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I feel better, Andi, thanks...I still have a little
bit of a headache. Some of this is tension in my
neck. I just have been too wound up with stressful
things here lately.

DH makes the best rice stirfry/and will make it low
cal for me........

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Oh Darlene - FEEL BETTER SOON!!! *hugs*

And I always put in the oil after my rice is cooked. Ooops...backwards.

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I hadn't heard of putting oil in, I will have to try that and see if that helps. Ended up steaming broccoli and chicken in the silicon steamer in the microwave.

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It is me Andi, with the headache. Sick.....ughhhh..

We have had the rice cooker about 5 years I think.
We had a larger one but David gave it to his son
and his family and they got us this one to replace it.

I always put the Tbls. of Olive oil in my handydandy
little rice cooker and it has always worked.

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Who has a headache?

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I read in some of the reviews that putting a little oil in the bottom of a stainless steel rice cooker bowl will prevent sticking. So it's good to hear you confirm that. If that's the only thing that is negative with the Oster then I could live with that, no problem. I'm still wondering if it's the new ones that are breaking down that reviewers mentioned.

D_ANN64, is yours a new-ish one or have you had it a while? I'm just so curious.

Oh, and I hope your headache goes away!!

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I just got home too. I went and looked at rice cookers. They all seem to come with toxic teflon coating, so I didn't end up buying one. But, if I HAD to get one, I think I would have gotten the Black & Decker. There was a 20 cup size and a 6 cup size. They both came with a steaming tray. $40 for the big one, $20 for the small one.

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Sorry I'm late getting back. Ill w/headache today.

Ours has a stainless steel bowl that lifts out.
DH told me to put a Tbls. of Olive oil in the rice
cooker with the rice and water, and so far it has
made perfect rice every time.

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I was told by my Grenedian friend and by hubby that DR is the cheapest place in the Carribean to travel. It's funny because we Google Earthed his parents house and now it looks like it is in the middle of a big city. When he was growing up there he said he lived on a farm and the place was surrounded by farms. He hasn't been there in a long time. I just want the beach!!!

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Dominican Republic?? I'm jealous.

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LMAO!!!! We're going to Disney World next fall!!! WOOO HOOO! You know that's my favorite place in the World. Next I'll be going to my hubby's country for the first time...Dominican Republic. I want that beach soooo bad!

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I agree Blackandi, keep using your new Oster and let us know how it goes. Maybe it will serve you well for a long time--I hope so 'cuz you need your money for all those other things!! Me, I'd like to save my money for a year-long vacation on some tropical island!!
Where someone else cooks my rice...and serves it to me!! LOL!!

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Wow. Then I know my little cheap one is doomed. Ha! I'll hang onto until it breaks and then I'll buy another cheap one. I have too many addictions to buy expensive appliances. I have to allocate the available funds the best way I can...off to buy more fitness DVDs and a couple of things from MAC. LOL!

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Mine is at least 5 years old. Not a home right now but I think it is a non-stick surface. I got a new steamer for Christmas maybe I will try to make rice with it.

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In searching out Oster rice cookers I'm not getting a lot of positive information. Most reviewers don't like their Osters. A few people do. I haven't been able to find out whether or not the thing has a non-stick or stainless bowl inside. Some people complain of their rice burning and sticking. Other people say that's because they leave it plugged in after the rice is done. This sounds like a stainless steel bowl but no one specifically says what the bowl is made of. Many reviewers say the thing just stops working after a short time of owning it. I'm wondering if it's just the newer models that are giving people fits. Maybe they used to be made better--such is the case with so many things.

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Just my two cents, I have an older Oster I hate it, my rice always burns before it shuts its self off, have to watch it like a hawk. My dear son says when he buys one he will buy one like his someday in laws. The local T & T Market here has a variety and some are pretty pricey. If you have friends from Japan, China or any Asian country ask what they use.

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Threadjacking is what we do! LMAO!!!

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Oster eh? thanks for that info Blackandi. I'm going to check into that. And keep us posted of any problems you have or don't have with it.

This is so cool to be able to get all this information from friends on line. Thanks.

We are so funny. We went from hating Cosco to loving our rice cookers!!

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Hubby bought me a cheap rice cooker yesterday made by Oster with a stainless steal removable pot. It cooked my basmati rice really well yay!

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Your is a steamer, then... my SIL's is just plain old rice cooker.

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On my steamer there is a base(were the water goes) then there is a round bowl with a hole in the middle, then a bowl that has colander like bottom(that is were there veggies go) then the lid.

When you cook the rice you don't put the bowl with the hole, you put the colander like bowl then you put the rice bowl in the colander bowl then add the lid.


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I found one on line called "Miracle" that is all stainless steel. It has a lot of very good reviews and it's not a high priced one; not real cheap either about $65 and it cooks about 12 cups. That seems like a lot but the reviewers say the thing doesn't take up much space and like you said, Laura, you can refrigerate and re-heat the extra. I like to do that too--so quick and easy. I'm still shopping though.

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No teflon for me, thanks. I just replaced ALL my cookware (and some of my bakeware) to get rid of that toxic styff. My SIL has a removable bowl. Looks like ceramic or something.

Also, Since I am MOSTLY alone, I cook up fairly large batches of brown rice (since it takes 55 minutes to cook) and refridgerate. Makes quick and easy to go with lunch, dinner for the next week.

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Those sound like good ones. Do they have stainless steel bowls or non-stick Teflon-type bowls?
We don't have Longs here but we do have Big Lots.
I found out that Zojirushi absolutely does have a Teflon type lining on the bowl.
I just discovered (on line) a cooker by Oyama that has a removable all stainless bowl but I haven't found any reviews on it yet. Anyone ever hear of it or know something about it?

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I live in Hawaii and having a rice cooker is pretty mandatory here. My rice cooker is a Longs special (Longs is the drug store here). It works great - no special setting - you just add rice and depending on how many cups of rice you added you fill to the line that corresponds to the number of cups - EASY. Put the lid on and turn it on. It shuts itself off when it is done - wait 10 minutes - and eat. I live by myself and I have a 10 cup rice cooker. I make 1 cup of rice at a time in it no problem.

I also use it for steaming veggies - works great.

Rice on the stove is too chancey for me. I would really miss my rice cooker if I didn't have it. But I put it away in a cabinet when I am not using it. I have a teenie tiny kitchen! Only 1 person can stand in it at a time and almost no counter space.

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Investing in a $10 rice cooker from Big Lots (almost ten years ago!) was the best thing I've ever done. Just made brown rice in it tonight. REALLY easy.

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We have a Oster, and it does really good rice.
Perfect every time.

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I'm pretty sure it was a CHEAPIE. She got it for her hubbie to take into camp, since he can't cook at all.

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I have a black and decker steamer that cooks the veggies perfect. It come with a rice bowl to cook rice with, and it comes out good(I haven't cooked to much rice). I'm on steamer number 3 because the veggies really turn out good.

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That sounds like a nice cooker Laura. do you know the brand?
I just saw a Zojirushi 3 cup rice cooker. I actually still don't know if Zojirushi has a non-stick surface or not. I might just have to bite the bullet and get a non-stick one. I'll have to guard it carefully to make sure no one uses a metal spoon in it...I guess. I keep reading the reviews and see that people have lots of problems with the cheaper models unless they are meant only for white rice.
But you say your SIL is able to do brown rice in hers...hmmm, I'm curious about that one.

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My SIL's is tiny. Hers doesn't have a brown rice setting on it either, and it made great brown rice when I was there. The light just goes off when the liquid is all absorbed.

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Mmm brown rice. I don't think I've ever had good brown rice so mine always tastes fine. I guess that is a good thing. Maybe a rice maker would open my eyes to the world of good rice. Laura what kind does your SIL have?

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Okay, I was wrong about the 2 cups; it's 5 1/2 cups for the small ones and 10 cups for the bigger ones (basically). there are a lot of rice cookers on the market and lots of reviews. I'm not going to bother writing all that stuff here 'cuz you can google it yourself and get the one that fits you. I think I'm going to save up my pennies and go for the Zojirushi 5.5 cupper. It's going to take a lot of pennies!! There's another one by Cuisinart that is a lot cheaper that has a lot of good reviews. I would get that one but it has a non-stick finish...darn! I just don't trust non-stick finishes.

Make sure that when you do buy one you check to see if it has a brown rice setting. Some don't.

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Actually, I saw a rice cooker that only does about 2 cups of cooked rice at a time. Of course that might not work if you had guests over. I think they come in different sizes. I'll have to get back on line and search again. I'll be back.

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You don't need much rice to make a good amount of cooked rice so a rice cooker will be too big for that small amount, right?

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I've been cooking brown rice (short, long, jasmine, basmati) for a hundred years or so and it's always just plain luck if mine comes out fluffy and done perfectly. Most times it's too wet or over cooked or under cooked. I'm looking for a good rice cooker. I've heard that if you get a good one you'll never go back to doing rice on the stove again. Boy that sounds inviting. Just got to find some counter space...hmmm maybe the juicer needs to go...no, the toaster oven...no...all those jars of stuff...oh dear, I need a bigger kitchen!!

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I get SUNBROWN broen rice. Turns out perfect every time. My SIL swears by her rice cooker. I have to admit she does make pretty good rice. The rice cooker cooks until all the liquid is gone. It's supposed to make perfect rice. If you are like me, there is NO MORE ROOM for another single kitchen gadget at my house, though! LOL!

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I know how you feel - I went to Wal-Mart today. Finding healthy foods in there is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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...at the moment. They stopped selling Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter and Trader Joe's Fully Cooked Organic Brown Rice. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Now I'm forced to travel to a Trader Joe's. I'm going tonight. I can't cook brown rice to save my life. I follow the instructions and it still comes out wet or too hard. I'd rather just chuck in a trader joes and be done with it. It comes out perfect! It's like the entire place, other than the produce and proteins --- is filled with garbage and we're the garbage disposals. Bleh!

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