We were there to try the Sage FastSlowPro cooker – billed as revolutionising the way we cook – with an added twist of Heston Blumenthal magic.
Having been greeted by the now famous Mummy Barrow waffles (there isn’t a lot I wouldn’t do for a waffle made in the Sage waffle irons) we spent the morning stroking the beautifully smooth finishes of all the Sage products whilst learning about the FastSlowPro cooker – it’s a hybid pressure and slow cooker – that makes risotto in it’s spare time.
So why haven’t I written about it before now?
Well, such things as children with lots of medical appointments, Christmas and sinusitis happened (mixed with a lot of paid work which means the poor Cheetahs get neglected) but mainly, I wanted to give the FastSlowPro a really good try before I wrote about it. Each recipe I’ve used it for I’ve wanted to try, tweak and learn from before I share my experiences (I wasn’t known by my post-natal group as ‘tried’n’tested’for no reason…) and then there was the miracle…
The FastSlowPro boasts that it can cook a roast chicken in 30 minutes, a risotto in 7 minutes and a pot-roast in 40 minutes using the pressure cooking function. You can also pop it on the slow cooker function for 9 hours if that’s your thing.
It makes the best risotto that has ever emerged from my kitchen but in reality, it does take longer than the 7 minutes. Yes, it has 7 minutes of cooking time, but the time it takes preheat, then saute the ingredients, get up to heat/pressure and then release the pressure so you can open up the lid adds up to a good half an hour. Yes, it’s totally faff free and you’re not ladelling in boiling stock whilst stirring constantly, but it isn’t 7 minutes, ding and done.
The same applies with the roasts and the casseroles – the meat is tender and delicious, the flavours beautiful and the ease of use absolutely brilliant – but you have to add the preheat, sear and the time to get up to and release the pressure. A roast chicken takes about an hour in reality and a casserole or gammon joint pushing 75 minutes. It’s definitely easier than doing it in the oven and as I’ve said, the flavour is amazing but it’s not quite as quick as advertised.
Another feature this beast of a machine has is that you can cook rice in it. Again, with the time to get to pressure it takes a bit longer than it would in a pan if you just slung the rice in and shoved some boiling water on it… however…. the Cheetah Keeper would not eat rice cooked like that. He would eat rice pudding, potentially tolerate a risotto but not plain (or pilau or anything like that) rice.
Rice cooked the Heston way – it comes out in more obvious grains and the boy hoovers it up. He’s 9 in May and the only thing that has got him eating rice is the FastSlowPro – we finally have another means of carbohydrate we can get into him. And… even better, he has seconds of the risotto. Proof if proof were needed, miracles can just happen.