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what to look for in a rice cooker?

I'm looking to bake somehthing like this: http://eatingpleasure.blogspot.com/20...

But she mentions using the 'Quick Cook' menu and that she has a Panasonic microcomputer cooker. But it must be possible to modify the recipe to work in a super-basic cooker... right? Or do the basic models just not get hot enough as the fancier ones do?

Mar 04, 2011
nycstudent in Cookware

what to look for in a rice cooker?

I would ordinarily be content with a super-basic rice cooker for just my white rice but I'm not sure if I would need a fancy, fuzzy logic one for cake-baking. I like the look and price of this: http://www.target.com/Aroma-6-Cup-Ric...

But I don't know if it would be suitable for baking... I couldn't find any reviews on either the Target site or Amazon that mentioned that =/

Do you think that would work? I wouldn't want to break it or something if I try! I currently make rice on the stovetop but was thinking a rice cooker might be easier since I don't have to watch it or anything... And if I spend money on something, I want to get as much use out it as possible! :

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Apparently you can make chicken potpie in a crockpot like so:
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/... So would I be able to modify the recipe to work in the rice cooker? If so, how? :

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Thanks!

Mar 04, 2011
nycstudent in Cookware

what to look for in a rice cooker?

Hi everyone!

I live near Chinatown and figure that's the best place to look for a rice cooker. I'm looking for something that I can cook plain old white rice in AND bake in (should I look for a more crockpot-style rice cooker?). But I'm not sure if a bare-bones no-frills rice cooker will work if I want to bake? I have no interest in making sticky rice for sushi and don't necessarily care about steamer inserts..... wait.... could I make a chicken potpie in a rice cooker? Like I would in a crockpot? Then I guess I might want to steam vegetables?! Aaaah ok I guess I want a rice cooker-crockpot combo that I can bake in.

Are there any temperature features I should look for? Should it have certain settings? Any good brands to look for and bad ones to avoid? I would really like to find one under $20, but am willing to pay $25 max.

Very new and confused about the world of rice cookers. TIA!

edit: Upon further thinking, should I get a rice cooker OR a crockpot? Or one that can do both?
* I would love to have an "oven replacement" since my oven is broken and will not be fixed for some time :( *

Mar 03, 2011
nycstudent in Cookware