I have been hearing friends of mine rave about their multi-cookers for a few months now but had not yet made the jump in to buying one. I basically have a few different kitchen appliances that each do what the multi-cookers do but the idea of an all in one machine sounded good. Could one multi-cooker really allow me to put 5 or 6 different kitchen appliances away in the basement, and only take up the space of 1 appliance? Just as I was having this internal debate I was emailed by Cook’s Companion to try out their Wonder Pot, a 6 in 1 multi-cooker. Perfect timing.
The Wonder Pot allows you to cook rice, make soup, stir-fry, bake, steam and stew all in one place. Think of it like a slow cooker with extra functions. The one I was sent (and you have a chance of winning if you scroll after the recipe) is 3.2 quarts, which is perfect for soups, sides, and smaller meals for 2-3 people. When I made the Spicy Broccoli and Cheddar Soup we had enough for a few servings at dinner as well as a few more helpings for lunch throughout the week. They do sell larger sizes, but this one is perfect for my home uses.
The Cook’s Companion Wonder Pot is completely programmable and digital so no knobs to twist and turn. I loved that it came with the steamer try, rice cooker, and spatula already. There is even an automatic “warm” setting your Wonder Pot will go to once your food has completed cooking, keeping it warm without continuing to over cook. Clean-up is also a cinch, with the the inner Whitford Fusion non-stick ceramic cooking pot coming out for easy cleaning.
The book that accompanies the Cook’s Companion Wonder Pot is, to be honest, pretty useless. The instructions basically say to stew food hit stew button, and adjust the auto timer as needed. If you do not have a basic ability to cook, this instruction book won’t be of much use. There are about 7-8 recipes in the back of the book which use different functions of the Wonder Pot, so many people can read the instructions for those dishes and figure out how to create their own dishes from it. I really think there should be a larger recipe book accompanying it and more clear instructions for novices, but fortunately I know how to stew, bake, and rice.
I chose this soup as my first recipe to make in the Wonder Pot because it would enable me to use both the stir fry and soup buttons. I loved that all my cooking was done in one pot which easily fit on my counter top. I could see this not only being a great kitchen appliance for home, but also one you can take camping (if you have electric) or on vacations to hotels. The Wonder Pot would take up little packing space, and cooking in it while on vacation would save money eating out all the time.
To touch on the easy cleaning part of this kitchen appliance, I also made a cake by tweaking the cake recipe in the instruction book to have for dessert the night I made soup. I have never had a cake pop out so perfectly, and am now dreaming of layer cakes with this new Wonder Pot. That recipe will be coming soon so stay tuned!
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 1 pound broccoli chopped into tiny pieces
- 3 carrots, shredded
- 2 cups half and half
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3 Tablespoons Sriracha
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- Press the Stir Fry option on your Wonder Pot. Increase timer by 5 minutes (the auto set for stir fry setting is 20 minutes), Let warm for 5 minutes. Add nutter, onions, broccoli and carrots into Wonder Pot and mix well using spatula. Close lid and cook for 10 minutes, open lid to stir, and cook another 10 minutes.
- Pour in Half and half, chicken stock, sriracha and nutmeg. stir well then close Wonder Pot and press Soup setting.
- minutes before soup is done, open lid and stir then add in the shredded cheese. Close lid and finish cooking.