The Healthy Slow Cooker: On the Stovetop, In the Oven & In the Crock Machine


The Healthy Slow Cooker: On the Stovetop, In the Oven & In the Crock Machine

It’s important more than ever that your slow cooker be free of toxins like lead, cadmium and leachable metals and glazes because food is cooked for long periods of time and heat is present as a catalyst to all reactions. Unfortunately, most slow cooker inserts are either made from reactive metals like steel, iron, aluminum, or ceramic materials that have their own share of toxic additives and glazes.  MEC Pots and pans are a pure and 100% non-toxic alternative to the slow cookers available in the market today.

They can be used for slow cooking in 3 different ways:  On the Stove-top, in the Oven and in a Crock/Slow cooker machine:

Important: Use your pot for slow cooking after it’s used at least a few times (4-6 times) for less than an hour of cooking.  Always use a diffuser when slow cooking with your pot.

On the Stove-Top:

MEC pots can be used on the stove top for slow cooking recipes but taking less than half the time.  For example, one recipe that takes the longest in a slow cooker like a beef bone broth (12-24 hours) will only take 3 hours on the stove-top in your MEC pots.  This is possible because of the difference in the type of heat: the far-infrared heat with MEC penetrates deeper into the bones in lesser time than conventional heat from metal or glazed ware.  This helps cooks the food faster without nutritional loss or contamination from the pot.

Here is how to use the pots for slow cooking on the stove-top:

  1. Following any recipe, add all the ingredients, set the pot on your stove and start on low, (heat setting 3 or less, on a scale of 1-9).
  2. In 7-10 minutes increase heat to medium – setting 5 or 6, on a scale of 1-9.  Let food cook at that temperature for about 30-40 minutes (for an hour if making  bone broth).
  3. Once food has been cooking and boiling for more than 40 minutes, reduce heat to low, setting 3 or 4 and let it cook at that temperature till fully done.

Coming back to bone broth because we’re often asked about it: You can know when the broth is done when the bones are thoroughly cooked and will be of a softer chew-able consistency if chicken bones, the soup would taste nice and savory and any meat will be falling off the bones.  Beef bone may not be chew-able like chicken but they would look darker than how they started and the broth should taste savory.    When it starts cooling down the the broth will be thick and gelatinous.

The pot also does not require “baby-sitting”, so long as there is adequate liquids/water in the pot the steam locking features locks steam inside and cooks without much monitoring.

So again, low, medium then back to low. It’s as simple as that to cook nutritious, extremely delicious food at the same time saving a lot of time and energy!

In the Oven:

Use MEC for slow cooking in the oven just the same way you would use a programmable slow-cooker. You can conveniently ‘set and forget’, and the food will cook without much monitoring and much faster. Also, the fact that you can fit more than one pot at a time inside is a clear advantage over using the slow cooker machine. Here is how to do this:
Put all your ingredients together in the pot and set temperature to ‘bake’ at 200 – 230 D Fahrenheit and set timer — a little known feature that lets you use the oven for timed cooking much like a programmable slow cooker – choose 3-4 hours for meats or 1-2 hours for vegetarian recipes, beans or when cooking grains. Once the set hours are complete the oven will automatically turn to warm (in most cases, 170 D F) and in a few hours will shut off. With most ovens, you can also set a delayed start. We encourage you to read the oven’s manual to find any other information while setting this up for the 1st time.

If using in the crock machine, here are the bottom dimensions for the pots with the corresponding machine size:

DM = Diameter
• Small 1.75 qt : Bottom DM 7.5” | works with machines w/ inside base DM 8.5 or greater
• Medium 2.75 qt : Bottom DM 8.25” (makes 6-7 cups of rice) | works with machines w/ inside base DM 9.25″ or greater.
• Large 4 qt : bottom diameter 9.5” (10-12 cups of rice) | works with machines w/ inside base DM 10.5″ or greater
• X-large 6 qt : bottom diameter 10” | works with machines w/ inside base DM 11″ or greater
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