Use Your Bread Machine as a Rice Cooker

September 2, 2008

Bread MachineIt's not thrifty or FUN to have to throw away pot after pot of scorched, gummy, or undercooked rice. But that's just what I was doing time after time trying to get a decent pot of rice cooked. Good rice eluded me! I never cooked a pot of perfect rice on the stove, never, not once. But I did discover something that has worked for me and maybe it can work for you too.


My bread machine that I use almost everyday has a bake only feature that lasts one hour. One day I wondered if I could utilize that setting to steam rice, kind of like those expensive rice machines. I put one cup of rice and two cups of water in the bread pan, fashioned a lid from heavy duty aluminum foil, tucking it around the edges of the pan, and set the machine to the bake setting. It worked! I had made perfect rice for the first time in my life! Was I happy!

Now I have discovered that 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water is optimum for my machine size and I have rice leftover for another recipe. And if I'm careful, I can reuse the foil lid for batch after batch of rice. I let it dry and fold it up and put it in a drawer. I've even diced cooked chicken, and raw celery, onions and carrots and cooked it all in chicken broth the same way. I love my new 'rice cooker.'

Source: My own rice cooking desperation!

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September 3, 20080 found this helpful

You don't say whether or not you leave the paddle in. Please advise. Thanks.

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By NY Mom (Guest Post)
September 3, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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September 3, 20080 found this helpful

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.



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By plyblossom11 (Guest Post)
September 4, 20080 found this helpful

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!

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