I have a electric pressure cooker and it dose it all. I do my brown rice in 6min. I do my dried beans at the max 45 min, I dont like soaking beans. It is my all purpose cooker.
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Absolutely!!! I have 2! One has a top steamer basket that I can do veggies in at the same time. I do all kinds of whole grains in them. Bulgar, quinoa, barley etc. So easy, just set it up and it turns itself to warm when done.
I use a rice cooker for brown rice, quinoa, fruit and vegetables and other grains, it makes life easier when I am tending to other items to go with what is in the cooker. I like cooking other items to add to the main part of the meal or preparing a salad!
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I have a hang-up about cooking food in plastic, so I never bought a rice cooker. It was tempting, though, after cooking some pretty sticky rice that my family wouldn't eat. I use a pressure cooker for beans. I never thought about using it for brown rice. That's a nice idea. Black eyed peas only take 9 minutes in a pressure cooker.
It would be so nice to put rice in a rice cooker and forget about it. I use an egg cooker for egg salad and potato salad. I'm not vegan yet.
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I do love my rice cooker (with steamer).. so much that I just bought my granddaughter a nice one for her to take to her first home 'away' at college. You can do so much more than rice in it. Veggies steamed for one thing. Put frozen veggies in the steamer part when the rice is nearly done and they will cook in time for a pretty good meal combination. You can even heat soup and make simple meals in it. There are cook books especially for rice cookers. Make it fun..........You will love yours too.
I love my rice cooker. Set it and let it do its thing.. also is great since I can make a big batch and stick the rest in the fridge for quick re-heating for meals. You can get basic ones or ones that work as steamers for veggies and slow cookers for soup/stews. Supper handy!!
I love mine. A friend had two and gave me one. You don't have to watch it as much as on the stove. Just put in the rice and water and let it cook. Of course I do check on it after awhile to stir it a little. I also like throwing in some salsa. I love Basmati rice. I don't like white rice, brown is good too.
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I finally bought a rice cooker a few years ago and used the heck out of it for the first year. I have since decided to learn to cook perfect rice on the stove, or delegate the job to my daughter who is much better at it than I am when it comes to brown rice. I quit using my rice cooker because I wanted a stainless steel pot inside instead of the one with non-stick coating. My cooker tends to burn the bottom of the rice in the middle of the pan, so it is certainly not foolproof.
The cooker I have has another basked in it that you can set in the top of the pan to use to cook veggies or a meat in addition to rice or whatever you're cooking in the bottom such as quinoa or barley. You can use it ALMOST like a slow cooker, but I feel you are much better off using an actual slow cooker.
Bottom line, I do not love my cooker because it burns my rice and I do not want the toxic chemicals in my rice from the non-stick surface. Definitely read reviews, as mentioned, before picking one up.
my daughter in law has one and loves it! She cooks everything in it you mentioned - got it through Amazon. Always helpful reviews there. Good luck!
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Hi, Somehow I've managed to never own a rice cooker, even after 16 years of being a vegetarian. What else can I cook in it besides rice, and do you use it often, or find that it is more of an unused appliance sitting on your counter? Can I cook whole grains, quinoa, barley...etc...in it?
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