Rice Cookers: The Secret Miracle Appliance

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Rice Cookers: The Secret Miracle Appliance

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Now I've always known the household rice cooker to be a steadfast little appliance, but I never knew how versatile they could be until I wound up away at college with only an electric kettle and a rice cooker to my name.

Since moving out of the house, I've made not only rice (and rice + beans, and rice pudding, and coconut sweet rice, and saffron rice, and...) in my rice cooker, but I've melted cheese onto bread, made soup, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, steamed/boiled veggies, ramen, and even fried eggs in it. Next on my list to try is a recipe for a rice cooker cake!

It's impossible to ruin something in a rice cooker, because they turn off before they get to the point where anything could burn, they keep the food warm after cooking stops, they're compact, easy to clean, and you can make almost anything in them.

Seriously, I cannot sing the praises of these little guys enough! Anyone else tried anything fun in their rice cooker? (If you haven't, you should! And if you don't have one, they're not that expensive, and I highly recommend picking one up.)
03/02/2012
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MeliPixie MeliPixie
I'm glad you're enjoying your rice cooker! I'll be interested to learn what interesting things others have done in theirs, but I don't own one and personally never plan to, unless my boyfriends wants it in our place. I was raised in a primarily Japanese household, kinda oldshchool, and we cook our rise in a pot on the stove. I'm proud to say I've never effed it up once.

Happy cooking everyone!
03/02/2012
married with children married with children
we have had a rice cooker for years. its a good little machine.
03/04/2012
hillys hillys
holy cow. My roomates only use their rice cookers for rice. That sounds awsome, now I want one. Or are they around the same as a crock pot?
03/20/2012
indiglo indiglo
Very creative uses for your rice cooker! Sounds like you use it like a crock pot or slow cooker, and I love those appliances.

I'm not a big fan of the rice cooker, I like having more control over my rice than that, but I'm so glad you enjoy yours!
03/20/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I love my rice cooker so hard...

...I just need to work up the desire to eat more rice.
03/20/2012
corsetsaurus rex corsetsaurus rex
Hmmm...I've never owned one, since normal pots work for rice, but you make it sound like these things have potential to be a happy alternative to the dreaded slow-cooker.
03/20/2012
Gracie Gracie
I feel so boring. The only thing I have made in mine is rice. You should post your recipies!
03/20/2012
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