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Nov 9, 2009 07:39 AM

Strange Rice Cooker Question

I've been researching rice cookers, and think I have found a good one for me-

Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, 3 cup- one-piece, delay timer, good quality, good reviews...

My main purpose for it will be to have hot cereal ready to go when I wake up in the morning. To minimize cleanup, I was wondering if it is OK to put a bowl in the cooker (with perhaps a towel underneath to protect the nonstick surface of the insert) with your oats and water instead of directly putting the ingredients in the insert. I guess this would be a no, but I thought I'd ask!


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  1. It would definitely not work. A rice cooker is really a "water boiler" and it stops when it detects water has boiled away and so temp rises... so with no water directly in the pan it would stop right away. It would be like putting a pot on the stove, turning it on, and then putting a bowl inside. A rice cooker is not anything like a slow cooker (which I'm guessing you thought might have been the case).

    1. It's dangerous and it kills your rice cooker AND the nonstick surface.

      1. I have to echo with others. This will not work. By the way, I own this one:

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Thank you all 3 for your wisdom!!! No bowls inside!!!!!

        2. Why wouldn't you just put the oats and water directly into the rice cooker pot? Most new electric rice cookers have a "porridge" or "cereal" function that will cook oatmeal. If you also use the delay setting (or set the timer), you could have it ready to eay by the time you're up.

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          1. re: leanneabe


            cd454's reasoning is written in the original post.

          2. If it's really an issue, why not just eat your oatmeal straight out of the insert? (I'd suggest using a wooden spoon so you don't scratch the surface.) Bohemian for sure, but what the hell!