KitchenAid KMC4241SS Multi-Cooker - Stainless Steel
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- Over 10 cooking methods, with 4 step-by-step modes
- Even heat technology
- 4-Quart cooking pot with coating and pour spout
- Dual purpose steam basket and roasting rack
- Soft grip handle with clear tempered glass lid
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KitchenAid 4-Quart Multi-Cooker and Stir Tower
The Multi -Talented Multi -Cooker. The ultimate all -in -one cooking system to simply create everyday dishes, one pot wonders, or gourmet masterpieces.
The ultimate in versatility for cooks of all levels–unlimited versatility, exceptional control and consistent results with every dish. Serve up Irish Porridge with Berry Compote for breakfast, enjoy Fennel and Potato Bisque for lunch, and then close the day with Asparagus Parmesan Risotto. Over 10 settings: risotto, rice, sear, saute, simmer, soup, yogurt , boil/steam, slow cook high and low, keep warm (up to 24 hours).
Precise Temperature control and perfect results, every time.
The Multi - Cooker controls the selected temperatures and settings, ensuring each recipe is prepared with consistent results.
Guided Digital Display
Digital display guides you through simple step -by -step instructions, and displays temperature and timer for up to 12 hours of cooking.
Compatible with Stir Tower Accessory (Model KST4054).
|KitchenAid Multi-Cooker||KitchenAid Multi-Cooker with Stir Tower||KitchenAid Stir Tower Multi-Cooker Accessory (Fits model KMC4241)|
|Cook Time||Up to 12 hour cooking times||Up to 12 hour cooking times||N/A|
|Programmability||Over 10 settings: risotto, rice, sear, sauté, simmer, soup, yogurt , boil/steam, slow cook high and low, keep warm||Over 10 settings: risotto, rice, sear, sauté, simmer, soup, yogurt , boil/steam, slow cook high and low, keep warm||N/A|
|Warm Function||Up to 24 hour Keep Warm||Up to 24 hour Keep Warm||N/A|
|Stir Tower Accessory (Model KST4054)||Not Included||Included||Included|
|Clear glass lid||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Dual Purpose Steam Basket and Roasting Rack||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Easy to clean, non - stick CeramaShield pot||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|What's Included||Multi-Cooker with 4-quart cooking pot, tempered glass lid, dual purpose steam basket and roasting rack||Multi-Cooker with 4-quart cooking pot, tempered glass lid, dual purpose steam basket and roasting rack, Stir Tower with silicone flip and stir paddle, and silicone flex edge blade||Silicone flip and stir paddle, silicone flex edge blade|
|Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty|
Up to 12 hour cooking times
Cook methods can be programmed for up to 12 hours of cooking.
Easy to clean, non - stick CeramaShield pot
The 4 quart cooking vessel with pouring spout features exclusive CeramaShield coating which is non -stick, scratch resistant and ptfe/pfoa free. The cooking pot is also dishwasher safe.
Clear glass lid
The clear glass lid allows for easy pouring and straining.
Dual purpose steam basket and roasting rack.
The KitchenAid multi-cooker delivers consistent culinary results with more than 10 cooking methods for amazing versatility. With even heat technology it constantly monitors the temperature of the cooking pot from 110 degrees to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for precise temperature control. The digital display shows step-by-step instructions, temperature and timer for up to 12 hours of cooking.
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I was looking for a different appliance in a local store an saw this new multi-cooker on display. To be quite honest, the unique look is what caused me to ask questions and I thought it was a very attractive appliance. I had been considering a crock pot or multi-cooker anyway so it really engaged me and I went through a series of demos. I was hooked and took the only one they had besides the floor model because it was so new at that time. I have been running it through a number of tests and researching the specs a little. I have a few impressions on use and have included some of my findings below. I hope it helps.
SOME NOTES ON USES:
--- REMEMBER THIS IS 4qt WHEN CONSIDERING ROASTS - The non-stick pot is rated at 4qts and is about 8 1/2 inches across once you get down inside. The mouth is wider where the lid sits. For some uses, this machine is more than large enough. For others, it might be on the small side. However, I was buying according to my needs so there is no reason to fault the machine. Oblong machines that do large roasts for big family dinners are available. If you are doing a large solid roast, there isn't much room to place vegetables around the sides. If you cube the roast and mix it all in with the vegetables, then the broth can get high enough to ensure everything cooks properly. It's not an oven roast anyway. (Oven is my preferred roast though)
--- NOT A PRESSURE COOKER - The lid is well vented so you can't expect a tight seal. I do not suggest rigging it to seal tighter against it's designed use by manufacturer.
--- HANDLES RICE WELL - I have a very high end rice cooker but the venting mechanism is more complicated for special rice styles. I prefer this machine when using recipes that require cooking the rice with other ingredients because it gums up my rice machine. Same with some wild rice. There is a specific setting for brown rice. This machine will also do larger pots or act as a second when I have company.
--- LEAVES YOUR HANDS FREE LONGER ON THINGS LIKE RISOTTO (with attachment) - If you get the stir tower, you can do things like risotto and have a little more hands free as the tower stirs the rice for you. You still need to check it a few minutes here and there to add broth. This was a big deal to me, not to have to sit there and stir. Staying near, I was able to split my attention much more easily over other foods.
--- ONE POT PREPARATION WITH BRAISING/SEARING - I don't know if this is a big deal to some people, but it's nice to not have several pans out while you make something that requires searing first, then slow cooking. It helps on the cleanup. I will be honest though, in some cases I prefer the wide low mouth of a good frying pan while I set the cooker to it's eventual setting and dump the items in once it's all set. Personal preference on this one.
--- YOGURT - It's nice to have the option of making a homemade yogurt that I know what's in it. It's as natural as the ingredients you choose. That was a bit of a novelty for me. I am not an expert yogurt maker though I may become one some day. You can also do low temp creamy scrambled eggs.
NOTES ON TEMPERATURES AND FUNCTIONS:
--- EASY TO USE ONCE YOU READ INSTRUCTIONS: The settings and use of this machine is fairly intuitive and easy though you should read the instructions first of course. Experts with multi-cookers might find they can work it with little instruction right out of the box.
--- SOME FUNCTIONS REQUIRE MULTI ADJUSTMENTS AS YOU COOK, OTHERS DON'T - There are a few functions that you can add ingredients and walk away after start (such as rice). However, others still require you to be present and change to the appropriate setting once ready. That is mostly intuitive, but I thought it worth mentioning. For instance if you are braising, you have to change the setting once you are ready for slow cooking etc...
--- CHANGE TIME ON THE FLY - As you cook, you can adjust the time if you realize a change is in order. However, that is generally a matter of dialing in the new time you need rather than adding a minute or hour.
--- MANUAL OR SET TEMPARATURES, FAHRENHEIT OR CELSIUS - There are a number of auto temp settings or you can set your own temperature manually. You can set your machine to read Fahrenheit or Celsius. I will give specific temps below in Fahrenheit.
--- AUTO SETTING TEMPS - Slow Cook Low 190' -- Slow Cook High 212' -- Simmer 205' -- oil/steam 212' -- saute 350' -- sear 450' -- Warm 165' --- There are also specific recipe settings for temperature but the manufacturer does not supply all the information. Yogurt for instance rises to 185' and then cools down to 110' to cure for the correct number of hours.
--- MANUAL TEMP SETTINGS - You can manually set your temperature between the ranges 165' - 450' -- note that the auto settings will go lower for certain periods and uses, but adjust for the recipe so you can't maintain a lower temp when doing specialty low temp cooking below 165'
FINAL THOUGHTS: I have been really happy with this machine so far and it has a terrific feel of quality and beauty. Though for some uses I would go with a larger machine, a large oblong would not really work for the uses an additional stir tower attachment provides. In the end, those are some of the most useful options that I like about it to begin with.
After you select a cooking mode and set the timer to a specific amount of time once the pot finishes pre-heating, you have to physically press the Timer start button. If you don't it will cook forever. It does not go into warm mode.
So, if you think you can just quickly throw in your stuff, set the timer and push start, you will be very disappointed to find that after the preheat the timer does not start automatically. Thus, you have to hang around and watch it like a hawk until the preheat is done!!
I understand that some people will want it to function this way, but it should at least be an option to have the Timer start automatically after the pre-heating has finished.
This cooker heats up fast and is programable to many different temps and settings. I actually thought I was ordering a crockpot when I purchased this but it is quite different. Still works as a crock pot but is smaller inside than I thought it'd be. Fitting a whole fryer chicken inside is possible but it's a tight fit and I don't recommend. Works great for a small pot roast with all the fixings and many other 'throw in a pot and cook it' recipes.
However, the lack of operating instructions and limited recipes included makes it a bit of a guessing game when it comes to cooking different meals. Additionally, the inside surface is coated with a non-stick substance the scratches VARY easily. DO NOT USE METAL UTENSILS inside this cooker.
It warm in case of extra frolicking. Has a sort of al dente texture-some chewy. Rice is the same way. With rice, it tends to foam up and spill over if not rinsed first. Made chili and it's one pot since you can sear/sauté then turn down low. Haven't made anything else, it has replaced rice cooker and slow cooker. The ceramic insert is truly non-stick. Left on oatmeal slides right off. It takes a bit to figure out which buttons to push. The chart with the types of heat is handy. I heat up leftovers with the Rice function-boil then simmer. I like it enough to keep out in the counter, and I have very little counter space!