I'm looking for a new appliance for slow cooking / simmering large amounts of food.
I currently just have an 8cup rice cooker with Cook/Warm settings. It works fine for rice, but requires lots of babying to cook stews, make stock, & other wet dishes due to the lack of a "soup" mode.
I definitely need a second appliance. I want more convenience and the ability to I can cook rice and slow cook in parallel. The question is, what type? Ideally, I want a final setup that can cook meals for 4 adults. I also like to "fire and forget" when I cook, hence programmable timers are useful.
I see the following options:
(A0) Buy a rice cooker with a soup mode
(A1) Buy a fuzzy rice cooker with a soup mode
(B) Buy a slow cooker with a timer mode
(A*) Pros: more versatile wrt what it can cook. Also many useful cooking modes for Asian food, which is what I grew up eating.
- Hard to find one with programmable cooking timer for slow cook mode.
- A1 gets into a ridiculous price territory for a 10 cup model, which is the size that I need to comfortably cook enough food for company and to get enough leftovers when cooking for myself. I will cry the first time I scratch the pan.
Pros: I can find slow cookers with programmable cooking timers, much larger capacity, and a versatile form factor for serving. Stoneware is also more robust against abuse than a non-stick rice cooker.
Cons: implied above
The right strategy seems to be to buy a $50 slow cooker now. When I feel like it, buy a $100 5.5 cup rice cooker and donate my current rice cooker toa good cause.
Any advice & suggestions would be greatly appreciated.