VitaClay is classified as a slow cooker and a rice cooker, so it may be confusing to some that VitaClay cooks much faster than other slow cookers.
Because the housing seals on our Multi-cooker (7900) and 2-in-1 (7700) models, the steam does build up and result in micro-pressure, which infuses the ingredients with steam and juices from the food, resulting in tender, flavorful, nutrient-filled results, as well as quicker cooking times than traditional slow cookers.
There are several benefits to quicker cooking times:
- The nutrients are preserved because almost no liquid evaporates out, resulting in rich, nutrient-filled juices and broths in your dishes
- The texture is preserved because your food is not sitting in liquid for hours on end.
- Flavor is preserved for the same reasons: no more mushy, flavorless dishes!
- It still uses the “low-and slow” method of cooking while saving energy and not heating up the kitchen. Cookin 2 hours instead of 8 with better results!
Many people buy a VitaClay and assume it should be used the same way as any other slow cooker, and that isn’t exactly the case. Sometimes we get questions about why our multi-cookers have a maximum cooking time of about 5 hours. The reason is simple: you don’t want to cook things for too long in VitaClay!
Most dishes will not need a cooking time of more than 2 hours. Many dishes are much shorter. (The exceptions to this rule include bone broth—up to 24 hour cooking time, large roasts—about 3 hours, and split pea soup—about 3 hours).
If you want to use traditional slow cooker recipes for VitaClay (and who wouldn’t—there are so many!), here is a good rule of thumb for converting those recipes to VitaClay:
For a recipe that calls for cooking on “Hi” settings, cut the cooking time by 1/2 for VitaClay (3 hours on high would be 1.5 hours or less in VitaClay).
For a recipe that calls for cooking on “lo” settings, cut the cooking time by ¼ (8 hours on low would be 2 hours or less in VitaClay).
VitaClay is not a pressure cooker, but because it seals (7900 and 7700 models) evaporation is at a minimum, and it uses less energy than other slow cookers.
The delay function lets you begin cooking whenever you want, so you can have dinner ready when you are!
Take charge of your family’s health and let VitaClay be your “personal chef!”