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i've heard that rice cookers can double as crockpots but mine didn't come with any suggestions or directions for doing so. just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or advice on it.<br><br>
my mom has this great recipe she makes in her crockpot, it's easily veganized so i'd like to try making it in the ricecooker.<br><br>
it's one of the ones with a cook and a warm setting, once the rice is cooked it switches to warm automatically and when you're ready you just unplug it.<br><br>
if i were to put things other than rice in there will it stay on cook as long as there is moisture pretty much? i guess i'd have to keep a close eye on it, i wouldn't be able to set it and leave i don't think. i'm too paranoid to do so anyway.
 

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A rice cooker will cook whatever food is inside it until the temperature rises above the boiling point. That's how it knows that the rice has absorbed all the water. I don't know if I'd try using my rice cooker as a slow cooker. I would imagine the salt/flavorings in the liquid you'd put in it would be enough to raise the boiling point of the liquid enough where the rice cooker would always stay off. You could try it though, just make sure you have a decent amount of liquid in it. It might work for some smaller beans and other grains, but I don't know about a seitan roast or something.<br><br>
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well no i'm mostly thinking soups and stews. i'm not real big on complicated recipes and stuff.<br><br>
the one my mom gave me is something called spagetti soup which we've nicknamed "spagoup" (say it, it's fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> )<br><br>
it's basically stewed tomatoes, ground beef/tvp/whatever, veggies, and in the last few minutes when the veggies are tender you break up some spagetti into small pieces and add that. once the noodles are cooked it's done. it looks and tastes very similar to beefaroni, which i haven't had in like 6 years so when my mom gave me a bowl of this i was surprised to discover how much i've missed chef boyardi lol. it's way healthier though of course.<br><br>
she's been making big batches of it and reheating it through the week at work and stuff. she doesn't get bored of it cause every time you make it you can change it by using different veggies and spices.<br><br><br><br>
anyway that's what i want to try in the cooker. and a coworker told me about a great vegan stew she made and i've been wanting to try it too. one of if not the #1 favourite omni food that i miss is irish stew. i've been keeping an eye out for a vegan version or easy recipe for years. i figure i could try with yves meatballs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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nope.... i wanted to do that, too, 'cause I didn't want to shell out for a crockpot, but you can't. TOO BAD! You'll probably end up paying 50$ for a crockpot, then using is 2 times! I did...
 

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salt in the amounts used in cooking has no impact on boiling point (at least not one a rice cooker would be accurate enough to detect) so that shouldn't be a problem.<br><br><br><br>
I would try it, it doesn't seem like it could hurt anything to me.
 

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nope.... i wanted to do that, too, 'cause I didn't want to shell out for a crockpot, but you can't. TOO BAD! You'll probably end up paying 50$ for a crockpot, then using is 2 times! I did...</div>
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how did you discover that you can't?<br><br>
i saw a website once that this lady had put together with different things you can make in a rice cooker. she had directions to make spagetti, sauce and all in one batch. i lost the link though.<br><br>
i suppose the recipe i want to try doesn't need to cook for a real long time. i can just cook the veggies partway before i put them in the rice cooker
 

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Rice cookers are excellent to cook one-pot meals. Great for dorms, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Here's an example:<br><br>
Bob's Rice Cooker Rice, Veggie, & Tofu<br><br>
Prep: 10 min, Cook: 20 min.<br><br>
2 cups basmati rice, or white rice<br><br>
1 quart plus 1 cup water<br><br>
4 small green zucchini, thinly sliced<br><br>
4 small yellow zucchini, thinly sliced<br><br>
4 small carrots, thinly sliced<br><br>
1 lb. firm tofu, cut into cubes<br><br>
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional<br><br><br><br>
Combine all ingredients in rice cooker. Turn on and cook for about 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving. Salt and pepper to taste.<br><br><br><br>
or<br><br><br><br>
RICE COOKER JAMBALAYA<br><br><br><br>
1 can black eye peas<br><br>
1 can vegetable broth<br><br>
1 sm. can mushrooms<br><br>
2 links vegetarian sausage, chopped<br><br>
1 1/2 c. short grain rice (raw)<br><br>
1 pat butter or margarine<br><br>
1 onion, chopped<br><br>
1 bell pepper, chopped<br><br>
2 ribs celery, chopped<br><br>
Season to taste<br><br><br><br>
Drain mushrooms and peas. Dump everything into rice cooker and cook until rice cooker dings.
 

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i saw a website once that this lady had put together with different things you can make in a rice cooker. she had directions to make spagetti, sauce and all in one batch. i lost the link though.</div>
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Is this the one you're talking about?<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.sallyskitchen.com/" target="_blank">http://www.sallyskitchen.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
Here's also a cookbook that looks interesting.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FUltimate-Rice-Cooker-Cookbook-Porridges%2Fdp%2F1558322035%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fqid%3D1167499174%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F105-0816744-1245260%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Rice-...e=UTF8&s=books</a>
 

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I think the best rice cooker is Wolfgang Puck's Bistro rice cooker. It has a basket insert you can put on top of the rice, and the lid seals tightly! You can cook rice on the bottom and veggies in the basket on top. It cooks much faster because of the steaming factor. You can also put boxed scalloped potatoes or any of the boxed noodles on the bottom, veggies on top, and in just 12 minutes the entire meal is ready to eat. It's the best cooker we've ever had.
 

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that's the site! thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
mine has all the stuff to double as a steamer as well but i haven't tried it yet.
 

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I figured I would just post my question here, in this thread, rather than start a whole new one just for my one question.<br><br>
I just recently got given/bought a rice cooker, but it is quite small, at only 4 cups. It's "Durabrand" from WalMart I believe, but it looks like it will be decent (I haven't used it yet; or any other rice cooker for that matter). So that's why I am asking...<br><br>
Do you think I would be able to use my 4 cup rice cooker for things other than rice?<br><br>
Like maybe small portions of soup, stew, or chili. There's only my boyfriend and I to feed here, so a 4 cup cooker should be fine in that respect. But will it work for things other than some rice for my stiryfry?<br><br>
Thanks for any suggestions/opinions.
 
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