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Check out this great guest post with creative ideas on how to prepare meals using a rice cooker from our guest writer Richard Browny, a renowned chef.

A rice cooker can be found in many home kitchens because it is a very useful gadget. Do you agree? Today we are going to talk in more detail about what you can do with a rice cooker because many do not use all the functions. You can cook, not only excellent rice, but also much more. Interested? Continue to read to find out more!

Did you know that rice cookers are not exclusively for rice meals? A rice cooker can cook everything. However, if you are a beginner, you might need some guidance as to how to cook different things in a rice cooker. Luckily, we are here to guide you through the process. Get your best rice cooker and get ready to cook, for starters, 4 delicious foods you did not think could make with a rice cooker.

1.One-Pot Soup

Soup is a universal comfort food and it is not new that rice cookers can cook soup. You can opt for a variety of soups like rice taco soup, vegetable soup, clear chicken soup, etc. Prep all your ingredients and put them in the rice cooker. Make sure you use a timer one or be alert because if you leave the soup to warm for a long time, it may begin to taste burnt and the vegetables or meat will turn soggy and ruin your soup.

A one-pot soup after a long day at work with minimal effort, what else can you possibly want? 

2. Live Your Steak Fantasy

Did you just read steak in a rice cooker?  Yes, you did! And you read it correctly. Cooking steaks can be very time consuming and require a lot of attention. Your favorite rice cooker can be used for cooking super soft and juicy steaks without the fear of unevenly cooked meat. Grab your steak, olive oil, some brown sugar, garlic and you shall have the most perfect steak ever. If you are planning to cook steak for a small number of people or just for yourself, put your grills and pans aside and use the regular rice cooker. There are several rice cooker recipes, but steak is the ultimate one that cooks incredibly right in a rice cooker. 

Frying steak on a pan over high heat often leads to drying up of moisture which leaves the meat dry. Cooking in a cooker will keep them tender. No-fuss of the smoke or unevenly cooked meat anymore. We hope we have been able to answer the eternal question, “can a rice cooker cook meat?”

3. Get Your Cake Right Every Time 

Does your cake sometimes bake uneven or over bake in the oven? Ditch your oven and use your rice cooker. A rice cooker can bake the cake. In fact, it is particularly perfect for baking cakes due to the technology of steaming. Cakes baked in rice cookers always turn out to be fluffy and soft because it gets the steam all over which helps the cake rise. No matter how good your icing is, the base must be perfect for an incredible cake. 

The recipe for baking a cake in a rice cooker is pretty simple and will not require any additional ingredients. However, you have to make sure you have all the mandatory ingredients required to make a cake-like flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, eggs, baking soda, and sugar. 

Often those who live in smaller homes, have a small oven or even find it difficult to own an oven as it takes a lot of space, in this situation, a rice cooker is the best option for baking a cake. Once your fluffy and perfect base is ready, turn it sinfully delicious with chocolate or whipped cream.

We assure you, once you see the results you are going to go back to your rice cooker every time you want a cake.

4. Sushi at Home

Use your rice cooker for sushi. A rice cooker is honestly the easiest way to cook sushi at home. Trust us, sushi only looks complicated but is pretty easy if you have a rice cooker at your expense. 

Sushi can be pretty expensive and at times when money may be tight, quenching sushi cravings can become so very difficult. But if you have some decent rice at home and appropriate items to go with it, cook up the best sushi. Make sure you get the process right because cooking the rice is a bit tricky. Also, you must know which rice to use for sushi. Just about any rice will not do. Try using short-grain Japanese rice or the medium-California rice instead of your regular long-grain rice. The rice has to be cooked just about right and it will require the rice to cook at a stipulated time, no more no less, and hence for this particular purpose, a rice cooker with a timer will fare better than a rice cooker without a timer. 

In conclusion, during the tough or busy times, your rice cooker is going emerge as your savior. Its diverse nature, as opposed to its unidimensional name, is one of the best cooking devices you can have. In fact, it could even be considered a must have in the kitchen! Enjoy cooking numerous dishes in your rice cooker and let us know how you have used your rice cooker to make more complicated and exclusive dishes. We would love to hear from you!

I hope you enjoyed this guest post and would love to hear any feedback you may have.

Wishing you all the best,

Ricci-Lee Hotz, MS, RDN

Denver’s Dancing Dietitian

A Taste of Health, LLC

“Improving Quality of life one bite at a time”

Author’s bio: Richard Browny is a renowned chef who presently works as the head chef at the La Appetit Cafe in Bristol. He is famous for his innovative ideas in the culinary field and has written several revolutionizing books on how exquisite dishes can be easily made at home.