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Old 01-29-2010, 11:18 AM   #41
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That helps too, but no its because you can't submerge the rice deeply enough to fry it effectively in any pan you have. The deep fryer also has a special mesh basket for the rice. I suppose in theory you could fill your DO with oil, buy the special strainer and do it that way. That would mean finding another pot for the soup etc so a deep fryer is just the best bet IMO. Wanna come over for soup sometime?

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Old 01-29-2010, 11:18 AM   #42
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I've noticed that a lot of people list Rice Cookers... and as someone who cooks rice in a regular stovetop pot, I understand that. I received an electric one a couple of years ago, but they come in two flavors.

For more than twenty years I've had a stovetop rice cooker. It's a dutch oven sized alum. pot with a large perforated aluminum sheet basket insert. It is GREAT for steaming vegetables, and will hold about 1-1/2 lbs. of ground beef for making made-rights or any other dish with meat that has had all of the fat steamed out of it. And whether cooking, or using it as a steam-warmer, I use mine about once a week on average.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:20 AM   #43
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:24 AM   #44
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I've noticed that a lot of people list Rice Cookers... and as someone who cooks rice in a regular stovetop pot, I understand that.
My rice cooker is the most used "gadget" in my kitchen. We use it at least once a week and often more. What I love about mine, and why it gets so much use, is that I can set it up in the morning (like a slow cooker) and set what time I want the rice to be ready. So if I want to serve dinner at 6:30 then I tell the cooker that and at 6:30 on the dot it will play its little song letting me know the rice is ready. I do not have to sit around waiting for 20 minutes for the rice to cook, or actually since we use brown rice almost exclusively now it would be even longer. I have two young kids and my commute is an hour without traffic or delays so time is of the essence when I make dinner on the weekdays. My rice cooker allows me to get a part of my meal done ahead of time and not have to worry about it.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #45
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OK, GB, that makes a good deal of sense. The one I was given didn't have a delay timer. I think I might have used it more if it did. (I'd certainly be making more rice if I had a deep fryer too! )
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:12 PM   #46
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There seems there are two levels of rice cookers. You can either get the inexpensive "dumb" models which have no or next to no features. You put the rice and water in and turn it on and it turns off when done. These types usually work very well and do exactly what they say they do, but again there are no extras with them. Then you have the expensive models that have all sorts of settings and features. They will both cook rice, but the expensive models will allow you things like timed cooking and settings for other grains and things like that.

I got my expensive one from credit card points. I would never have bought (or maybe it would be more accurate to say my wife would have never allowed me to buy ) a rice cooker that cost 3 digits, but since it was from CC points it was basically free. Now that I have it though, both me and my wife see the value in it and when this one dies, hopefully not before my kids are out of college, then I will have no reservation about buying another just like it at whatever price they want to charge.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:38 PM   #47
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I'm with GB on the "expensive" rice cooker (not literally, of course). And I love my Stir Crazy popcorn maker. I use oil, popcorn, and a little salt and get none of the you-know-what that's in microwave popcorn.

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:26 PM   #48
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Is it because the deep fryer has a lid?
The new ones have the heating element in the oil so they are better at temperature control of the oil and maitaining the temp when you drop in the food. REAL good ones have a drain for the oil. (okay I admit I have been doing my deep fryer research in anticipation of this year tax return)
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:32 PM   #49
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There seems there are two levels of rice cookers. You can either get the inexpensive "dumb" models which have no or next to no features. You put the rice and water in and turn it on and it turns off when done. These types usually work very well and do exactly what they say they do, but again there are no extras with them. Then you have the expensive models that have all sorts of settings and features. They will both cook rice, but the expensive models will allow you things like timed cooking and settings for other grains and things like that.

I got my expensive one from credit card points. I would never have bought (or maybe it would be more accurate to say my wife would have never allowed me to buy ) a rice cooker that cost 3 digits, but since it was from CC points it was basically free. Now that I have it though, both me and my wife see the value in it and when this one dies, hopefully not before my kids are out of college, then I will have no reservation about buying another just like it at whatever price they want to charge.
I'm also with GB, although since my kids are older already, we don't need the bigger steamer, which costs less, at least !!!
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:42 AM   #50
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Just wait until I invent my liquid temperature increaser (pot to boil water). I am going to make millions.
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