It’s been almost a month now that we have had the Breville Canada Fast Slow Pro in our home. We have been cooking up a lot of meals that I have not done in years because of the time and effort involved. Hearty meals like Jamaican oxtail, curry goat, and Iranian stews that my husband grew up on (and we’ve grown to love) are making our home smell delicious and our tummies full.
The Fast Slow Pro™ is a multi-cooker all-in-one machine saving you precious cupboard space all while delivering quality results. It steams, sautés, sears, slow cooks, pressure cooks and even has a reduce function that will turn juices into a nice reduction for your meals in 10 minutes flat. Whether you are a work at home mom like me or work out of the house having one of these will make getting a hot meal of the table when the kids come home from school a breeze (and pleasure to make).
On days when I have to leave home I use the slow cooker function to slowly make my favourite foods like stews. On most days though I find myself looking at the time and realizing the kids will be home imminently and I have still not started on dinner. On those days the pressure cooker is my saving grace. Plus I can pretend I slaved over the stove all day making them their favourite foods when actually it usually takes 20 minutes to make this fall off the bone chicken lemon herb chicken.
The Breville Canada Fast Slow Pro
I have had a crazy fear of pressure cookers because I am a clumsy cook, I am not a perfectionist and that is scary when you have a kitchen appliance like a pressure cooker. My fears were completely irrational though once I started using the machine. It’s full of safety features and it’s so pretty with it’s brushed stainless steel it has a permanent place on my counter.
We have six people in this family and with our extended family living around the corner we usually have unexpected drop-ins around dinner. I always make extra food and with the 6 qt capacity I can fit enough food to make sure I not only have enough to feed us until we are bursting but also have some leftovers as well.
To ensure that the food cooks well the Fast Slow Pro™ has dual sensors on the top and bottom to make sure that there is good pressure control and the temperature stays consistent while cooking. This is especially handy when using the sear and sauté function because the whole pot keeps the same temp and the food cooks evenly–plus it doesn’t burn which I have problems with on my stovetop.
When the pressure cooker function is in use I love that the lid locks into place making burning ourselves a non-issue. With so many kids and only so many eyes that was my biggest fear. You can also release steam by moving the valve but there is a handy button right on the display that will allow you to safely release the steam without getting near it.
The LCD display makes it really easy to put your ingredients in and find the settings needed. Whether you are using one of the 41 recipes that come with the machine or taking a well loved favourite and making it in the machine easy to use. With 11 preset pressure cooking settings and high and low setting ranging from 2-12 hours, dinner time will now be a breeze.
And when it’s done cooking it automatically turns on the ‘keep warm’ function so you always have a warm plate when you want it, like this curry goat that was breakfast, lunch and dinner one day. #winning
The Evolution of my Jamaican Oxtail
When I first started cooking oxtail my recipe and method were so different. There was a lot of spices and even something called ‘browning’ that I don’t want to discuss any further because it ended up with garbage results. It was the fast way to get Jamaican oxtail but the results were so not what I yearned for.
Over the years I have dropped all the added spices and turned more to fresh ingredients to get the same restaurant quality results. I’ve also smartened up and totally cut out the chopping, because who has time for that?
Jamaican Oxtail Recipe
Most of the ingredients in this recipe can be found in your local grocery store but you may have to go to a West Indian/Jamaican butcher (Google is your friend is searching one out) to find oxtails. Get them to cut them into small pieces and try to grab tails with as little fat as possible. It will save you from skimming that fat off the top later on. You can download this recipe and print here.
2 Oxtails cut into small pieces.
2 red peppers
1-2 scotch bonnet peppers
1 large onion
6 green onion
Head of garlic
Fat thumb of ginger
a handful of FRESH thyme (30 stems)
Turn on the ‘sear’ function on the Breville Fast Slow Pro™
Season the meat with salt and pepper and sear all sides. You will have to do it in batches but the Fast Slow Pro™ keeps the machine at the perfect temperature so we will get a beautiful sear on all sides.
While you are searing the meat get out your blender and start adding all the veggies (peeled). Once it is almost full give it a small whir of the machine until it liquefies and you have space for the rest of the veggies. Blend until everything is incorporated.
Add salt and pepper to the mixed liquid to taste.
Once all the meat is done searing put it into the Fast Slow Pro™ and pour the blended vegetables over the top. Mix to ensure everything is coated with what will become the gravy.
Close the lid and turn on the Pressure Cooker function to ‘Meat with Bone In’ (12 psi) for 50 minutes.
The Fast Slow Pro™ will automatically de-pressurize and beep to let you know that dinner is served
After 50 minutes of pressure cooking the meat falls of the bones. You can see that the marrow has melted out of the middle of the bone and if you’re anything like me once you eat the bone you will suck the gravy out of the crevices where marrow once was.
By blending all the vegetables in the blender you are not only cutting down on prep time but also really giving them a chance to come together to form a gravy that has so many layers of flavours. The heat from the scotch bonnet peppers is enough to tell you it’s there but not too hot that the kids won’t indulge with you. It is heaven
** Slow Cooker Instructions **
Do all the steps until it is time to turn on the pressure cooker function. Instead use the ‘bone-in meat’ slow cooker function either on low (6-8 hours depending on size of meat) or high (4-5 hours). Adjust time as needed. Meat is done when it falls off of the bone.
I have been a Breville fan for a long time now and every appliance I have of theirs has not only stood the test of time but continues to perform amazingly. There is a reason they have so many best sellers on Amazon and it’s because their quality is impeccable.
You can buy the Fast Slow Pro™ right on the Breville.ca website, at most major retailers that sell small home appliances and of course Amazon.ca. Whether you are a mom who works out of home or one that is home during the day treat yourself with a toy that will make getting healthy, meals on the table fast–or slow–it’s completely up to you.