Cuisinart MSC-800 Cook Central 4-in-1 Multi-Cooker, 7 quart
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- 4 programmable functions: - Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours; Roast at from 250 -450 Degrees for up to 6 hours; Brown/Saute with temperatures up to 500 Degrees; Steam
- One touch lets you switch modes when recipe calls for combination cooking
- Removable 7-quart nonstick cast aluminum cooking pot
- Dishwasher-safe cooking pot and lid for effortless cleanup
- Includes reversible roasting/steaming rack
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|Dimensions||10.5 inches x 18 inches x 11 inches||13.8 inches x 13.2 inches x 19.5 inches||15.2 inches x 15 inches x 10 inches||16.13 inches x 10.25 inches x 16 inches|
|Material||Plastic||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Aluminum|
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UPDATE: Yes - it is Made in China
UPDATE: No - you cannot use the insert on top of the stove nor in the oven. The insert has stay-cool handles made of hard plastic. The insert is aluminum, not ceramic, and is Teflon coated. I've had both type of inserts and definitely prefer the aluminum/Teflon insert - lighter weight & easier cleanup.
UPDATE: No - there is no delay timer of any sort. You cannot, for instance, set a timer to cook on high for 1 hour, then drop to low for 4 hours then drop to warm to keep the food at a safe temp. Nor can you set a delay timer to start cooking at a future time. The closest there is: you can select high, low, or simmer slow cook and set the number of hours up to 24. At the end of that time it will automatically down select to warm to stop "cooking" the food but keep it at a safe temp. Every time you open the lid, add 15-20 minutes to the recipe cooking time.
UPDATE: Slow cook temps are HIGH = 212 degrees, LOW = 200 degrees, SIMMER = 185 degrees, WARM = 165 degrees. Saute temps are: default is 350 degrees, programmable from 140 degrees to 400 degrees in 25 degree increments.
UPDATE: The entire instruction & recipe booklet is online at Cuisinart's web site in pdf format. Search for manual "MSC-600". I read the instructions and many of the recipes myself before I bought the unit.
UPDATE: Q: "Will this unit really "brown" meat well? (i.e., as in browning meat for a pot roast or browning beef chunks for stew?)". A: Yes, very well. See the saute temps elsewhere in my review. It has a large sort of oval shaped saute heating element underneath the insert which provides more than adequate heat for saute.Read more ›
I did test the cooking temperatures before putting real food into the pot and it was very accurate. At this point in time, I have used it for browning and then slow cooking one of those famous little Costco Pork Sirloin Tip roasts. It worked beautifully. Yesterday I made white bean and ham soup without pre-soaking the beans and let it sit for awhile on "warm" after it turned itself off using the timer. Worked perfectly.
The only thing the MSC-400 does not do that would make me even happier, is to allow it to be programmed for a certain amount of time at "high" and then automatically switch to a "low "setting" to finish cooking. For some reason I thought it could be programmed that way, but it cannot. I would have purchased the cooker anyway, and I really could not be more pleased with it.
Finally, i was a little concerned about whether I should get the 4 quart or the 6 quart and ultimately went with the 4 and it is just right for my needs. I think that It is a great size for a family of three or four.
I'll admit, I lost the directions almost as soon as I unpacked it. So, some of my usage has been trial and error, but praise Flying Spaghetti Monster, I haven't found a way to burn the house down with it. The user controls are pretty self explanatory. The outside of the container stays considerably cooler than any other similar cooker I've owned, which is wonderful. The quad rubber feet keep it stable and non-slippy on even slick counter-tops like marble. The interior pot cleans up easily. I have not tried to put it in a dishwasher, since non-stick surfaces and dishwashers are two things that do not go well together.
The only thing I can think that might be a problem for some people is the sheer size of this thing. It's massive. I love that, it's what I wanted, but if you have a tiny kitchen or limited storage, you may want to check the dimensions to make sure it fits where you will be storing it. Also make sure you keep the cardboard that wrapped around the rack, or some other soft item that can buffer the nonstick surface from the metal of the steamer rack while it's being stored, so you don't chip your surface. All in all, I'm pleased with this purchase, and would recommend it to anyone who needs a really large slow cooker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice unit. Controls are a bit funky as I am never sure when I need to press start or not! Very easy to clean.Published 23 minutes ago by A Mac
This is the greatest Slow-cooker!! My first meal in it was braised short ribs. It was so neat to be able to brown them in the pan and then change the cooking to slow-cooker!! Read morePublished 1 day ago by SK
Works as advertised, but after 6 months of moderate use the coating in the cooking pot began to bubble and blister. They burst and the surface underneath started rusting. Read morePublished 1 day ago by NDarling
You can sear, steam, slow cook in one appliance! I love that I can sear my larger pieces of meat first, and then slow cook them to tender perfection without having to dirty... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amanda Prince
Honestly, this is heartbreaking. First because i DO actually LOVE this thing. I love the ability to use it for so many things... Read morePublished 4 days ago by J.D.
The quality is amazing. this "slow cooker" is very strong and cooks faster than expected.Published 5 days ago by Portia
Very nice. Dropped a star only due to incomprehensible instructions regarding how to set it on high for a certain amount of time, then have it switch automatically to slow-cooking.Published 9 days ago by BinCT