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Aroma Rice Cooker Review & Food Finds

About 15 or so years ago I bought my first rice cooker. It was one of the best kitchen appliance purchases ever! It makes perfect rice every time. Only problem with it was that when I decided to start making more brown rice I couldn’t use the rice cooker as it only worked with white rice. Meanwhile I used the Alton Brown oven method for Perfect Brown Rice. I figured once the rice cooker stopped working properly I would replace it with a rice cooker that had a brown rice setting. Great idea, only problem was the old rice cooker never gave up working! When David moved out I decided to give the old rice cooker to him and he was thrilled to get it. While shopping at Costco I saw an Aroma brand rice cooker that had a brown rice setting. A quick Google search (gotta love smart phones) revealed awesome reviews so I bought it.

This rice cooker makes perfect white or brown rice – I’ve tried both already. It can also cook other grains like Farro, Quinoa or barley so I plan on testing those as well. The liner has a non stick coating so clean up is a breeze – love that!

 It also claims to be a slow cooker and came with a recipe book filled with enticing meal ideas. I will report back as I try more recipes and test it’s various uses. This was a bargain at just $29.99.

While at Costco I came upon this new to me melon and had to bring it home.

It has a mild but super sweet flavor. It kind of reminded us of a honeydew melon. I wouldn’t buy one again as I like a melon with more flavor but it was fun to try.

This adds a nice cheesy type flavor to veggies, popcorn and veggies. I want to try it on kale chips.

It can be purchased at most health food stores and Whole Foods.

All of the above food finds and products are ones that were purchased with my own money and I wasn’t asked to review any of them or compensated in anyway.

Nutmeg Notes

We had a super productive weekend. The kitchen table top is refinished and back in place. Hubby Tom did a great job! We moved furniture around and are setting up a spare bedroom in what use to be son David’s bedroom. We have moved a lot of boxes to the attic as we are storing a variety of things for the young adult kiddos that they don’t have room for in their apartments.

Leaking pipe update. The giant dehumidifier is gone for now. The general contractor came on Friday and gave us an idea of what might happen as they move forward with opening up the wall and getting to the source of the leak. We are waiting to hear what our insurance company will cover on both the house repair and the totaled car. Everyone is in agreement that we should wait until after Katy’s August wedding to tear up the house. Thank goodness as there are so many decisions we will have to make and right now with all the wedding stuff going on we are on overload!

Happy Monday,

Tami

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  1. Linda Palapala says:

    I’ve had a rice cooker for years – we use it all the time. But I was taught to make rice using the “Hawaiian method.” You use short grain white rice and use the “finger method” to measure how much water to add. It comes out a sticky rice like in Chinese cooking. Lately I’ve been making a curry rice using Basmati rice, green peas and turmeric. I just bought some cumin seeds to add next time.

    1. Tami says:

      Linda I have never heard of the Hawaiian method of cooking rice. Sounds wonderful!

  2. Tish says:

    Thanks for the rice-cooker review. Rice has always been our favorite go-to grain, but I’ve never used a rice cooker. We’re eating a lot fewer grains these days, but still love brown rice. I’m tempted to get this! I’ll check it out at costco.

    Continued good wishes on getting the house and everything ship shape for the upcoming wedding!

  3. Jane says:

    I don’t have a rice cooker – I always thought they were more expensive!! Good luck getting everything ready for the wedding!

  4. maryfran says:

    Holy Crapballs…..seriously, that’s the problem? There is a different setting for white rice versus brown rice. I have a rice maker.. (cheap, no settings, just on, cool and off) and I have never liked it because I eat mostly brown rice and it just doesn’t do it right! ~~slaps forehead~~ How stupid could I be!!

  5. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    Yes. We use it a lot for white rice for our teen. One thing I love about it is that it takes timing of a meal mostly out of the equation because the rice can sit in there, done, for a while, and be fine.

    1. Tami says:

      I like the warming feature too Karen and the fact that the rice cooker doesn’t heat up my kitchen.

  6. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Nice find! I eat rice 2-3 times a year and that’s usually brown/wild rice combo, so I don’t really a special cooker. Still, it *is* pretty and shiny! :)

    I’ve noticed Bragg’s products making more of an appearance on big box store shelves over the past year. For a long time, Kroger carried Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s and that was it, but now they have a good many products. I think the nutritional yeast is one of them, but I’m not 100% certain.

  7. Roz@weightingfor50 says:

    HI Tami. I did have a very basic rice cooker for a while, it died, and I just started making the baked brown rice instead. So far, I haven’t missed it. I would miss nutritional yeast if I couldn’t find it though. I make kale chips at least once a week and use it for that, but I also sprinkle it on salads.
    Have a great day!!!

  8. Sharon says:

    Interesting…..I have a very cheap rice cooker that I bought a few years ago not knowing if I would use it or not. Fell in love with it and use it ALL the time. We eat a lot of rice. But it only has one setting. I use it for both white and brown rice. It clicks to “warm” automatically when the rice is done. I’ve never had anything but perfect rice. It makes the brown rice as perfectly as the white. It never crossed my mind that there was such a thing as a different setting.

  9. Veronica says:

    I appreciate the rice cooker review-it is something I would really like to have so I will get that one when I finally buckle down and make the purchase. Seems like there’s always something more important we need.

    Hey, where are the pictures of the finished table? :)

    Sorry to hear about the leak-that sounds bad! We had a terrible problem with a pipe that broke in our crawlspace. We had no idea but it was broken for a long time. Drain flies (they look iind of like tiny moths/flies came up out of the sewer and took over our house! We could not figure out where they were coming from! Finally we had a guy come out and they found the broken pipe in our crawlspace and there was a huge pool over water where they were breeding b/c the pipe was to our kitchen sink. EW! They wanted thousands to fix it and the infestation but we did it ourselves for less than $100, but it was DISGUSTING work. I hope your insurance covers everything–ours wouldn’t because it wasn’t part of our house but below it. Sounds like yours will be covered!

    1. Tami says:

      Oh Veronica that sounds like quite a mess you had! How awesome that you could fix it yourselves and save so much money! Good work. :)

  10. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    I am not a rice eater so….

    Tami – you have soooooooooooooooooo much going on!!! Don’t forget to find time to de-stress too – maybe a walk or something – how is the bod feeling???

    1. Tami says:

      Last week was not my best week for food and exercise. This week I am more on top of things.I am trying to get in some exercise, went for a 3 mile walk yesterday followed by the weight work out you sent me. It felt great! It’s also good for my mood and attitude. My sciatica pain has gone away. I am greatful for that. My foot continues to swell when I am on it a lot. It does much better when I wear my Asics running shoes. Even my Good Feet shoe inserts which I wear in my house shoes are not enough right now. It’s crazy but not life threatening – just a major inconvience.

  11. Dr. J says:

    Yes we do have a rice cooker, but I never use it. I guess the same way I’ve been a seat of the pants pilot (and doctor) I cook the same way :-)

    It just seems to work better for me that way, although I hope I am not missing out on something because of my style.

  12. Dr. J says:

    PS off topic: I got the edamame at Sams. We have had some intestinal upset from eating it. Maybe if I soak it for a while before cooking it may help, but I’m afraid I’m going to limit how much I have at this point. I’ve read on-line that it has happened to other people.

    1. Tami says:

      Wow Dr J so sorry the edamame has caused you intestinal upset. I have never had any problems with it. Thanks for letting me know.

    2. Ciran says:

      I does happen to other people – me included. I love eating edamame but every time I do, same thing happens. Some things just do not agree with some people. Soaking it does not work for me FYI.

      1. Dr. J says:

        I tried something else with the edamame. After soaking it, I put it under the broiler for a bit. It seemed to help. I got the idea because of the roasted soy nuts that I’ve seen.

        1. Tami says:

          Oh Dr J roasted edamame sounds good, a little garlic with that would be awesome.

  13. Biz says:

    So glad that you decided to wait to do anything more with the house until after Katy’s wedding – one less thing to worry about right now, right?! :D

    I bought a rice maker at Walgreen’s for $7 about 10 years ago – I’ve replaced it only once during that time. I have an electric stove that made it virtually impossible to make good rice on top of the stove.

  14. Renee@Mykitchenadventures says:

    rice maker is one appliance I don’t own. I really don’t have much problem making it stove top…or maybe I’m just not that picky about the texture it comes out…but I always buy the Rice Select brand, so maybe that’s why I feel it mostly successful.

    Good luck with all the last minute wedding plans and the upcoming wedding!!! how stressful and exciting at the same time!

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