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Old 01-30-2010, 04:13 AM   #51
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I saw on a commercial the other day a gadget which will crack an egg for you! Are you kidding me!?!?? I'm sorry, if you have only cracked a few eggs then maybe, possibly, can I image the need to purchase an egg cracker. But if you enjoy cooking and if your mama taught you anything at all (boys & girls included!) then if you need a tool to crack an egg then get the H___ out!

Some gadgets are on the cutting edge of stupidity/lazyness. I enjoy cracking eggs (I can hold 4 at a time [2 in each hand] and crack 2 at a time [1 in each hand]). Cracking eggs is a basic skill which should be mastered (not hard to learn), not technozized (probably not a real word but it should be!).
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:43 AM   #52
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I had sizzling rice soup in a restaurant once--never thought about making it.

(off to search for a recipe)
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:43 AM   #53
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Just wait until I invent my liquid temperature increaser (pot to boil water). I am going to make millions.
Personally, I love my slow speed hand blender...wire whisk coated with silicon.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:50 AM   #54
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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.
You just talked me into a rice cooker, a top of the line. Now we know where MY tax return is going.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:15 AM   #55
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I'd love to be able to pay MY tax return with rice cookers from the town dump.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:57 AM   #56
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You just talked me into a rice cooker, a top of the line. Now we know where MY tax return is going.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:03 PM   #57
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Wow a good rice cooker is awesome... dunno why that shows up in this thread. If you buy a decent one, it can keep rice warm and ready to eat for 2 days. I guess being married to a Taiwanese-descent wife has made me biased but... damn! These things rock!

Cheap ones just burn the rice after a few hours... look at Zojirushi, those are great!

EDIT: just saw the post above mine. YES! Zojirushi is the only brand I would buy.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:11 PM   #58
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Wow a good rice cooker is awesome... dunno why that shows up in this thread. If you buy a decent one, it can keep rice warm and ready to eat for 2 days. I guess being married to a Taiwanese-descent wife has made me biased but... damn! These things rock!

Cheap ones just burn the rice after a few hours... look at Zojirushi, those are great!

EDIT: just saw the post above mine. YES! Zojirushi is the only brand I would buy.
I would not advise keeping rice on the warm setting for more than a couple hours. I would definitely not recommend two days. I know that people do it, but they are taking a chance on food poisoning. Rice is cheap. Why not either refrigerate leftovers or make a new batch?
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:22 PM   #59
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I would not advise keeping rice on the warm setting for more than a couple hours. I would definitely not recommend two days. I know that people do it, but they are taking a chance on food poisoning. Rice is cheap. Why not either refrigerate leftovers or make a new batch?
It depends on how much rice you eat per day. Some time back a Chinese woman I talked to was lamenting the price increase in spring of 2008. I was confused until she said that she and her husband both ate about a pound of rice per day. She bought rice from Sams Club in the largest bag they had.

I surely wouldn't be the one to give a Taiwanese person advice on how to cook and serve rice.
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I surely wouldn't be the one to give a Taiwanese person advice on how to cook and serve rice.

I really wasn't directing it at any particular ethnicity or culture. BTW, Zojirushi specifically recommends keeping rice on warm no longer than 13 hours. From their FAQs:

Most of our rice cookers are also rice warmers. They keep your rice hot and tasty for many hours (we recommend a maximum of 13 hours).

Personally, I'll stick with my two-hour max, give or take a little. FYI: My Panasonic, which is very similar to Zojirushi, says not to use the Keep Warm function for brown rice, mixed rices, or porridge.
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