Top-Rated Slow Cookers “This one-of-a-kind product is called a slow cooker but actually cooks under moderate pressure so that it heats and cooks very quickly. It automatically shifts to a keep warm setting where it maintains food at an ideal temperature for up to 20 hours. Of all the beef stews we tasted, the VitaClay's was tops.”
Hot new pots: they look good and they work hard “The VitaClay Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker combines all the rich flavor of traditional clay cooking with the convenience of a slow cooker. Rice cooks especially well in clay and this cooker is pre-programmed for brown, regular, sweet or sticky rice...”
VitaClay Smart Multicooker
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
While tagines are sometimes referred to “the original slow cookers,” there is an electric terra cotta clay-pot slow cooker on the market. The VitaClay Smart Multicooker has a Zisha clay lining (made of the same clay used for Chinese tea pots and clay cooking vessels for more than 2,000 years). Its double lid encourages steam production, which allows food to cook in its own moisture and preserve nutrients, minerals and vitamins without added fats. The VitaClay also comes with a cookbook that includes recipes such as Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Moroccan Fish Tagine with Aromatic Spices.
relish magazine At Relish we are always on the lookout for great gadgets to make our recipes more enjoyable, nutritious and simple. When we stumbled upon the VitaClay Chef collection of rice cookers that did all of that and more, we knew we had to alert the masses...The recipes tested were all top-notch—the beef was moist, the rice fluffy and the vegetables divine. Not to mention the design was great. The clay pot is easy to clean, and can even double as the meal’s serving dish.
For the Love of a Gadget Earlier this year, the BBC aired a TV feature in which Stephen Fry looked at what he considers to be the hundred greatest gadgets ever invented. Not surprisingly, quite a few of them involved the kitchen, including the toaster (patented in 1919), can opener (patented 1855), coffee maker (1840), microwave (first sold in 1947) and corkscrew, the earliest reference to which described it in 1681 as a “steel worm used for the drawing of Corks out of Bottles.”The food processor was invented by a French catering salesman and first marketed in 1960, while we owe the invention of the first self- off-shutting electric kettle to G.E. (1930).
Famed molecular gastronomy chef Heston Blumenthal revealed his love for the SodaStream, with which you can make your own seltzer, and I share his enthusiasm for the device. But were you to force me to offer a favorite, I’d choose the VitaClay Cooker....
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Preparing meals now doesn’t take me any longer than when I was eating lots of processed food, refined sugars, and animal products. Slow food doesn’t have to be a full-time gig. You don’t have to hire a personal chef or quit your day job... these five tools cut down prep time and/or bump up the quality of the daily staples in my kitchen. And you don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian, or experimenting with raw food cuisine, as I have, to enjoy the results.
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GOURMET insider Trend Watch – A Very rice Opportunity “One unique Offering from Kratchman (Kitchen Kaper) mentioned were Vitaclay Rice Cookers from Essenergy, which feature Terra-cotta Inserts as opposed to aluminum. “A portion of the rice cooker consumer is strongly health conscious,” Kratchman said, “They want brown rice and don’t want their food to come in contact with aluminum, which they think is not a good thing”
WIRED All-in-one slow-cooker, rice-maker, steamer, and yogurt-maker. Simple, push-button performance. Exploits its natural clay pot insert to seal in flavor and tenderness with exacting moisture. Easy cleaning.
Top Kitchen Picks VitaClay ... may look like another high-tech appliance, but inside lurks an ancient Chinese secret—an unglazed zisha clay pot that retains vitamins and minerals. A preset timer can get dinner cooking, even no one is around... Standard recipes call for a 5- to 6-quart model. That said, you may not need 8 to 10 servings of stew. You probably want dinner tonight, with an additional serving for a friend, and maybe a leftover serving or two for the days ahead.... The cooking time can also be calibrated in 10-minute increments. That means better control for small batches...Plus, the VitaClay is a rice cooker as well as a slow cooker — two appliances in one. That’s a lot of functions for a small appliance.
Gourmet.com MULTITASKING "The VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice & Slow Cooker Pro - a compact gadget fuses the centuries-old clay pot with today's computerized electronic cooking. Instead of the usual stainless-steel insert, it has an unglazed Zisha-clay pot that can be taken right to the table, eliminating the sticky job of scraping out rice. It can also be programmed to slow-cook soups, stews, and braising meats."
Chicago Sun-Times VitaClay offers slow cooker and rice cooker combination
“Unlike the nonstick metal bowls of most other rice cookers, the VitaClay’s 6-cup removable cooking bowl is made from clay. It is dishwasher- and microwave-friendly and the smooth surface is naturally nonstick.
The cooker has various settings for white, brown and sweet (sushi) rice. Making rice is as easy as dumping the ingredients in the bowl and pushing a button...
The finished product was excellent. It also has a slew of sophisticated settings to make your slow cooking easier, including options for braising, porridge and soups. A timer also allows the cooker to be set to start automatically, then stop cooking and keep the food warm.”
The Culinary Institute of America High-tech clay pot combines old, new “The VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker Pro is a sleek machine with a high-tech look and a traditional deep orange clay bowl under the lid. It's designed for chefs who prefer to avoid nonstick coatings but who enjoy the ease of use of upscale rice cookers.”
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“Helping set vitaclay apart from other slow cookers and rice cookers is its natural liner made of unglazed clay. This is said to enhance the flavor and texture of food, as well as retain juices and nutrients; also it is free of the metals and chemicals typically found in glazes and non-stick coatings.”
The last thing in the kitchen ... An organic clay paddy “Organic” healthy and does not bite! It is perfect for food lovers “natural and organic” like me, because material is made of organic mud that helps keep the nutrients, flavor and texture of rice to perfection ... for this reason consider the rice “healthy” because it obviously does not let us waste metal, Teflon or lead in our body. As my mother would say ... it’s all a swagger!
Mercury News–San Jose Mercury News Better Rice From High-Tech Clay Pot? "I had terrific results with both plain rice and Mexican-style red rice in a large VitaClay we borrowed for testing. (For the red rice, I sauteed the rice and onion in a skillet on the stove first.) The rice was fluffy and perfectly cooked, not soggy or dry, with a pleasant, natural flavor - better tasting, in fact, than in the rice cooker I usually use.”
“Beef stew, as promised, cooked about twice as fast as in a traditional slow cooker set to “high.”
I feared that cleanup would be difficult but it wasn’t - rice that seemed stuck-on easily washed away with a low-abrasive sponge pad and dish soap.”
VitaClay Smart Organic Multicooker Pot of Gold
Excellent, with room to kvetch
Reviewed by Michael S. Lasky
As a Black Belt in non-cooking, I like the idea of a “throw everything into one pot and forget about it until it’s ready” device. The VitaClay Chef does this in triplicate, though you can count me out for the piles of yogurt.
ONE – POT DEAL Slow food in record-setting time? This high tech tool makes it possible.
Our new favorite multitask: the VITACLAY SMART COOKER DELUXE can be programmed to prepare stews, soups, and braised beef or port in half the time of a conventional slow cooker, switching to “warm” mode once your dish is done. Plus, it also makes perfectly steamed white, brown and sticky rice-and it does it all in an unglazed clay insert you can use as a serving dish. (Most are made of aluminum or stainless steel.) Talk about a triple play!
Recommended by NANP This slow cooker is amazing - not only will you prepare delicious, healthful meals, but this product also makes fabulous homemade yogurt with no loss of live cultures! A MUST HAVE for any whole foods kitchen!
Top Rice and Slow Cooker World-renowned nutritionist and author of The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth rated VitaClay his top rice and slow cooker:
This cooker has a natural clay pot insert that allows you to cook perfect grains every time. It doubles as a rice cooker and does something unique and wonderful to stew beef.
- Dr. Jonny and Chef Jeannette
One-Pot Wonders Multicookers are the latest trend in countertop appliances. Here’s what’s new-Cook in clay “The VitaClay Smart Multicooker’s interior liner is made from natural, unglazed Chinese Zisha Clay, which needs very little (if any) oil for cooking and seals in food’s nutrients and natural juices...”
We Blog The World Review
"The feature that we love most about this diverse and flexible product is that it is a rice cooker, slow cooker, digital steamer and low-temperature artisan yogurt maker all in one – yes, really! I don’t eat a lot of carbs, but I do love my yoghurt and who doesn’t love a great stew, especially on a cold day.
You can make large batches of probiotic, calcium-rich Greek-style yogurt in this clay cooker – how cool is that?
By stewing foods rather than sautéing or frying, you can cook dishes that are low in fat and cholesterol, leaving the extra fattening oils off the recipe. The cooker brings food to boil two to four times faster than most of conventional slow cookers and then, reduces it to a simmer." ( Read More!)