I missed a Pampered Chef Party last Friday, and I'll be missing another one in a few weeks.
This is my problem. I go to Pampered Chef parties. I listen to the presenter quietly for about half an hour. Then I watch my hand go up in the air as she is describing a special fruit corer / chopper / mincer. Then I say, "Um, in my house? We have this thing called a knife?"
And then every choppy thing that she presents, I can't help it, I have to recommend the virtues of this "knife" I have at my house. It can chop fruit and vegetables. And meat. And it's easy to clean. And you can buy a special knife accessory called a "sharpener" but actually, you'll never use it.
Then, after a while, I'll start shouting out alternative to anything she shows. I understand at this last party they sold this:
"FORK." I would have announced.
And, in response to
"NEW! #1256 Avocado Peeler —
Holy guacamole! The smooth stainless blade glides through the flesh of the avocado, while the curved tip easily removes the pit. An ergonomic handle is contoured for your hand. Great for peaches, kiwi and cantaloupe, too! Dishwasher-safe."
I would have thrown my hands in the air and screamed to heaven, "SPOON!"
So, I was horrified to hear Friend #3 was considering a rice cooker. Perhaps not a $371.00 rice cooker, but any rice cooker that costs more than a POT with a LID is a waste of money. I've had friends who love their rice cookers, and I just don't get it. Who can't cook rice?
Step 1. Buy rice. Blue box of rice. Simmer water and get a cup of rice.
- Measure carefully.
- Cover tightly, do not lift lid while cooking. Steam cooks rice.
- Time accurately.
Step 5. WALK AWAY FROM THE RICE. Come back when the timer goes off in 15 minutes. Uncover rice.
Why do you need a cooker for this?
Now, if you had a special rice fork that was covered in silver-plate, or a sterling silver rice steamer with a oil lamp and wick, or a unique silver chafing disk just for rice, that would be another story, I would be all over that. But when I take on my role as downstairs staff I cook my rice in a pot with a lid.