Converting Cooking Time: From Conventional Slow Cookers to VitaClay

Converting Cooking Time: From Conventional Slow Cookers to VitaClay

How to Convert Cooking Time For The VitaClay

Our cooker can be used as a slow cooker, but in VitaClay, food cooks about twice as fast. Many people adapt their favorite slow cooker recipes to our clay cooker using these simple tips:

  • If the recipe calls for a "hi" slow cooker setting, cut the time in half. (4 hours --> 2 hours) and use the "stew" mode.
  • If the recipe calls for a "low" slow cooker setting, quarter the time (8 hours--> 2 hours) and use the "soup" mode.

 Personally I have found very few recipes that need to be cooked longer than 2 hours, and they all come out with (better than) slow cooker-like results.

Exceptions to the 2-hour rule:

  • Roastsover 2lb can take about 3 hours (7700 and 7900 models onlyand with plenty of liquid). Do not attempt to cook roasts with no liquid or in the 7800 models.┬á
  • Split Pea Souptakes about 3 hours for the beans to disintegrate and liquefy into a smooth consistency.┬á
  • Bone brothscan be cooked for several hours to extract the maximum nutrition from the bones--please check the liquid levels after a few hours of cooking time.┬á

Model Differences

Our oval models (VF7900 models) can be pre-programmed with the convenience of a timer that will allow cooking to start at a specific time, so you don't have to be home while your food is cooking. The 7900 and 7700 models only have three differences:

  • the shape (79 is oval, 77 is round),
  • the delayed timer option (79 has it, 77 doesn't) and
  • the yogurt option (79 has it, 77 doesnÔÇÖt).
  • New 7800 series modelhas a delay timer only on "porridge" function. Cook time for porridge function can vary based on contents, up to about 1 hour (cook time not programmable).┬á
  • New 7800 series models DO NOT make rice. This stock pot model is intended for large, soupy batches such as broth, stock, soup and stew only.┬á

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Programming the cooker for under 1 hour total cook time

(Example: 20 minute cook time on model VM7900 series)

  • Press the ÔÇťslow cookingÔÇŁ button (select either soup or stew). The 2 hour default should appear.
  • Press the ÔÇťminuteÔÇŁ button until it reaches 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Press the ÔÇťhourÔÇŁ button and scroll through the hours until it goes past 4 hours, and it should reset back to 0 hours.
  • It should now read 0 hours 20 minutes.
  • Do nothing, and in about 6 seconds, the cooker will begin cooking on the selected mode
  • Please always ensure food and appropriate liquids are present before beginning any cooking cycle.
  • Never pre-heat a clay pot before adding liquids.┬á
  • Never cook anything "dry" (food without liquids in the pot). Always ensure enough liquids are present than they won't evaporate out during cooking.┬á


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