5 Useful Tips and Tricks for Your Rice CookerMarch 29, 2019
What else can you do with a rice cooker?
- Water boiler
- Hotpot for stews and soups
- Slow cooker
- For pastries
In the Philippines, every electrical appliance has its own purpose. The refrigerator is for storing your food, the air conditioning unit is to make rooms cooler, and the rice cooker is made to cook rice. But should this always be the case?
On the contrary, rice cookers aren’t just designed to cook rice, as its name suggests. In fact, the rice cooker is arguably as versatile as a pot on a stove when it comes to the many ways it can be used to cook food!
The rice cooker is the complete opposite of its one-dimensional name. In the Philippines, home appliances like rice cookers are valuable since they can be used to do so many things. More people should take note of the plethora of ways a rice cooker can be used.
If you’re one of the people that has believed that rice cookers can only be used to cook rice for the longest time, then don’t fret! Here are some tips and tricks you can use to make the most out of your rice cooker!
This is one of the more straightforward capabilities of rice cookers. Simply pour in water and put the rice cooker on the cooked state and let the boiling begin. From there you can double down and cook many dishes by boiling them.
You can use it to boil eggs and vegetables. You can use the boiled water to make a classic staple, cup noodles.
One cool trick you can do is to use the rice cooker to make batches of instant noodles with soup. This will save you the effort of constantly having to look over a pot just in case it boils over. With rice cookers, as long as you follow the measurements indicated in the manual, it will never boil over! By the way, this will result in some delicious noodles even if it’s just instant ones!
Hotpot for Stews and Soups
Aside from cooking a perfect pot of rice every time, the rice cooker can also be used to make soups and stews. In fact, you can cook different kinds of soups straight in the rice cooker bowl. This method is easier compared to making soups in a regular pot.
One of the biggest advantages of cooking anything with a rice cooker is that you’re less prone to getting yourself burnt. Keep in mind that the rice cooker bowl is inside the main rice cooker unit. With quality rice cookers, the heat is insulated and kept within, making it safe for you to hold the outer parts of the rice cooker.
Going back to soups and stews, as long as the rice cooker is set to “cook” you won’t have to worry about the cooking process slowing down or speeding up. Rice cookers heat up to a specific temperature. They can then hold that temperature and keep it constant. Do take note that the temperatures between the “Cook” and “Keep Warm” modes are different, so keep this in mind when you choose a recipe!
Some rice cookers come with a separate steaming tray that you can use to steam different kinds of food. All you have to do is to pour some water into the rice cooker and place the steaming tray onto the rice cooker with the food. Leave it for a few minutes to let it steam, and voila! You have a scrumptiously delicious steamed dish!
A lot of people say that rice cookers and slow cookers fundamentally function the same. So, you can also use the rice cooker to slowly cook your food. That being said, you should be careful with which setting you use.
Keep in mind that slow cookers distribute heat slowly and evenly. Rice cookers, on the other hand, are great at bringing ingredients to a quick boil, leading to often intense heat.
If you were to use the rice cooker as a slow cooker, you must have a good understanding of how hot it’s “cook” and “keep warm” settings are. Remember, slow cooking usually takes more than one hour. To prevent your food from burning, make sure you keep it at relatively low heat—preferably the “keep warm” setting and constantly check it from time to time.
Rice cookers are no ovens, but they can be used to create bread, pancakes, and cakes. The effectiveness of your rice cooker may vary. It’s also important to monitor the rice cooker while it’s cooking cakes or pancakes because it might switch from the “cook” setting to the “keep warm” setting prematurely. When that happens, you should quickly switch it back until the cooking time is done!
Rice cookers are probably one of the most underutilized electronic appliances in the Philippines. Most people only see it as the best way to cook rice. But actually, it’s a versatile cooking apparatus that can be used in a variety of ways. Try out different recipes and dishes with your very own rice cooker at home!