(Closed) Do I Need a Rice Cooker?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

A rice cooker is not the same as a slow cooker. If you love sticky rice (the kind they serve at Chinese restaurants), then a rice cooker is a must. You can purchase rice in bulk and it is literally done in minutes. When you use a rice cooker, you use raw rice; not something like minute rice. We use our rice cooker a lot.

A dutch oven is nice to have, but a roasting pan will do just fine.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Rice cooker – yes!

Dutch oven – no.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a rice cooker, and I use it at least once a week. If you register for one, make sure it has a teflon coating, as rice sticks like crazy to the none teflon ones. I like it because you can’t screw up rice in it, 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water, put the lid on and turn it on. It turns off about 15 minutes later and the rice is nice and fluffy and ready to go. Usually about the same amount of time it takes me to stir fry the rest of the meal the rice is cooked.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How often do you eat rice? It’s easy enough to make on the stove if you only eat it occasionally. We “need” a rice cooker–FH is Chinese-American, I used to live in Japan, we like our rice. Wink I still do long grain rice (basmati, etc.) on the stove, though–go figure.

I use my dutch oven for baking bread, but I suppose all other things I use it for overlap with a slow cooker, like stews. If you’re registering, though, doesn’t hurt to put one on the list.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a slow cooker that also has rice cooker and pressure cooker settings. I’d look into that to save space!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

FI and I like to make our own sushi, so we use the rice cooker A LOT.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

My roommate has a rice cooker, I’ve only used it once to steam some greens. Everytime I cook rice I just put it in a pot (not minute rice…) and it takes about twenty minutes to finish. I guess what I’m saying is you don’t need it, but if you want it that’s fine too 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we registered for one that does both, as i don’t want to store a ton of appliances & don’t like a lot of them left of the counter. maybe look for multi purpose items to conserve space. as for the dutch oven, depends on what you like to cook. have you ever said, ‘darn! i can’t make that because i don’t have a dutch oven!’? if so, than i would say you need one=) if not, then maybe add it if the registry gets low later on

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve always used a pot for rice, but love sticky rice.  The rice cooker I registered for is $16 and works just fine (I have a friend who uses it).

I registered for a bigger slow cooker, since I only have a teeny one and the crock doesn’t come out (pain!!!). 

I just added a dutch oven this morning.  They’re expensive, but there have been enough times when something that size and material would have been helpful.  Stews, braising meats, etc.

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends on what your cooking/eating habits are. We don’t eat a lot of rice, so we don’t have a rice cooker. I do, however, have a Dutch oven and use it several times a week. I love that you can move it from the stove top to the oven and back.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends on what your cooking/eating habits are. We don’t eat a lot of rice, so we don’t have a rice cooker. I do, however, have a Dutch oven and use it several times a week. I love that you can move it from the stove top to the oven and back.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ditto. It depend on how often you eat rice. We got one and someday I will take it out of the box and actually use itSmile We also received 2 slow cookers and one of them hasn’t left the box yet.

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