TIPS AND SHORTCUTS for Model of VM7800-5C or VM7800-5S
Please note when you convert slow cooker recipes to VitaClay, as this is primarily a stock pot, meant for making large batches of broth, stock, soups and stews, it is not recommended to make rice like rice cooker does or recipes with less liquid, such as roasts or casserole. This model does evaporate liquid more quickly than other models, so recipes including primarily liquids are recommended, cooking time is significantly shortened and no "dry cooking" should be done in any VitaClay pot. Please ensure adequate liquids throughout the cooking cycle, as burning or "going dry" can compromise the integrity of the clay. For detailed direction, click here for our recommended cooking chart.
How do I convert slow cooker recipes? You may convert most of slow cooker or crock pot soup recipes or stew recipes in this cooker. Here is how - If Slow Cooker / Crock pot calls on Low for 8 hours (divided by 4), or on High for 4 hours (divided by 2), you only need to cook in Vita Clay "Slow" for 2 hours, or "Fast" for 1.5 hours.
How long does it take to cook my chili stew? How much liquid should I add in? If use cooked beans, chili may take about 1 hour to finish cooking on Fast or 1.5 hour on slow with minimum liquid of 4 cups water or clear broth, then leave it in WARM for additional 30 minutes as needed. If you like to cook for longer hours, add 2 cups more water per each hour added. Remember, tomato sauce is an easy burning ingredient, stir from time to time to avoid burning food on the bottom. If you like to cook beans from scratch, here is a yummy bowl of chili made from scratch>>
How do I cook small amounts of foods, say 4 pieces chicken breasts? Add one cup water or chicken broth and set on "Fast" cooking for 30 minutes only. For 8-12 pcs of chicken meat or with bones, add 3 cups water or broth to cook for 40 minutes only. (Sorry this model does not have 10 minutes increment timer, but VM7900 model does. You would have to time it in between)
How long does this cooker take to cook the most slow cooker recipes?In 30 minutes to 1.5 hours in "Fast", or 2 to 3 hours in "Slow" setting!
How long do I cook my lentil soup? 1 hour at ratio of 4 (water or broth) to 1 (lentil). But minimum to cook for 1.5 quart total cooking volume.
How do I cook chickpeas in this cooker? Soak dry chickpeas for overnight. Soaked chickpeas will expand to 3X. Add soaked chickpeas and water to cover 3" above soaked chickpeas. Cook for 40 minutes or an hour.
How long should I cook bone broth? Chicken soup or bone broth for 1.5 to 2 hours on "Fast" or 2 to 3 hours on "Slow" setting. Beef bone broth for 4 to 5 hours on "Slow" setting. Let the bone broth settle in "Warm" for additional overnight, or 8 to 9 hours to further gel or create more collagen (optional). Click here to view what a farmer says about
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What if I want my foods cooking all day long while I am away from home? VitaClay cooks at 4 X faster than conventional slow cooker. With automatic "Warm" (up to 9 hours) feature, your foods won't be soggy with better texture and it would stay in warm when you are!
How long does the cooker take to cook for beans? For soaked beans, 1 hour on fast or 1.5 hours on "Slow", liquid ratio is 3 to 1 for cooking under 1 hour, or 4 to 1 for cooking for 1.5 hours. For dry beans, liquid ratio is 5 or 6 to 1 to cook for 1.5 -2 hours on "Slow". Do not cook beans on "Fast" for more than 1 hour, or "Slow" for more than 2 hours.
What's the minimum cooking liquid in this stock pot? 1/4 of the pot, or The minimum cooking liquid amount is 6 cups (water or broth) or equivalent to cook any plant based stew.
What is "Porridge "setting for? Porridge is mainly for rice or grains with water or broth based cooking. Please do not add corn meal, or oats or milk in this setting as it will cause overflow or pot damage.
How do I cook my Steel cut or roll cut oats? Add 1 cup oat and 4 cups water, set on "Fast" for 30 minutes (optional: add 30 minutes in WARM for softer texture and you may add milk to your serving bowl to avoid burnt in pot or overflow).
Can I cook apple sauce in this cooker? Yes you may. You would need to add 3 cups liquid to cook for 30 minutes or 5 cups liquid to cook for up to an hour. You may let it stay in WARM to continue to simmer for additional 30 minute or longer (optional). The model of VM7900 might be a better option to cook in with much less liquid, say 1 cup water to cook for 30 minutes up to an hour.
Is the clay pot oven and microwave safe? Yes!
Is the clay pot stove-top safe? No.
How do I select each cooking function? Continue to press Menu key until a proper function is choose, then press "+" or "-" to choose cooking time within 7 seconds. Within a few seconds, cooker will start cooking immediately.
When or what foods should I cook for only 30 minutes (with 1 1/2 cup clear liquid) or an hour(with 3 cups clear liquid) on "Fast / or Steam" setting? 1 or 2 quarts meal, or 2-4 chicken fillets or steam fish or root veggies (yams / potatoes), or veggie stew or soup.
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