In spite of the name, a rice cooker does not just cook rice. In the kitchen it can be a real multi tasker and is a quick and convenient way to cook a multitude of foods.
If you think about it, the rice cooker works on the same principle as a slow cooker, as it uses moist heat over a set period of time to cook food. Some rice cookers even have a “slow cook” setting, you could even replace your slow cooker with a rice cooker.
Some examples of the foods that can be cooked in a rice cooker are detailed below.
Although the rice cooker won’t save you time as opposed to the stove, the advantage is it is very low maintenance and very hands-off. A technical point to note is, the eggs aren’t boiled, they are steamed, but the eggs will come out like soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs in the rice cooker. Depending on the times set.
Most rice cookers have a pudding setting. So you could use it to make tapioca pudding.
In your rice cooker, you could use whole pearl tapioca, fold in fruit and other ingredients, such as coconut milk instead of regular milk. It is so simple, put in your tapioca pearls, mix in the milk and other ingredients, and set it on the porridge cycle, it will cook perfectly and takes way less time than cooking on your stove top.
Pre-cook any vegetables and whatever ingredients you want in your dish, then whisk some eggs into the rice cooker bowl and add your other ingredients to the egg mixture. Cook on the regular rice setting, and when it’s done, you’ve got a quick breakfast or dinner, adjust the amount of ingredients to as little or as much as you want.
For this recipe, you will need a larger type rice cooker. Before you buy always look at expert rice cooker reviews, they will help you to choose the right one for you. Gather your ingredients. Put them into the pot and add enough water to make it into a soup. Click to the warm setting, once it has boiled, keep watching until the soup looks fully cooked. If it looks undercooked, add a little more water and keep going. You will also learn to add the ingredients in a mixture in the reverse order of how long you think they’ll take to cook. Never put in your meat or chicken too soon or it will overcook.
The final ingredients to add into the pot should always be the things you like a little crunchy, for example, vegetables.
You can cook all sorts of grains, for example: quinoa, rice pilaf, risotto, polenta and grits. Why not make a breakfast burrito in your rice cooker? All you need to do is cook the rice, tomatoes, and peppers together and crack some eggs into the cooker when the rice is done, allow the eggs to cook on the “keep warm” setting for ten minutes, then scoop the whole thing into your tortillas.
The rice cooker can also take place of an oven when it comes to baked goods. If you love cheesecake, you need to do this. Mix the ingredients (cream cheese, eggs, sugar, lemon juice, heavy cream, and flour) in the rice cooker bowl, switch on the normal rice cooking cycle and it is done! Simple as that.
A rice cooker is a very versatile kitchen gadget and actually could replace a lot of other equipment in your kitchen. You don’t need to be a professional chef, the rice cooker does it all for you.