Friday, June 7, 2013
REVIEW: Nordic Ware Microwave Rice Cooker and Vegetable Steamer
Last month I bought this little, plastic, eight cup, rice cooker at Target. It was on sale for less than $10, and I figured I couldn't go wrong. I was attracted to it because it was small and lightweight. With only three burners on the RV stove, steaming a pot of rice in my usual fashion takes up precious space.
I have used it in the house at least ten times since I got it, and each time what I made in it came out good. The white rice I made was perfect. I made brown rice to put into a soup. I wanted it to be underdone so it could finish in the broth, so I cooked it for less time. It worked. Rice sometimes sticks to the pot when cooked on the stove. I had an electric rice cooker that was hard to clean. With this one, the rice didn't stick and so the clean up was easier.
I often make vegetables in the microwave using a much heavier Corning ware casserole dish. They came out just about the same using the steamer. I have also made small new potatoes which I usually boil stovetop. Again, the results were comparable.
I haven't tried any pasta yet, but the instructions say you can make pasta in it.
Overall I would give it an 8 out of 10. If you don't have the space for a large electric rice steamer in your RV, and don't want to steam rice or veggies on the stove top, this does the job.
If you are looking for one, try Target, Kmart or Walmart.
They also have them at Amazon: NordicWare Microwave Rice Cooker
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