I LOVE my $9 rice cooker from Target! Besides cooking PERFECT brown rice, I also use it to cook lentils, barley, and other grains. Add in frozen veggies and seasonings when the rice is almost done and have a yummy meal all in one pot.
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I was always making white rice because I didn't want to wait for brown rice to cook. I bought an electric rice cooker. Now I start the brown rice first, and by the time the rest of the meal is complete, the rice is too.
Cook more than just rice in a Rice Cooker: Why hide away that rice cooker you got as a shower gift and only use it once in a while! I discovered it cooks hot cereals like Cream of Wheat or Red Mill grains--quickly, easily, with no boilover to clean up afterwards. I use mine to cook beans after soaking them--again, easy and no boilovers. And why not easily and gently poach a chicken breast the same way?
My brown rice was terrible!! Always gummy and yucky. I read a SP article that said Brown Rice was tricky to cook but that a rice cooker will turn out perfect rice every time. I just went to BB&B and bought one for 18.00 w/coupon. I'm hoping it will work and encourage more whole grains for me.
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