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Cool Cooking with the Rice Cooker 
Jul. 30, 2010 3:35 pm 
Updated: Sep. 17, 2011 11:16 pm
Hidden in the depths of my pantry was lurking a mysterious kitchen gadget. At one time .... many years ago it held much promise. The promise of perfect rice. Ten cups of rice at a time, all cooked to perfection. Ahhh - the dream! After a few failed attempts it was relegated to the depths of my appliance garage – which actually is in the garage. It joined the ranks of the bread machine and lonely steamer.

I bought this gem about 5 years ago, on a whim. Once or twice I danced around the kitchen with this impulsive buy. But the chemistry between us just wasn't spark, no love at first bite. Indeed, sometimes the rice was like glue, others it was crunchy – my relationship with the rice cooker was terminated and I returned to my TNT method of rice in a pan on the stove.

First, the STUPID measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker is NOT a cup! What is with that? Finally, I figured it out and how simple it was! What wasted time!

  1. Measure 2 cups rice into the rice cooker.
  2. Rinse the rice in cool water several times until the water is not milkly. Pour off as much water as you can.
  3. Measure cool water into the rice cooker until it comes up to the line that says, “2” . When you place your finger tip on top of the rice the water should reach the top of your cuticle.
  4. Turn to cook and wait until the machine turns to warm – perfection.
Okay – that takes care of cooking rice but I have now embarked on cooking whole meals in the rice cooker.

I have discovered that there is a lot more that this little applicance can do besides cook rice! It is perfect for cooking whole meals with out heating up the whole house.
Although the new models have a multitude of settings they are a bit more difficult to fool into cooking some other foods for long periods of time. In the following recipes I am using the standard 10 cup rice cooker with two settings, warm and cook.

My rice cookers

When it is hot as heck we all look to our slow cookers – when was the last time you looked to your rice cooker for comfort food in the heat of summer? In the next few days I will be featuring several recipes that are cooked in the rice cooker.

This beef stew is very easy and I was amazed at how good it was.

In this recipe I use left over BBQ steak – cubed, use whatever you have available.

Beef Stew in the Rice Cooker

1 lb beef, cut into cubes (this can be left over BBQ Steak, stew meat or what ever you have.)
2 T olive oil
1 clove garlic crushed and minced

½ Onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 bay leaf (optional)
2 cans beef broth, 14oz each

10 -12 fresh green beans
2 stalks celery diced

2 T cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup water – to make a slurry.

Close lid of Rice cooker and turn to Cook – let the rice cooker heat up.

Add olive oil and garlic – stir & add cubed beef – stir and cook the beef for a few minutes
Add Onion and stir
Add carrots & potatoes,
Add salt and pepper.
Add the beef broth, stir and close the lid of the rice cooker. Cook for about 20 - 30 minutes – until beef and potatoes are tender.

Add green beans and celery – close lid and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Add cornstarch slurry and stir well – sauce should thicken quickly.

Reduce heat to warm setting – close lid and keep warm until ready to serve.
Beef Stew

Next in line is Breakfast

The great thing about this breakfast is that it is so versatile. You can use left over cooked potatoes or frozen hash browns or a couple of russets. I like to throw this all together and then hit the shower and get dressed. Breakfast is ready and waiting when we are ready to eat.
Breakfast in the Rice Cooker
Serves 2-3 Adults

1 Tbl oil – EVOO, Vegetable or Canola
2 small Potatoes – diced small
½ Red or Green Bell Pepper (optional)
½ Onion, diced
4 Eggs, scrambled with
2 T Milk
Pre-cooked Ham, sausage or bacon (optional)

Grated cheddar or Jack cheese (optional)

Add the oil to the Rice Cooker, preheat for a few minutes on “cook” while you dice the potato and onion .

Add potatoes, bell peppers and onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and close lid cook for about 5 - 10 minutes. (Use the “cook” setting)

Add eggs and meat if desired stir and close lid. Turn cooker to warm and cook for 10 minutes or until you are ready to eat.

Open lid, check that the eggs have set and add the cheese. Close lid and let cheese melt 1 – 2 minutes.  Let sit as long as you want - until you are ready to serve.

In this recipe I stirred the potatoes and eggs together.  Since then I have browned the potatoes and let them form the bottom crust.  I like it this way much better. 
Contributed by AR member YingaLing -  

Steel Cut Oatmeal - one of our BEST breakfasts!

1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
3 Cups Water

Soak in the oats in the rice cooker over night.

First thing in the morning, add wheat germ or flax seed meal, cinnamon and turn it to cook.

By the time everyone's ready for breakfast, it will be done.

Only add sweetener after it is done cooking.
Serve with blueberries, slices of banana, apples  or your favorite fruit.

(I personally have not made this yet but really wanted to share this with everyone.  I think I would add a pinch of salt to the oats - your choice though.)

Mac & Cheese in the Rice Cooker
The next dish I would like to feature is a baked Mac & Cheese. This was very easy to throw together and although I am not a huge fan of Mac & Cheese my husband and grandkids really liked this. You can use any combination of cheeses and this doubles or triples easily. Enjoy!

Jul. 30, 2010 4:48 pm
Whoa Nellybelle! Way to go! It's been so hot here I don't even think of getting out my 'winter' appliances. The only thing I've cooked in my rice cooker is a variety of rices...brown, Spanish, yung chow,etc. You've got a great imagination and I will benefit from it many times I'm sure. Thanks, kiddo!
Jul. 30, 2010 4:50 pm
Great Blog....I just recently used my cheap rice cooker to make Lentil Chili minus the meat since I didn't wish to use it..Love the chili....
Jul. 30, 2010 4:56 pm
I have done mac and cheese and peach cobbler in it to.....those are coming. The Mac and Cheese was great - the Peach Cobble Tasted great but didn't look "company" worthy. LOL Thanks for stopping in.
Jul. 30, 2010 6:12 pm
10 cups of rice.. mwahahaha.. yes, rice cookers are good if you're feeding an army.
Jul. 30, 2010 6:17 pm
wow! It never even crossed my mind to use a rice cooker for anything other than rice. It has been near 100 degrees here lol seems like forever...I don't own one but I'll be buying one tomorrow. I can' wait to try your recipes! Thanks so much!:)
Jul. 30, 2010 6:47 pm
Wow. What a great idea! My sister could really use this idea! Thank you for sharing your experience. What a great community of people you and everyone make up!
Jul. 30, 2010 6:51 pm
Btw: I had a picture of you in my mind and it sure don't match the photo of you above, ha ha. I imagineed you to be wise and grandmotherly in appearance. I bet I was right on the "wise" part! Thanks for being on the AR Nana
Jul. 30, 2010 7:44 pm I'm guessing they work just like slow cookers? I'd have to actually buy one to try this out...but it's cool!
Jul. 30, 2010 7:54 pm
Interesting. I don't think I've ever even noticed rice 'cookers' on store shelves. I have a rice steamer and it makes perfect rice every time, and so easy. So, is a rice cooker kind of like a crockpot? Anyway, very resourceful of you, and good on you for finding a new use for an old appliance!
Jul. 30, 2010 10:56 pm
Jayashiangel - the lentil chili looks great - perfect for the rice cooker!
Jul. 30, 2010 10:59 pm
BellesAZ - some times I AM feeding am Army - sometimes just the two of us - Just because it says 10 Cups doesn't mean you HAVE to make 10 cups of rice.
Jul. 30, 2010 11:01 pm
BTW - before you buy new - check the Thirft Stores or Craigs List etc...lots of people ditch these because they don't know how to work them - that was almost ME!
Jul. 30, 2010 11:02 pm
Lynna - they do work like slow cookers only you can really get things to a boil fast in one of these - then turn down and let simmer.
Jul. 30, 2010 11:25 pm
Sometimes cool and convenient beats Company Worthy. What am I saying? In this heat cool and convenient BECOMES company worthy at our table. Love the breakfast idea.
Jul. 30, 2010 11:30 pm
Genious! I hate the idea of a rice cooker because it is not a multi-tasker. When The Man brought one home 6 months ago because it was too cheap to pass up, I had to give in. It is easy and tidy, but still a mono-tasker. NOT anymore!!! You have redeemed that silly little beast!
Jul. 30, 2010 11:35 pm
The breakfast was GREAT - in fact I am taking the rice cooker on out next camping trip - tonight I am trying beef broth - overnight. Tomorrow will be another recipe.
Jul. 30, 2010 11:41 pm
Good EatNZ - that is the problem I had with this gem - now I look for ways to use it - the possibilities are endless.
Jul. 30, 2010 11:54 pm
My son (on another continent) bought a rice cooker meal book, but he has not passed on any TNTs. Baking Nana to the rescue!
Jul. 30, 2010 11:58 pm
BN: You're a genius! That breakfast looks fabulous! I don't own a rice cooker because it seems like another one of those gadgets that I can do without. But with your brilliant suggestions, maybe I should reconsider.
Jul. 31, 2010 12:01 am
Hezzy - they have been around since the 1950's in Asia - I am sure that there is a whole world of recipes awaiting us!
Jul. 31, 2010 12:03 am
bkierfamily - like I mentioned look at thrift stores etc before purchasing new - although new 10 cups ones should be less than $30.
Jul. 31, 2010 2:28 am
Thank you BN - a nice thing to read when I get up, go to the stores, then get back home to MY time. And we all agreed that your "Asian" type dressing you gave me is excellent. It's not EXACTLY the same as the one I was trying to clone, but it is outstanding it it's own right. Thanks so much again.
Jul. 31, 2010 6:28 am
Thank you Phil. Glad you like the Asian dressing. Thanks for stopping in.
Jul. 31, 2010 6:56 am
Awesome! We rec'd a rice cooker for a wedding gift 17 yrs ago and I've only used it (for RICE, of course!!) a few times. I'll dust it off and get busy, thanks to your recipes! You rock!!
Jul. 31, 2010 7:46 am
Thanks Johanna. I made beef broth in it overnight - it worked great!
Jul. 31, 2010 8:57 am
SOOOO funny I found this my husband and I JUST purchased a rice steamer so we could make that Japanese style rice OURSELVES and even the box said it was not just for rice...and there is a saute botton on it too....I am going to research MORE on cool rice steamer recipes...THANKS Baking Nana! <3
Jul. 31, 2010 9:21 am
Julie - What brand is your rice steamer? I am enjoying this so much, I told my husband that I might have to get another one! I would love it if you would report back on your adventures with your new gadget.
Mrs. C 
Jul. 31, 2010 10:18 am
We have had at least three rice cookers in the last twenty years... wore them out! Rice is great! I first started adding vegetables, such as a stalk of broccoli. Them mixed veggies, then pilaf...The booklet that came with the last one mentioned soups, but I had not tried it. You inspire me!
Jul. 31, 2010 10:30 am
Thanks Mrs. C - Soup is perfect for the rice cooker. Making a Vegetable Barley soup right now - man it smells good. Thanks for stopping by.
Jul. 31, 2010 10:34 am
about 7 or 8 years ago, we bought a rice cooker that also steams veggies and slow cooks. i love the rice cooker part b/c i cook 10 cups and freeze it in 1 cup containers. the rice always comes out perfect. if have found, thu, that i need to use more water than the cup that comes with it calls for. for example, if the cooker says to use 10 cups i use 11-1/2 cups. the steamer is also great, but i have been afraid to use the slow cooker. we have another slow cooker, but i put it away b/c it took up too much space on the counter, but the rice cooker is there all the time. this can save me some trouble and perhaps give me some courage. Thanks, Baking Nana!
Jul. 31, 2010 10:37 am
We received a rice steamer when my husbands grandmother passed away. Great for fresh veggies! Now I wish ours was bigger so I could do a whole meal!!
Jul. 31, 2010 10:44 am
Hot Coco - if your rice cooker is on the counter anyway, I bet you could use it to do all sorts of meals. Let us know what you come up with.
Jul. 31, 2010 10:45 am
Ksaza - I don't know how big your rice cooker is but I am sure you could do the breakfast casserole in it.
Jul. 31, 2010 1:00 pm
Wow! This is great. Thanks BN! I'm headed to the basement to dig mine out. It's down there with all the "other" appliances. :)
Jul. 31, 2010 1:24 pm
Good for you Denise! Another rice cooker rescued. Yippee!
Aug. 1, 2010 9:27 am
Great ideas!! Thanks BN!
Aug. 1, 2010 10:00 pm
Thanks for stopping in Lobster. I got another Rice Cooker today. I am very excited.
Aug. 2, 2010 5:44 am
Fantastic Blog, BN!! My DH is Filipino and when the kids were still at home I used a 12 cup rice cooker, because rice was served at nearly every meal and the cooker kept it warm and edible and I didn't have to cook rice everyday. When the kids left and we became empty nesters, it just didn't make sense to continue to use that rice cooker when I could cook enough for the 2 of us in a small pot on the stove top. The rice cooker was assigned a spot in my pantry to take up space which it has been doing for the past couple of years. Well, thanks to your blog, it has come out of "retirement" and I can't wait to toss in something other than rice, like taters...oh yeah! Thank you, TY, TY!! While I'm at it, I have this very dusty Belgian waffle maker...any ideas?
Aug. 2, 2010 6:05 am
Ive always wanted to buy a rice cooker, but you hear such mixed reviews about them. After reading this I may just buy one. It would be so convients, because we cook a lot of rice in our house. Almost every meal consists of rice with it somehow. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas BN.
Aug. 2, 2010 6:43 am
These look so delicious. . . just what I need another kitchen appliance. I dug out the pasta maker recently, the ice cream maker. . . love the breakfast one.
Aug. 2, 2010 7:03 am
SouthernGma, thanks for stopping by. The neat thing about doing meals in the rice cooker is that it really is great for 2 people with a bit left over and it really doesn't heat up the house. As for that waffle maker - hmmmm I will have to give that one some thought.
Aug. 2, 2010 7:05 am
SB - If your family likes rice then this really is the way to go. I would suggest that you get a rice cooker that the lid locks down. Like I said, look at thrift stores and garage sales.
Aug. 2, 2010 7:16 am
LadySparkle, I know - another appliance, geez! I own numerous crockpots and now 2 rice cookers. I am thinking that the rice cookers may displace the crock pot. I like the way you can brown things with the rice cooker that you can't in a crock pot. Thanks for stopping in!
Aug. 2, 2010 8:40 am
Sorry I didn't read all your comments so I hope I am not being redundant. I used to have one and remembered seeing an article about cooking dried beans in one. I didn't end up trying it because I gave mine to my mother. I looked around but couldn't find the article. Do you have a porridge setting on your cooker? I didn't have one on mine but I thought I might suggest this to you just in case.
Aug. 2, 2010 8:44 am
Southern Gma, make creamed chicken over waffles! It is so good and very Southern. LOL! made it when I had an abundance of leftover turkey after Thanksgiving and a hand me down waffle iron to try out :)
Aug. 2, 2010 9:02 am
Thats amazing Baking Nana! I NEVER thought to use my rice cooker for anything other than rice! :) I will definitely have to try a few of your recipes out. Thank you so much for sharing and I look forward to more of your recipes. :)
Aug. 2, 2010 11:21 am
I received rice cooker as a wedding gift a few years ago and stuffed it to the back of the cabinet intially, thinking, "how nice to have something that I will never use and have no need for". On a whim about a year after that, I pulled it out to give it a try. LOVED IT!! Perfect rice every time, but I guess I should mention I have made only basmati (both brown and white) and jasmine rice in regular white rice. It was a very small one, and I just purchased a larger one this past winter with a non-stick surface. Thank you for the recipes...I'm trying out the b-fast one very soon, and I can't wait to see others. Great blog!!
Aug. 2, 2010 11:32 am
Mi$$drea - thanks for the link. I am doing beans in one today! I don't have a porridge setting but I have been reading about doing Steel Cut Oats in the rice cooker. :-)
Aug. 2, 2010 11:33 am
Thanks for stopping in K-Dub. Let me know what you make in your rice cooker.
Aug. 2, 2010 11:35 am
wisweetp - The non stick surface is great! The breakfast egg casserole is so good. I am going to make a bigger one soon - enough to feed 7 - 8 adults. I will report back!
Aug. 2, 2010 3:48 pm
OK~ I am confused (as usual)--how is this different from a slow cooker? I don't think I have ever seen a rice cooker! All the food looks great, BN!
Aug. 2, 2010 3:56 pm
Shanon the biggest difference is that you can brown food in the rice cooker. It is very much the same though.
Aug. 2, 2010 4:11 pm
Also it brings liquid to a boil in just a couple of minutes....unlike the slow cooker. So it really does cook faster.
Aug. 3, 2010 4:51 pm
I have a Aroma rice cooker with cook and warm settings it always has a brown crust on the bottom any suggestions what I am doing wrong
Aug. 3, 2010 5:25 pm
jeanbess - when you cook rice it has a brown crust? If so - I think you are measuring the the rice and water wrong. There are two methods...the one that works best for me, is the one I posted in my blog. Measure the rice in - rinse and then fill to the correct line add enough water so that from the rice to the the top of the water is to your cuticle ---- it works - really!
Aug. 3, 2010 5:30 pm
Less water = drier rice. More water = sticky rice.
Aug. 4, 2010 5:58 am
How clever! I don't have a rice cooker-the W2's hate rice. Figures LOL I don't use my slow cooker either. They hate stews etc.! Deep sigh! I do use my little toaster oven almost everyday to avoid heating the house up. I'll never have a rice cooker but I appreciate your brilliance in the kitchen with yours!
Aug. 4, 2010 8:13 am
Fun idea! However, I gave up my plastic rice cooker when they said to stop heating up food in plastic (say, in the microwave). Does this pose the same "danger"? Does anyone have a rice cooker that is NOT plastic? If so, what kind? Thanks!
Aug. 4, 2010 9:37 am
MissDarcy - neither of mine are plastic. I would not buy one that was. The heating element gets very hot and boils the liquid (unlike the crock pot) The warm setting is low and slow.
Aug. 4, 2010 9:38 am
BTW - I have an Aroma brand and an Oster - both 10 cup cookers.
Aug. 4, 2010 10:45 am
Thank you BN for the great recipes and ideas. The difference between a slow cooker and a rice cooker is the the element wraps around the side of the slow cooker and the element is on the bottom of the rice cooker; that is why it will boil faster and fry (brown) meats. Hope this helps.
Aug. 4, 2010 10:59 am
Finally some good directions on how to properly cook rice in my rice cooker. Thanks!
Aug. 4, 2010 11:26 am
Thank you Nana Barb. It does a great job of sauting and browning. :-)
Aug. 4, 2010 11:26 am
tlbwat - You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping in.
Aug. 4, 2010 11:48 am
I hate my rice cooker.. no matter how I've done it, it makes the bottom of the rice a brown crust. I finally just went back to the regular way. I've rinsed, added more water, etc. Blah! I have never thought of using one for an alternate cooking vessel - it would probably burn whatever I was making in there too. I use my pressure cooker for everything anyway and nothing beats the flavor I get out of that. I can even make a creamy risotto in 7 minutes - done! Perfect for summer cooking and my one pot wonder.
Aug. 4, 2010 1:08 pm
My rice cooker has a steamer plate. I just started using it to steam vegetables, which I then run through a food mill to make baby food for my daughter. It works great!
Aug. 4, 2010 1:17 pm
Belles - You should write a blog on how to safely use the pressure cooker. They scare the dickens out of many people.
Aug. 4, 2010 1:18 pm
Becky - I like the steaming feature a lot. I am just amazed at how much more you can do with this gem! It is a multi tasker after all.
Aug. 4, 2010 2:54 pm
good for you blogging these ideas, I put frozen chicken (whole or parts) with flavoring, frozen roasts, just about enykind of meat, have a prime rib eye steak in there now with flavoring, turnip,carrots and spuds,put in click on and go about your busines, so easy and great for anything!!
Aug. 4, 2010 4:41 pm
minerette - Thanks so much for your comments. Glad to hear your ideas! I have used mine everyday since I started this. :-) Today was artichokes and steamed green beans then this evening I am doing the Chili Rellenos Bake in it. Can't wait.
Aug. 4, 2010 9:22 pm
So you can cook meat in the rice cooker! I am definitely going to get one of these then! Everything looks soo good.
Aug. 4, 2010 9:39 pm
I'm Chinese, so yeah rice cooker is a must. I was laughing out loud when you mentioned that little cup that comes with it, too funny! That's what I use (and pretty much every Chinese I know) - 1 rice cooker cup rice, 1 rice cooker cup water (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup more depending on how moist you want the rice and the kind of grain you use). Brown rice just double the water. As for steel cut oatmeal - one of our BEST breakfast! Just soak the oatmeal in the rice cooker the night before, 1 cup oat to 3 cups water. Then first thing in the morning, add wheat germ (or flaxseed meal), cinnamon, and turn it on. By the time everyone's ready for breakfast, it'll be done. I usually add frozen blueberries, slices of banana, apples, and really just whatever I have on hand. One thing - I only add sweetener, mostly honey, after it's done cooking.
Aug. 4, 2010 10:47 pm
Melissa - thanks for stopping by - please tell me what you would like to cook in your rice cooker - Dorm Style! We can come up with some good recipes for you!
Aug. 4, 2010 10:49 pm
yingaling _ THANK YOU for posting - I kow that RICE is a given to any Asian family - it shouldn't be a challenge. If you don't mind (and I will credit you) I would like to add your "how to do rice" to my next blog - which is designed for college students living in a dorm. The rice cooker is so perfect!
Aug. 4, 2010 10:51 pm
Oh yes - yingaling - again thanks for the Steel Cut Oat instructions - Can I include those too? Bless you!
Aug. 4, 2010 11:36 pm
I bought a rice cooker for the first time 2 years ago when I moved to Indonesia! I was sure there were more creative things that I could do with it but didn't know where to begin, thanks for sharing your discoveries! I can't wait to try all of them :)
Aug. 5, 2010 6:29 am
sfarmylu - Enjoy experimenting with your rice cooker. Thanks for stopping by.
Aug. 5, 2010 10:37 am
What a fantastic idea and concept!! I recently fallen back in love with my slow cooker and now I'll keep my eyes open for a rice cooker at random garage sales.
Aug. 5, 2010 11:13 am
I went out and bought a 3 cup rice steamer (with the cook and warm switch as well)since we eat rice with just about every meal and I have not used it yet cause it seems to always be in use for steaming vegies by the BF! I hope to try to find new meal dishes now! Thanks for the tips!
Aug. 5, 2010 11:46 am
I'm so happy that other people use their rice cookers for more than rice -- I thought it was just me! If you haven't tried it before, make a cake in your rice cooker. Use a half recipe (enough for one 8-9 inch round) and turn it over a couple times so it cooks evenly. It makes a really dense, moist cake.
Aug. 5, 2010 12:22 pm
Of course BN! I remember those college days, pretty much every meal was cooked using either the rice cooker and/or just a small pot. I was so touched when my husband bought me a fancy brand new rice cooker for graduation. That, to me, is a more significant token of love than that bling he put on my finger :) See, he's Caucasian and as American as you can get in terms of food. So after years of living with my Asian cooking and putting those poor college student days behind us, I thought he'd be more than happy to toss out our very 'well-used' rice cooker for good and never want to see another one....
Aug. 5, 2010 1:00 pm
Diana - I hope you find a good one at a garage sale. Emily - sounds like you sound look for a 10 cupper too so you can steam veggies and cook rice!
Aug. 5, 2010 1:02 pm
Rachel - I haven't tried a cake in it yet but a did do the Easy Peach Cobbler and an Apple Crisp - both came out really well. I am thinking brownies....hmmm - you have inspired me!
Aug. 5, 2010 1:06 pm
YingaLing - I added your recipe for Steel Cut Oats to the blog - Thank you! Your husband sounds like a gem - what a token of love! I am sure he has fond memories of your college days together with your rice cooker. Thanks so much for your contribution. :-)
Aug. 5, 2010 1:34 pm
Don't have a rice cooker yet, but I have been seeing a lot about their versatility lately. Wolfgang Puck presents one on HSN and also touts the many recipes that can be made with them. I think HSN offers a rice cooker cookbook as a companion to his model cooker.
Aug. 5, 2010 1:37 pm
Clare'sgirl - I haven't seen Wolfgang Pucks cooker or cookbook. I will keep a look out for it. Thanks for posting - it will check it out!
Aug. 5, 2010 4:17 pm
I have a Zojirushi heat induction rice cooker and the rice comes out fluffy everytime. It has a delay timer and a quick cooking setting that gives you perfect rice in about 20 minutes. I love it!
Aug. 5, 2010 5:23 pm
Bridgya - good to know! I have not heard of that brand name but it is nice to know if case I run into one!
Aug. 5, 2010 8:13 pm
Thank you Thank you Thank you for the ideas. I heard you could do all these things but was unsure how!! I sure appreciate the info!
Aug. 5, 2010 8:18 pm
Great Idea Baking Nana! For those who are looking into buying a rice cooker, I just bought a cheap one for $15.00 at walmart a few weeks ago! It isn't a 10 cup one, I would say maybe 5 cups, which s definitely enough rice for me!
Aug. 5, 2010 8:31 pm
You are welcome Cathy - please report back with what you have done in the rice cooker!
Aug. 5, 2010 8:34 pm
Vaness1 - I hope you enjoy your rice cooker as much I do mine! With a 5 cupper you easily do meal for two - for sure the breakfast ones. Breakfast for dinner? With a salad, sound good to me!
Aug. 6, 2010 7:01 am
This is SUCH a good recipe!
Aug. 6, 2010 7:45 am
Thanks Kathy. Enjoy.
Aug. 6, 2010 9:32 am
BakingNana, I do have a blog about pressure cooking and it does address safety. Today's modern pressure cookers are very safe and reliable. Not like Grandma's old knocker cooker of yesteryear. LOL Here is the blog entry:
Aug. 6, 2010 9:59 am
I have a Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic rice cooker, a small one, maybe 3 cup capacity (not sure)...I have had a hard time finding a reliable list of instructions on how to make meals in it. For example, this one... I plan to make it tonight...any tips?? Thanks!
Aug. 6, 2010 11:36 am
I'm half_Japanese so of course I have a rice cooker. I make collard greens in the rice cooker...
Aug. 6, 2010 12:41 pm
Thanks Belles for the blog information. There are a lot of people who are looking for pressure cooker info!
Aug. 6, 2010 12:44 pm
JFIORELLO68 I will look at that recipe but I must say that I am not familiar with the fuzzy logic rice cookers. But I have done a lot of reading about them. I intentionally purchased one that did not use fuzzy logic technology.
Aug. 6, 2010 12:45 pm
sailshonan - I have done lots of veggies in the rice cooker but not collard greens. Thanks for stopping in.
Aug. 6, 2010 2:06 pm
JFIORELLO68 - that recipe actually is very similar to one I used for basmati rice, which is also long grain, though instead of chicken broth I use coconut milk. With your recipe, I would suggest just cook the rice with broth and ginger in the rice cooker, though I would skip the salting part till the rice is cooked, while in the meantime proceed to do the cilantro pesto in the blender, and then just follow the recipe accordingly.
T Head 
Aug. 6, 2010 2:29 pm
I too use the heck out of my rice cooker, but I did learn one thing from this that I never understood, the measuring lines....thanks, I feel pretty silly for never figuring it out...I just thought it was marked incorrectly!!! Can't wait to try some of your recipes...thanks
Aug. 6, 2010 4:42 pm
I just came across this when looking for recipes for my dairy free kid.....
Aug. 6, 2010 8:37 pm
I use my rice cooker a couple of times a week to cook for my best friend... my golden Labrador retriever! She gets rice with chicken tenders steamed on top! Yum!
Aug. 6, 2010 11:46 pm
Jayashiangel - thanks for thank link. I have a friend who is gluten free - along with her two kids. There are some great ideas there!
Aug. 6, 2010 11:47 pm
chelseamae - my best friend is a black lab. Thanks for stopping in! Enjoy!
Aug. 6, 2010 11:49 pm
T-Head - those lines really had me puzzled - they didn't match any of MY cups! LOL - good luck - please report back.
Aug. 7, 2010 3:49 am
LOL! The brown crust is my favorite part of using my rice steamer. Yummy. I even enhance the crust by using vegetable broth instead if plain water when making my brown rice. Nana - thanks for sharing your ideas. I'd really like to try the steel cut oats. My cooker has a delay start timer so it would be wonderful to wake up to a ready breakfast.
Aug. 7, 2010 7:44 am
GreyBeard - thanks for stopping in. My husband really likes the brown crispy edges too. :) Let me know how the steel cut oats work out for you.
Aug. 7, 2010 10:19 pm
SouthernGma, I use my waffle maker to make toasted sandwiches. It's much better that my actual sandwich toaster, or a frying pan. This is my favourite: 1 slice of buttered bread, butter side down in the waffle maker. Press the bread down a little in the middle, and crack an egg into the depression. Break the yolk. Add a couple of slices of cheese (Gruyere is fantastic but I also like Cheddar, Jack an other hard cheeses). Chargrill chicken seasoning or Cajun seasoning or dried fine herbs (mixture of chervil, tarragon, chives and parsley on top of the cheese, then topped with another slice of bread, butter side up. Lower the lid gently so the egg doesn't get squeezed out. You'll need to turn the sandwich around part way through cooking otherwise it'll end up wedge-shaped. You can also cook bacon, hamburgers, sausage patties, fried eggs, rosti, etc., as long as you don't mind everything having a waffled pattern! Thanks Nana, I'll definitely be trying your recipes in my rice cooker. I've used it too cook veggies and soup but never thought to cook meat in it.
Aug. 7, 2010 10:22 pm
I think it's worth experimenting with seasonings on toasted sandwiches - stuff like Italian herbs or pesto or steak seasoning would all work.
Aug. 8, 2010 2:03 am
Just had to give you a big thumbs up for suggesting garage sales or thrift stores for purchasing a rice cooker. My first rice cooker was given to me by my best friend and after it wore out (10 years?) I found a brand new still in the box rice cooker at a garage sale for $3.00. Can't wait to try these recipes! Thanks :-)
Aug. 16, 2010 1:05 pm
Good find Kim - congrats! Last week I took the rice cooker camping in the RV with us. (We had electrical hook ups) I did breakfast for 7 adults in it and cooked the garlic mashed potatoes in it. Mashed them in the pot and set to warm They were perfect. The Rice cooker was plugged in outside so it didn't heat up the RV. So perfect - I love it!
Aug. 30, 2010 2:17 pm
Will have to find a rice cooker to try some of these Baking Nana, they sound like they will fit into our hectic life!
Sep. 3, 2010 10:19 pm
Thanks Johanna - it certainl is a multipurpose appliance.
Jul. 31, 2011 5:02 am
Summer's here and it's time to revisit the rice cooker recipes! Thanks, Baking Nana!
Sep. 17, 2011 11:16 pm
Thank you very much for your recipes!! Rice cooker is very easy to use. Don't forget to choose the best rice for your meal too.
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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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