Has anyone seen this? An onigiri maker that allows you to microwave unboiled rice into the right shape.....

eilismaura
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I was cruising Ebay looking at the things I can't afford to get (but my birthday is in March..) and found this for the microwave!!!

It is some gadget that makes onigiris from unboiled rice!!!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hario-Microwave-Onigiri-Maker-Rice-Ball_W0QQitemZ120...

Anyone see this before???

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That's hilarious!

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And how do you fill them?

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Personal prejudice and all that, but I really don't get microwave rice cookers. If you really have VERY tight kitchen space maybe it makes sense...but then I think I'd go more for one that makes at least 2 cups at a time.

I got a microwave rice cooker a couple of years ago, that promised to make a bowl of rice. It came in the form of a very nice ceramic bowl and lid thingy. If you followed the instructions, it took just as much time as a rice cooker. To cook one little bowl of rice. I used it exactly...once. (I'm selling it at my upcoming moving sale, if it hasn't gotten broken at the back of the cabinet.)

A small, basic rice cooker only costs like $30 US or so and is so easy to use. And can be used for grains other than rice too. So yeah... I don't get microwave rice cookers. ^_^;

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Re: Has anyone seen this? An onigiri maker that allows you ...

I suppose microwave rice cookers would be good for someone in a college dorm room where they don't allow stoves or burners. That is if you were only going to have one appliance and you choose a microwave. Personally I'd get a small rice cooker and an electric kettle instead, you can make lot more stuff in a rice cooker than rice and other grains too. Some models have a slow cooker setting also. I've made soup and stew and cakes in mine.

The onigiri maker is cute though. :)

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I don't get microwave rice cookers because what's the need? It's like microwave popcorn cookers - why can't you just use a pyrex or ceramic casserole dish that you already have? I cook rice in the microwave all the time, using a variety of dishes depending on how much rice I want. Takes exactly the same amount of time as cooking it on the stove, but it comes out perfect each time and there's no chance of forgetting it and accidentally making charcoal.

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Re: Has anyone seen this? An onigiri maker that allows you ...

does anybody mind sharing how do you cook rice in the microwave?
I only got my microwave recently and I mostly use it to defrost or re-heat things, but I wouldn't mind using it for cooking, it's just that I don't know where to start :/

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I use one of these with great sucess: http://www.pastanmore.com/products.aspx

I add the amount of rice and water as indicated in the instructions on the rice bag and start heating at 100% for 10 minutes, check the rice then usually go for another 5 to 7 minutes.

Eilish

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Re: Has anyone seen this? An onigiri maker that allows you ...

And I use one of these: http://www.shopworldkitchen.com/viewImage.asp?img=71160010246 or a smaller ceramic dish that I don't have a photo of.

For ordinary Basmati or Jasmine rice, you put in one cup of rice with two cups of boiling water and some salt. Leave the cover off and microwave on full for 15 - 17 minutes, stopping once to give it a stir after about 8 minutes. But you can miss the stir out if you forget, it won't really hurt it so long as the rice was fairly flat in the bowl to start with.

Once it's done, you put the cover on and leave it for 2 or 3 minutes then give it a fluff up with a fork.

For Japanese rice, you need to wash it and soak it (or drain it and leave it for half an hour or so), it needs to be left wet for 1/2 an hour anyway, or the middle won't cook.

Then put it in the bowl with 1 cup of water per cup of rice, and cook it for 10 minutes or so, the rest as per long grain rice. You may need to experiment a little.

The water rises quite high when it boils, so you need quite a big bowl for not very much rice. In my pyrex dish I cook a max of 2 cups of rice at a time.

I have to say, that rice and corn on the cob are the only things I use my microwave to actually cook. Apart from that it is a very handy warmer-up and defroster.

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Re: Has anyone seen this? An onigiri maker that allows you ...

Really good explanations! Now I know why my medium grain and long grain rice come out good, but my short grain is soggy. Too much water! I was washing and draining it correctly but putting in 1-1/4 cups of water to one cup short-grain rice. Thanks!

I like to cook corn-on-the-cob in the microwave too. The other good thing I use it for is too shorten the time for baking potatoes.
Wash the potato, poke a couple holes in it, then nuke it for about 3-5 minutes per potato, depending on the size.

I then finish them in the oven at about 400*F. You can cook them the whole way in the microwave but they are then more steamed than baked. I like the crisp skin baking in the oven give them, but I don't like how long it takes. This way cuts the time in about half.

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thank you both, I will give it a try :)

eilismaura
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WE HAVE FEEDBACK!!! LOL it works!!!!!!

Thanks to Stimps at Bento Lunches we have more information and pictures of it in use!!!

http://community.livejournal.com/bentolunch/3486879.html

and

http://www.flickr.com/photos/schtimps/sets/72157614179593328/

Thanks for sharing your experiences Stimps!!

Eilish

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