Advice on buying a rice cooker

enui
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Next Thursday, Lidl in Italy will offer a rice cooker for 19,98 € and I'm considering buying it. There's not much information online, so I'll have to decide whether to buy it or not when I'm in the shop.

I'm mostly interested in buying it if it has a timer, so that I can set it up in advance, however for that price I do not expect it to have many fancy functions. What should I look for in a rice cooker before buying it?

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Céline
Bento-ing from: Avignon or Lyon, depends › France
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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

Oh, I've seen it ! (I live in eastern south france, liddl is the closest shop to my house...)
I considered buying it too, but finally decided against it for various reasons :
It doesn't have a timer, nor options for cooking anything else than white rice, has a removable lid and is in fact quite big : it didn't suit my needs since I cook only for myself, live in a smallish flat with no freezer (so I only cook 2-3 cups at a time)and would only need a rice cooker because it would be so much easier to come home or wake up with the rice already cooked...
I guess I'll make do with cooking rice on the stove for a little longer.
Now, maybe that's a good deal for you if you cook for smeone else than yourself, have enough place where you live, etc.

Hope it helped ^^

Jiza
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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

I have a big rice cooker that I rarely use because it's too big. I mean we are 2 at home and the rice cooker instructions clearly say that you should cook minimum 4 cups of rice which is way too much for us.
Mine was cheap but it only has the "cook/warm" function. I've been looking for a smaller one (better with a timer) and there seem to be none in Spain.

So my advice is to buy one that suits the amount of rice you'll be comfortable with and better if it's got a timer. Good luck!
Maybe if lidl releases those in Italy they'll come to Spain soon! :D

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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

Here is some general advice about what to look for in rice cookers which might be helpful.

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enui
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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

Thank you for your comment! It helped a lot :)
Well, I cook only for myself most of the time, but I have a freezer and use it a lot :) However if it has no timer at all I'll keep using my trusty pot (or experiment with the microwave) since the kitchen is small and already crowded.

enui
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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

Thank you for your comment!
Well, I'm going to Lidl for grocery shopping anyway, so I'll check it and I will let you know if it's the same model or a new one.

enui
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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

Ooops, sorry! I should have checked before posting. I even read your article some time ago but didn't make the connection (it was before I added JB and JH to my rss feed and started to follow it regularly).

But I was secretly hoping someone had seen the actual Lidl ricecooker, and my wish has been granted :)

enui
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Re: Advice on buying a rice cooker

I ended up not buying it because it did not have a timer. Of course for that price I did not expect a fully programmable cooker, but I hoped at least a dial timer to turn it off.

On the box it says "hold up to 1,7 l of water and rice" , so I'm not sure wheter that "up to" means that you can also put less in it. It has the cook/warm function, and it is suitable for cooking also vegetable (actually the picture on the box showed rice with vegetables being cooked in it)

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