We all may have kitchen appliances that are underutilized. Furthermore, most people believe that they are made only for one purpose. That is why today, you will learn how to use a rice cooker in a variety of ways. The rice cooker is probably on top of the list for a small appliance. Its common treatment as a one function kitchen item is obvious. You should not limit it to just cooking rice.
Some of the most inventive non-rice recipes cooked in a rice casserole come from adventurous creators, creative or simply desperate. Think of all college students who get tired of eating in the community catering center. They also want to make their own meals. A rice cooker can become a vessel of ingenuity. That is why you must know how to use a rice cooker properly.
Knowing How To Use A Rice Cooker
Here are the four different ways on how to use a rice cooker:
1. As a slow cooker (set-and-forget meal preparation)…
Your rice cooker may have a slow-cook setting or just a basic one (with just two settings, cook and warm). You can use it as a slow cooker by using the “warm” setting. Slow cooking is a practical way of saving time because you can leave it to cook and do some other chores. It also brings out the flavor in food and uses less electricity than most cooking appliances.
2. Used for steaming…
Most rice cookers come with an added steamer basket to place on top of the rice cooker. You can steam vegetables, poultry, seafood, fruits and desserts. Steaming food is one of the best ways to retain the vitamins and minerals. It also preserves the color, fiber, moisture, freshness and flavor of food. It’s a healthy way of cooking because it does not require oil or fat.
3. For baking…
After mixing all your cake ingredients together, all you have to do is spray the rice cooker bowl with cooking spray. Place the bowl in the rice cooker and push the cook button. Cooking time may vary but if you see that it still has a liquid consistency, you may push the cook button again. You may have to repeat the process until the cake is fully baked.
4. For boiling…
Use the rice cooker bowl with water for simmering or boiling since it is capable of reaching the necessary temperature to cook any recipe that needs boiling. It is a quick cooking method and makes food soft and digestible. That is why you can boil egg, prepare pasta, grains, broth/stock and also for stewing meat.
Now that we know the capabilities of a rice cooker, I can say that it is wise to invest in this item if you want to save kitchen space or if you have a limited budget for an appliance. Rice cookers are available in reasonable prices that any budget conscious person can afford.
Here are rice cooker recipe books that can help you begin a variety of meals using your rice cooker. Do click on the images and read the reviews for the best purchase decisions.