So We Bought a Rice Steamer

So We Bought a Rice Steamer

I recently read a book about being frugal called 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.  In this book, a rice cooker was listed as one of those kitchen appliances you can’t live without.  Now, I really don’t like the clutter of kitchen appliances, so we have very few of them, but I have been wanting a rice cooker for a while and this was just the nudge I needed.

The model I bought will make up to 16 cups of cooked rice, which is fantastic, because we are hoping to start eating brown rice several times a week.  Did you know it can reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease when eaten that regularly?  My thinking is we can cook up a large batch once per week, and then incorporate it into several different meals.

Since it also includes a vegetable steamer, we used it the first night for vegetables only, and they turned out great.  After steaming, I added a small amount of butter and salt and they were delicious.

Last night, we tried the rice and veggies together, and I loved how easy the process was.  It does require much more time than cooking on the stove, but this cooker has a keep warm feature so we don’t have to babysit it.

My initial impression is that we will use it a lot and it will be worth the $40 we spent on it.  Have you used a rice cooker?  Do you find it better than cooking on the stove?