Saturday, November 11, 2006

Rice Cooker, Out-of-the-Box

A rice cooker is staple appliance for any modern Filipino family. Ours doesn't get as much use, though, as I'm alone most of the time. On occasion, when I get tired of Jollibee meals, I muster it back into service.

It was my Dad who first showed me how to use it to boil corn. A tad unconventional, but then again, why not? It's just a big pot with an electric coil, right? So you should be able to use it like any old pot.

Pretty quick, too. Yummy, golden boiled Valencia corn from the ACSAT farm in under 15 minutes.

Today, I used it to cook spaghetti noodles. Quite handy it was, and very neat, too. I don't think I've had as little trouble making spaghetti as today. A 100g pack cooked in under 10 minutes. Getting the water to boil took a bit longer.

You know what they say: a watched pot never boils.

Next time I'll boil water in the water heater first.

Any other unconventional rice cooker suggestions out there?



  1. Not really rice cooker suggestion, but boiled rice companion.

    When you're feeling lazy to cook a good meal, boiled rice always goes well with coco jam--we call it santan here--in my case.

    When I was away studying, I had my mom prepare me a garapon, which lasted for half of the term--roughly 1 month give or take a few days.

  2. Would you believe we don't hava rice cooker? :)

  3. I often tell Marilyn that we have no rice in the U.S. She is quite fond of rice, though I think I have eaten it 6 times in my life. Most Americans just don't incorporate it into our daily meals. It may not be as abundant as in the Philippines, but is still readily available here. Marilyn knows I am joking when I say we have no rice.

  4. Hi, Willy: mmm, sounds like something to pick up when I do go visit Naga :-)

    Hi, Chaz: in Australia? or in Dumaguete?

    Hi, Corey: I used to buy mine at Food Lion and Krogers. And that reminds me of another story....

  5. Good thing LA is rice country or I would not survive. I can not eat rice regularly but I must have it around. Since Asian and Mexican food is abundant in LA, there's no problem finding a resto with rice.

    Back when I was dorming in Manila, not knowing how to cook and being lazy meant doing unconventional things. I have tried cooking tocino using a rice cooker more than once and it also meant changing my rice cooker more than once, as apparently, oil destroys the rice cooker.

  6. Hey Doms, we don't have a rice cooker in Australia now. I know we should but we've been using a microwaveable rice cooker for so long now and it just works for us just as well.

  7. Ahh, yes, Food Lion and Kroger. In fact, I have the latter about 2 minutes down the road. We also have a brand new Wal-Mart across the street from my apartment. Between the two of them I would imagine I could find anything. However, despite the convenience of these places, I still depend on McDonald's and Taco Bell and other unhealthy fast food places for my meals :(

    Marilyn needs to help me learn to cook :)

  8. Hi, Amee: thanks for the tip. I'll try to remember not to cook tocino on the rice cooker ;-)

    Hi, Chaz: microwaveable rice cooker? That's new to me.

    Hi, Corey: gah! lay off the fast foods, that's what almost ruined my health.

  9. Re microwaveable rice cooker, I have that too. You just put rice and water (Rice packages come with instructions as to how much, in RP I always got the ratio wrong.) and press rice on the microwave and it estimates how long to cook it, usually 20 mins. I bought mine for around $10 from Target.