We unpacked the Cuisinart Rice Plus Multi-Cooker this weekend to familiarize ourselves with the device prior to the upcoming FirstGrill event. This Cuisinart cooker is no ordinary rice steamer. It is a new generation of "smart" kitchen devices that "know" how to optimize cooking time and heat depending on the ingredients. This is the kind of gear that you, our RainyDayKitchen readers, have asked us to tell you more about :-)
The Cuisinart unit is about the size of large bread box and will fit nicely on most countertops. The top of the unit opens easily with a push of a large centrally located release button. The cooker comes with an integrated steaming tray, measuring cup, and utensils.
The removable pot is made of light weight aluminium. Its interior is calibrated and coated with a nonstick surface. This is convenient for clean up, but also good for pan-frying ingredients for soups and stew without having to use another pot. The heating element at the bottom of the cooker is sealed so wipe up of any liquid should be easy.
The front panel controls are large sealed push-buttons. There is a LCD panel for time and other info display. The pressure release valve is at the top of the cover and the AC cord plugs into the side of the unit. Note the integrated carrying handle for portability. Nice touch.
We like the overall look, functional design, and esthetics of this Cuisinart cooker in this FirstLook. The control layouts are logical. Its lines are soft but the feel of the unit is solid.
We will be using the Multi-Cooker and our regular cooker for some of the side dishes. It'll be interesting to see how they compare. There will be a full report in a few weeks. [Permalink]- Cuisinart Fuzzy Logic Cooker FirstLook