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I use my KitchenStir every day, and twice on Sundays! September 11, 2011 by Steve Hartwell (California)
I have had the KitchenStir for over six months now, and I've hardly done any stovetop cooking since. Mostly because it's so convenient, and also because I really like the kind of prepared food that it excels at.For convenience, it can't be beat: turn it on, put a little cooking oil in the pot, toss some stuff in, put the cover on, and go do something else for 10-20 minutes. Lots of things go in without any preparation needed, like frozen shrimp, or canned diced tomatoes, or soup stock. The stirrer at bottom of the pan turns the food slowly, distributing the seasoning evenly and eliminates burning. No more standing over the stove, no more lifting the cover every minute to stir or flip things, no more getting spattered with hot oil, no more burnt tomato sauce at the bottom of the pan! This thing is really my kitchen hero. The kind of prepared dishes that it excels at are: stir fries, both Asian and Indian styles; tomato and other pasta sauces; thick, hearty soups like lentil, pea, or chowder; seasoned ground beef or pork dishes; scrambled eggs and omelets, and puddings and custards. Other dishes that I make which take a little skill, but are still much easier than stovetop: fried eggs and bacon; fried potato or other vegetables like cauliflower or zucchini; fried chicken (really!); Thai curries; and thin stock-based chicken or vegetable soups. Fried foods work with the "intermittent" stir setting, which let the food brown for a while, then the stirrer goes on for a while, turning the food over to brown on another side. Simple, but brilliant. Two important tips which I have learned are: 1. Don't overfill: the pan should not be more than half full, since the stirring needs space for the food to rise and fall, and the extra weight will cause the stirrer to puree the food on the bottom rather than turn it over, and 2. Lift and tilt the cover very slowly, to avoid escaping steam and hot water droplets (this is true of any covered pan). Cleanup is very simple, since nothing ever burns, I just rinse the pan with the sink sprayer and wipe with a sponge. I've never felt the need to put it in the dishwasher. Customer service is very good; I have received email replies the next day, and they are helpful and enthusiastic. I will certainly buy any new and improved models this company offers in the future; I'd really go for a shutoff timer integrated into the unit; a knob for the stir setting that is easier to grip; and a sleeker, more modern design would probably appeal to many more customers. But it's a five-star product just the way it is. The KitchenStir is an excellent value for money, even if you only use it occasionally. It is compact and lightweight, so it's easy to take out just when you need another pair of hands in the kitchen. Having cooked meals for over 30 years, that's always been true for me! This review applies equally to the hi-temp version of their fine product: KitchenStir Chef's Stir Pan
This is a truly excellent spectacularly unbelievably incredibly useful gadget for your kitchen, and if you don't have one of each, you are missing out, big-time! May 18, 2011 by Jules (Cypress, TX)
There are two models of this automatic stir pan, and this one is the lower temperature model. The higher temp model, the KS1000, is great for any kind of medium to high temperature cooking. You can make perfect fried potatoes with just a drizzle of oil, pop popcorn, and even make kettle corn and melt sugar for hard candies in the hi-temp model.It's great for anything that you want to brown quickly. The lowest (Warming) temperature on the KS1000 will simmer a full pot of liquid fairly vigorously. But this low temp model is probably even more useful - you can make any cream based soup or cheese sauce without having it scorch, you can toast pine nuts or coconut without burning half the batch and leaving the other half raw, you can perfectly slow-caramelize onions for a fabulous french onion soup, you can melt chocolate and keep it warm for dipping large strawberries in, melt cheeses for fondue....anything that needs gentle delicate heat and frequent stirring comes out perfect and without you having to stand over a pot for hours. When I ordered this one, a high temp base was accidentally packed instead of the low temp base. (I already had the hi-temp model.) KitchenStir took care of the problem and got the correct base sent out with a simple phone call. Customer service was excellent, and I couldn't be more pleased with the lower-temp base, or how smoothly that whole transaction went. Two things that need to be mentioned....if you do purchase both the hi-temp base and the low-temp base (yes, it's worth it), you will want to stick a sticker or something on the low-temp model when it comes, because the units look EXACTLY the same. What they do for the low temperature model is manually adjust the heating base so that it maintains a consistently lower temperature than the higher temp base. But that's the only change, there are no cosmetic differences in the units, and the top portions are interchangeable...I have used this pot to make all of the items listed above, and it has performed excellently. I find I'm using it every day for something. Try it....you'll like it.
Thank you God! A mini-vacation in a pot. February 28, 2011, by Lexi Genoa (Southwest, KS)
This little jewel is fabulous!!It is my number 2 machine. The number 1 is my microwave!! I was so hesitant about buying a stirring pot, but with my lifestyle it is now permanently on the top of the counter. I'm a farm wife. My husband can come home for supper/dinner at any time between 6PM and 1AM. I don't usually begin cooking until I see the whites of his eyes because food can be soooo unappealing when it has set for hours. Enter the stir pan. I can begin food at any reasonable time--say 5:20 PM. Then I can put it on low and let it stir anytime the heating element begins. This keeps the food warm. Then later, I can add more ingredients. Then if it finishes before he gets home, I can put it on warm again to hold the food with the stirring again on whenever the heating element turns on. I cooked taco meat over the course of 5 hours and it was perfect when I actually served it. Then another favorite of his--chipped beef and gravy over biscuits. The stir pan made excellent gravy, kept it warm, and when he showed up, all it took was a quick temperature adjustment to get the gravy pipping hot. That was one happy man. He thinks I'm nuts to use it all the time, but then he farms, I cook. He's happy about what comes out of it. I took the little metal filter out of its little place in the lid because I didn't want to mess with cleaning it. My pot came with an extra handle that is long, so it could be a long handled pot. I thought I might like that better, but so far it works fine with two little ear handles. The lid goes in the dishwasher just fine. I cooked fried potatoes. I kinda big cubed them, put it a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and turned on the auto stir. The potatoes tumbled, cooked, tumbled some more. Then they had to be put on warm to hold. Oh, they were tasty and perfect. Cook, hold, serve time--three hours. Normally, they would have been grease soaked disasters. Did it take three hours to actually cook them--of course not, it took that long for farmer guy to get home. I LOVE not having to babysit food. I can go about other duties and let the stir pot take care of it. And it goes so very low that you can melt chocolate!! Make your own chocolate covered peanuts! Remember actual homemade cooked pudding? Yup! This is your pan for that. Remember not being tied to stirring something over a hot stove? Course not--you didn't have one of these. Macaroni and cheese? Yup. Wisconsin cheese soup? Yup. No watching. Hours later, turn the heat up, auto stir, and serve in minutes! It washes like a dream. Nothing sticks to it yet. It does have a non-stick coating that may become scratched so be careful. I don't know why, but it doesn't seem to get a burned on film on the bottom. I don't care why, but I'm very grateful. Get this little sucker and play with it. You wont' be disappointed. The combination of adjustable heat and adjustable stirring is perfect. I suppose only an idiot would start the thing and leave home, but you can sit and read a book, while this thing is doing your work. It is like a mini vacation where I can let my cares slide away.
An extra set of hands in the kitchen! February 24, 2011, by Jennifer "luv to cook" (Ann Arbor, MI)
Every household should have one of these!This product stirs for you! Think that's not necessary? Have you ever scorched something because you lost track of time and forgot to stir it? Have you ever been in a rush when making a meal and needed another set of hands? This Multi-Stir Pan makes delicious stir fry! I can throw my ingredients in, and do other tasks in the kitchen while its cooking and stirring for me. There are thousands of stir fry recipes out there...that alone makes this appliance worth it...but it does so much more! I have several recipes that have bacon in them. This thing makes GREAT bacon! I even plug it in on my deck when I cook bacon so the house doesn't smell like grease. It's so portable! I also use it to make Roasted Cinnamon Nuts for gifts during the holidays. It's also great for Candy Making, Pralines, and Toffee! Do you enjoy Cheese or Chocolate Fondue? This works great for that too. I also use this for making delicious home made Risotto. Comes out perfectly every time...without having to stand over it, stirring. So many more things this can do! KitchenStir has a Facebook page with recipes posted...and it's a great place to ask questions if you have them. I love this product!!!! I have found it to still work for Stir Fry, but NSV is right, if you want a High Temp. cooking option, the KS1000 is the one to go with. That product also makes EXCELLENT popcorn, which the Multi-Stir is not able to do at the lower temperature.
Toffee by Linda in Wichita, Kansas
I’d made two batches that turned out really well...The toffee is fabulous, thanks...Just using the pot was a big help and it all turned out great. Thanks for the wonderful service and product!
The Great Reviewer from Merritt Island, FL posted February 18, 2009: KitchenStir Chef Stir Pan Review
If you cook, then you must know how irritating it can get when you have to continuously stir a dish to make it perfect. I used to hate being exposed to heat so I avoided making dishes that needed a lot of my time and the prolonged use of my hands. My husband bought me the Kitchen Stir Chef Stir Pan for our anniversary and I couldn't have been happier.
Specialty Retailer posted September 28, 2009
Kay Ray from
I can’t say I have any new thing to add since reviewing the stir pan months back except that I do use the stir pan for even heating milk for making yogurt even. I love cooking gadgets, or I wouldn’t cook!!!! I continue to use it for chocolate pie, oatmeal etc. I am still really impressed after months of use.
Cynthia Johnson wrote posted 28. Apr 09:36 PM:
We love it and thanks for the great service.
I love this pan. I use it to make sauces, soups, stews, stir fries, and even popcorn. I especially like doing stir fry cooking in this pan…the results are fantastic.
Chocolate covered strawberries for Mom!...Loretta J…August 11, 2008
I received my Stir Pan last week and used it this weekend. I made the chocolate covered strawberries. I found some beautiful large
I get it now!...Jane Atlanta, GA…August 8, 2008
I get it now, this thing is great. It would usually takes hours to make a curry, now I can do it in under 20 mins. I am sold, ordering another one for second home today!
Everything I have tried has cooked perfectly!...
I have made the kettle corn which is awesome. Also did some frozen corn dogs, taco meat and meat for spaghetti sauce. I was so surprised that those meats were seasoned so well for being cooked for so short a time. I didn’t think that the meat would be so well infused with the seasonings.
Name: Susan, CA | Awesome "This is the best pan ever!!! It is so nice to be able to have something cooking in this pan and not have to be constantly stirring. It frees up my time to get the rest of the meal together. So far I have used it four times since I got it and it seems to cook the food very evenly. Very good price. "
Name: Joy Flitaro | Simple to Use, this is great "This is even simpler to use than your videos, I'm glad you put this product together, it has been great for quick meals for my busy family."
Name: Frances | Help in cooking "This has changed cooking for me and my family, having help in cooking like this I've never seen before."
Name: Anonymous | stir pot "I bought the stir cooker I love this pot. I am so happy I decided to buy it."
Wonderful kitchen gadget …SweetHomeChicago…6/7/2008
Very different and fun …LTyler Los Angeles, CA…6/6/2008
Wow!...ypsirenee MI…May 30, 2008
So Cool For Words!...Emily, NY…5/16/2008
Works great AND Saves time!… BiscottiGal Moville, IA …5/15/2008
Does everything … Cam, MD…5/11/2008
A Great Aid in the Kitchen!… LTCKinney Long Island, NY …4/2/2008
I've never tasted better Kettle Corn!... Ladygourmet, MI…8/5/2007
Such tasty food... JodyHM, MD…7/25/2007
Make room for this small appliance!...4/22/2007
Best thing since Toasted sliced bread!...4/16/2007