When choosing a multicooker, the material from which the bowl of the appliance is made is of great importance. Each of them has both advantages and disadvantages. The quality of cooked food and health benefits depend on the composition of the material.
What is the best multicooker bowl cover?
Each material on the basis of which multicooker bowls are made has its own characteristics, which affects the cooked dish. It also affects the life of the device. The most preferred materials for containers are:
Food grade aluminum or steel
Their distinctive feature is durability due to the increased strength of the metal. Another plus of such bowls is the ability to keep the temperature of the finished dish for a long time. The steel container can be used as a saucepan that can be placed in the oven, on an electric or gas stove.
The negative properties of such a bowl are: low thermal conductivity, which can cause uneven heating of the vessel, high weight, the likelihood of a metallic taste in the dish.
Environmental friendliness is the main advantage of a container made of such material. The safe composition prevents the possibility of harmful elements entering the food if the surface is damaged. In addition, a ceramic multicooker bowl can be operated at high temperatures (up to 450 degrees) without fear for the safety of the vessel. Another advantage of the ceramic bowl is the non-stick coating, thanks to which the use of oil can be reduced to a minimum. This is especially important for those who monitor health and weight.
Despite the high performance, this material has a number of disadvantages. These include a low service life, which does not exceed 1 year, the fragility of the bowl design, which is especially evident during temperature extremes, high cost and maintenance requirements.
This is the least common basis for the production of multicooker bowls, so the clay bowl is more of an exclusive. The only advantage of such a container is its environmental friendliness.
There are many more disadvantages: the fragility of the material, leading to frequent damage to the vessel, the difficulty in operation and maintenance, and sensitivity to temperature changes. Storing food in earthenware is not recommended due to increased condensation and mold formation.
Existing sizes and volumes of bowls
On the household appliances market, there are numerous samples of multicookers with different volumes of bowls – from 2 to 8 liters. But to a greater extent, the choice of parameters is influenced by the need of each individual family for the number of servings, that is, you need to start from the number of households.
When purchasing this kitchen appliance, you should pay attention to the fact that there is a total and useful volume. The first of these is a quantitative expression of how much food can fit in a particular bowl in general. The second shows the maximum allowable volume that can be placed in this container without causing any damage to the functioning of the multicooker.
Each manufacturer makes bowls according to their own parameters, which may differ from the sizes of bowls of other brands. This can be demonstrated using a table.
|Multicooker bowl volume
|Manufacturers and models
|Moulinex MK 302E30,
For a family of 2 people, the optimal capacity is 2-4 liters. Families with more than 4-5 people usually purchase a slow cooker with a large bowl with a capacity of 6 liters or more.
Which multicooker bowl is best?
It is impossible to unequivocally answer the question of which multicooker bowl to choose, because the choice depends on many factors:
- the purpose of the appliance, that is, the type of food that will be cooked with it;
- versatility, the possibility of using the bowl as a dish that is used outside the multicooker;
- the amount of prepared food received;
- the safety of the material from which the bowl is made, for health;
- the service life of the cookware.
The best option that combines practicality and ease of use is ceramic bowl. It is this material that is used for the production of most multicooker containers. The choice in favor of a ceramic vessel is due to its properties such as high strength, environmental friendliness and safety of the material, which does not emit harmful substances even when heated, resistance to high temperatures and non-stick. Although ceramics have their drawbacks, which have already been mentioned, they are not able to diminish its benefits. If you provide this multicooker bowl with proper care, it will last a long time.
As for the best volume, it is impossible to give an unambiguous answer to this question: it all depends on the number of people in the family and food preferences. However, most often purchased models with a bowl volume of 5 liters: food cooked in it is enough for several meals, which will not stagnate for a long time.
Before choosing a multicooker, you should familiarize yourself with the main characteristics of the bowl of this appliance. The quality and quantity of prepared food depends on them. Each material from which the container is made has its own advantages and disadvantages during operation and maintenance. A variety of bowl parameters will allow you to make the most optimal choice in each individual case.