7 Dishes You Can Make In A Rice Cooker Besides Rice
If instead of eating out, you cook for yourself or others, you should definitely consider getting or using a rice cooker. Not only can you use one to cook all types of rice, but it’s also surprisingly easy to get creative with a rice cooker and make other recipes in this fast-working machine.
Meal prepping becomes much simpler once you have a rice cooker to help.
All you need to know is one basic trick: once the rice cooker is done, just press "cook" again to start the cooking process over. This works because the cooker operates using a sensor that changes the temperature in the cooking chamber once the right amount of water has been absorbed.
Basically, when the rice begins to boil, an internal thermostat notices as humidity levels change inside the bowl. This almost-magic appliance is the reason why you can use a rice cooker to make everything from steamed vegetables to beans, mac and cheese, pancakes and chili -- and even banana bread.
7 Dishes You Can Make In A Rice Cooker
1. Steamed Vegetables:
One of the simplest foods possible to prepare, steamed vegetables can add a much-needed dose of Vitamin C or iron to your meal. Plus, by steaming vegetables, you can actively preserve their flavor and the vitamins they offer you.
All you have to do is select your vegetables -- broccoli, cauliflower, sliced carrots, and asparagus are some good options -- and rinse them before placing them in the rice cooker's steaming tray. Turn the rice cooker on and check back in 10-15 minutes to see if they're ready.
Vegetables can be steamed by themselves as long as you place a small amount of water in the rice cooker bowl. They can also be prepared while rice or another dish is cooking in the bowl below.
2. Banana Bread:
First, prepare your ingredients: flour, eggs, sugar, milk and bananas- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl before adding them to the other ingredients. Then, place the mixture into the bowl of the rice cooker- Press "cook," and let the rice cooker work for 45 minutes or until it flips back to "'warm"- To tell whether the banana bread is ready, insert a fork into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, without any extra batter sticking to it, the banana bread is ready.
3. Boiled eggs, Hard or Soft:
Want hard or soft boiled eggs without all the effort? You'll need no extra tips or tricks for cooking eggs in a rice cooker. Actually, they will technically be steamed eggs, but they will taste just like boiled eggs. Just follow the below steps to make easy, hands-free eggs:- Add your desired number of eggs to the deep rice cooker pot, or place them into the steaming basket above the bowl. Add about 2cup of water to the bowl- Allow eggs to cook for 25 minutes for eggs with a perfect creamy texture. Eggs will also be easier to peel when they're steamed -- saving you even more time Enjoy.
4. Dried Beans:
For a batch of beans that doesn't threaten to boil over and destroy your clean kitchen, try cooking dry beans in the rice cooker next time. First, add beans and several inches of water to the cooking pot. Soak the beans overnight. The next day, flip the switch and turn on the cooker. After about an hour, beans will be ready in your rice cooker.
5. Chocolate Lava Cake - Assemble Your Ingredients:
One box of chocolate cake mix, plus eggs, oil, and frosting in quantities suggested on the box. Mix the cake mix and other ingredients inside the bowl of the rice cooker. Flip the switch and let the cake rise- The rice cooker should sense how much moisture is present inside the bowl and shut off at the perfect time for the chocolate lava cake.
If there's any liquid left when it shuts off, let the rice cooker run for 5-10 more minutes and then check it, until the cake is finished. Let the cake sit for an extra 5-10 minutes after it finishes cooking for a crispy crust.
6. Mac and Cheese:
Macaroni and cheese in a rice cooker are quite simple to make. In fact, as long as you have the time to let it cook, it's one of the family-friendliest recipes of all. Here's a gourmet take on the rice cooker classic:
In a rice cooker, combine 2 cups (8oz) of elbow macaroni with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cups of water.
Flip the switch and let the macaroni cook until almost all of the water is absorbed, or about 30 minutes- Add 1 1/4 cup milk and 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, along with 'A teaspoon of Dijon mustard and ground black pepper to taste.
7. T Pancakes:
For the biggest and fluffiest pancakes you'll ever eat, try making them in a rice cooker. Mix your pancake batter, either from a mix or from scratch, inside the bowl of the rice cooker. Make sure to include eggs and milk if your recipe calls for them. Then, flip the switch- After about 45 minutes of cooking, the moisture will be absorbed and your single, giant pancake will be done.
This isn't all you can make with a rice cooker -- it's just a sampling. Other innovative rice cooker creations have involved stir-"fried" tofu and vegetables prepared in oil; quinoa and other grains, and even risotto, chili, and bread.