Betrayed by a Small Appliance

My rice cooker overcooked my rice.

Two nights in a row.

I feel – betrayed.

I mean, isn’t that why I bought the stupid rice cooker in the first place? So that I wouldn’t end up overcooking my rice?

Should I buy another one? Or will this one just disappoint me too?

Or do I just suck at using my rice cooker?

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  1. I am sure you have been attacked by the Kitchen Virus. Many of us have had it. Please do everything to save yourself from this terrible disease..It has caused can openers to stop working. It has caused pizza to jump from the pan to the floor. It has caused the pork to disappear from the pork and beans. Please protect yourself from this disease by spending as little time as possible in the kitchen.

  2. The picture sure looks like our old rice cooker. That’s a random rice generator. Hard, perfect, overcooked. Your guess is as good as mine.

    We have a new one now (bigger, too) and so far it hasn’t failed us (but we haven’t used it THAT often). Still, the twins love rice so it’ll get plenty of workout in no time at all.

  3. And that is why I only make Minute Rice. That, and because I’m lazy.

  4. Considering the fact that I’ve always been afraid to use a rice cooker (I believe I would burn it as well) I just like to destroy my rice the old fashioned way.

    I could bust on your skills, but then I’d have to make fun of myself too and I’ve already done that once today…

  5. We lazy people cook our rice in the microwave–with any plastic container with a cover! 15 minutes at reduced power (8, for our 1200-power mike). Rice comes out moist, but if you let it sit 5 mins before serving, the moisture is absorbed.

    If you get fed up enough with your RC to try.

  6. mmmmm.
    i’m hungry.

  7. Ooh, I wish my rice cooker would burn the rice because then I could buy the fancy one with the teflon interior that, I imagine, would allow the bottom, sticky rice to just flow right out when I submerge it in water.

    At least, that’s what I dream of when I scrubbing the piece of crap rice cooker we have right now.

    Buy a new one so I may live vicariously through you.

  8. Never understood the fascination with rice cookers. It’s probably because I learned how to cook in a tiny New York City apartment. Anyway, my rice comes out just fine in a pot on the stove. How hard is it to bring water to a boil, add rice, cover and reduce to simmer?

  9. I didn’t think that was possible? Damn rice cookers!

  10. I don’t want to speculate too much, but when an object has but one purpose on this earth, and it is engineered specifically for that one thing, and the operator cannot get it to do that one thing, then maybe…just maybe…the fault may not lie with the appliance.

    I’m just saying.

    But you know I’m your biggest fan, so yeah…it’s definitely the cooker.

    BTW, when the hell are you going to respond to the meme?

  11. Oh, I feel your pain. I love my rice cooker. Not only for rice, but steaming vegetables too. I’d be lost if it failed me.

  12. Alton Brown, wise man that he is, shuns single-purpose kitchen gadgets. We ditched our rice cooker a few years ago and just make it on the stovetop without any problems.

  13. You can call me, 'Sir' says:

    People who buy rice cookers make me cry (Thanks, Sarah. I REALLY appreciate crying in the morning). Stove-top rice cookin’ is mui grande bueno easy and when you feed people rice from the stove, you have license to cry out as you fill their plates, “BEHOLD! LOOK UPON WHAT MY HANDS HAVE WROUGHT THROUGH THE BOILING OF WATER AND WITHOUT THE HELP OF SINGLE-PURPOSE KITCHEN CRAP! FEAR ME!”. And seriously…isn’t that everyone’s dream?

  14. the saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame thing happened to me monday night. I was trying to make dinner for a new mom. grrrrrrrrrrrrr. its a rice cooker revolt! we must stop this revolution or there will be rice cooker anarchy!

  15. I always feel betrayed by small appliances. Like on Sunday when the toaster pantsed me…

  16. Hmm ! Very puzzling I never have any problems with my rice cooker. It looks very similar to the one you have in the picture.

  17. What happened to cooking rice on the stove?

  18. Get yourself to your nearest Chinatown and buy a rice cooker there. Don’t go for these cheap American (but made in China) knock-offs. Our rice cooker is decades old and always makes perfect rice. Or perhaps you should just burn an incense to the kitchen gods and your cooker will be perfect once again.

  19. Boil in bag rice, only way I can cook it!

  20. my rice cooker has never failed me. you’re putting in too much water, or using the wrong kind of rice. Or the damn 9 year olds they have working on the assembly line in taiwan effed when they made yours.

  21. First off, the same thing happened to me yesterday, so it clearly has somthing to do with the way the planets are aligned this week. Second, to everyone who can make rice on the stove without issues, you are liers who make up lies to brag.

  22. I got a rice cooker as a wedding gift. C made me regiater for it even though I didn’t want to because his parents have used the same rice cooker for 35 years. I used it a few times, it never worked right… always burned the rice and it was too hard to clean. I use the stovetop.

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