VitaClay VF7900-3 Chef Gourmet 6-Cup Rice and Slow Cooker Pro, Brushed Stainless
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- 6-cup rice and slow cooker with computerized clay-heating technology
- All-natural clay cooking bowl; double-lid design creates micro-pressure cooking
- Settings for rice, whole grain/brown rice, sweet rice, and slow-cooked meals
- Brings food to a boil 4 times faster than conventional slow cookers
- Measures 14-3/8 by 10-5/8 by 9-5/6 inches; 1-year warranty
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THE MAGIC OF CLAY SLOW COOKING HAS NOW ARRIVED, WITH ELECTRIC ENHANCEMENTS. VitaClay¿ Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker Pro Cooking at a perfectly computerized balance of temperature brings out its extraordinary texture and flavor. The slightly porous clay is unglazed, allowing it to breathe during the cooking process, retaining moisture and essential nutrients. It is free of added non-stick chemical glazes, so no chemicals come in contact with your food. The VitaClay¿ Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker Pro is totally convenient and fully programmable, thanks to innovative computerized clay heating technology. The all-natural clay cooking bowl rests on a cupped heating pad, which promotes uniform cooking. Double lids design creates micro-pressure cooking to maximize steaming quality for tender and flavorful food. When it comes to slow Cooking, the VitaClay¿ Chef Gourmet Rice & Slow Cooker Pro truly lives up to its gourmet name. It is just like when Gourmet chefs prepare items that are to be simmered. They rapidly bring the contents up to temperature, then reduce the heat to simmer ¿ this process seals in the flavor and retains the texture. VitaClay¿ Chef Gourmet Rice & Slow Cooker Pro QUICKLY brings to a boil four times* faster than any of conventional slow cookers, then it reduces the heat to simmer for the desired time ¿ it's like having an automatic gourmet chef right in your kitchen! Natural Zisha clay, the legendary secret behind the new VitaClay¿ Chef, was formed over thousands of years by cleansing rainfalls that scrubbed the mountains in southern China, releasing minerals into lakes and forming huge beds of Zisha, known as the Pride of China. Pre-programmed settings include perfect rice, nutritious whole grain / brown rice, sweet rice and healthy, delicious slow-cooked meals. Perfect for busy professionals and families who want the healthy nourishment of a home-cooked meal.
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I was nervous at first about the shine and smell of the clay pot (that it might not be as non-toxic 100% clay as they claim). I both spoke and emailed with the manufacturer/owner/creator, but due to language issues I didn't get a clear answer. Luckily I live near a ceramics supply store, so I took it down to get their opinion. They confirmed that the shinny clay was not glazed (i.e. that might have chemicals), but had a "slip treatment" (i.e. basically clay in lots of water put on like a glaze) and then probably buffed out for shine.
In terms of function, it's comparable to other hi-tech rice cookers. The fuzzy programming isn't quite as good as our old one, but it works fine (i.e. you can set the timer to a start time, not an end time like our old one). You do need to mop up the water from the top and lid after cooking the rice. And the clay pot doesn't clean up quite as easily, but it still cleans really well.
Overall, it's all totally worth it to not have to worry about serving additional chemicals with the rice!!!
UPDATE: after using it for over six months, I still definitely recommend it.
UPDATE 5/10/09: after using it for over a year, I STILL definitely recommend it. We did break the lid, but contacted the manufacturer [...] and ordered a new one.
UPDATE 5/5/10: Still going after more than two years of 5+ times a week use! We've had some intermittent fuzzy logic issues (kept cooking when was supposed to be warming), but it only happens once in a while. I know someone commented about mold issues, FYI we NEVER store it closed, i.e. we keep it on the counter with the hinged top open so it always can dry out. Plus I wipe down the inside of the top lid when I take the rice out as it can get really wet.
UPDATE 5/7/11: still going after more than three years of 5+ times a week use. Sometimes it forgets to stop cooking, but otherwise it's great. We broke another lid and pot (little kids in our house), but it was easy to get replacements. And we still leave it open and never have any issues with mold.
UPDATE 11/1/12: still going...we replaced the clay pot due to breakage and it still sometimes have the "forgets to stop cooking" issue (never happens when I set the timer, only when I just turn it on), but otherwise still works great.
UPDATE 11/15/14: still going! We've stopped eating so much rice, so we probably only use it once or twice a week now, but it still works. It still sometimes needs to be unplugged and plugged back in for the "forgetting" problem, but no new problems.
UPDATE 1/13/16: same as 11/15/14, we don't use it as often and it has the same "forgetting" time issue, but it still works well!
So after lots of searching I found this, and it works great. the rice comes out smelling more like rice then like the metal pot cooked in. (only problem is the clay pot is very fragile so be careful)
I searched high and low for a cooker without a nonstick pot, and imagine my surprise when I found one at my favorite marketplace -- Amazon.com!
It makes excellent white rice (we use the Japanese kind), and cleanup is a breeze. I haven't tried the slow cooker cycle yet, but I've made brown rice with good results.
Once, I cooked a packaged medley mix that contained brown rice, wild rice, barley and some other things, and the kernels were a little too firm inside when I served it. However, I discovered later that the portion I had left in the pot had softened to just the right texture. I think in the future I'll let some "harder" things sit on the warming cycle for a while instead of serving immediately.
I guess even a great cooker like this one can't be expected to know how to time every crazy combination!
I use it almost every day for regular rice, brow rice, yam, sweet rice, steam vegetables, stew, herbal soup, bean soup, etc. It is fast and keeps warm for several hours, with a timer to remind you. It is just perfect.
It is easy to wash by hand.