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My Clay Pot Rice Cooker

Updated on February 10, 2014

My wife and I love our Vitaclay rice cooker. When our old one quit working, we needed a replacement in a hurry - my wife is from China and we eat rice with almost every meal. We found lots of choices, but I had one particular requirement - whatever we bought could not have a plastic or aluminum cooking pot; I feel plastic and aluminum can leach trace amounts of metal or chemicals into the food, affecting the flavor and causing potential long term health problems.

So our choices were either clay or stainless steel. We couldn't find an affordable one with a steel bowl, so we decided to try the VitaClay 6 cup model with a clay pot. I didn't know what to expect for the price (about $70) but so far we've been really happy with it. I especially like the fact it has a setting for specifically for brown rice, which is a lot healthier than white. It cooks very evenly and we never have a problem with food sticking to the bottom of the pot like we did with our old aluminum cooker, even when we forget about it and it stays in "keep warm" mode for a couple hours. We've been using ours every day for almost 2 years and it still looks and works like new.

Besides cooking rice, the VF7700-6 can also be used as a slow cooker and has pre-programmed settings for stew and soup, although so far we've only used ours for making rice. After using a clay pot, I'll never go back to plastic or aluminum. If the 6 cup version is too small for your family there is also an 8 cup model available. I give this one a "10" on a scale of 1 to 10.

Benefits: Easy to use, 4 pre-programmed settings (rice, brown rice, soup, and stew), clay pot cooks evenly with no sticking, no potential chemical or metallic leaching into the rice.

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Have you ever used a clay pot rice cooker? If so, how do you think they compare to plastic or aluminum-bowled cookers?

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I had no idea that there were rice cookers with clay bowls - I've always felt felt nervous about our aluminum one ever since it was linked to Alzheimer's disease. What a great idea, especially since it has a setting for brown rice.

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      ComfortsOfHome 4 years ago

      Usually I cook my rice in the oven in a covered casserole dish, but it's not sensible to turn on the oven for just one pot of rice. Boiling rice on the stovetop is just not satisfactory for taste, and I often get distracted and find the rice sticking to the bottom of the pot. Definitely, I need a rice cooker - in the long run, I'm convinced it would save on energy bills, besides the convenience. But it hadn't occurred to me to look for one with a clay pot - thanks for the tip!