A Back-to-School recommendation. This  organic slow cooker is as easy to use as a rice cooker 

By Simone Zarmati Diament



When I was in Tuscany a few months ago, I marveled at one of the staples of rustic cuisine: white beans. Creamy yet firm, they are soaked overnight and slowly simmered to melting tenderness, a delicacy that only need a dash of salt and a leaf of sage to grace the best of Tuscan cuisine. The secret is in the pot and the long and slow simmer over dying coals.

Needles to say, back in the States, I never bought a can of either beans or garbanzos ever again while indulging in the most delicious, healthy and fast recipes such as garbanzos with garlic and wilted spinach (very Mediterranean), mashed white beans to accompany a fish, meat or chicken dish; Italian minestrone soup, or in winter a long simmering braised stew. 

The pressure’s on to eat a better, healthier and more natural diet. Starting in the White House and trickling down to the public, the movement is gaining ground in schools and universities which are now growing vegetables in organic gardens. Studies have been carried out proving that what we eat definitely affects our health. Cookbooks with healthy recipes are proliferating like mushrooms after the rain, and TV shows, blogs, new related businesses are burgeoning and gadgets are flooding the market.

In my search for the perfectly cooked bean, the perfectly cooked rice and the stew with the most flavor and the tenderest cuts, I found one that actually makes sense: the VitaClay Multicooker (the model I used is  VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice N' Slow Cooker Pro - 8 Cup) (www.vitaclaychef.com).

As cross between the crock pot — which enables you to throw a few ingredients and let them simmer to a ready-made meal when you come back home; the rice cooker — a gadget the Japanese invented with enormous success worldwide;  and the trendy again clay pots —  an ancient tradition which enables you to cook without an excess of seasonings or fat since ingredients retain their full flavor, nutrients and vitamins as they simmer in their own juices; the VitaClay Multicooker combines traditional clay pot cooking that seals in the foods nutrients and flavors, with computerized electronic and programmable slow cooking.

vitaclay___2Moroccans use the tagine with its conical lid; the Spanish the cazuela; in Provence, the French use the tian. In Mexico, Latin America, China and the rest of Asia, people have been cooking and still cook, with clay pots, since ancient civilization.

The modern cook can now do same with similar results with the  sleek machine with a high-tech look and state-of-the-art technology — a microcomputer and precision built-in thermostat enable it to self-adjust the heat up or down based on the ingredients in the pot, the volume, and the set time —  that allows him/her to cook to make meals healthy, natural, easy, time-efficient and delicious meals without hassle, without burning.

All the cook has to do is set the Multicooker to cook over longer or shorter periods of time. The cooker has four settings (Rice, Brown Rice, Stew and Soup) with programmable cooking time from 30 minutes boil up to 12 hours slow-cook.

The secret is the mineral-rich, deep orange, naturally nonstick unglazed Chinese Zisha clay liner which, unlike non-stick aluminum or ceramic cookware, is free from non-stick chemical glazes contacting your food.  The clay bowl natural thermal retention promotes uniform cooking, it is a time-saver since it cooks faster than conventional slow cookers and it automatically keeps warm for up to 12 hours. A non-negligible bonus:  It is removable and completely dishwasher and microwave safe!

The VitaClay, an organic slow cooker as easy to use as a rice cooker that comes in 6 cup and 8 cup sizes, is perfect for families that want a healthy home-cooked meal after a busy day.  Fill it up with the ingredients in the morning before you leave to work and set it to cook slowly over the day so that it will be steaming hot and tasty when the children come home. 

The VitaClay retails for $ 79.99 and $99.99 to $129.99, depending on its size, and can be purchased online at www.vitaclaychef.com, via phone at (877) 877 - 9121 or at retailers throughout North America.





0 #2 Kory 2014-04-24 12:08
Having read this I believed it was extremely informative.
I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this content together.

I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time
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0 #1 Guest 2013-04-22 08:14
Am from hyderabad India can these products available here local market to purchase
Please send the details :lol:

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