October 13, 2016
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This is how versatile a rice cooker is

We were misled. That meek appliance sitting in the corner is not just for cooking rice. it can do many other wonders.

Because it’s been named “rice cooker,” we were all led to assume that this appliance is just for rice. While this may sound true for its makers, with people’s food enthusiasm folded with fund constraints added with a dash of innovation, rice cooker is no longer confined to the grains of rice–it can be used for other dishes, too.

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Boiling
For instance, rice cookers could be used in boiling. It doesn’t take a genius to know how to boil using a rice cooker. Since rice cookers are capable of producing and transferring heat enough to boil water, just adding the main ingredient is the remaining step. After a few minutes, your food, may it be chicken or egg, is ready to be eaten.

Stewing
More than boiling, rice cookers are also reliable for making soups, stews, and chillis. Simply throw all of the ingredients into the pot. Stir a little. Simmer a bit, and voila! Your pot of hot soup, stew, or chilli is ready! Of course there would be times when tougher or harder ingredients should be thrown in first because they require a longer cooking time.

stew

Steaming
If you love to pair your rice with an assortment of dishes, then you could also use the rice cooker to steam meats and vegetables. Steam vegetables and meats at the same time as you are cooking rice. Not only are you saving time and space, you are also infusing flavors into your rice. Normally, rice cookers have instructions on how to use the steaming tray, but if there’s none, for vegetables, such as cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower, the steaming time is 15 minutes, and for chicken and beef the minimum time is 25 minutes.

steaming

Once done with the main meal composed of rice, soup, and steamed meats and vegetables, it’s time for dessert, which you could also make in your–wait for it–rice cooker!

Baking
The rice cooker can actually imitate the oven when baking. For example, if you want a cheesecake, simply mix the ingredients–commonly cream cheese, eggs, sugar, lemon juice, heavy cream, and flour–into the rice cooker bowl, switch on the normal rice cooking cycle, and wait for it to be done. In a few minutes, you have your rice cooker cheesecake.

baking

Bonus recipe
While only one course of meal was shared above, any time of the day, you can make snacks using the rice cooker. One of the common snacks is the mac and cheese. To make this using the
rice cooker, place the pasta, chicken stock, and a teaspoon of salt in the rice cooker bowl, and cook for 15 minutes. Then, add the milk and cheese, stir to combine, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Since rice cookers cook at different temperatures, make sure to check in on your dish every now and then.

There’s just no stopping when it comes to satisfying our hunger pangs, and it’s good to know that there’s a meek appliance at the corner who could serve us assortment of food from rice, boiled and steamed food, to dessert and snacks.