I don’t know about you all, but I am a huge fan of the Instapot craze. I want quick meals cooked in one pot. Looking up the price put me off though. I will not pay hundreds of dollars for one, It’s just not in my blood. I do however want the benefits of one at a fraction of the cost. So, after looking around, I found my most favorite kitchen appliance I have purchased to date. It is worth every penny of the $14.95 I paid for it at Walmart.
How is a rice cooker anything like an Instapot you ask? It doesn’t just cook rice! This once, one trick pony has been experimented on so much there are tons and tons of recipes to make easy meals in one easy to clean pot. It is such an amazing thing. The one I have, since it is just the kiddo and me, is the 10 cup. It is small but perfect for two 5ft-ish tall ladies.
Granted, I do mostly use mine for rice. I can cook all kinds from long grain to brown rice to jasmine rice with ease and little water adjustment. I cook a lot of stir fry. However, I have made fried rice, pot stickers, and broccoli cheese rice from the rice cooker. Recipes to come as well! I love cooking potstickers, also commonly known as gyoza and Chinese dumplings, in my rice cooker. They come out perfectly steamed with a golden crispy bottom just as they should. This kitchen gadget literally has one button!
On the technical side, this product is as simple as it comes. It is self-regulated and you just have to push the lever down to cook and wait for a pop sound similar to a toaster. When you plug it in, it is already set to the warm setting. The only way to turn it off and on is by unplugging it and plugging it in. This is a downside if you are like me and forget that it is still on. Good new for you though is that I left it on warm all night and nothing burned or caught on fire. It actually dried out the leftover rice and made it easier to clean. I do not recommend leaving it unattended but if you are cooking plain rice, you can leave it on warm to dry out the rice and then unplug it to turn it off. It makes cleaning it a breeze but make sure to not forget about it. I do not want anyone’s kitchen set on fire.
Another big pro, it is very easy to clean. The bowl, the lid, the rice scoop, and additional parts are machine washable! I do keep them to the top rack though. Just to be safe. I want my $14.95 to last 😉.
The little one is 10 cups and is great for one or two people. Instapots can feed a family of 4 very easily so how do we feed more and save money? I have the solution!
What I love about Target is they take basic things and just throw in a little extra fun. They carry a 20 cup Aroma Rice Cooker. For just $10 more, you get twice the size and a steam tray to cook your protein and veggies separate from your rice but still in one convenient place. The best part? There is still only one button.
- It is very easy to use.
- It is a low-cost replacement to the more commonly used Instapot.
- It is easy to clean and the parts are machine washable. The cooker itself also wipes down easily.
- One meal and one pot convenience.
- It does not have a lot of setting and options for protein variations.
- It should have an automatic shut off or an actual power button.
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