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IWILLMAKEIT91 SparkPoints: (2,511)
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3/24/13 1:52 P

I love my rice cooker it has never let me done like cooking on the stove has

BRENDA1961 Posts: 13
3/24/13 1:20 P

I bought a rice cooker after having a delicious dish at an Asian friend's house. It's a small one and I really like it for this particular dish. After cooking the rice, add some Oyster Sauce, cubed chicken breast, tiny canned shrimp and onions. I have not tried cooking brown rice in it yet, but after seeing some of the replies on this thread, I need to try something different! emoticon

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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3/24/13 9:12 A

Rice isn't what I'd call packed with calories. Just over 200 per cup, which is the most I ever eat with a meal.

YOGINILMT Posts: 309
3/23/13 10:10 P

I love my rice cooker. Mine even has a little basket that i can use to steam veggies in while i cook rice! And i've even made soup in mine (even though you're not supposed to).
You can make all sorts of delicious concoctions in it! Some taco seasoning and canned tomatoes, and BOOM spanish rice. Olive oil and garlic, awesome! butter and lemon rice, served with fish is amazing!
It's a great way to easily add flavor to rice sides, or make rice into a meal!

Edited by: YOGINILMT at: 3/23/2013 (22:16)
JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,771
3/23/13 10:04 P

I've never had a problem cooking rice and have a small kitchen, so I just use a pot.

EVERGLAD SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/13 6:00 P

Yes I own two, but I still often cook rice in a pan on the stove top, for more control. Sushi rice in a rice cooker is perfect though.

3/23/13 5:49 P

rice cookers are practically mandatory for the zipcode that I live in. They are a great asset in the kitchen IF you cook rice alot.
We don't eat much rice, because it is so loaded with calories.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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3/23/13 5:39 P

Trust me, it makes a huge difference when you're eating mostly in a food culture that uses rice in every meal, plus makes all of its 20-ingredient recipes from scratch. :)

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,283)
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3/23/13 1:43 P

Honestly, I cook rice ALL the time, and never have trouble. Heck, it takes about 15 minutes, and it' perfect every time. I don't have room in my kitchen for yet another single-purpose gadget, you know? I'm not knocking it if you like it and have use for it, but given my highly valuable kitchen real estate, and how relatively infrequently we cook rice, I'll pass.

DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
3/23/13 1:22 P

what Algebragirl said -
Me too

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
3/23/13 1:12 P

I'm a huge fan of the rice cooker. Just a fun fact: in Japan (and probably other Asian countries), the rice cooker is as important in the kitchen as the coffee-maker is here. Can't live without one!

It really takes all the work and risk and thought out of cooking rice, which is one food that can be totally ruined by overcooking. Even undercooking isn't so easy to fix. So, imagine how valuable that rice comes out perfect every time...

When the rice is ready, the cooker goes into warming mode and keeps your rice warm, but not becoming overcooked, for something like two hours (have to check the manual for that time frame).

It's so basic, you can make soup in it. You can make other things in it, if you play around with times and ingredients. But rice is what it does, and it does it best. I love my rice cooker!
When you read the manual that comes with it, notice that you can add other stuff to the rice and have it all cook together, and stay warm together, such as rice and veggies. If you add things, they will season and flavor your rice, but the rice cooker won't save them from being overcooked, so beware.

I think you can even bake bread in a rice cooker, but I haven't tried that. I think it would be ideal for a chicken stew with dumplings, for example, but I haven't tried that either. Why? It's kind of like going into an Asian kitchen and seeing someone use the coffeepot to make tomato soup. Yeah, you probably could do it. Don't know if you'd want to.

HUFFYWALKS SparkPoints: (0)
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3/22/13 12:21 A

Same here. I never understood the purpose of a rice cooker. It only takes 30 minutes in a pot or pan and comes out perfect, And keeping an appliance like that on all day while Im not home just seems too unsafe for me.

If you have to have it as soon as you walk in the door. Just cook it before you leave and microwave it when you get home. Just my two cents

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,411
3/21/13 11:27 P

No because my rice turns out just fine when I cook it on the stove top, in the stove or in the microwave.

MUSCATDBQ SparkPoints: (3,450)
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3/21/13 11:15 P

I love mine. Cooking rice in the stove and I do not get along at all...the rice ends up either a stuck, burnt globish nightmare or soupy and not good at all if I try to make it on the stove. My rice cooker, however, hasn't let me down yet. Like others have mentioned, mine steams as well so a quick rice/veggie dish is easy to throw together.

SPUTNIK512 Posts: 1,730
3/21/13 7:55 P

I just got a rice cooker for Christmas, and I love it!

CHRISTIEB731 SparkPoints: (50)
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3/21/13 4:35 P

I didn't know they could steam veggies as well. That would be handy. I could saute a meat real quick while the rice and veggies cook. My hubby has a crazy schedule and my toddler can be very demanding. :-)

CHRISTMAS2009 Posts: 309
3/21/13 4:26 P

we have a rice cooker, its very handy for when your cooking large ammounts. Ours will steam veggies on top of the rice too while its cooking if you want. Super cheep too. You can add seasoning and herbs too, i also found that quinoa cooks well in one too.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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3/21/13 3:36 P

Yes, we have one, and I like it. Cooking stove-top rice takes so much care and attention to get it just right, while the rice cooker is set it and forget it. I don't think you'd use one for couscous, because that cooks so fast, but I would expect that some of them would have settings to handle other types of grains. I know some of them can be set up to use as vegetable steamers, because ours came with a tray for that, though we never use it.

I'd just look at reviews and so on to see what people say.

CHRISTIEB731 SparkPoints: (50)
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3/21/13 3:28 P

I have been trying to eat fewer processed foods. I really feel a difference and I'm just getting started. I was thinking about not eating instant rice anymore but I work full time and I'm a mommy. My cousin says there are rice cookers that you can set on a timer and have it ready when you get home. I'm a little leery of having "unitaskers" in my kitchen. Does anyone else own one? Do you use it often? Can you use it to cook other grains like quinoa or couscous?

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