contents onto a plate however there was little I may do to rescue the meal.
I even tried to mash the onerous ball of egg with my fork to faux the scrambled eggs success for an image, however there was no approach of hiding the repulsive gray streaks working by means of it. I didn't end my breakfast.
Right here is one of the best half. I really solely saved three depressing pence by cooking my fry up within the sluggish cooker. I used an power value calculator to check all of the home equipment that will be used within the conventional fry up and sluggish cooking, and there was a distinction of 3p.
I had such excessive hopes that have been crushed by essentially the most disgusting meal I've ever cooked. In idea, sure, it’s sensible. It simply doesn’t work.
Evaluations from my household have been the identical as mine, with mentions of "worst factor I've ever eaten" and "completely disgusting" being handed round.
A plate of sausages and bacon would often be lapped up, however as a substitute has been left uncared for within the prime of the oven. I'm not positive even the canine would eat it.
I adopted the viral recipe to a tee and my recommendation to anybody considering of doing the identical might be fairly predictable at this stage of the article - don't hassle.
Scrap the notion that you have to change every little thing in your life to avoid wasting on power prices, and simply eat the rattling fry up, the way in which it must be cooked - fried, crisp, unhealthy and scrumptious.
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