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Old 07-25-2006, 07:48 PM   #21
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I got one of those in my stocking at Christmas. It is absolutely the worse gadget ever.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:48 PM   #22
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I am shocked, shocked that some of you don't enjoy your rice cookers. Coincidentally, I posted on the cookware forum on gardenweb just this morning in reply to a person asking what we considered our favorite gadget or kitchen appliance. I assumed she meant something beyond the mundane knife or food processor and so told her that I love my rice cooker. It's one of those fancy fuzzy logic ones and set me back quite a few dollars.

But unlike some appliances I've bought over the years -- can you say Yogurt Maker? - - I use this at least a couple times a week. Sure, you can cook rice in a pan, but this is so simple, foolproof, and doesn't need my attention after I throw in the rice, water, and a dash of salt. Perfect rice -- whether it's regular, basmati, sticky, brown, etc., -- every single time without sacrificing one of my burners. Plus, if you're adventurous and the autormatic rice cooker cookbook, there are many good rice-based dishes you can make in it. Oh, and it's a breeze to clean.

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Old 07-25-2006, 07:50 PM   #23
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I have never used a rice cooker. I think I gave one to my son when he was going through his vegan period (about 10 years ago). Come to think of it, I've never seen him use it.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:51 PM   #24
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The place I get take out from is my rice cooker. If I had one, I would use it though.:-)
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:31 PM   #25
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Vera brings up a subject I was just thinking about last night (probably should be in a separate post, but oh well)

Those of you who have a microwave over your stove, where does all the smoke/grease from the stovetop go? On the underside of the microwave?
Mine has vents above the microwave with cabinetry right above.... so the smoke and junk goes thorugh the filters, out the top of the microwave (these vents get a yellowish slime build up if not wiped after every use) and yellow cabinets that use to be white.

I can't think of an appliance that I don't use.... well... I guess a toaster oven, kind of a waste of space since I use it maybe twice a year.
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:34 PM   #26
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I agree that rice cookers are great. Yeah, rice is about the easiest thing in the world to cook, but they still serve a purpose, and they do it very well. You won't find many homes in Japan or other Asian countries that don't use a rice cooker every day, and for good reasons:
  • The "set it and forget it" feature -- throw in the rice and water, turn it on, and don't think about it until dinner time.
  • The cooked rice is in good shape for several hours.
  • Having a rice cooker frees up a burner.
  • They have settings for several kinds of rice.
  • They can be used for cooking other things.
Not all rice cookers are created equal. The best are from Japan, notably the National brand with "fuzzy logic" controls.
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:49 PM   #27
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I did not purchase it, but I received a Ron Popeil Pasta Maker as a Christmas present. I used it about a dozen times and did not find the pasta to be at all superior to dry packaged pasta as other fresh pasta. I tried numerous recipes and none of them were worth the trouble.
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:33 AM   #28
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My worst mistake was buying a George Foreman table-top grill. Compared with those available from Taiwan the George Forman Grill is in the Middle Ages.
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:41 AM   #29
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Microwave oven. Since my family has grown, it gets used about once a month to make scrambled eggs or to cook some frozen peas. Or once, in a very blue-moon, it gets used to heat a ready-prepared steamed meal from Marks and Spencer! Although when my family comes home or I have visitors, it gets more use. Still doesn't pay its way though!
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Old 07-26-2006, 08:36 AM   #30
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I use my microwave many times during the day, especially in the summer.
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