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Old 05-03-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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Rice cooker not just for rice

I have recently started using my rice cooker for a lot more than rice. I have had a couple different sizes, for years, but had only used them for their original purpose, rice.I decided to start experimenting to see how many different dishes I could do in them. I wanted to see if it would be worthwhile to carry one in the Casita.

So far I have successfully made, buffalo chicken wings, one pot Spaghetti and meatballs, one pot macaroni and cheese, chocolate cake, omelets, hash brown egg and cheese dish, homemade biscuits and even a fried egg to go with them, boiled eggs, steamed veggies, steel cut oats, grits, and rice, of course.

Who knew it is such a versatile appliance!?! Today, I think I will try a loaf of bread, just to see if I can. I think the possibilities might be endless.
Just another idea for a multi purpose item for your little trailer. As long as you have electric, you can make a huge variety of food, with easy clean up.
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I have recently started using my rice cooker for a lot more than rice. I have had a couple different sizes, for years, but had only used them for their original purpose, rice.I decided to start experimenting to see how many different dishes I could do in them. I wanted to see if it would be worthwhile to carry one in the Casita.

So far I have successfully made, buffalo chicken wings, one pot Spaghetti and meatballs, one pot macaroni and cheese, chocolate cake, omelets, hash brown egg and cheese dish, homemade biscuits and even a fried egg to go with them, boiled eggs, steamed veggies, steel cut oats, grits, and rice, of course.

Who knew it is such a versatile appliance!?! Today, I think I will try a loaf of bread, just to see if I can. I think the possibilities might be endless.
Just another idea for a multi purpose item for your little trailer. As long as you have electric, you can make a huge variety of food, with easy clean up.

I don't where to find an reasonably priced current pole or bush to electric appliances.
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:31 PM   #3
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Interesting Terry, never knew they were that versatile.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:02 PM   #4
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Rice cookers are great! I cook oatmeal in mine often and have also made banana bread (had to run it through the cook cycle twice). I'm betting you could do a yeast bread as well - let us know how it turns out
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:06 PM   #5
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What temperature do most rice cookers cook at? Or do they have thermostats for the user to set a temp? Just wondering... I've never used one or even looked closely at one.
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:35 AM   #6
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I love my rice cooker but have never cooked anything but rice n it. Of course from You Tube I knew you could steam vegies n one, or throw in smallish chunks of meat atop the rice before starting the cook cycle... does the banana bread come out easily? I would be afraid of breads sticking. I have bought another Hawkins 1.5 liter pressure cooker for my forthcoming egg kitchen, (plan was just to trial the frst one bought and then pack it up n my camping gear but I love it and usei t constantly now)- I will grab another rice cooker (havetwo 3 cup cookers now) think I will start trying to cook other stuff in it. Wheatena. I love wheatena and cooking it first thing in the morning is a pain.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:14 AM   #7
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I am very fond of my rice cooker, but I regret that I haven't used it for rice in a couple years. It has become a slow cooker first, and it's other functions are neglected. Mine is a Sanyo with fuzzy logic. If you don't know what that is, read this: Fuzzy Logic and Rice Cookers - How Rice Cookers Work | HowStuffWorks
Think of it as an AI on your kitchen counter.

I wanted to see if I could run it by means of my 800 watt inverter on my 12v system. NO WAY. I would need at least a 1500 watt inverter with very heavy cables and fuse. Too expensive for chicken Alfredo. Then I wondered, could I run a toaster? NO. Too much power draw on 12 volts. It turns out that a microwave would be the most practical appliance to run on the system, but even that would be costly for the benefit I might gain.

So, I give a glance of longing to my appliances when I leave for 5 months of full-timing, and I look forward to having them when I return. Especially the rice cooker that I forget is a rice cooker.

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Old 05-04-2016, 11:23 AM   #8
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Also yummy... fresh sliced apples, a little water, some cinnamon. a sprinkle of sugar if you wish. applesauce :-)
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:01 PM   #9
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Mitzi, the banana bread slips right out and clean up is a breeze. Cakes do beautifully as well.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:41 PM   #10
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Terry, what brand of rice cooker do you have?
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:16 AM   #11
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This is my absolute favorite cooking appliance ever.
MaxBurton 12v

I have made everything imaginable in this. I use it everyday even in a full stick home using an ATX server power supply. Think portable power converter that does over 80 amps at 12v. Overkill.

Anyway this is based on a Korean rice cooker but without any fuzzy logic. Instead it has selectable temperature from 100 to 350 in 25 degree increments.
It will stay on for as long as you leave it that way without any kind of time out.

It makes all manor of soups, pastas, roasts, meatloaf, stews, frozen foods... Almost anything really.
Fill it up with oil and put it on 350 and you can even deep fry small amounts of food at a time. I say small because it is only 150 watts and the oil will drop in temp.

It can basically make anything though and it will do it right off of solar or your batteries. I also use it in my car without the trailer while traveling. Nothing beats throwing in some cheap ingredients and pulling over for a hot meal at a rest area or a walmart. Saves a LOT of money where you might otherwise end up eating fast food, and you get to eat healthy food too.

I've used mine an unreasonable amount for a 12v item. I have worn almost all of the nonstick off of it, and had to put a new relay in it too. I used a Suzuki relay from a motorcycle that was much higher rated than the original and it's been going strong since. Even if I didn't know how to repair electronics though, I would have bought a new one in a heartbeat.

I picked mine up for much less than what it is currently on Amazon at a local truck stop.

I bet you will love this thing too if you get one. The removable cooking dish and the selectable temps make this MUCH better than any other 12v oven.
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Janisg, I have a large Sanyo fuzzy logic and 3 cup and 6 cup cheap, cook/warm Black and Decker. Have made the same kinds of food in both types.

The key to the basic ones is to push the cook button, wait 5 minutes after it goes to warm, then push cook again. You may have to do this one or more times, depending on what you are cooking. Took me 3 cycles to bake a little cake.
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Kenji,
That is one heck of a recommendation!
I think I could make that work with my solar power on a good, sunny day.
It's now on my wish list. Thanks for the good lead.

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Kenji: are you talking about the Max Burton 6905 Digital 12 Volt Portable Lunch Box Stove to Go? or another product?
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