A rice cooker is a typical kitchen appliance used primarily for — what else — making fluffy white rice. But before you dismiss your rice cooker at home as a single tasker, you’ll be surprised that this particular kitchen appliance can do a lot more than you imagine. So, it’s time to make full use of your rice cooker because you can use it…
1) … to bake a cake
No oven at home? No problem. Rice cooker is your answer. Let’s say you want to bake a simple cake. All you need to do is whisk a bowl of flour, sugar, egg and milk (of your choice) altogether. Then, pour the mixture into the bowl of the rice cooker and press the “cook” button. Once the rice cooker turns to “warm”, let it rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes. In order to ensure your cake is done, you can use your finger to touch on top of it lightly. If your finger feels springy to the touch, it means your cake is ready.
2) … to make a frittata or an omelette
Looking to make a quick brunch or dinner? Frittata or omelette is a good idea to fill in your tummy. First, pre-cook whatever ingredients on the pan (e.g. mixed vegetables, spinach, ham and sausages). Then, whisk some eggs in the rice cooker bowl and add your ingredients altogether. Set your rice cooker to “cook” just like normal and wait until it’s all done.
3) … to cook boiled eggs
Looks like traditional boiling method on a stovetop is not the only method to boil some eggs. With a rice cooker, you simply place the eggs inside the bowl. Then, add a cup of water and turn it on. Alternatively, you can use another boiling method using the rice cooker. Rather than putting the eggs inside the bowl, place them in a steamer basket instead.
4) … to cook oatmeal
Cooking oatmeal using a rice cooker is just like cooking rice. All you have to do is to add a cup of your favorite oats and mix in equal parts of water or milk if you need a creamier consistency. Press the “cook” button and that’s it. Once your oatmeal is done, you can throw in some diced apples or chopped bananas for added boost of flavor.
5) … to make soup
Making soup in a rice cooker is as easy as throwing every ingredient into the bowl… and hit the “cook” button. Basically, you can make various soup recipes like chicken soup, tomato soup or vegetable soup.
6) … to bake or make mashed potatoes
Forget about the pot. How about using a rice cooker for a change? If you are looking to bake some potatoes, just peel the skins off and cut them into pieces. Then, place them into the rice cooker, add a pinch of salt and cups of water. Your baked potatoes should be done for about 20-30 minutes, depending on your rice cooker setting. Apart from making baked potatoes, you can also steam them until fork tender. Once they are done, transfer the steamed potatoes into a large bowl and let them cool for a while. Next, mash them with a potato masher while adding milk and butter of your choice until smooth consistency.