My favorite appliance

by Mary on November 17, 2011

Can’t start my fall mornings without this:

Sanyo rice cooker

Because it makes it so easy to make this:

breakfast, grains, oatmeal

breakfast oatmeal

If you’re the type who would never burn oatmeal or rice while running around doing other things, maybe you don’t need this. But for me, the idea of never scorching another pot while trying to make brown rice or oatmeal is heaven! I just put in rice and water at night, set the menu to porridge and the timer to when I want the oatmeal ready, and there it is in the morning. It has a keep warm function so it can stay hot for later-rising members of your household, too. The titanium bowl behaves like non-stick but without the health concerns of non-stick.

Here’s a how-to video from The Dinner Table for making steel-cut oats in a Sanyo Rice Cooker. And more photos and info, using  a Zojurishi rice cooker, at the Daily Garnish.

Steel-cut oats seemed like too much for me before I got this– all that stirring– but now it’s no problem. Warm spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or a chopped apple, raisins, or a few chopped walnuts are an easy way to jazz it up.

My rice cooker helped me today with both breakfast and dinner. The rice was already cooking when I came home from visiting a friend. It was done and holding on keep warm before I’d finished chopping and stir-frying a basic tofu-and-veggie stir-fry. Did I mention that I love my rice cooker?

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