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.
- Split Pea Souptakes about 3 hours for the beans to disintegrate and liquefy into a smooth consistency.
- 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.
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 doesn’t).
- 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).
- 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.
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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 “slow cooking” button (select either soup or stew). The 2 hour default should appear.
- Press the “minute” button until it reaches 2 hours and 20 minutes
- Press the “hour” 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.
- Never cook anything "dry" (food without liquids in the pot). Always ensure enough liquids are present than they won't evaporate out during cooking.