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Sep. 9th, 2006 | 01:09 am

Thursday my "little" rice cooker arrived.

So far I prepped it to have white jasmine rice ready for my girlfriend's breakfast at 6am friday morning. When I got up several hours later, the keep warm feature had kept the rice in pretty tasty condition. Though I then abused it by tossing it in a bowl and taking it to work for lunch.

Before leaving for work I gave it some brown jasmine rice to test its "gaba brown rice" mode. When I got home all I needed to do was to stir frying up some scallions and squash in olive oil and voilia dinner.

Tonight I went off and got the ultimate rice cooker cookbook, and after flipping through it I found a bit on porridges. The traditional asian porridge appears to be rice cooked to a particular mushy consistency, probably similar to oatmeal.

One reason for guessing that its like oatmeal is one of the first recipes the cookbook suggested was based on mixing oats, rice, and a bit of oat bran for a breakfast porridge.

That seemed pretty easy, so I wonder how that'll turn out.

I can definitely say that it makes good rice, and that its really neat to say "Robot! Have my food ready by 11am."

Even better would be a rice cooker with some interface so I could dynamically reset the cooked by time based on my current activities. (Like breakfast 8 hours after I go to sleep)

The other question is how long will we keep using it. One of my hopes was to cut down on going out to restaurants, by making it really easy to make simple nutritious meals. (Like dal and rice for instance).
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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Depends on how you like your oatmeal. Most Asian rice porridges are more on the thin side (like soup) than on the thick side. Good, though!

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Just don't let Blink tank up on nothing but rice, OK? It's convenient, but it's not nutritious.

Just another snake-oil peddlin' mama here...

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm hoping to sneak some vegetables into the rice.

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Susan

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from: aylara
date: Sep. 10th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
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Quiet, you wheat eater you! :P

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Vicky the Compost Queen

You inspired me to get one

from: vixter
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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It's still on order from Amazon. I decided to get this Sanyo
http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-ECJ-D55S-5-5-Cup-Micro-Computerized-Stainless/dp/B000260JPI/ref=sr_11_1/104-7248971-4471103?ie=UTF8

It does have a timer and different settings for different things such as porridge and soup as well as rice.

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Vicky the Compost Queen

I'm also getting an eco kettle

from: vixter
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Which is an electric kettle that only heats up the amount of water needed instead of the entire resevoir.

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Diane Trout

Re: You inspired me to get one

from: alienghic
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Ooh that one is pretty neat.

Its rare for a fuzzy logic style rice cooker to also be able to steam vegetables. (In fact that's the primary weakness of them).

And based on my current experience a 5 cup cooker should be pleanty big enough for a couple of people. 10 is gigantic.

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