Multi cookers are trending for busy people who want hot, healthy meals instead of calorie laden microwaveable or take-out food. As with any trending kitchen product, they have to fit into your lifestyle. If you have a specialty diet, you take special care to choose new products that work for your diet, rather than against it. If your vegan, your diet has some rigid limitations that not everyone understands. In this case, multi cookers are great for a vegan diet.
Multi cookers usually take the best parts of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, and rice cooker and put them all together with even more improvements. The downside of single task small appliances like a slow cooker is that you can’t do multiple types of cooking, meaning everything is one texture. It’s great for some soups, but not good for most meals, and it can turn vegan meals into a mushy mess.
With the right multi cooker, you can caramelize vegetables, brown tofu, slow cook beans, cook perfect rice or risotto, and even make homemade tortillas or pizza crusts all in the same machine, and that’s only a few examples. It's important to pick the multi cooker that best fits your needs. We made a list of the top 10 multi cookers for your home, complete with an honest assessment of features and quality.
Multi Cooker Tropical Yogurt
2 cans (1 L) coconut cream
¾ cup dried strawberries, diced
¾ cup finely diced mango
1 package vegan yogurt starter with live cultures
2 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
3 half pint jars and lids
- Put the coconut cream into the multi cooker, press “Yogurt”, then “Adjust”. This will bring it to a boil.
- When the readout switches to “Yogurt”, remove the inner pot, turn off the multi cooker.
- Let the now liquid coconut cream cool, either on the counter or fridge so the temperature drops to below 100F. This is an important step, too hot, and your yogurt won't culture and be tangy, you need the correct temperature so you don't kill the live cultures! Too cold, and they won't grow, so the 100F is important.
- Once the coconut milk is the right temperature, whisk in the starter a little at a time, no lumps. Then fold in the diced fruit.
- Press the “Yogurt” button and set the time between 6 and 8 hours.
- While it is still warm, whisk in the gelatin a little at a time, making sure the yogurt is smooth.
- Add any granola or other yogurt toppings to the bottom of your jars, then pour in the yogurt, splitting them between the three jars.
- Tighten the lids on the jars and date the jars.
Yogurt is just one of the vegan options you can use your multi cooker for. Caramelize and roast brussels sprouts. Whip up a tasty butternut squash and walnut risotto, or make your own chutneys and preserves at a fraction of the cost of prepackaged varieties.
A vegan lifestyle can be tough. Meal preparation takes much longer, and it’s often tricky to invite friends over who aren’t vegan. With a multi cooker, you can make vegan food that anyone would want to eat, and you’ll reduce your food costs by making more of your own foods instead of relying on frozen vegan entrees.