This giveaway is now over. A big thanks to Vitaclay for their generosity and to all of you who entered! Winner will soon be announced!!
With Mother's Day coming up quickly, I knew I had to post a giveaway for all you mamas out there who would love to have one of these. Thanks to the generosity of VitaClay, I have a cooker to giveaway to one blessed mama!
First, I must share my review and how I came across this amazing dual cooker that now sits in my kitchen.
Finding the VitaClay Cooker
Several months back I started doing research on rice cookers to see if they were really worth having in the kitchen. I've been able to make nearly perfect rice, both white and brown, on my stovetop consistently. It never really cross my mind to get a rice cooker... just one less thing to have in the kitchen, right?
Well, my husband made a comment how maybe a rice cooker would be nice to have to give me more space on my stovetop. He had a good point. I often wish my stovetop was a better build (it is Latin American made, not recommended!) so that the heating is even and there is enough space for me to put in my big pots next to each other when I am cooking for large groups.
...But I am not here to complain :o) It is what I have and I make the best of it as much as I can. LOL!
Anyway, while doing research and not finding anything good... I came across the VitaClay Rice Cooker & Slow Cooker. I was thrilled to find out that the company had developed a rice cooker and slow cooker dual that uses a natural clay pot, rather than aluminum or non-stick. The clay pot is made from unglazed Chinese Zisha Clay!
Of course, I knew I had to try it out and send off an email to the company. They wrote back and generously offered me the VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice N' Slow Cooker Pro - 8 Cup (makes 16 cups of rice and has a 4.2 quart size capacity) to review. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this cooker!
This cooker is so unique! The outside is all high techy and fancy looking, but then you open it up... there in that fancy machine is a traditional clay pot! It is surprisingly very light-wieghted and easy to work with. VitaClay combines all the rich flavor of traditional clay cooking with the convenience of a slow cooker. Now that's my kinda cooker!
Not only does it help make the food moist and very flavorful, the unglazed clay is toxic-free... making it a much better choice over the usual non-stick or aluminum that pretty much all rice cookers use.
10 Features That Made the VitaClay Cooker a Winner:
- The all-natural clay enriches the flavor and texture of your food
- Free of aluminum, added lead and Teflon... no chemicals touches your food
- Clay is naturally non-stick
- Heats up considerably faster than a slow cooker
- Cooks twice as fast as a slow cooker and keeps the food warm until you are ready to eat
- Saves up to 50% more energy then a slow cooker and gives 60% more cooking efficiency
- Makes perfect rice
- Multi-program functions (VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice N' Slow Cooker Pro - 8 Cup) for savory stews, porridge, soups, fluffy rice, brown rice and sticky rice.
- Has a delayed timer and automatically keeps warm for up to 20 hours
- Push-buttons controls and an easy-to-read LCD display / clock
I only have 3 complaints so far in my testing... the first is to make sure I have enough liquid to cover the food or it will boil down and burn the bottom. I've had that happen only twice because I wasn't paying attention to how much liquid I needed to add in. The second thing is the lid on the clay pot has a small handle that sometimes makes it difficult to pick up without feeling like I might drop it. Don't know if that can be changed or not. The third thing is that I would love the cooker to be larger... it works great for my family plus another person or two, but I would love to be able to have a large enough pot of stew to feed up to 10 people or more.
Overall, I have really enjoyed my VitaClay cooker and excited to keep trying different recipes. Below are what I've tested so far in my cooker... the first 2 meals I got out of the recipe book that came with the cooker:
Thai Curry Chicken
This was the first recipe I made and it was delicious! I am making a batch this in the VitaClay cooker right now as I type... yeah, its that good!
Greek Beef Stew
I was very surprised by how tender the beef came out in such a short time! Beef here are usually tough because the cows mostly roam on grass and whatever else they can find to eat. The recipe for this Greek Beef stew was simply delicious and rich with spices!
Morrocan Beef Stew
I love this stew and have made it several times in my crockpot, but I made several adjustments and was able to try it out in the VitaClay cooker. It was delicious and the flavors seemed more intense than they did coming out of my crockpot. Great served over wholegrain couscous! Remind me to share the recipe with you later!!
Brown Rice, Jasmine Rice and Basmatic Rice
I was VERY surprised by how perfect the rice came out each time I used it. Not too wet, not too dry and not sticky whatsoever... with just the right amount of chewiness, tenderness & firmness. I know, its hard to believe that rice would come out that perfect... but each one of them have over and over! It is amazing how I can scoop out the rice easily and they crumble apart so nicely into a bowl. I've had NO problems with the rice sticking or browning at the bottom. Its amazing! I am kicking myself for not taking any pictures! The pictures of the bowls above are rice I cooked on my stovetop because the cookers were being used for the stews.
I would like to try other grains and see how they come out. I also want to try making some desserts in the cooker... you know me and my sweet tooth! LOL!
Now, the Giveaway!
Thanks to the generosity of VitaClay, you have a chance to win a VitaClay 2-in-1 Rice N' Slow Cooker - 8 cup (makes 16 cups of rice and has 4.2 quart size capacity).
How to Enter...
Simply leave a comment below what your first meal would be if you won this cooker. That's one entry... please read on for more entries to increase your chance of winning!
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