Of Rice And Mein

    There are times when just twenty more minutes in that hammock means everything. And there are times when certain tasks regardless of importance seem, shall we say, tedious? With maturity comes a stronger desire to prioritize ones’ own time and too many outside demands are frustrating. Still, there remains the need to maintain a certain level of success and sophistication. Then in my particular situation, often cooking in galleys, counter space carried a lot of weight. Where all of these needs and wants and desires meet is…… a rice cooker, right?
    Seriously, there is much to be said in favor of the Old School method. I know the Zen of Rice being prepared in traditional methods and detail one of my favorite versions below. There are times I prefer that direction. But more often than not my time is better spent elsewhere ( see above hammock reference and add rum).
   For no-brainer, nearly fool proof rice of almost any flavor or consistency I vote for the ease and success rate of a rice cooker. If I can marry that ease and assurance with some other task like… oh, say steaming vegetables, then we’d be talking. It should come as no surprise that it just so happens I know a way to cover all the above. The versatile, space saving, easy answer carries the less than whimsical name of the Aroma Housewares Digital Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker, Food Steamer.
   I occasionally entertain and having the ability to cook small batches or as much as twenty servings of rice at once sold this one for me right away. No more letting the first batch cool while the next is still cooking. It even keeps the whole batch warm for hours. And the extras like different settings for brown, or white, or quick cooking rices work into my kitchen plans nicely.
    Then as if that wasn’t enough I can use it as a slow cooker for pulled Kalua Pork, or Rum Soaked Ribs. I have even steamed entire meals in this cooker while She and I danced on the deck. I count that as a much better use of time than watching rice cook and vegetables steam.
     It is light and compact enough to easily stow aboard, but it usually commands prime counter top space because I use it so often. The sharp looking polished aluminum and black exterior combined with the warmer make it so you can use it as a serving piece for backyard BBQ’s or exotic dinner parties and count on restaurant quality, ready to serve rice dishes.
    But the all time easiest part is all you have to do is click on the link below and start enjoying the extra time! I trust you will be imaginative about your use of all of the extra time you’ll have. If you need ideas drop us a line and we’ll suggest a few.
   No matter which method you use the ingredients are basically the same:
1 Cup Jasmine Rice
1 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Cup water
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
Zest of 1 lime
But if you choose the Old School method you will also need:
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

 Old School “Auntie way” Jasmine Coconut Rice
        Rinse the rice stirring gently with your fingers until the water runs clear. Drain the water. Rub the bottom of the pot with the oil then place the rice on top. For each cup of rice add I 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt then bring to a boil. Cover the rice, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for at least ten minutes. Fluff with fork and sprinkle with lime zest before serving.
Dancing On The Deck Method
                                                                                                                                                                    Add rice, coconut milk, and salt to your rice cooker. Push a button and It will be done in about 20 minutes. Then you can fluff and add the lime zest. Easier, right? How much can you do I that twenty minutes other than working on cooking rice? Imagine.
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