Do you own a rice cooker?

United States
October 31, 2010 3:27am CST
October 30, 2010 Our family recently moved to Hawaii. We stayed in a condo/hotel room and had to use the provided appliances. We found a rice cooker in the cabinet and have enjoyed using it for our main meals. I'm from the mainland (USA) and over there we have crock pots, I don't think I've ever seen a rice cooker for sale before now. Do you have one and what else can you cook with it?
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@jdyrj777 (6530)
• United States
3 Nov 10
I do not have a rice cooker. I always just cook it on stove top. I never looked in the stores for one but they do have them around here (USA). Since ive become a gamer i found that i cook almost everything in the microwave. Even rice. I just use a casserole dish put in required amount of rice and water and zap away. I use a over sized dish because if you boil it too long it will boil over. Also i set it for a few minutes and keep turning it back on. This prevents boil overs. Thats really cool that you found the appliance that you can use. I have a cleaning job and recently found a small crock pot. I already have a big one but recently moved and my freezer is way smaller. I used to cook alot of beans and weight it off into 1 pound pkgs. Not able to do that now and hating to get the big pot out to cook smaller amount of beans. The little one found at the right time was really a great find. Its perfect for me.
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• United States
3 Nov 10
I think its great that they have certain appliances to cook stuff with, I don't think its cheating by using a rice cooker. I don't think I will ever go back to the stove method ever again.
@jdyrj777 (6530)
• United States
5 Nov 10
Yes i think its great too. I love appliances. Ive bought many. Most are good but there have been a couple i wouldnt have gotten if only i had known. The rice cooker and bread maker came out about the time i desided not to buy anymore. If i was given a rice cooker or bread maker or found one id probably use it. But i dont think i would buy either of them. Microwave is my best cooker. I can cook and eat right from the same dish. Ahhh the single life.
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@bjcyrix (6901)
• Philippines
2 Nov 10
We do own a rice cooker. Rice is a staple in our daily diet so it's best if we have a rice cooker. We can just wait for it to cook and turn off by itself while we do other things like maybe setting up the table or cooking the viand. Pots are ideal for those who would only eat rice occasionally. Though of course, if there isnt any electricity, the rice cooker wouldnt work so its still best to have pots for rice, in the house, just in case.^_^
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• United States
2 Nov 10
Thanks for your response. We love ours, its much easier than peeling potatoes.
@bjcyrix (6901)
• Philippines
3 Nov 10
You're welcome. Either a cooker, or a pot, as long as they serve their purpose, right?^_^
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@SViswan (12051)
• India
14 Jan 11
Since rice is our staple diet, most people here do own a rice cooker...especially down south where they have red rice (which takes longer to boil). But I don't own one. I make rice the old-fashioned way (in a pot) or in a pressure cooker.
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• United States
14 Jan 11
I used to do it the old fashioned way too, then I found an easier way.
@youless (111991)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Nov 10
Yes, I have a nice rice cooker at home. It was given by my husband's company. This rice cooker has many features, including making the sushi rice:) We have used it for nearly 7 years and it still works fine. So I am pleased to its quality. I love China
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@youless (111991)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Nov 10
Thanks for the best response.
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• United States
1 Nov 10
I'm not a sushi fan but I love rice.
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@pan_23 (420)
• Kuwait
23 Nov 10
i have rice cooker in my house from 10 years. it is so useful for me,when i go out. i will just rice and water in it and goes outside.by the time i come home,my rice is ready to eat. so rice is more useful for me. i can make plain rice,biryani rice(indian recipe),fried rice, or i can boil vegetables,or i can make desert recipes like kheer(indian sweet) in rice cooker. i can also make idli(indian breakfast item) recipe in it. i will also make vegetable curries in rice cooker. daily i will make rice in electric rice cooker or pressure cooker which are available in my country (or any country i think). u can buy it,in US also in any indian stores or any big malls . buy it if u want.
• United States
23 Nov 10
We will buy one here and send it back to the mainland when we leave next year. Thanks.
@camposkat (306)
16 Nov 10
Ever since I've moved in with my fiance last September, we have thought of buying ourselves a rice cooker because it's easier to cook rice with it than a sauce pan or crock pots. We were very lucky to have spotted it on sale on Argos and we went ahead and bought it. It's a very good kitchen tool. I think some rice cookers come with those steamer tops so you can use it for rice and steaming other stuff like veggies.
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• United States
17 Nov 10
I will never again boil it the old way. I think its one of the best inventions ever.
@gtargirl (5376)
• United States
3 Nov 10
I think you're pretty much limited to cooking rice in it. At least, that's all I've ever cooked in it. Interesting question though. Perhaps I should try cooking spaghetti noodles in it.
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• United States
3 Nov 10
I don't know about noodles in it, you'll have to let me know. Good to see you're still on here.
• United States
1 Nov 10
no,but i've been thinking of buying one.i've heard they cook the rice much better than standard on the stove type. brown rice in particular takes longer.
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• United States
1 Nov 10
It does cook it better, also, look for one that keeps the rice warm while you eat in case somebody wants seconds. Its a pretty cool feature. Enjoy.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
1 Nov 10
I didn't know they had things like this but then again I am single and hardly cook at all anymore...and I don't eat alot of rice.
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• United States
1 Nov 10
I didn't know they had them either, I grew up cooking it on the stove, how archaic. I think if you got one you might cook more rice, I know we do. Its kind of like getting a bread machine, we ate a lot of bread after we got it.
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
3 Nov 10
haha =D Rice cooker is common in asia countries because rice is our main source of energy and rice is a must for every meal except for breakfast. LIke the name suggest, rice cooker is mainly for cooking of rice, while some creative people might use it to cook porridge as well. IF not, u can use it as a warmer to keep your food warm, but there's a keep warm function with the rice cooker.. hehe
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• United States
3 Nov 10
Thanks kun, you're numbers have climbed since I was last hear. I was hoping you would answer since I knew you were from Asia, good to see you're still here at myLot. I'll stick with using it for rice, I'm still a newbie at this stuff.
• India
5 Nov 10
Hey I stay in India and don't know if you know this, but here rice is almost a part of the daily cooking especially so in South India.So each household has a rice cooker popularly called pressure cooker simply because it uses the pressure of steam to cook the rice.There are so many varieties of rice you can prepare.Just search online for different rice dishes and you will be surprised what all you can do with rice.
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• United States
5 Nov 10
Thanks, I will.
@stanley777 (9402)
• Philippines
3 Nov 10
We have one..It's very convenient to use and I think everyone, every family should have one. We can nook rice in it of course..and also egg sometimes.. and we also use it to reheat our food.
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• United States
3 Nov 10
Thanks for the response. I'll stick to cooking rice in ours.
@lady1993 (27225)
• Philippines
4 Nov 10
Ever since I was born..We've had a rice cooker.. And I love it since it cooks rice well and you can leave it to cook, it won't burn or anything.. We also use it to heat our viand sometimes.
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• United States
4 Nov 10
I know, its fun to use and when you want seconds its still warm.
@zannnie (109)
• Hungary
2 Nov 10
I received a rice cooker from a chef friend of mine, it is sort of a wedding present. I use it very often for to cook rice here in Hungary. There are many families here without a rice cooker, but since I am asian, I eat rice often, and my husband loves to eat rice together with fried chicken too. Besides cooking rice in the rice cooker, I used it to steam vegetables like broccoli. At other times, I use it to steam a chinese rice flour cakes that is used in the 'Asian style Fried carrot cake'.
• United States
2 Nov 10
Thanks for your suggestion about how to use the rice cooker.
@irishmist (3816)
• United States
31 Oct 10
No I don't own a rice cooker, as I don't eat rice that much, and if I do I have the instant kind or make it in the microwave oven. I think a rice cooker is probably a great idea for people who eat a lot of rice though.
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• United States
31 Oct 10
Here in Hawaii, they eat rice with everything so its good to have one so you can get used to eating rice.
@drannhh (15219)
• United States
1 Nov 10
I do indeed own a rice cooker, and although it is probably possible to cook other things in it, I only use mine for rice. Electonic pressure cookers generally also have a rice setting, but my dedicated rice cooker's brand name is Aroma. I have had it many years and do see them in stores such as Kitchen Collection or Bed, Bath, & Beyond where they can be found next to the slow cookers.
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• United States
1 Nov 10
Thanks, I will have to invest in a better one now that I know how much better they can be.
@Bebs08 (10681)
• United States
31 Oct 10
Wow!! you are now in Hawaii? I think you are now close to the Philippines. Most people in the Philippines owned a rice cooker because rice is their staple food. They eat rice 3 times a day. Other things you can do with your rice cooker is to use it as steamer for your vegetables and other food you want to steam. But mainly, rice cooker is intended for cooking rice. Yes I have a rice cooker and I used it for cooking rice mainly.
• United States
31 Oct 10
Thanks Bebs, we love ours and its fun and easy to make. I'll stick with rice in ours.
@celticeagle (156027)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Oct 10
Rice cookers are great! If it is like the one I had you can cook noodles and all manner or things. I never used it for a crock pot. It can steam vegetables and such too. I love this type of thing that cooks things quicker but still cooks it evenly and steamed it as well. Yum!
• United States
1 Nov 10
We love ours too, I'm not sure how we got along with out it.
@fwidman (11514)
• United States
31 Oct 10
We have a rice cooker, they are all over the place here in the US, guess you just never noticed them. We only cook rice in it because that's the sole purpose of a rice cooker. Anything else can be cooked in the crock pot :)
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• United States
31 Oct 10
I guess I never did notice them until we had one, you're right about that.
@tincabzh (173)
• Philippines
31 Oct 10
we do have a rice cooker! here in asia its normal to have a rice cooker in the house... hehehe :))
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• United States
31 Oct 10
I'm learning about new cultures all the time, thanks for your response.