I like to think that I have a very well-equipped kitchen. From uten­sils and gad­gets to pans and hard­ware, I have a lot of really solid tools for my trade. Some might say I have too many kitchen toys… The things is, as you all know, find­ing places to put all this stuff. Stor­age! That is the one thing you can never have too much of.*

Thank­fully, tech­nol­ogy is my friend and helps me find more ways to save time and space in the kitchen!

Okay, but seri­ously. I used to own this:

a 4-quart crock pot, with­out that nasty stock photo meat in it

and this:

an 8-cup rice cooker

and this:

a 6-quart stove top pres­sure cooker

Whew! Large and in charge, all three of these items took up a ton of space. A few months ago, I was look­ing at get­ting a newer, nicer rice cooker and stum­bled across this beast:

Fagor 3-in-1 6 quart multi-cooker

I imme­di­ate busted out my phone and did what I always do when I’m con­sid­er­ing an unknown pur­chase– look at reviews on Ama­zon. It was look­ing pretty promis­ing and the price was totally right, so we decided to take the plunge and get it. It has since taken the place of all three of the above, which I was lib­er­at­ing by releas­ing into the wild (of other people’s kitchens).

After sev­eral months of using it, here is my assessment:

Pros:
–Replaces 3 large kitchen appli­ances.
–Pres­sure cook­ing done on the counter top now, rather than tak­ing up the stove!
–Rice/quinoa is cooked under pres­sure and cooks in just 6 min­utes once the unit reaches pres­sure (so total time is about 10 min­utes). I only need to run it for 2 cycles for wild rice! Nice.
–Rice tex­ture is fluffy and great plus no more brown­ing on the bot­tom of the pot when left on “warm”.
–Much qui­eter when pres­sure cook­ing than the stove top model.
–Beans are ten­der.
–Slow cooks per­fectly.

Cons:

–Because there is only one way to release the pres­sure (valve), can’t employ the “quick release” method we were used to on the stove top. It’s not really a con, but has taken some get­ting used to in our bean prepa­ra­tion times based on our old habits. We haven’t ruined a batch yet, though, and we’re get­ting a bet­ter feel for it each time.
–The only option for slow cook­ing is the low set­ting, no high set­ting. This works fine for us because I never use the high set­ting, but could be a draw­back for some­one else.

So, you can see the pros out­weigh the cons sig­nif­i­cantly. I’ve been incred­i­bly happy with this pur­chase and keep rec­om­mend­ing it to peo­ple, so I fig­ured I should blog about it! The cost of a really good rice cooker alone is usu­ally close to dou­ble the cost of the this unit. And, for the record, I am writ­ing this review on my own accord. Cool com­pa­nies never offer me swag. Alas, I buy my own gad­gets. :)

What kitchen appli­ance or tool do you most love?

*This is a totally unre­lated side note but what­ever, I love tan­gents. I know there are a lot of gram­mar­i­ans and Eng­lish majors who read this blog. As I was proof­read­ing this entry, I noticed the above sen­tence, which I ended with a prepo­si­tion. “Eeek!” I could col­lec­tively hear you say­ing. “You should never end a sen­tence with a prepo­si­tion!” Lit­tle known fact, I used to be a Lin­guis­tics major in col­lege, so here’s a story about the his­tory of Eng­lish and that silly rule.

Cen­turies ago, when more and more books and pam­phlets were being put to print, gram­mar­i­ans were con­cerned about the degra­da­tion of the Eng­lish lan­guage (when aren’t they con­cerned?). They decided it was time to put more rules and para­me­ters around Eng­lish. Latin was revered as the true, “edu­cated” lan­guage to which we should aspire to emu­late. It was nat­ural to them that they decided in order to speak proper Eng­lish, they would apply rules of Latin to it. In Latin, there is a rule which says you can­not end a sen­tence with a prepo­si­tion because you lit­er­ally can­not. Your sen­tence would not make sense because within the struc­ture of Latin because it would not be reflect­ing back onto a noun, it would just hang there and be nonsense.

Now, being that we aren’t speak­ing Latin and that you can under­stand most Eng­lish sen­tences with the prepo­si­tion falling at the end of the sen­tence, it’s not actu­ally nec­es­sary. Sure, some­times a restruc­ture of a sen­tence makes it sound bet­ter, but some­times it sounds worse. As I always say, do what feels right to your ear. And if you’re inter­ested in read­ing more about this mis­guided rule, click here or here.

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13 Responses to less space, more stuff!

  1. Jojo says:

    I really want one of those now?

  2. Fanny says:

    That seems like a really cool thing to have! I have nei­ther of those three things now, but all of a sud­den I want to have them all in one.

  3. Hope says:

    I have the same prob­lem. No Space!! I fig­ured maybe I just need a trip to Ikea for some kitchen orga­ni­za­tion solution…?

  4. radioactivegan says:

    To para­phrase Churchill: A prepo­si­tion at the end of a sen­tence? That is ridicu­lous­ness up with which I will not put! ;)

    That looks pretty cool. I have a slow cooker and a pres­sure cooker too … and I’ve been think­ing about get­ting a rice cooker. I might have to look for one of these instead!

  5. Lizzie says:

    I love my food proces­sor a lot. It is a fairly cheap Hamil­ton Beach model, that I got for a Christ­mas gift about six years ago — it is still going strong. Unfor­tu­nately, the hus­band dropped the bowl a few weeks ago, and it now has a nice crack on it. It hasn’t been a prob­lem so far, but it makes me very sad to think of the prospect of hav­ing to search for a new one…if only a Vita­mix was in the bud­get. Ha ha, just say­ing that makes me laugh, it’s so unre­al­is­tic! ;p

  6. Beth says:

    OH god, I want that! Must… resist… spending…

    My favorite appli­ance was my immer­sion blender. Til it broke. :-(

  7. Amanda Nobile says:

    No more brown­ing on the bot­tom of rice? I am sold! It will be so great to only need space for one item instead of two (I have a slow cooker too). Thank you for shar­ing this!!!!!!

    As for my favorite kitchen item.……I would have to go with my immer­sion blender too. :)

  8. Courtney says:

    Hahaha…when I read this “I imme­di­ate busted out my phone and did what I always do when I’m con­sid­er­ing an unknown pur­chase– look at reviews on Ama­zon.” I thought–her phone?! Doesn’t she mean her com­puter? But then…I real­ized what a lame tech­nol­ogy loser I am and fig­ured you could go on-line on your phone. Yeah. I have had the same hor­ri­ble old cell phone for the past SIX and a half years! It still works, so why change!? But I can’t go on line on it, that is for sure!

    My favorite kitchen appliance/tool? It is a toss up between my salad spin­ner and my vita-mix. They are both great!

    Court­ney

  9. aimeekluiber says:

    i use the Latin argu­ment all the time when some­one tries to cor­rect my gram­mar (as if!!).
    Fave tool? Ms. Vita-Mix, natch! Your new toy looks quite wonderful!

  10. Lee Ann says:

    I’ve been want­ing all 3 of them but don’t have any yet since I don’t want the clut­ter.
    Might have to put it on my list to Santa.

  11. Lee Ann says:

    For­got to say — I love my immer­sion blender that and my microplane grater are the 2 things I have to have in my kitchen.

  12. Andrea says:

    I was look­ing at the 3-in-1 cooker, too, but didn’t buy it, yet. Thanks for review­ing it! It makes a lot of sense to com­bine appli­ances. If it breaks, though, you loose three tools at once!

  13. Josiane says:

    That sounds great! I’ve been think­ing about get­ting a pres­sure cooker after read­ing quite a few posts rav­ing about how fast it cooks beans but this, being more ver­sa­tile, sounds even bet­ter. Tempting…

    As for what kitchen tool I love most, I could say my immer­sion blender or some other appli­ance, but hon­estly, the first thing that popped to mind was my wooden spoons. I love mix­ing stuff by hand using a wooden spoon, I love how I can do so many things with it, even though it’s so hum­ble. I also love how warm and beau­ti­ful wooden spoons are. Really, I seem to be in the mood to write an ode to wooden spoons! ;)

    And thanks for the info about using (or not) prepo­si­tions at the end of a sen­tence; that’s very inter­est­ing. You know how French has so many rules, and even more excep­tions? Part of the rea­son why would be that when school became oblig­a­tory in France and gram­mar books were pub­lished for that new mar­ket, the pub­lish­ers thought that they would sell more books if theirs was the most “com­plete” one, i.e. the one detail­ing more rules and excep­tions than the com­peti­tors’ — so they started pil­ing them up. That was so very nice of them… :/

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