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My rice cooker.

A couple weeks ago I dropped off a meal at a friend's house. It included rice cooked in our steamer. According to my friend, her children were absolutely raving about how good the rice was. I swear, if you don't have some sort of rice cooker, consider buying one. In fact, I actually bought a replica of the steamer we have at home for at the lake last spring. It is $35 at Walmart.

I had cooked my friend Jasmine rice (from Costco). I followed the directions that come with my machine and tossed in a tablespoon of butter because, clearly we love butter at my house.  I flipped the dial to 55 minutes and walked away. Now that I am back to work, I will actually start the steamer before I leave the house in the morning. When I get home I just turn the dial to add 15 minutes and it steams it warm.  We use our steamer to cook rice almost once a week. We all love it and I love the convenience.

Want more grain? I also find it super easy to include multigrain rice, wild rice and quinoa in the mix. I usually cut it 50/50 with Jasmine rice and use the exact same amount of time as my steamer requires for regular rice.

Want rice pilaf?  Add a tablespoon of finely chopped onion, a tablespoon of butter, and a heaping tablespoon of chicken bouillon. Voila!  Quick way to mix up the carbohydrate at supper time.

My brother, Luke, and his wife, Brittany have a rice cooker. The thing I like about theirs is it takes half the time. If I had known theirs was so fantastic this spring, I would have bought one like it for the lake instead of the steamer (I only use mine to cook rice!). Theirs also comes with a sweet price of $20 at Walmart.

Have a wonderful start to your week!


  1. Interesting....I never make rice because I always wreck it. This may be the answer to my problems!

    1. It works out perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME! It is awesome. Did I say that already?

  2. I have NEVER used a rice cooker... I buy minute rice lol, I highly suspect this would be better
    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

    1. Seriously. You can't even compare it. It is so delicious.

  3. I bought a rice cooker last year. It is my favourite appliance! Set it and forget it! Perfect rice every time.

  4. We got one for a wedding present! We have used it about 5 times in the last 4 weeks! BEST. INVENTION. EVER!

  5. Okay, I have heard this numerous times now and I just can't figure out how it can be any better than cooking it on the stovetop?!? I think I might just have to borrow one and test it out. I like the price tag on the one you have; thanks for the tip.

    1. It is just nice because there is no boiling over, stirring, or watching. As Erin said, "Set it and forget it!"


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