Hello and happy Thursday to you!! Today I am SUPER excited to share with you a new kitchen gadget I’ve discovered that has truly revolutionized my life, and made things MUCH easier for me! I hope it helps you in the same way!
How The Vita Clay Slow Cooker Saved My Life
By: Catherine Slezinger
In the quest to make eating 100% organic and following the Maker’s Diet as easy as possible, (with 3 young children underfoot!) I’ve discovered a new device that simplifies my life tremendously, but still gives my family meals they love to eat. It’s called a Vita Clay slow cooker, but I call it the “Answer to every person who has 15 million things to do but still wants to eat healthy meals” slow cooker.
Seriously, I love it that much. I love it so much that I bought a second one after using it only one time! This amazing tool has streamlined my kitchen time in a remarkable way and I only wish I had owned one for the last 8 years. Here is a picture of the machine:
Basically, how it works is it’s a slow cooker at heart. Now, we all love slow cookers because of their “fix it and forget it” qualities, but my husband is not too fond of the resulting food every time. (Aka he hates anything that’s mushy.) Personally, I’ll eat just about anything mushy at dinnertime, if it gets the kids in bed at a decent hour!
But it’s not fun to serve meals that your family dislikes, so I backed off my use of the slow cooker. I finally compromised by prepping most of the meals on the stove top, then transferring them to the slow cooker, but that was a pain and took too much time. And then, one night I was washing out my slow cooker pot in the sink and it cracked down the side. (It was several years old and well used!)
I was crestfallen, but also slightly relieved: I had to find a new solution that my husband AND myself would be happy about, and it had to make food taste good. Also it had to be very hands off, because it’s Spring now and the kids want to be outside after nap time, not inside watching Mommy make dinner from 4-5:30 p.m. And everyone going nuts through the whole process! (Including Mommy.)
I truly didn’t think such a device could exist, but I remembered hearing about a special type of slow cooker called The Vita Clay on a website, so I decided to look it up. It is unique because the insert pot is made from organic clay- and contains no lead whatsoever. I had done quite a bit of research on the possibility of lead in slow cookers, and while most of it appeared inconclusive, it was enough of a possibility that I didn’t want to continue to take the chance with my family’s food.
Especially because I knew I’d be using it so often. After spending literally an entire day researching the Vita Clay, and reading reviews and blogs and their website and basically every material about it on the Internet that I could get my hands on, I decided to purchase their 8 cup Smart Organic Multicooker.
And of course fell in love immediately. The Vita Clay is unique because it has the same functionality of a slow cooker, but with more bells and whistles, like delayed programming, and special functions for different foods, like soups, stews (or roasts) and rice. It’s also unique because the awesome clay actually enhances the tastes of foods, because it allows it to cook in its own juices more, rather than evaporating to the top like a slow cooker does. It’s totally toxin free, (people have been cooking with clay for thousands of years too, which I find really cool!) and it cooks 2-4 x faster than a traditional slow cooker. Now, this is one of its greatest features, because it means there’s no more MUSH!
Seriously, it makes food taste (even a whole chicken) like you spent a good portion of the day babysitting it on the stovetop, but you didn’t. You just spent 15 minutes and threw it all in the Vita Clay. You know how when you use a slow cooker you have to sautee onions, garlic, herbs, peppers, etc before putting in a slow cooker, or else their flavor will take over the rest of the dish? Nope. Not with the Vita Clay. Just throw it all in, baby! It’s truly fix it and forget it!
I’ve been averaging about 15-20 minutes of dinner prep time with my new Vita Clay slow cooker. (Hello?!!!) And the quality of our meals has greatly increased as well, because almost all our dishes now have an accompanying “sauce” and loads of flavor. Be sure to use lots of great organic fresh herbs and spices with this machine, because it was made for it!!
Oh, and my husband FULLY approves.
One other perk: it makes the best organic rice, quinoa (ohhhh yumm!!! I also add organic bell peppers, cilantro, red onion and plenty of butter) and you can also schedule it to cook your breakfast oatmeal or porridge overnight. You wake up and it’s all ready for you! Here are a couple pictures of dishes I have made in the Vita Clay:
(Here’s chicken with white wine sauce)
And here’s a marvelous organic grass fed beef roast (it was the best I’ve ever made. It tasted like Grandma had hovered over the stove checking it all Sunday afternoon)
Oh, and it can also steam foods exceptionally well, as long as you use a steamer insert.
Seriously, anyone who’s serious about eating healthy, but doesn’t have hours every day to cook their food should have one of these gadgets. I have no idea how I’ve lived without it so long!!
You can read more about it on their website: www.vitaclaychef.com
Happy (slow) cooking everyone!
With much love,