Clever Chef is an electric cooking device that's meant to enable you to cook a wide variety of good-tasting, nutritious foods with the press of just a couple of buttons. This device has been made to sit on a flat surface and comes equipped with 14 one-touch cooking buttons for common foods like rice, pasta, meat, fish and more. With each device, you'll also receive a recipe book, an inner pot, a steaming tray, a measuring cup and a spoon for stirring purposes.
The cost of Clever Chef is $119.99 plus $6.99 shipping, for a total price of $126.98.
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To get started with your Clever Chef multi-cooker, choose a location for it, such as a countertop. You'll need to place it quite close to an electrical outlet, so you can plug it in after it's sitting flat.
Next, open up your device's top with a gentle pull on the silver handle, and add the inner pot. Putting your ingredients inside the inner pot will mean that you'll only have to lift the pot out and clean it, instead of cleaning the entire device, after cooking. You can add virtually any ingredient to the inner pot, such as pasta, rice or even yogurt or bread dough. If you need help with ingredient selection, consult the included recipe book.
Once you've added your chosen ingredients to the pot, close the device's top up again and select the pre-programmed cooking option that best suits what you'll be making. The 14 options are displayed clearly on the front of the device, so you shouldn't have trouble finding them. Alternatively, you can use the temperature and time adjustment buttons to self-customize the temperature and time for your own recipe. After you've done either of these things, just press the "Start" button.
When your Clever Chef is done cooking your ingredients, it'll beep to signal its completion. At that time, you can take your food out and get it ready to serve, along with the inner pot. Keep in mind that the inner pot will be fairly hot, so you should be wearing oven mitts or similar protective hand coverings when you pull it out. You should wash your pot with soap and water before you use it again, to get rid of any food residue. It's up to you whether you unplug your Clever Chef or leave it plugged in.
Each Clever Chef is available in a black and silver color combination, which means that each one will look nice in most kitchens. Plus, each one has a black handle that may help you carry it around, although it's best to avoid carrying it by the handle while there's hot food inside.
This type of device isn't much bigger than a basketball, so yours won't take up a great deal of space on your countertop or in whatever location you choose for it. It may even be smaller than your toaster oven or your microwave. If you want to bring your device along with you to your cottage or on a camping trip, you'll likely have more than enough room in your trunk or backseat for it.
The Clever Chef multi-cooker device has been designed to stay rather quiet while cooking, so it's unlikely that it'll disturb you or anyone around you while it does its job. Instead, you'll more than likely be able to enjoy television, music or conversations with others while you're cooking with this small appliance. Furthermore, its general quietness will make it even more noticeable when its timer happens to go off.
This cooking appliance employs flavor-lock technology as it does its work, circulating an optimum amount of steam in order to cook your food tenderly and evenly while also locking in natural flavors and added seasoning. Therefore, your food won't feel mushy in some spots and hard in others, and it may provide you with as much flavor as a meal you'd get in a restaurant would be able to.
If you don't want to consume the food you've cooked with this device right away, simply press the keep-warm button on the front to keep it warm for a half hour or so. To cancel this setting, you can press the button again.
If you visit family restaurants, fast food places or the pre-made section of your grocery store to get great-tasting meals, you'll have little control over the amount of fat, oil, and grease in those meals. You could end up eating dishes that sound healthy but are actually very high in calories. On the other hand, if you use your Clever Chef to make meals with a similar taste, you'll have a lot of control over what's going into the pot. In fact, you'll be able to check the calorie content of each ingredient you throw into the mix.
Aside from cooking traditional dinner foods, the Clever Chef is capable of cooking desserts when you do decide to indulge. In order to enjoy something sweet like a cake or a brownie mix, just add the ingredients to the inner pot and then select the pre-programmed "Bake" function. You could also select your own temperature and time if you're experienced enough to make choices that'll lead to effective cooking. As with breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, you'll be able to keep an eye on the calorie content of your desserts so your waistline doesn't expand unexpectedly.
It appears that running one of these appliances with batteries isn't an option, so you'll need access to electricity in order to use yours. This could be a drawback if you regularly camp out at sites without electricity, or even if you have a limited number of electrical outlets in the place you live. You'll be able to get around the second problem by unplugging other appliances to use this one, but that might be an annoyance you'd rather live without.
The inner pot that will hold the ingredients within your Clever Chef appliance isn't specified as being dishwasher safe, which means you can expect to have to wash it with soap and water. It could be tempting to skip this task if you've only used the pot once, but it's important that you wash it out so you won't get food poisoning from any residue left behind. Remember that even if you can't see certain types of food residue, such as the juices left behind from meat, that doesn't mean it's not there.
If you decide not to get a Clever Chef cooking machine, you may have to obtain a bunch of different pots and pans in which you can cook different food items instead. However, getting a Clever Chef is likely the better choice, since you'll be able to cook such a wide variety of things in one appliance, without investing in extra pieces of kitchenware.
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