Things you can do with your rice cooker

6a00d83451707369e2017c322add0d970b-800wi Out of all the kitchen appliances that you can purchase the rice cooker has to be the one of the most useful. And no, it’s not just for cooking rice, although it does that quite well and to perfection every single time. While it may be “off label” using your rice cooker to perform other useful kitchen tasks will enable you to be even more creative in the kitchen.

 

Cook Beans  — That’s right you can cook beans in the rice cooker without burning them. Simply put in the right ratio of liquid to beans. First bring washed beans, water and salt to a boil on the stove, cover with a lid, turn off and let set for one hour. Place beans into rice cooker, cover with water or broth, add in an onion, some garlic and salt and cook using the brown rice setting.

 

Cook Breakfast  —  Put 1 part steel cut oats to 3 parts water, with a dash of salt into rice cooker. Turn on normal white rice cooking. Remember that oats expand more than rice so if your rice cooker cooks six cups of dry rice it will only cook three cups of oats.

 

Cook Fruit — If your rice cooker has a porridge setting add in five apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus a 16 ounces of pitted cherries, covered with 1/2 cup apple juice or cider, 1/4 cup agave , 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 stick unsalted butter. Close and set on the porridge cycle, when it’s done, open and stir. Put lid back on and cook until desired consistency. Store in fridge for up to two weeks.

 

Cook Other Grains — You can cook any grain from wheat berries, to risotto in the rice cooker. Simply use the right ratio of liquid to dry and consider how much it might expand then cook on the setting that makes sense. Risotto can be cooked on the white rice setting while more raw grains need longer cook times and may do better on the brown rice setting.

 

Cook Soups & Stews  — Precook any meat you want to use in the soup, and then combine all ingredients and turn on. Let cook through the quickest cycle until it switches to the keep warm cycle. Check the veggies t see if they’re done. If not, just close and let stay on “keep warm” until the veggies are cooked through.

 

Steam Veggies  — Some rice cookers have a steam basket. I have discovered that if you put veggies in the steam basket with the rice it over cooks the veggies. But you can steam in the basket without the rice. Just set on the lowest cook time, and experiment until your veggies come out perfect. Fresh takes less time than frozen.

 

As you see the rice cooker is a versatile and useful kitchen appliance that many cooks cannot live without.  Learning how your rice cooker works, and how much it can hold in the pot will help you use it for all kinds of recipes.

 

 

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