Cuisinart Multicooker MSC 800 Review

Cuisinart Multicooker

If you have ever wanted to buy a slow cooker, then you need to see the Cuisinart MSC 800 Multicooker.  This is like  a slow cooker on steroids.  In addition to being a slow cooker, it is a saute pan, and steamer.

One of my favorite kitchen appliances is the slow cooker, sometimes also called a crock pot. This type of popular slow cooking pot cooks food slowly for several hours over low heat.

The world of cooking for me as a stay at home dad changed when I discovered the advantages of the Cuisinart Multi Cooker MSC-800.

Cuisinart has kicked up the traditional slow cooker with their Cuisinart Multicooker, by adding two important features in one cooking pot to save time and use fewer utensils – browning and saute.  In addition to being the best slow cooker, it is also a steamer and can brown or saute your food in the same pot, so you have less to clean up!

If you are cooking a meat dish, such as meatballs, they must be browned first to keep their shape during the several hours of cooking, otherwise they will turn into spaghetti sauce in a slow cooker.  I know this from experience!  You also get added flavor in your dish by not losing the flavorful juices produced during browning.

With the Cuisinart Cook Central 4-in-1 Multicooker available at Amazon.com, you get three of the most important cooking features in one kitchen appliance:

 

What are the Features of the MSC 800 Multi Cooker

 

  • 4 programmable functions: – Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours.
  • Roast at from 250 -450 Degrees for up to 6 hours.
  • Brown/Saute with temperatures up to 500 Degrees.
  • Steam Vegetables.
  • One touch lets you switch modes when recipe calls for combination cooking.
  • Removable 7-quart nonstick cast aluminum cooking pot with teflon coating.
  • Dishwasher-safe cooking pot and lid for effortless cleanup.
  • Includes reversible roasting/steaming rack

 

 

Advantages of a Slow Cooker

 

There are several advantage of using the Cuisinart MultiCooker.

  • The first advantage of a slow cooker is that food cooks at a low temperature (usually 150°F – 250°F)  for a long period of time, which saves energy.  You can put in your ingredients, set the temperature and cooking time before you leave for work, go on your kid’s school field trip or sporting event, or when you are away from your home for the day and can’t be in the kitchen to watch over your dish.
  • Once you cook a roast or brisket in a slow cooker, and you see how fork tender it is, you will wonder why never tried this before. Slow cooking a large cut of meat at 250 degrees for 6-8 hours, instead of 2 hours at 450 degrees, breaks down the tissue and fat that results a truly delectable and flavorful fork-tender roast.
  • The second advantage of a Multi cooker is that since the food cooks for several hours at low heat, so you can buy a lower priced cut of meat that might not be great if cooked for a short amount of time in the oven, but with a slow cooker the tissue is able to break down over several hours, and you will be rewarded with a tasty dish and save money.
  • And Last, your dish will be ready to enjoy when you return home.

 

You also do not have to be a gourmet chef to make a delicious meal, since slow cooker recipes tend to be much easier to prepare than if you are cooking in your kitchen.

 

This is important if you are the one who does the cooking in your house like I do, and you know cooking usually requires standing in the kitchen over the stove, stirring frequently to keep the food from burning, or needing to be close while your dish in cooking in the oven to prevent your dish from burning or turning into a little hard rock.

 

Stainless Steel Housing

 

Cuisinart Multicooker

 

Stainless Steel appliances add a bit of class to every kitchen.  The Cuisinart Multi Cooker, available here, comes in a beautiful brushed stainless steel housing that looks beautiful and classy in any kitchen and is easy to clean.

Comes in Three Sizes to Fit Your Cooking Needs

You can get the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multicooker in three convenient sizes from small to extra large:

  • 4 Quart
  • Large 6 Quart
  • Extra large 7 Qt Multicooker non-stick cooking pot

 

Just Click an Image below to learn more about each model

 

crock pot slow cooker

Cuisinart 4 Qt. Slow Cooker

Cuisinart Multicooker  4 Qt.

 

• 3 fully programmable cooking functions:
Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours; includes automatic Keep Warm feature

• Brown/Sauté with temperatures up to 400°F

• Steam for up to 90 minutes

• One touch switches modes when recipe calls for combination cooking

• Removable 4-quart nonstick aluminum cooking pot

• Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings

• Glass lid with cool-touch handle for clear view and comfortable handling

• Dishwasher-safe removable parts for effortless cleanup

• Steaming rack included

• Limited 3-year warranty

 

Learn more  about the Cuisinart Multicooker MSC 400 here

 

Best Slow Cooker

Cuisinart 6 Qt. Multicooker

Cuisinart Multi cooker  6 Qt

 

• 3 fully programmable cooking functions Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours; includes automatic Keep Warm feature

• Brown/Sauté with temperatures up to 400°

• Steam for up to 90 minutes

• One touch switches modes when recipe calls for combination cooking

• Removable 6-quart nonstick aluminum cooking pot

• Extra-large blue back-lit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings

• Glass lid with cool-touch handle for clear view and comfortable handling

• Dishwasher-safe removable parts for effortless cleanup

• Steaming rack included

• Limited 3-year warranty

Learn more  about the Cuisinart Multicooker MSC 600 here

 

cuisinart slow cooker

Cuisinart 7Qt. MSC 800 Cook Central Multicooker

 

Extra Large 7 Qt. Cook Central Multicooker

 

• 4 fully programmable cooking functions:

• Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours

• Includes automatic Keep Warm feature

• Roast at temperatures from 250°F to 450°F for up to 6 hours

• Brown/Sauté and even sear, with temperatures up to 500°F

• Steam for up to 90 minutes

• One touch lets you switch modes when recipe calls for combination cooking

• Removable 7-quart nonstick cast aluminum cooking pot

• Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time & temperature settings

• Glass lid for clear view of ingredients while cooking

• Dishwasher-safe cooking pot and lid for effortless cleanup

• Convenient retractable cord to keep counters clutter free

• Includes reversible roasting/steaming rack

• Limited 3-year warranty

 

Learn more  about the X Large Cuisinart Multicooker MSC 700 here.

 

See-Thru Glass Lid

The Cuisinart MultiCooker has a cool touch see through glass lid, so you can watch the cooking without having to open the lid to keep heat in, especially when using the steaming setting, so you can watch the cooking process without getting burned.

Easy One Touch Controls with Extra Large LCD Display

 

Control Panel

 

The large, easy to read blue back-lit LCD control panel on this popular slow cooker, available at Amazon.com, allows you to easily switch between the three cooking settings: slow cook, brown/saute and stream.  You can quickly and easily adjust the cooking time or temperature up or down with the (+) button to increase the cooking time or temperature, or press the (-) button to quickly reduce either the temperature or cooking time.  There is also a large Stop/Start button, so you can end the cooking process anytime you need to, and there is no question if the multicooker is On or Off, as with other slow cookers that just have a red light to let you know the pot is on.

 

Why the Cuisinart Cook Central 3-in-1 Multicooker is not just another Slow Cooker?

 

 

Slow Cooker

 

Using a slow cooker is a great energy-saving way to cook a meal without having to stand over the stove.  Some people even refer to this as fix it and forget it cooking, since you mix the ingredients and put it in the slow cooker, set the temperature for Low, High or Simmer for 4-8 hours, it’s that easy.

You can use your Cuisinart slow cooker to make more than just stew or soup.  How about  stuffing for that perfect Thanksgiving dinner, or a perfect dessert, such as rice pudding, bread pudding, caramelized apples, yummy fruit compote, and even a slow cooker apple cake?

The Cuisinart Cook Central 3-in-1 Multicooker even comes with a cookbook of selected popular main dish and dessert recipes for you to prepare. Many cheap slow cookers have just an on or off button, and will stay on until you turn it off.

With the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Multicooker, you can set the amount of time for the slow cooker to be on, so if the recipe recommends the dish cooking for 4 or 8 hours, and you have a 10 hour work day, just put in the ingredients, set the cooking timer and leave.  When the cooking time has elapsed, the slow cooker will turn itself off.  You don’t worry about the dish being cold when you’re ready to eat, as it will automatically turn to the “Keep Warm” setting until you get home, so you can still enjoy a nice hot meal.

 

Steamer

Steam

 

 

With the Cuisinart Cook Central 3-in-1 Multicooker, just select the “Steam” setting, add water or other liquid to the bottom of cooker, insert the streaming rack, and you can easily steam any dish, such as asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, chicken and shrimp, or even apples.

Steaming is one of the healthiest methods of cooking, since you don’t lose the vital nutrients and vitamins as when cooking vegetables in water, and there is no need to use oil or butter, which can contain unhealthy trans-fats and cholesterol.

Simply  cover with the lid and set the steaming tine. Once steaming is complete, you can carefully remove food from the pot with a spoon, fork or tongs and enjoy a healthy and delicious low fat meal.

 

 

Brown/Sauté Pan

 

 

You can use the Brown/Sauté function as you would a skillet or sauté pan on the stove top for any recipes that call for the meat to be browned.  When your dish includes a multi cooking process of browning the meat before putting it in the slow cooker, just select the “Brown/saute” setting and brown the meat or chicken.

Next, add the ingredients per your recipe and simply change the cooking setting to “Slow Cook,” set the cooking time and temperature setting, cover and walk away.  You can use the Brown/Sauté function to reheat foods as well.

Just use Brown/Sauté at 350 degrees F and stir until all ingredients are warmed through. Once you have chosen the cooking function that best fits your recipe, simply set the desired time and temperature, and then press Start.

 

Product Weight and Dimensions

 

The 4 Qt Cuisinart Multicooker  is 10.5 x 16.5 x 8.7 inches ; 9.5 pounds

The Cuisinart Multicooker 6 Qt slow cooker weighs 16 pounds, and the shipping weight in the box is 19 Lbs.  Product dimensions are 12 x 19 x 9.5 inches.

The extra large 7 Qt Cuisinart Multicooker is 15 1/2″, 19”, 11” high. 20 pounds

 

 

BPA Free

 

For your safety, all parts are 100% BPA free.

 

Dishwasher Safe

 

The inner cooking pot and removable steaming rack are dishwasher safe.  The metal housing can’t be put in the dishwasher.  Just wipe down with a damp cloth.

 

Warranty

 

While many kitchen appliances come with a standard 1 year warranty, Cuisinart stands by the quality of its products with a 3 year limited warranty.

 

What are People Saying Who have Purchased the Cuisinart  Multicooker

 

“Fantastic Product”

“Versatile and Effective All Purpose Cooker”

“Love that it can do more than slow cook”

“Great Slow Cooker”

“Throw away those old crock pots”

“It really does brown & cook in the same Pan!”

“Really like my 3-in-1 !!!”

“A convenient and useful kitchen appliance”

 

 

Where can You Buy a Cuisinart Cook Central 3-in-1 Multicooker?

 

Since Stay at Home Dads like to know they are getting the best deal when shopping for the family, we have scoured the internet for the best prices on the Cuisinart Multicooker.

Our research indicates the following seller’s have the best best price and shipping terms for all three sizes of the Cuisinart Cook Central 3-in-1 Multicooker.

While several stores sell only the 4 qt or 6 Qt Cuisinart Multicooker, Amazon.com has all three models of the Cuisinart Multicooker in stock for immediate shipment.

 

 

 

Ken Weiss

Ken Weiss is a blogger and stay at home dad.He is the founder of the-cookingpot.com, a cooking blog for stay at home dads, that offers cookware reviews, easy recipes and tips on how to make money with a blog.

2 Comments »

  1. Janet November 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    Why Secura is not on the list? I own it for about a year, and it is really good… Although brand is not so famous, quality is great, and food is tasty )
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008A852ZW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008A852ZW&linkCode=as2&tag=dfgecvb-20

  2. Trenton Brough June 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM - Reply

    The main dish is usually the heaviest, heartiest, and most complex or substantive dish on a menu. The main ingredient is usually meat or fish; in vegetarian meals, the main course sometimes attempts to mimic a meat course.:*-:

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