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VitaClay VF7900-3 Chef Gourmet 6-Cup Rice and Slow Cooker Pro, Brushed Stainless

3.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.4 x 10.6 x 9.9 inches
Item Weight 13 pounds
Shipping Weight 11.4 pounds
Manufacturer Vitaclay
ASIN B000NBUB14
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number VF7900-3
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3.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #347,002 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#550 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Rice Cookers
Date first available at Amazon.com September 14, 2004

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We've been trying to minimize the chemicals in our family's diet, but for a long time we just ignored the rice cooker (which we use almost daily due to my daughter's wheat/gluten intolerance) as there didn't seem to be any alternatives to the Teflon-style non-stick coating. So we were very excited when we read about this product.

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!
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My husband and I have loved this rice cooker from the moment we made our first batch of rice. We purchased it because we avoid nonstick coatings as much as possible, and we try to go "natural" when we can.

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!
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I have looked for a rice cooker that is made of clay and doesn't have ANY coating on. I also would like having a rice cooker could do more jobs rather than just cooking regular rice. This is the exact one I found.
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.
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We are a house full of ASIAN. We know our Rice. This thing is the BEST.
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Before it broke, I was pretty pleased with this product. It cooked good rice although it took a long time. Most importantly it was healthy. However, after 6 months of use (I normally cook rice once a day), the unit didn't work and "E1" error message kept showing on the display. And I have no idea of what happened to the unit. The worst thing is that if you want to get it checked and repaired, you have to mail it back to California and you pay for the shipping fee (both ways). With such a heavy and fragile unit, the shipping cost for both ways might be higher than buying a new one. So 1-year warranty is basically useless. Think twice before you buy it.
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The cook book is written for the larger model so you will need to cut all the recipes in half.

Other than that the product is wonderful.
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I ordered this rice cooker because of the clay cooking pot. I don't like the aluminum pots most rice cookers have because the rice burns and sticks to the bottom and I'm not comfortable with cooking in aluminum for health reasons. The Vita Clay addresses these issues plus I liked the ability to use a preset timer. The first cooker I got worked for a couple of months then started giving errors and stopped cooking. I sent it back and it came repaired for awhile but broke down again. The second time I contacted Vita Clay they said they would send out a new model at no charge. I've been using it and love the way it cooks. Pesky problems like too loud a buzzer and clock that didn't keep time well with the first one have been fixed. I use the cooker daily to make steel cut oats and it's the bomb for that. If you want a great rice/oat cooker I'd recommend this one.
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This is a fantastic cooker (so far)! It does everything well from brown/white/mochi rice to soup/slow-cooking stew. The clay pot is adorable and extremely easy to clean despite not having a non-stick coating. I've been using it almost daily for the past 3 months since getting it on sale at my local K-Mart. After the first few uses, I was so happy with the results that I went back and bought another one just in case.... Yes, indeed the clay pot can be fragile and some extra care must be given to cleaning & handling but that's minor inconvenience compared to the healthy aspects the VitaClay cooker offers. Besides some glass/Corningware products (which don't come in sophisticated computerized versions), there are no other automatic rice cookers out there without aluminum pots inside. Also, I've been using the Japanese clay donabe pots for several years now and never had a problem with them, not even a crack, so here's to hoping the same with the VitaClay for many more years to come!
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