This has rapidly become my new favorite tool in the kitchen, why it took until now to really reach the market is beyond me. The 3-in-1 multi-cooker is the very logical evolution of three very similar tools. This gadget combines the slow cooking of a crock pot – with high heat sauté settings and steam setting for things like rice. It immediately eliminates the need for a rice cooker saving you space in the kitchen. From there the sauté settings give you expanded cooking flexibility for those busy holiday gatherings. Sear, Brown, Sauté, Steam, Stew – this does it all.
My favorite of these that I have tested is the: Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker. It is well priced at roughly $125 depending on the store and does everything you could ask of it, there are more expensive versions out there ranging well north of $250 but for the combination of features and cost this is the right multi-cooker. As far as draw-backs? The insert is Teflon covered aluminum which does have some downsides like scratching and wear of the coating. It also has advantages, specifically that it is much lighter and easier to handle and clean than the heavier ceramic inserts. The unit could also use a retractable cord, at nearly 4 feet long the cord is just hanging out on the counter waiting to be yanked by a passing toddler.
This is a classic winner of a tool for us at LifeHomeLiving – it serves multiple purposes, is affordable compared to buying each tool separately, it saves you space in the kitchen and gives you more flexibility when you need it. As I said above it is really surprising it took until 2016/2017 for these multi-cookers to really take off.
Happy cooking to you from the LHL Team.