Ever since I started cooking, I’ve been trying to decide whether to get a Slow Cooker or a Pressure Cooker. Then I heard horror stories from friends about exploding Pressure Cookers and how they are harder to use. So I decided to order an Imarflex Slow Cooker from Lazada. It was on sale for just P1,520. I don’t know if it’s cheaper in department stores. I really couldn’t be bothered to check. Anyway, it’s here with me now.
I picked the Imarflex Slow Cooker with 3.5 quart capacity. Ummm I don’t even know how much volume that translates to, but 1 quart just sounded so… little. I figured this is medium because the the 6 quart model advertised on the site seemed the biggest one.
I unboxed the Imarflex Slow Cooker right away. It consists of three main parts — the stainless steel body (which is also the heating unit), an inner pot made of a ceramic-like material, and a glass cover.
I didn’t even bother reading the instructions. It’s pretty much plug and cook. There are only 3 settings — Low, High, and Warm. I read online that cooking with Low takes 8 hours, High takes 4 hours, then switch to Warm to just keep the cooked food warm.
This is the inner pot and the glass cover.
This is the stainless steel body a.k.a. heating unit.
Since I have zero experience cooking with a Slow Cooker, I followed a recipe for Slow Cooker Korean Beef from one of my favorite food blogs, Damn Delicious. You pretty much just dump all the ingredients in the pot and choose your setting. I started cooking at 2:15pm, we have dinner around 6pm or 7pm so I set it to High.
Then I left to fetch my daughter from school, after I which I headed to Curves Magnolia to work out.
I finally turned the Imarflex Slow Cooker off at around 6:30pm. The whole house smelled like Korean Beef Stew lol. The meat was really tender and flavorful. Woohooo! Success on the first try!
What I like about the Imarflex Slow Cooker:
- It’s super user-friendly. I didn’t even need to read the manual.
- The size is just right.
- I love the Cool Touch Handles of the pot itself. It makes handling this appliance a lot easier.
- The whole idea of throwing everything in the pot and then leaving it to cook is just awesome.
- It’s super cheap.
Downside? Well it does take a long time to cook, but that’s why it’s called a Slow Cooker lol. If you want something that will cook stuff fast, get a Pressure Cooker. If you want the best of both worlds, they have Multi-Cookers now. As for me, I just wanted something cheap, easy-to-use, and convenient. This fits the bill. Will this last though? I’ll keep you posted with regards to durability. If you don’t hear from me it means it’s still working fine.
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