Breville Fast Slow Cooker review plus Pressure Cooker Bolognese recipe
The Breville Fast Slow Cooker BPR200 has by far become my most used kitchen appliance (with my bread maker and KitchenAid a close second). I used to have a standalone slow cooker and when that stopped working, I decided to invest in a combined slow and pressure cooker; it made sense to have both in the one appliance rather than just buying another slow cooker.
The Fast Slow Cooker slow cooks, pressure cooks, steams and sautes. While I haven’t used the cooker in the steam mode, the saute function is very useful. It saves having to start a recipe and brown meat on the stovetop before transferring to the cooker, which I used to have to do with my old slow cooker. I love that it saves time, not to mention less dishes.
As for the slow and pressure cooking modes, I have only used the slow cooking mode once. The first time I tried the pressure cooking mode, I was hooked. Which is exactly why I haven’t used the slow cooking mode again; why would I slow cook when I can pressure cook the same meal in a fraction of the time? I really can’t explain just how much I love pressure cooking.
The first time I tried pressure cooking I was a little unsure, with all the stories you hear about the dangers of old style pressure cookers. The Fast Slow Cooker seems perfectly safe, mine is yet to blow it’s lid! A little tip is to make sure the steam release valve is pointing in the right direction. This was mentioned in an additional insert to the instruction manual, and even then it was a little confusing as to exactly which direction the pressure release should be facing.
There are some things I now only pressure cook rather than cook on the stove top, including potatoes for mashing and both brown and white rice.
Scroll right down this page to look at the pros and cons below before deciding whether the Fast Slow Cooker is right for you.
Now for the price. The RRP is $222, and the best price we have come across is $157.95 from appliancesnow.com.au. A bonus – if you use the coupon code Five5, you will get an additional 5% off. Vies the Fast Slow Cooker from Appliances Now here.
A favourite recipe of mine is Pressure Cooker Bolognese, you just saute the ingredients for a few minutes, then set the timer and let the pressure cooker do the work for you. Recipe below:
- 1 stick Celery diced
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 3 teaspoons Garlic crushed
- 500 grams Beef Mince
- 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 2x400 grams Tomatoes Canned, chopped
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Oregano dried
- 1 teaspoon Basil dried
- 1/4 cup water
Add the olive oil to the pressure cooker bowl and turn the cooker onto the saute/sear mode. Cook onion, garlic and celery for a few minutes, until onion starts to soften.
Add mince to the cooker and stir until cooked though.
Stir through tomato paste, canned tomatoes, sugar, oregano, basil, water and season with salt and pepper.
Pressure cook for 35 minutes. Once cooked, serve with pasta.