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Slow cooker vs Rice cooker


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Slow cooker vs Rice cooker

balblua | Sep 25, 2010 08:05 AM

Hi everyone,

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.

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