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Do You Own a Rice Cooker?

Last week, the New York Times discussed the versatility of cooking with a rice cooker. I couldn't agree more: A rice cooker has always been standard equipment in my family's kitchen.

Plus, rice has been making a comeback — so it doesn't hurt to have one for that reason, either.

I love the convenience of owning one. I simply dump the rice and water in together, hit a button, and about half an hour later my grains are ready. What are your thoughts?


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sharshar sharshar 8 years
In most Asian countries it's unthinkable not to have one, but we had better rice in a normal pot after we got rid of our rice cooker.
booglass booglass 8 years
I am Costa Rican, I have my rice cooker and a pressure cooker for beans.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't need one. How difficult is it to make rice in a pan? I buy brown rice or white rice (no, not the instant stuff or the minute rice or anything like that) and it's pretty easy to make: Combine the rice and the water/broth in a pan, bring it to a boil, cook it for 10-15 minutes and then turn the heat off and cover it tightly to seal in the moisture. I probably don't have the room for a rice cooker anyway; my kitchen is tiny.
mnp mnp 8 years
I need a rice cooker. I've been cooking my rice over the stove for forever. My parents think I'm crazy because they know I don't have a rice cooker. (I don't have the space for it in my little apartment.) lol. It's so much easier with the rice cooker. You set it and it's done in 10 minutes.
scissorz scissorz 8 years
what other things can you cook with one? i always wanted one so i can eat more brown rice...i love those steamed buns though and i think i got the impression that you can make those too. do you need one of the fancier rice cookers for that?
syako syako 8 years
I don't used boxed or instant either - and think they're pretty gross. I have never ever had problems cooking rice in a pot, I don't understand why it's so difficult for some???
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Just wanted to add that I don't use boxed or instant rice and mine turns out fine as well in a pan.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
What is so difficult about cooking rice in a saucepan?! I love rice and eat it alot, I don't use boxed or instant, and I never have an issue with perfect rice. That said, I would be interested in one, now that I know you can do other things with it.
thetoneishopeful thetoneishopeful 8 years
haha...err, i browsed the comments posted above. so, i didn't even know you could make rice without a rice cooker until i was a teenager. every asian household as at least two rice cookers....! Someone mentioned being a rice snob above...i'm pretty darn sure any rice cooker user is....boxed, instant rice just has absolutely no comparison to fluffy, fresh rice made from a rice cooker, not a pan. No wonder you all resort to boxed instant rices....because cooking rice in a pan is difficult! Rice cookers are no muss, no fuss and you can buy a cheap one for $15 or less at an asian store, or try online! i think my mom bought a tiny 2 cup rice cooker for my dorm from walmart!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
nope don't have one and don't think I need one
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Can you put broth in a rice cooker instead of wter or does it have to be water? I use whole grain brown rice and jazz it up with chicken or veggie broth..and sometimes coconut milk when i am giong thai
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
Wonderful invention!!! Hooray for rice!
mrscaru mrscaru 8 years
I eat a lot of brown rice so my rice cooker is a life saver. Throw in some rice and water, press a button and you're done - perfectly cooked brown rice every time. I got mine at Target for about $20 and it's been going strong for a long time. I definitely recommend getting one.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'd really like to have one. We eat rice pretty regularly so it would be very useful.
LadyP LadyP 8 years
Yes and I love it!
digibron digibron 8 years
I have one, but since I stopped eating carbs with dinner I don't use it any more.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Wildegurl, my favorites are fish steamed with a little salt, green onions, and ginger root, and steamed egg. You can do veggies and stuff as well.
wildegurl wildegurl 8 years
Growing up as a half Korean kid, I always wondered why everyone else DIDN'T have a rice cooker, and I hate to admit it but I turned my nose up at "Instant Rice" that's cooked in bags... Sorry to be a rice snob. My roommate uses the rice cooker more often than I do but she'll usually just whip up some rice and put soy sauce in it. I usually want to make meals WITH rice so I don't use it as often as I would like. I never even dreamed of cooking anything in the cooker besides rice so I would love to get some feedback about what you cook in it!
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
I don't have a rice cooker and probably don't need one since I just cook my rice in a pot and it always comes out perfect.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I would love to have one, I buy instant rice just because making the regualr rice always comes out too gummy for me, or I can't watch it for 45 minutes so it runs out of water and scorches the bottom of the pan :( I would use it to make perfect sushi rice....God I love sushi rice. I would eat sushi rice with everything for the rest of my life!
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 8 years
I didn't have a rice cooker growing up but my Asian boyfrind insisted we get one and I'm glad we did. We eat a lot of rice and I never realized how convienent it is.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I wish I did but I don't need a 10 serving cooker. I'm looking for a small 1 to 4 serving rice cooker that is not outrageously priced.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
i'm always gonna have a rice cooker!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
My family has been using a rice cooker for years because we make rice everyday for dinner. When I moved out to live with my boyfriend, we had to grab a rice cooker. I never made anything else but rice in it.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Yeah but I hate it. Rice is gross.
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