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Rice Cooker Shopping

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Currently, I am in the process of deciding which rice cooker to buy. I have been wanting to replace my current one for a while now, ever since my mother put the bowl in the dishwasher and messed it up (it still cooks rice, it just isn't very pretty). This time I want to get one that is nonstick, so it will be easier to clean up. The one I have now isn't, and I usually have to soak it overnight before I can clean out all the rice that is stuck to the bottom. I also want the new one to have a steamer basket.

I wanted a Japanese rice cooker, but those don't come cheap. For now I'm going to have to settle for something on the lower end. I should probably just get the little Black & Decker they have at Walmart for about $14. It is nonstick, and it actually does have a steamer basket, which is uncommon for such a small, cheap rice cooker. It also got consistently good reviews online.

The other candidate is this Tatung rice cooker from newegg.com for $24.99 (no tax and free shipping). It's a Japanese style cooker (made in China, however), and it also has a steamer basket and is nonstick. The reviews are kind of mixed. Some of the reviews were great, but others said that the nonstick coating starts flaking off after about a year. Of course, maybe that would just give me an excuse to buy a new, better one at that point (lol). The other thing that worries me is that you can't return it, only exchange it if it is defective, and one of the reviews made it sound like you have to pay for your own shipping if you do exchange it. I do like the fact that it is a Japanese style cooker though, and not something that just looks like a crock pot--this is the cheapest one I could find that was like that.

Decisions, decisions ^_^;;

UPDATE: After a late night trip to Walmart to look at the Black & Decker again, I ended up going home and ordering the Tatung. After looking at it, I realized that the Black & Decker is too small to cook rice and steam veggies at the same time, which kind of defeats the purpose of having the steamer basket, as far as I'm concerned.

  
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JENALYX 1/3/2010 3:50PM

    Glad you made your decision. I got a pretty fancy (though kinda small) timer/non-stick rice cooker from a Japanese shot not too long ago. It did cost something like $99, but it has been well worth that extra cost. It took me quite a while to make that decision though, as I pondered what to buy for a long time. In the end, I think that a Japanese-style one is the best way to go. Totally enclosed cooking space (with the clasping lid and not just a pot-top) seems to do such a better job on the rice.

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New Year's Eve

Friday, January 01, 2010

I went out for New Year's Eve with every intention of staying on my diet. Didn't happen. We ended up at the Flying Saucer before the concert (we saw the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), where I ate cheese fries and cheese soup (in a bread bowl), and drank a GIANT glass of pear cider. During intermission at the concert, I had champagne and chocolate, and then afterwards, we went to Mi Cocina, where I had brisket tacos.

I could have done worse had I not had it in the back of my mind that I was supposed to be trying to lose weight. I skipped drinking anything at Mi Cocina and had water with my tacos. I didn't have any refried beans, although I did snack on the chips and hot sauce before the food came (bad). I also had managed to exercise a little bit earlier in the day. All in all, it wasn't the greatest tragedy ever, really, and the fact that I can recognize that this time only reinforces my belief that I'm going to succeed with my weight loss this time.

Anyway, I'm back on track today. I ate ham and black eye peas for lunch (the traditional Southern New Year's Day lunch), and for dinner I had a chicken egg roll and fried rice with pineapple and broccoli, which I made with a recipe I adapted from one of the meals in the nutrition tracker.

  
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JENALYX 1/3/2010 3:53PM

    That sounds like a great start to the new year. Remember, a few treats now and again isn't the worst thing in the world, so long as you can relate that those are just treats and not completely fall off the wagon.

BTW, I LOVE Flying Saucer. There is/was one in Memphis when I was living there, and I had the best time at that place. Most because of the sheer expanse of beer options... beers that don't actually taste like beer!

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