• Kitchen Hack: 3 Surprising Ways to Use a Rice Cooker

    Did you know you can cook full meals with just your rice cooker?
    by Idge Mendiola for Yummy.ph .
  • Kitchen Hack: 3 Surprising Ways to Use a Rice Cooker
    IMAGE Patrick Martires
  • Moms know all too well that multi-tasking is the key to getting things done -- and yes, that's why moms and homemakers love appliances that serve more than one purpose. It's especially helpful if it's for preparing meals for the family, which sometimes can be me too tasking when you're pressed for time. 

    Filipinos love rice, and a rice cooker is a definite must-have in anyone's kitchen! Did you know that you could cook meat, veggies, and even cakes in a rice cooker, too? Familiarize yourself with this home appliance's many functions and hack your way into quick and easy one-pot meals.

    1 Cook meat on top of rice.
    This simple hack will save you a whole lot of time and energy. Cook your meats on top of your rice, or you can also opt to mix meat and veggies in to make a rice cooker-version of Pinoy bringhe or paella.

    Try: Hainanese Chicken recipe here.

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    2 Serve up a simple soup.
    Saute aromatics and brown beef prior to let them simmer is tomato sauce. This one-pot hack will allow you to kick back and relax for a few extra minutes! There is no need to be a slave to the stoveâlet the rice cooker do all the work.

    Try: Taco Soup recipes here

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    3 Use the steamer attachment.
    Many multi-function rice cookers have a steamer attachment or basket. Make the most of it and use it to steam cakes, chicken, fish, or your favorite kakanin. Pop into any department store and youâll be able to find a multi-cooker at an affordable price.

    Try: No-bake Chocolate cake recipe here.

    This story originally appeared on Yummy.phTips appeared in the April 2016 issue of Yummy magazine.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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