Huge fan of my slow cooker. Recently have been considering purchasing a rice cooker as way to vary my carb sources. I plan to mix in some white and brown rice. There are some that also have an insert to steam veggies/meat (found brands with stainless steel instead of plastic).
Anyone have one of these?
How long is the cook time?
What kind of meals are good?
Is it as simple as my crockpot (put ingredients in, turn knob, walk away)?
Is this a good paleo cooking tool?
asked byKyle_1 (1363)
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on May 02, 2013
at 12:47 AM
I've been using a rice cooker forever and the only time I ever used the steamer feature was when I was living in the dorm in college. It works well enough for a small amount of food, though if it's a smaller cooker, you can't put much water in and have to refill several times. Every time you refill, the water is becomes too cold and the steaming stops. So now I use a real steamer for steaming and a rice cooker for making rice.
The two major types of rice cookers are simple cookers and cooker/ warmers. The latter is much more expensive and useful for those families who eat rice throughout the day ( many Asian families eat rice 3 x per day or everyone eats at different times). For my family, we really only eat rice at dinner and we all sit down together at the same time. So I still use the simple cookers. Btw, leftover rice from dinner will keep at room temp in the cooker until the next day, unless the ambient temp is over 90degrees F. Sometimes I pack leftover rice with some stir fry from the fridge for my kids for lunch.