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Old 05-31-2007, 09:30 AM   #11
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The less devices I have the better "lol". I begged for a rice cooker for Christmas because I couldn't make rice. I made it in there once and it seemed like it took a long time. It was ok. But recently I have learned how to make rice better on the stove and I like it. So I'm going to get rid of the rice cooker.


Don't get rid of it!

You may want to use it again some day. But I AM going to get rid of my much older appliances though, since they were replaced with newer ones. All but the stand mixer, that is.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:51 AM   #12
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I'm with legend - I don't have a lot of counter space for a bunch of appliances, so I use a microwave-safe bowl with a lid to microwave rice. There's only two of us (three when we have an exchange student), so I put in 1 cup of rice, 1-1/2 cups of chicken stock with 1 tbsp. of oil and some seasonings, then cook it on regular (high) power for 7 minutes, open it and stir, then cook on high for 8 more minutes. I get perfect rice every time. I learned that if I don't stir, it can be a bit crunchy at the end :-)

For a larger amount of rice, just use a larger bowl and increase the rice and liquid accordingly.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:13 AM   #13
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I've often read and heared that there was no time saved between cooking rice in the microwave or on the stove.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:31 PM   #14
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Of course there isn't. Water takes the same amount of time to boil, no matter how you heat it, unless you change your elevation or the atomspheric pressure.

I use a rice cooker because it frees up a burner on the stove and the miocrowave for other things, and IT never screws up the rice!

When I'm done with the rice cooker, the pot, the paddle, and the steamer basket if I used it, get washed in the dishwasher, the dew collector gets emptied, and it gets put into the cupboard with all my other labor saving devices. The only appliances I keep on the counter are the can opener, toaster oven, and the blender.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:46 PM   #15
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I like the basic Panasonic nonstick models.
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:46 PM   #16
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I've often read and heared that there was no time saved between cooking rice in the microwave or on the stove.
It takes 15 minutes in the microwave, plus the time to take it out and stir it part-way through. But when it's done - it stops by itself. I don't have to remember to turn off the burner and it just sits there, staying hot till I'm ready for it. I don't have another appliance taking up space and, as someone said, it frees up a burner for something else. Works great for me
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:42 PM   #17
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Well, the same can be said for the rice cooker. It frees up a burner on the stove for something else that's needed to be cooked.

The other day, I cooked a dinner and the stove top was full, so in order to get the rice done, I just used the rice cooker to do it. I mainly like to use it because there is absolutely no way that you can burn or scorch the rice!

I used to forget to turn off the stovetop burner and the rice would end up scorched or burned. Now that I have my cute little rice cooker, that problem is a thing of the past in MY house!
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:59 PM   #18
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Well, the same can be said for the rice cooker. It frees up a burner on the stove for something else that's needed to be cooked.
And takes up more space on the counter that I don't have. I'll have a microwave no matter what, so for me, a rice cooker is an extra single-tasker, as Alton Brown would say.

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The other day, I cooked a dinner and the stove top was full, so in order to get the rice done, I just used the rice cooker to do it. I mainly like to use it because there is absolutely no way that you can burn or scorch the rice!

I used to forget to turn off the stovetop burner and the rice would end up scorched or burned. Now that I have my cute little rice cooker, that problem is a thing of the past in MY house!
Yup, the same is true of using the microwave. As with many things, YMMV.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:44 PM   #19
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sometimes the gadgets even take up room in my cabinets...when I could be using it to store other things. And than there are gadgets you never use or use 1ce a year and there still taking up room. For me, rice cooker and juicer are two. However, I would like to learn how to use my juicer. It was just a $60/$70 one I got for Christmas last year and I never ended up using it.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:19 PM   #20
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We have a rice cooker/steamer. It's a Salton I bought at a thrift store for $2 and I love it. I use it to do rice, cook potatoes for potato salad, other veggies, etc. It's a great tool and, even though I have essentially NO counter space, I've found a place to keep it in our pantry.

I never thought I'd ever have/buy a rice cooker, but when one presented itself at such a low price, I decided $2 was a minimal "stupid" tax to pay for something I might or might not use. Turns out I use it more than I ever imagined.
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