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12/9/09 10:39 A

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12/9/09 10:36 A

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In recent days, I have learned that I can cook my Old Fashion Oatmeal in my rice cooker with out standing over it - if I just don't put the lid on it.
That way it doesn't boil over, and i can jump in the shower.

Oh, and I got my cooker at Walmart. It is a Black & Decker.


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11/30/09 12:08 P

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I'll check the one I saw to see if it comes w/a steamer tray...thanks for the info.


PS - just checked Black & Decker apppliances online -they make a 3 cup rice cooker, but it does not have the steamer basket - the 6 cup one does and interesting the suggested price for both is $14.99 - so I guess the 6 cup it is from W/M at $13.88....

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11/30/09 11:53 A

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Irene, another caution... If you don't like to clean up the counters..or if you want to be able to make enough for a couple of days...then stick with the 6
I live alone, and it works perfect for me. Since I use it also sometimes for STEAMING veggies (at the same time I cook the rice) then the smaller one would not work for me.. and I don't know if the 3 cup would come with a steamer. emoticon



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11/30/09 9:40 A

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Good Morning - Is it possible it was cooking too fast.

A 3 cup rice cooker, - WOW - that would be perfect for me. Do you know the brand name and the store you got it at???

The one I saw was Black & Decker - used their products for years and they last - and 6 cups size, it was $13.88 at W/M....

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11/30/09 8:10 A

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I have enjoyed reading all your comments.
One caution. emoticon I stayed in the kitchen the first time and stirred it twice. Today, I took my shower. When I came back, i had a mess on the counter. I had used the measurements on the cooker for water. It must have been wrong for my purpose. I had soup. So I have added more oats and am still waiting. Next time, i will measure, measure, measure.
I still hope I can take a shower while it is cooking. We will see.

About the difference between rice cookers and slow cookers. My rice cooker heats anything a lot faster than a slow cooker would. Plus, it is a small capacity. I just have a 3 cup cooker that I got for about $12.95. I first learned about them when one of the agencies serving the Burmese refugees in our area were asking for donations of rice cookers. If you live in Northeast Indiana, the need is in Allen County.

Here are some recipes:
sallyskitchen.com/html/recipes.html

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11/29/09 8:45 P

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You could try yogurt again. Maybe now you will have more time.



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Thanks for the link, Irene. Very good information there.



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What a great idea! Thanks for all the suggestions, Everyone!

I have a yogurt maker. I have made yogurt before but was a busy Mom and the phase didn't last long. It has 6 cup size glasses. Anybody have any suggestions along this line?

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11/29/09 5:57 P

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Great idea! emoticon Never thought of making my oatmeal in the steamer/rice cooker! I'm going to try this Monday morning. The microwave doesn't cook the oatmeal as well as the stove top method but is not as messy. The rice cooker is easy to clean up.
Terrific! Thanks!
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Ok, my curiosity got the better of me, so I "googled" Slow cooker vs Rice Cooker...here is the link which gives a great explanation.....

www.ricecookerinfo.com/difference-be
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een-rice-cooker-and-slow-cooker.htm


Guess "rice Cooker" will be added to my ever growing supply of appliances....!!!! emoticon

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11/29/09 5:30 P

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I think it is a matter of 'timing'... how hot it stays...and for how long. i THINK the rice cooks about 40 minutes or so and the slow cooker would take several hours...

I think 6 cup is probably the smallest that you would want to buy. So you don't boil over all the time.

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11/29/09 5:11 P

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I saw one today at W/M - made by Black & Decker - it's a 6 cup Rice Cooker - it was $13.88 - I did not get it because I thought that there may be one that is smaller, could be wrong!! So I will look around, if not I will go back and get this one. I had the removable inside, just like my regular slow cooker.

Anyone know what the difference is between a "Rice Cooker" and a "Slow Cooker"??????

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11/29/09 1:46 P

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This is a great idea! I always have a problem making steel cut oats on the stove - it always boils over and makes a mess. I love to eat my steel cut oats with just a little salt (and sometimes a grind of fresh pepper). Nutty and flavorful.

Thanks for the idea!

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Thank you for the information. I, too, was ignorant of using a rice cooker. I'll make it a point to get one now. Been wanting to wean myself from the microwave and this sounds just perfect for helping me do so.

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I love my rice cooker and obviously am not using it to it's full potential. I have made rice and steamed veggies but nothing else.



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Thanks - a gal after my own heart - I am a "discount" & "sale" shopper, have been for years. And since it's just me the smaller the better.

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11/28/09 9:59 A

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You do not need a BIG FANCY EXPENSIVE ONE... A small one, probably around $15 will work just fine. If you have BIG LOTS store down there, they always have them on sale. Or even some of the drugstores, Rite Aid, Longs, CVS, Walgreens have appliances too..




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Thanks Vivian - Smashy - I am on my way out to do chores - am going to look for on. Thanks. Have a great day. Irene

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Amazing what a little rice cooker can do. I even found suggestions on (I think it was) the RIVAL rice cooker page. A lot of college students use them to cook their whole meal, some some with a little steamer basket so they can steam the veggies and heat up pot stickers or ravioli....



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I was introduced to rice cookers when I lived in Hawaii, and can't imagine what I did before! I keep telling my friends here in Texas they should get one, but not very many of them are "getting on board." 8-) Linda C

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Irene, get a rice cooker. I use mine a lot (for one person). I pre-cook beans in it for soup. I use it a lot for brown rice, which takes longer to cook. I have even used it for the steel cut oats and just put what I don't use in a container in the fridge for the next couple of days. It works great. Be sure to get one that has non stick insert that is removable.





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I've tried making Steel Cut Oatmeal in my slow cooker, but since it's only for me it's too much to make at one time. This sounds like it would work for just 1 person. Is that what you did or did you make it for more people????

I've been thinking about buying a rice cooker but have not gotten around to it, maybe now I will.

Thanks for the suggestion...
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I bought a rice cooker a couple months ago. I usually find making old fashion oat meal makes a big mess in my pot. I read that I could make it in my rice cooker, so I tried it today. It worked better than the stove top. I didn't have to stand over it stirring. And the clean up was fantastic.
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