Review: Breville Flavour Maker Slow Cooker19

Posted on May 17, 2011 by ChristieCookware Tests, Dinner Time, Gluten Free

I am really excited to share this kitchen appliance with you as it is not often that new versions of appliances really push the boundaries.

Sometimes new features are added, like a light or a cordless version. Sometimes they re-jig the design to make it look better without actually adding anything to the user experience (other than make you want to display it on your kitchen counter because it is so shiny/pretty/pink!).

You’ll agree when I say that slow cookers are not easy to sex-up. However, this new one from Breville is pretty darn exciting, in my humble opinion.

What’s so good about it? I hear you ask. OK, here’s the thing… you can remove the insert and brown things on the stove top! Ta-da!

If you haven’t used a slow cooker before then you’ll probably be rolling your eyes saying ‘so what?’, but if you use them regularly, you’ll know that this feature is pure genius.

Slow cooker-lovers (like me) know how annoying it is to have to brown things in a pan and then transfer them to the slow cooker. It means there is another pan to wash up (uggh!) and all the precious yummy, sticky browned bits are still stuck to the pan that’s going in the wash (double uggh!).

The clever design has silicone handles to make it easy to lift in and out (and non slip too!) although they can still get quite hot so you’ll need a tea towel or some mits for the transfer.

As you can see it browns chops nicely. These are being used in a yummy Moroccan-inspired casserole.

Keep scrolling to see the full progression and get the recipe at the bottom.

Nothing to do with the slow cooker, I just thought this was a pretty shot with all the fresh colours.

Ditto the textures in this shot.

You could transfer the chops to a plate – but then you’d have to wash it up! Better to just push them to the side and keep going.

OK, it’s ready to start bubbling away on low heat for most of the day.

Voila! All soft and juicy and super-duper flavoursome because none of the precious stock has evaporated away.

Plated up. Not the best shot as the light had long faded.

Thank you so much to Roberta for sending this to me for testing! It is perfect timing as the weather has become terribly chilly in the last few weeks.

Slow cookers are so versatile and I am really looking forward to trying to bake a dessert or maybe make a roast in it. Will post my results here, of course. If you are looking for more slow cooker recipes check out my homemade baked beans, sweet beef curry or chicken soup recipes.

Do you have a slow cooker? What do you like to make in it? Please share your links in the comments!

Happy cooking! Christie x

Disclosure: Fig & Cherry received the Breville Flavour Maker Slow Cooker with compliments of Breville and Write Away Communications.

Moroccan-inspired lamb casserole slow cooker recipe

serves 4-6

4 lamb chops
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small carrot
1/2 red capsicum (pepper)
1 stick celery
1 brown onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cups pumpkin (peeled and chopped into big chunks)
400g can chickpeas
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, lemon peel, orange peel)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 litre lamb stock (or beef or veggie stock)

1. Place the slow cooker insert onto the stove top over medium heat. Add the olive oil and brown the lamb chops on both sides.

2. While they are browning, chop the carrot, capsicum, celery and onion into 1cm dice. It doesn’t matter if they are roughly chopped. Finely slice the garlic.

3. Move the lamb chops to one side of the pot (or remove them to a plate, but then you’ll have to wash it up!) and add all the chopped vegetables, except the pumpkin. Cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes, or so.

4. Add the pumpkin, chickpeas, dried fruit, spices and mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Add the lamb stock and top up with water if you need to so that the liquid almost covers the vegetables and meat.

5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. You can even leave it in there for 10 hours (as in, all day while you are at work). Serve with cous cous or rice.

  • YUM!

    Great pics Christie.

  • I need a new slow cooker and that is brilliant!
    lovely photos too! thanks

  • Chirsty White

    I have just purchased the flavour maker slow cooker and all the recipes are for big quantities (which is ok sometimes) but I wondered how the Moroccan lamb worked in the 7 litre capacity slow cooker as it only had 4 chops with the chickpeas and veg. It looks delicious and has all our favourite flavours so can’t wait to try it out. Thanks!

    • Hi Chirsty, Thanks for your feedback! The 4 chop recipe worked well because there are quite a lot of chopped veggies to bulk it out. This recipe would also work doubled, I think. But I haven’t tested it. Let me know how you go with it – would love to hear how it turned out. Christie

  • Amy

    Yum! I’ve never used a slow cooker, but I think you may have inspired me to get one! I love the look of the Moroccan lamb casserole. Much healthier than the one we cooked with the bottle of wine! :)

  • OOh, I need one of these! My old slow cooker is an original ORANGE Margaret Fulton one from the 70’s. The glass lid is one picked up from an op shop when the real one broke, and doesn’t quite fit now.
    The browning feature is pure genius…. and the recipe ain’t too bad either!~

  • To be honest, we rarely use our crockpot because I love cooking things on my own, but we have done a couple things with it that turned out incredibly well. Indian Mughlai butter chicken, amazing; Michoacán-style pork carnitas, tender and flavorful; and we’ve also used it to keep a Gruyère, Ementhaler, Fontina and Gorgonzola cheese fondue hot and creamy. The lamb stew sounds wonderful with the dried fruit, chickpeas and all those aromatics!

    Cheers and best of luck with your new cooking acquisition,


  • Oh that looks great. I have a slow cooker, but have only tried one thing in it and I didn’t think it worked that well. I think I will have to try it out again though.

  • Ed

    Slow cookers are great, especially for winter. My next project is a pressure cooker though so I can make brilliant stocks within 20-30 minutes rather than stink out my place.

    Just thinking, but I can’t but wonder whether a lesser cut of lamb over chops would be better in a slow cooker. Chops are so gorgeous to fry that it seems a waste.

    • You’re right Ed, other cuts such as shoulder would work even better. It’s just that I had some chops in the freezer that needed using up – waste not, want not :)

  • Roberta

    That recipe was so delicious – I don’t usually season my slow cooked meals but will do so every time now! Thanks Christie.

    • Hi Roberta, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks again for sending me the slow cooker for review – it has pride of place on my bench top now that we have properly hit Winter. Christie

  • This looks great, i am always looking for new slow cooker recipes (i love mine), will have to try this!

  • Hi Christy, a I tweeted today, I was looking at slow cookers, read your review and decided to get that one. I bought the 7 litre version yesterday and have a very delicious smelling beef casserole bubbling away right now. My older boys have just got home from school and are salivating. One said that I have to teach him to use it and then he’ll take it with him when he leaves home; he’s 11 years old, so I have a few years of it left for myself.

    Soup tomorrow, and thank goodness I have a big freezer!

    • Seana! I am beyond excited to hear that! I hope your family adores your beef casserole. Didn’t you love the browning feature? Please send me a pic of your meal – am itching to see how it turned out. Christie :)

  • It would be useful to list full specs of this interesting cooker. Specifically, is that ‘braising insert’ made of steel, cast iron of aluminium? If the latter it will be quite ineffective to induction stovetop users.

  • Hester

    I want one! Now I’m trying to persuade someone to ship to the UK……

  • Jesse James

    I bought one and am super excited to get it happening but Christie you have to get some more veggie slow cooker dishes on your page for busy veggie mums like me! :)

    • Hi Jesse, You are so right! I will definitely get some more veggie slow cooker meals happening soon! Hope you are enjoying your slow cooker! Christie

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