Used to I always cooked rice with those instant boxes. I knew it probably wasn’t as healthy as real rice, and pouring in those bags of powder I never wanted to look at what kind of chemicals were in them!
But over the years I’ve changed my ways.
I was given a rice cooker as a gift, an Aroma, and I’m not sure why I resisted it for so long to be honest. Habit I guess.
Whether you love rice or see it as just a filler side-dish, the Aroma 8-cup rice cooker is for you (it also steams food like veggies!)
With a holding capacity of 2 to 8 cups of rice, the cooker can also steam meat or vegetables in a separate compartment above the main rice holder. (It makes sense when you see it at the store)
If you’ve used a crockpot, you’ll know exactly what’s going on. It’s the same except it’s made for timing rice.
You have digital controls which includes a timer with up to a 15 hour delay. Rice doesn’t always take that long to cook, so if you know when you’re coming home, you set the timer to start the rice in advance.
If you really want to set your dinner up, you time the crockpot stew to be ready with the rice you’ll put under it! (That’s what we do and love it).
Here are the 3 easy dish ideas you can make in the Aroma in case you need any convincing.
FRESH FRUIT PANCAKE
All this recipe requires is pancake batter, milk, eggs and your favorite fruits mixed into a smooth batter. The bottom of the cake can be layered with berries and nuts for a yummy base.
The separate brown and white rice cooking settings ensure that your fruity pancake turns out perfectly done, as a larger quantity gets cooked better in the brown rice setting.
This exotic dish is a delight to make in the Aroma cooker. Add 3 cups of rice, 3 and quarter cups of water, salt and a tablespoon of oil to the cooker and set it to quick cook. Then add boiled potatoes, tomato sauce, chicken and your preferred food flavor to the cooking pot and let it cook for half an hour on high pressure. Yum!
TENDER VEGETABLE SALAD
A perfect combination of flavor and health, this dish is a vegetarian classic. The steam tray of the Aroma cooker can be filled with carrots, baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower and water added to the halfway mark. Cook for 20 minutes and add salad dressings or seasonings to round off this yummy dish.
The aroma rice cooker automatically switches to keep-warm mode just like a crockpot, so it’s never over cooked (as long as you set the water/rice ratio right and the cooking time.)
It’s easy to wash up afterwards as all the containers are removable.
The only thing you’d wish for is that the Aroma cooker could talk, so that you could have an even more wonderful time gossiping while you cook!
Anyway, I’m not sure where they got my Aroma but like almost everything these days, Amazon has them all. Even if you don’t buy it there, I find it easier to look at the reviews first. You don’t really get that wandering the store.