By Susan M.
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Thanks for your idea. I made brown rice today and it came out perfectly. You saved me $25 as I was looking for a rice cooker. Also, when I made rice in the microwave, it usually bubbled over some and made a mess. No messes now!
By Lisa (Guest Post)09/04/2008
Great idea - I love it! We really took a liking to steamed, sometimes sticky, rice after we had the pleasure of opening our home to a teacher from Japan. And who can beat two appliances in one!!
By Louise B. 09/04/2008
This is a good tip if you already have a breadmaker, but I'd like to add that a rice cooker doesn't have to be expensive. My son bought me one for $4 at a bargain store. It works just dandy.
However, steamed rice is not difficult to make either. Use the same proportions that you use in your rice maker. So, for example, use 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice. Bring this to a boil and boil a few minutes until the water is nearly gone and there are steam vents in the top of the rice. Put the cover on the pot, remove from heat and let sit 20 minutes. That's it. Perfect rice every time. Use a big enough pot that your rice doesn't boil over. The advantage of the rice cooker is that you don't have to watch it -- you can put it in the cooker, and go do something else.
By plyblossom11 (Guest Post)09/04/2008
Wow Susan! I would have never in a million years thought to even try cooking rice in my bread maker! Just goes to show you how thinking outside the box can be a good thing. I too struggle with making the perfect pot of rice so I will give this a try! Thanks for the great idea!
By Susan M. 09/03/2008
GaJan, my paddle is so stuck on the post in the pan that I couldn't get it out if I wanted to! hahahahaha So yes, I do leave it in for cooking rice. But on my bake only cycle the paddle doesn't move. Thanks for bringing my omission to my attention.
By NY Mom (Guest Post)09/03/2008
Isn't it more economical, simpler and much less clean up to learn how to cook rice properly? No wasted foil either.
I generally microwave mine (we use brown rice or barley as it's much healthier than white rice). It comes out beautifully and I can store it right in the container I used to cook it. I use a dish with a vented lid.
As long as you measure the grain and add the appropriate amount of water. you shouldn't have any problems.
I also make use of the oven if I'm cooking another part of the meal that can tolerate a little steam. I put the grain in a pan with the right amount of water alongside the other dish so I get double use out of the oven...even more economical.
Of course if you're trying to oven fry or bake something crisp; you don't want to be putting your water and grain in there but it works well with a lot of dishes.
By Janet 09/03/2008
You don't say whether or not you leave the paddle in. Please advise. Thanks.
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