Versatile, easy-to-use and cheap to run, what’s not to love about Multi-Cookers? We’ve put together some useful advice on how these handy devices work and some scrumptious recipes to get you and your family through the winter months.

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Why should I buy one?

Multi-Cookers are a useful kitchen appliance which safely let you cook one-pot dishes at a low heat over a long period of time. They’re perfect for busy families - you can put your ingredients into the cooker in the morning and have a meal ready for when you return home in the evening.

Multi-Cooker fans love them for their hassle-free convenience – there is no need to place your dish in the oven for hours or have them simmering away on the stove top. You also don’t need to stay and monitor them whilst your meal is cooking.

They are great for preparing hearty winter dishes for the family, such as casseroles, stews or soup. However the possibilities are endless; multi-cookers can also make perfect porridge, rice, puddings and cakes.

Who do they suit?

Multi-Cookers are extremely popular with larger families, busy people and those who enjoy cooking in large batches.

What can you make in a Multi-Cooker?

Typically Multi-Cookers are used for soups, stews and casseroles, but Panasonic’s range of Multi-Cookers are also handy for cooking porridge, puddings, rice, stocks, chilli, pulled pork, and many more recipes.

Are they expensive to run?

Multi-Cookers use far less energy compared to running an oven, so cooking with them is not only cost effective, but also more eco-friendly. The savings are even greater if you also prepare large volumes of food in your Multi-Cooker.

What sizes are available?

Panasonic’s range of Multi-Cookers vary in size from 1 – 1.8 litres and are priced accordingly at your local retailer.

Our 1.8L capacity Multi-Cookers are perfect for families as they cook large volumes of food. Our smaller 1.0L capacity Multi-Cookers are a smaller size and ideal if you have limited cupboard space or if you are cooking meals for fewer people.

Do you have any tips for cooking with a Multi-Cooker?

  • Sear your meats first: While it’s not essential to sear your meats before putting them into a Multi-Cooker, it helps caramelise the sugars in the meat and flavours become richer.
  • Soak your beans: If you are using dried beans or chickpeas, make sure you soak them for at least 10 minutes and properly drain them before placing them into your Multi-Cooker. This does away with the natural toxins in beans which won’t be destroyed by the Multi-Cookers low temperature.
  • Use the right cuts of meat: Multi-Cookers are perfect for using less expensive, fatty and tougher cuts of meats. The longer cooking times help break down sinewy fibres, resulting is tender meat.
  • Thaw your meat first: All meats and vegetables should be completely thawed before putting them into your Multi-Cooker. They cook at a safe temperature over long periods of time and adding frozen ingredients will make the temperature drop, and it could take a while for the heat to increase again.