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Kitchen Product Review: VitaClay Multicooker


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I have never written a blog or even a review before, but the VitaClay Multicooker is  worth writing about!

Having received my Multicooker a few weeks back, I couldn’t wait to test it. First up were the basics – rice.  I’ve never enjoyed cooking real rice (as opposed to Minute Rice) before because of the mess and the time and the very real possibility I would ruin it.  But my first attempt in the VitaClay produced a pot full of the most beautiful fluffy, perfectly cooked rice ever.  And I have to say, it has to be the easiest fix ever.

After the rice success, I was sold. But the fun continued! Next up, Lamb Stew.  Using the recipe provided on the VitaClay site, I set out.  This was a first for me. I had never cooked with lamb before, but I jumped in feet first.  It was incredible! Not only did the slow cooker setting (which cooks much faster than a traditional crock pot) work wonderfully, the flavors that the clay pot brought out of the lamb and veggies were incredible.

Since then I’ve experimented with other slow cooker meals, and I can’t wait to try the yogurt maker next. I admit I’m a bit intimidated with the idea of making my own yogurt. But now that I’ve had time to work with this appliance, I do believe I can do it!

Thanks, VitaClay, for such a fun and useful addition to my kitchen.


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Recipe: Curried Lamb Stew

Recipe courtesy VitaClay

Ingredients:

• 1 pound of lamb cubed
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 sweet onion chopped
• 2 celery ribs chopped
• 2 carrots chopped
• 1 red bell pepper chopped
• 1 large green apple chopped (peeled)
• 2 cloves garlic minced
• 5 cups beef stock
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/2 cup tomato paste
• 2 teaspoons curry powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 2 Yukon gold potatoes chopped (not peeled)
• 1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

Instructions:

1. In a skillet on the stove top, saute the onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, and apple in the olive oil on medium heat for about 6-10 minutes.

2. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a large bowl mix together the broth, cream, tomato paste, curry powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.

4. Add the sauteed veggies to your VitaClay slow cooker. Then add the potatoes and lamb. Poor the broth mixture over all.

5. Cover and cook on the “Stew” setting for 2-2 1/2 hours or until the veggies and lamb are tender.

6. In a food processor, puree the chickpeas until smooth (add 1 tablespoon of water if needed).

7. Add the chickpea puree to the stew and mix will to combine. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes and it’s ready to serve.

8. Garnish with a bit of chopped parsley for some added color.