Cuisinart MSC-600 Review

Cuisinart MSC-600 Review 

Cuisinart MSC-600 Summary

4.9 out of 5

The Cuisinart MSC-600 is perhaps the most comprehensive slow cooker on the market. With a powerful LCD programmable display, you’re able to control the cooking time and the temperature. You also get access to numerous other options and settings – which help to make the Cuisinart MSC-600 our all-time favorite slow cooker.


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Cuisinart MSC-600 Introduction

Cuisinart are well known for their small domestic tools and with this multi-use slow cooker they have maintained their innovative reputation. The Cuisinart MSC-600, 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker is a very versatile cooker that is not only a slow cooker but also a steamer and a browning or sautéing pan as well. Its versatility means that one pot cooking is literally that. No need to brown meat beforehand and then add to the pot, all you need to do is brown the meat in the browning setting then, when ready, switch it to the slow cooking setting. An instinctive, easy to use control panel make operation straightforward.

The slow cooking mode has three settings, high medium and low, a 24 hour timer and a keep warm function. To convert to a steamer just add 2 quarts of water, place the steaming rack in the pot and place your food to be steamed on the rack, press the steamer button and wait until your food is cooked – simplicity itself. The brown and sauté function are particularly useful as previously you had to use a separate pan to brown or sauté before adding to the slow cooker. Now all that is needed is to use the brown / sauté setting cook the food as required and the switch to the slow cooking function.  The 6 quart capacity is a great size for a whole family or for cooking batch meals but despite its large size it manages just as well for small quantities as well.

The glass lid and aluminum pot both have stay cool handles – a real advantage as anyone who has had one without stay cool handles can vouch for. The stainless steel finish of the Cuisinart MSC-600 means that it will look at home whatever your kitchen décor.

Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer
Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer
  • One touch switches modes when recipe calls for combination cooking
  • Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings
  • Removable 6-quart nonstick aluminum cooking pot with teflon coating

Our Cuisinart MSC-600 Review

The first thing that strikes one when first receiving the Cuisinart MSC-600, 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker is that it comes with hassle free packaging. One thing that is most annoying for many people is the trouble they have even getting the packaging open. Make you concerned about how much thought has gone in to the contents. It is quite a compact size considering its 6 quart capacity, only 12 x 19 x 9.5 inches in volume and weighing in at just 16 pounds.

MSC-600 - 3-in-1 Slow Cooker

The first thing that most people want to do when they get some new gadget is to try it out. For those that have had the same slow cooker for many years a new function may be the brown / sauté function, which saves having to brown meat and sauté vegetables before adding to the slow cooker. So the first test was to make a stew totally in the Cuisinart MSC-600. Just by pressing the brown function, which defaults to 350f, the cooker is ready to go. It is similar to using a pan, the results are the same. One the browning and sautéing are done just switch to cook function and add the other ingredients and set the time, leave and return some time later to check the results.

Unfortunately the thing about slow cookers is that they are slow – so you have to wait a while to see the results of the first try out. Sometime later – the result is just the same as cooked in a pan then transferred to a slow cooker to complete; delicious. One feature that is particularly useful is that when the set cooking time is completed the cooker automatically switches over to warming mode for 8 hours so even if the meal is delayed and is later than expected the food will still be hot and ready to eat. The aluminum pot, with its stay cool handles can be taken straight to the table for serving, some people may prefer the older ceramic pot as it may seem a more traditional way of serving stew.

One thing though – the aluminum pot is much lighter to carry, especially when full and the stay cool handles make it much easier. If you want to have steamed vegetables with the stew, unfortunately you have to use a different steamer as vegetables can’t be steamed at the same time as other cooking is being carried out. The vegetable steaming setting was tried out later and worked as well as a dedicated steamer. The main advantage of the steamer setting is that if other types of cooking, rather than slow cooking, is being done the Cuisinart MSC-600 can be used instead of taking out another piece of equipment just to steam the vegetables, plus it has a much larger capacity than many steamers, large enough to steam artichokes.

The Cuisinart MSC-600 comes complete with a book of suggested recipes which shows the versatility of what this cooker can perform, more are available online at Cuisinart’s website. This is a very useful and clever use of combining three cooking functions in one pot.

Cuisinart MSC-600 Specifications & Pros/Cons

Pros

Cons

Key Features

  • The Cuisinart MSC-600 takes slow cooking to level where no other appliance can. It redefines what we know as traditional by combining excellence with real, future-proof technology.
  • The large capacity steaming function is perfect for vegetables that otherwise wouldn’t fit in your slow cooker.
  • The 3-in-1 function is the best we have seen – allowing you to easily cook, brown or steam food easily; without having to invest in three different appliances.
  • The price is expensive in comparison to other slow cooker models – but you are effectively getting three appliances thanks to the 3-in-1 technology.
  • 3 in 1 cooker – one kitchen tool that can either slow cook, brown and sauté or steam food. Which saves space and using separate pans before slow cooking.
  • Large capacity steaming capacity – The steaming function is particularly useful for steaming larger sized vegetables that may not fit in standard steamers
  • Sauté  /  browning function – this is really useful, it means that you can literally have one pot cooking, plus all the meat juices that usually end up stuck to the pan are included in the meal you are cooking
  • Stay cool handles – on both the glass lid and the aluminum pot. This means no more searching for cloths when taking the lid off or carrying the pot to the table.
  • Dishwasher safe – after use the pot and the lid can be put in the dishwasher for cleaning.
  • Timer and temperature – allows the cooking time and temperature to be set.
  • Stay warm function – after the cooking time set is completed the cooker automatically switches over to keep the food warm for up to 8 hours
  • 3 year limited Cuisinart warranty
  • Well regarded by users – the Cuisinart MSC-600 scores very highly on nearly all customer reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5

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Our Final Conclusion For The Cuisinart MSC-600

The Cuisinart MSC-600, 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker is several steps above what a standard older slow cooker can do. The sauté / browning function is particularly useful as the pot can just be switched over to slow cook and the rest of the ingredients added, saving have to waste any meat juices that would have been stuck to the fry pan. It seems as if Cuisinart has spent some time and effort in finding out what consumers like and do not like out slow cooking and incorporated them in this well designed 3 in 1 cooker.

Some may not like using the aluminum cook pot as a serving pot and would rather the older ceramic type but that is a small issue. The lightness and stay cool handles of the cook pot, as well as the glass lid are a real benefit. It does mean that the pot and lid cannot be put in the oven for warming but the inbuilt automatic 8 hour keep warm function more than make up for that. Additionally the brown / sauté function can be used for warming food up. The large capacity of food which the steamer function can steam can be really useful if larger foods are wished to be steamed.