Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Multi-Tasking Rice Cooker

So, last week we received a rice cooker for review.

I love rice cookers. I feel lazy when I say that, because rice is not hard to make. But, the rice cooker really is a handy appliance.

But, this new one is just plain fun. No, I’m not reviewing it here. I’m just going to show you one of the things we did with it last weekend.

This particular model has multiple settings to show some of the other things you can do with the appliance. And, as Alton Brown so wisely points out, there is no room for unitaskers in a kitchen. Any appliance or tool needs to have multiple uses. Why not the rice cooker?

Why not indeed?

Anyway, this particular one claimed to be able to cook a cake. Now, the directions said that a box cake would take 50 minutes, so it doesn’t save time. What, then, might be the advantage? We just HAD to give it a try to find out!

Angie and I mixed up an apple cake. Yeah, a little more dense than the regular cake mix. So, I figured it would take extra time.

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But, we mixed it up, glopped it into the rice cooker, and turned it on for 50 minutes.

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Then I came back and turned it back on, setting my timer for another 25 minutes.

Wait, what happened to the finished product?

Well…I neglected to get a picture before it was consumed. Take my word for it, though. It was not only picture-perfect, it was absolutely delicious. The texture was amazing, complete with a crispy top and bottom. Oh my!

So, what’s the advantage? Well, in the hot summer, this will let off little extra heat. The even heating made for an awesome texture. And, if you use a regular cake recipe rather than one that’s more like a quick bread, you can turn it on and then just let it switch over to warm when it’s done.

Okay, so maybe this does sound a bit like a review. But, it was more just fun. Oh, and yummy!

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