February 10, 2015 – Using a rice cooker to cook only rice is like using a grill to only grill meat! If all your life you’ve thought that this handy-dandy machine only served one purpose, prepare to see the endless possibilities that a rice cooker can bring you in the kitchen.
On Special Buy* this week for $14.99, the Kitchen Living 16 Cup Rice Cooker can take your kitchen skills from white or brown rice to breakfast, fruit, chili, and more! The machine has a keep-warm function, a steam tray (perfect for meats and veggies!), easy-clean removable cooking pot and also comes with a measuring cup and serving scoop. Here are our four favorite uses for rice cookers:
Love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning but rarely have the time to stick by the stove to make it? The rice cooker will be your new breakfast BFF. Put one part oats in the rice cooker and three parts water (or milk), along with a pinch of salt. Be sure to leave enough room in the rice cooker for the oatmeal to expand and bubble as it comes to a boil. Turn your rice cooker on and continue with your morning routine until hot breakfast is ready 25-30 minutes later. How easy is that?
Soak up the flavors of your favorite fruit by poaching them in your rice cooker. Chop up a few pieces of apples, pears, strawberries or whatever your sweet tooth desires, and then fill the rice cooker with enough juice, wine or sugar water to cover the fruit. The longer they’re in the rice cooker, the sweeter they’ll become. Refrigerate overnight if you prefer them chilled.
Slow Cooked Beans/Chili/Stew
Similar to a slow cooker, a rice cooker can also be used to make beans and other legumes. The first try will likely require a test and learn of how many cycles a full cook will require. Start with at least two cycles, and cook for one or two more cycles as necessary. Between cycles, feel free to add other already-cooked meats or veggies to make a heartier chili or stew.
Banana bread in a rice cooker? That’s right – and it’s easier than you think! Prepare the banana bread mixture as you normally would (we suggest Baker’s Corner Banana Quick Bread Mix), and then coat the inside of the pot with non-stick butter or oil. Pour the batter into the pot and cook for one or two cycles. Voila! You’ve got yourself banana bread.
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