Rice Cooker

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with a Rice Cooker

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Rice may well be a simple and widely consumed staple food all over the world, but this particularly cereal grain also has numerous health benefits. In addition to being a great source of energy, vitamins and minerals, rice has been known to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, protect against the development of cancerous cells and reduce obesity.

Having said that, even the most experienced chef struggles to cook rice on occasion, as it can easily become too hard or mushy. Thankfully, rice cookers (that you can easily grab from places like Tesco) enable anyone to serve up this nourishing foodstuff with the greatest of ease.

But did you know that you rice cookers come in handy with a variety of other ingredients, recipes and dishes too? Here are just some of the possibilities:

Poached fruit

That’s right. You can make tasty desserts such as poached fruit using a rice cooker. What’s more, it is remarkably simple and truly delectable. The choice of ingredients is up to you, but how about pomegranate spice pears in apple cider with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger flavourings? Delicious!

Prepare porridge

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and while several cultures enjoy rice first thing in the morning, most people like oatmeal or porridge instead. But what about preparing it in a rice cooker? Simply pour in some dry oats, add a bit of fruit, and then top up with water. Voila, a healthy and hearty breakfast.

Cook a frittata

Similar to an omelette but usually much tastier thanks to additional ingredients such as meats and vegetables, a frittata is very straightforward to make in a rice cooker. Beat half a dozen eggs in a bowl with grated cheese and seasoning, add some pre-cooked vegetables and then place in the rice cooker. Before you know it, a mouth-watering frittata will be ready to devour

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Bake a cake

Yet another option for those with a sweet tooth. You don’t necessarily bake a cake with a rice cooker, but compared to using an oven, it will be just as moist and mouth-watering. Preparation is the same as any other cake, but instead of pouring the mixture into a tin, tip it into a well-greased rice cooker and you’ll end up with a light and fluffy pudding.

Make a risotto

Okay, this is more of a traditional rice dish, but risottos are quite difficult to get right, so many will warmly welcome any additional assistance. The choice of ingredients is vast, but as long as you remember to use Arborio rice, it is incredibly easy to make an appetising risotto with a rice cooker.

So, along with their normal purpose, rice cookers can be utilised for several other dishes and are really quite versatile.

 

Until Next Time… Charlotte x

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3 comments

  1. I really didn’t know that I could cook these items with a rice cooker!

    Thanks a lot!

  2. Wow, I never knew there was so many things you could do with a rice cooker. We’ve not got one, as didn’t see the point for the rare occasion we eat rice, but now it has so many other uses, I may have to look out for one. 🙂

  3. I really like the idea of trying to use kitchen utensils in as many ways as possible. I don’t own a rice cooker but after seeing what else you can use it for, I may just look into it! x

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