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Our slow cooker was making a funny smell and all the food used to taste the same coming out of it. So I went and bought a new one. Apparently, that happens when they get old. You could probably get it fixed, if you didn't want to get a new one.
I've only ever loved one thing from my slow cooker and thats a self saucing chocolate pudding! Everything else is rather meh, weather i make it from scratch or with a packet. I want to love mine too but it's just not happening in this house.
I find the food is less tasty, unless you add lots of seasoning, and thats probably why slow cooker meal mixes are so strong tasting.
I think its because singeing (lightly burning), meat releases the flavour. I used to roll meat in seasoned flour, singe it before putting it in the slow cooker, and also making a gravy of whats in the pan and tipping that in too.
Bit messy, and sort of defeats the ease objective of the slow cooker.
Otherwise use the McCormick slow cooker mixes, so its just throw it all in, stir to mix it, and set the timer.
Did you wash it