For this, the final installment of the How to use a Rice Cooker series, only two recipes remain.
I’ve saved the best for last, so I hope you’re ready for a Rice Cooker Party!
The first surprise is…. Popcorn!
Micro-pop is a staple in dorm rooms, but why suffer through too-tough pieces and fake butter flavor when you can make the real deal with hardly any extra effort? Traditional popcorn is tastier, healthier, and much cheaper than the micro-wave variety.
Simply pour a tablespoon or so of oil into the rice cooker along with a few kernels of unpopped popcorn. Tape down the ‘on’ switch so that the cooker will get the oil hot enough. When you hear the kernels you put in pop, CAREFULLY open the lid and pour in a few more – about enough to cover half the bottom of the rice cooker to a depth of one kernel. Close the lid again, and wait for the magic…
Warning: This is the most dangerous rice cooker application featured in Footprint Magazine. It involves heating oil to high temperatures. Spilling hot oil can cause severe injuries, and, if you’re not careful with the lid, the popcorn kernels can fly out at you as they pop and cause painful little burns. Using a rice cooker to make popcorn is no more dangerous than using any other oil based popcorn-popping method, however – just remember to exercise caution.
Or, you can go classy with Fondue!
The cooker will melt everything down into a perfect, gooey mess – and keep it that way throughout an evening of dipping, dripping gluttony…
For chocolate fondue, just melt down a cup and a half of heavy cream, and stir in about 16 oz of chocolate chips until the mixture is smooth. Feel free to get creative with dark, milk, or white chocolate, peanut butter, toffee, vanilla, almond, orange or peppermint extract, alcoholic add ins, or whatever you can dream up!
Cheese or Broth fondues are a little trickier. But recipes such as this one for a simple cheddar fondue, this one for a classy three-cheese affair, and others abound on the internet. Bestfondue.com is a great resource for learning how to create dozens of unique fondues and hot pots.
So look at your humble little Rice Cooker in yet another new light, and let the party begin!