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Old 03-05-2005, 12:54 PM   #1
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What can you put into a rice cooker?

I own a regular "it clicks when it's done" and I was wondering what else can be prepared in one besides rice. I know I shouldent put anything too acidic in because of the finish but what else could be prepared or rehidrated in one?

Main reason I ask is that I want to get one for a friend for a housewarming gift but he's wondering what else he could do with it since unlike me he dosent eat rice 6 times a week.


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Old 03-05-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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Personally, I really can't think of anything else you could do with a rice cooker because of how it works:

In it's simpelest form ... the temperature inside the cooker can not exceed the boiling point of water at 1 atmosphere as long as there is water in the pot. Once the water is absorbed by the rice the temperature goes up, a thermostat detects this, and the cooker sounds the "it's done" alarm and either shuts off or shifts to the keep-warm mode. To maintain the pressure at 1 atmosphere, most cookers have a pressure relief valve that will vent excess pressure during cooking - thus helping to maintain a constant cooking temperature. Pretty simple, but also rather clever!

It "maybe" could be used as an expensive small capacity make-shift slow cooker - but it wouldn't be very efficient for that use since the pressure relief valve would be like lifting the lid on a slow-cooker ... releasing steam and prolonging the cooking time even more.

I, too, am curious to see if anyone has actually found something else they can use a rice cooker for that actually works.

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Old 03-05-2005, 10:22 PM   #3
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All the ones I have seem could double as a steamer, but I always though there were easier ways to steam things.
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Old 03-06-2005, 01:08 AM   #4
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Some people use it to make congee, or rice soup...other than that, not sure...
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:31 PM   #5
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I purchased a rice cooker while in Korea..it was sent to our Base Exchange from Japan and wouldn't ya know it! The directions are in Japanese..

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Can warm up pieces of chicken. Congee, as someone else said, can add pulled meat and veggies (leftovers) in it. I've cooked salmon once on top of the rice. It didn't come out that bad. :-)
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Old 08-02-2006, 12:01 AM   #7
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can you put broth in as the cooking liquid?

can you put herbs in there?
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:26 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Mylegsbig
can you put broth in as the cooking liquid?

can you put herbs in there?
Sure! What would make you think otherwise? The recipe is pretty basic - a quantity of rice and a quantity of liquid (usually 1 part rice to 2 parts liquid - as a general ratio) herbs are not going to absorb or release any significant amount of liquid - heated for a period of time (type and age of rice will dictate the variables).

Making perfect rice isn't rocket science - they have been doing this in Asia for how many centuries? While rice cookers are nice - they are not essential.

Now - to ammend my comments from about 18-months ago ... yes, a rice cooker can be used for other things .... it can be used like a CorckPot slow cooker ... sometimes ... depends on how the thermostat works.
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:31 AM   #9
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Word of caution:

There are several types of inserts for rice cookers. Some brands have metal inserts while others have opted for plastic. The metal inserts are far more forgiving about what you put in there as far as liquid and flavoring agents. The plastic inserts often stain.

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Old 08-04-2006, 09:56 AM   #10
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I have a rice cooker (a gift - not something I'd have thought of buying, but it frees up space on the hob) and occasionally add turmeric to the rice while it's cooking and then at the end, when it's done, I stir in a small amount of lemon juice.
Anyone tried poaching fish in a rice cooker? It's only just occurred to me as an idea - I've never done it.

Edited: Cindy, I've just seen your reply. Has anyone done fish without bothering with rice?

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