When you think of a rice cooker, there's probably one image that comes to mind: a round pot that you plug into the wall, add rice and water to, and turn on. A while later, you return to the pot, and voila! A meal's worth of fresh and fluffy rice is ready to go. You might be in your car while you're doing it, but rice cookers are known most for making, well, rice.
Using a rice cooker to make rice is indeed an obvious choice, but it is not the only one. There are many things you can do with a rice cooker that do not include rice. Click on the slideshow to see the 10 things you didn't know you could make in a rice cooker. For example, did you know that you can make breads in a rice cooker? It's possible. There are so many options, many of which are as easy to prepare as using a rice cooker to make rice.
In some respects, a rice cooker can be used the same way one uses a slow cooker. If you only have a rice cooker at home, or you have a small kitchen and would like to make the most use out of your space, a rice cooker can do many of the things that other single-pot kitchen appliances can.
There are many fun and time-saving ways to make the most out of your rice cooker, some of which will surprise you. One thing is for certain, you'll never think of a rice cooker in the same way again.