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The Heated Debate: Slow Cookers vs. Rice Cookers

The Heated Debate: Slow Cookers vs. Rice Cookers The Heated Debate: Slow Cookers vs. Rice Cookers
Slow Cookers vs. Rice Cookers

Rice cookers and slow cookers may share the same “set it and walk away” ease that makes them favorites in the kitchen, but these two small appliances have some very distinct differences. The most important distinction being the type of heat each creates, which effects how they’re used and the types of food that can be cooked in them.

A slow cooker distributes slow and even heat— that's why you can leave a roast cooking for hours and get tender and not overcooked results. Rice cookers work fast to bring ingredients to a rapid boil, which delivers the intense steam needed to create fluffy rice or steamed vegetables.

How to Choose Between a Slow Cooker and Rice Cooker

The simple truth is a rice cooker can’t do everything a slow cooker can do, and vice versa. If you have to pick just one, select the cooker that delivers the most benefit based on your needs— the types of food you prepare regularly and the amount of time you have until dinner being key factors.  Rice cookers and slow cookers really work best together to create exceptional meals. Having both of these in your kitchen can double the ease of preparing meals. While your chicken teriyaki finishes simmering in the slow cooker, make brown rice in the rice cooker. Or have a dessert going in the slow cooker while your shrimp and grits dinner cooks to perfection in the rice cooker.

If space is limited and you have to choose, consider these details to help you find the right cooker for your needs.

Slow Cookers
Rice Cookers

 

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