15 thoughts on “Cooking Query”

  1. I don’t know what a rice cooker is, but I have this thing that enables me to make rice in the microwave. It’s a plastic container with a top, and I paid about $15 for it. You put in a cup of rice, 2 and 1/2 cups water, put the top on, put it in the microwave for 14 minutes, and then — perfect rice everytime.
    At parties, I often serve veggie chili over rice, so I just keep making batches of rice and dumping it into an insulated container. It’s so easy I can assign the rice-making duties to just about any of the kids.

  2. I am wary of rice cookers because a majority of the affordable ones come with non-stick pots. If I need a lot of rice, I make it on the stove (white rice) or in the oven (brown/red rice). For my normal meals, I use a pyrex bowl covered with a wet dish towel in the microwave and use rice-water ratios based on the type of rice.

  3. I have a small rice cooker and I really love it. My family makes fun of me because after all, it’s not that hard to cook rice, is it? But rice in the rice cooker just comes out much tastier, IMHO. I don’t know why. (Mine is not non-stick, just a plain, cheap one.)

  4. I have a Krups, not one of the fancy “fuzzy logic” kind. I think it was around 40 bucks. I’ve had it at least a couple of years now. We use it all the time, at least twice a week. Even though it has a nonstick bottom, I’ve not figured out how to keep the bottom layer from sticking, no matter what. Which is not the worst tragedy, because I kind of like the sticky bottom layer. Tastes like popcorn.
    OK, yes, I’m aware that I’m weird.

  5. We are on our second rice cooker. The first one we bought because it was the cheapest one at Target, and we thought we would also use it to steam veggies. We never used the steamer function, but we loved the rice cooker. Eventually we got irritated by the way it would sort of burn the bottom layer of rice (not realizing that layer would have lured KathyR for dinner anytime). So we eventually gave it away and bought a zojirushi rice cooker with fuzzy logic (see picture at http://tinyurl.com/2ggfct although that’s not where we bought it). I love, love, love this one: I can set it up in the morning and when I come home at the end of the day, the rice is nice and warm, no burning. I also bought Hensburger and Kaufmann’s The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, and have made things other than rice in it.
    I *love* having a rice cooker. I made pretty good rice on the stove (using the Moosewood Cookbook’s method), but it’s nice to just put everything in the cooker and not worry about the rice while I”m trying to cook or time other things, and I can start the rice much earlier in the day.

  6. I have a small old rice cooker I got free from a Japanese woman who was at the seminary and didn’t want to lug it home with her. It’s on its last legs now, but I have always found it very convenient, more so now that I’m cooking rice for the dog.
    It’s really fool-proof. You can put the rice and water in and concentrate on the rest of your meal.
    I think mine is a Japanese brand. I’m looking at a new one — I’ll see what the brand is.

  7. I have one of the cheap microwave kinds, but alas I rarely use it. It works fine – I just never seem to think about it. Have I mentioned that cooking is not my favorite activity??

  8. I have my grandmother’s rice steamer. It is a blue pot that says savory on the top. They come up once in a while on eBay. I love it. You put the rice in the top with some water (1 part rice, 1 part water) and then let it cook on the stove. You have to be careful not to let the water boil out of the bottom part.
    It is one of my favorite things, ever.

  9. No. But the Korean Church that shares our church uses them all the time. I’ll try to remember and check theirs, and let you know…

  10. We have a small Panasonic one. We use it once every week or so, and are happy with it. Sometimes we notice the rice on the bottom layer is a wee bit more brown than the rest of the brown rice, but haven’t noticed it tasting any different like KathyR has. (perhaps I should taste more carefully?)

  11. I have one and really like it. Makes the rice perfect. But we don’t use it often. I guess we don’t eat rice too often. Maybe we should. I have a rice cooker after all!
    I can’t tell you what kind to get, but I would recommend getting one – if you eat rice often.

  12. Thanks, y’all, for the advice. I like the sound of the thing that works in the microwave, since counter space is somewhat limited here.

  13. If you haven’t bought one yet, I would definitely go with a Japanese brand. I would take the non-stick bottom over microwaving any day.
    In addition, I just found the most delicious organic brown rice at Whole Foods the other day. As sweet as white Jasmine rice. So yummy!

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