Still, been searching for an easier way to cook quinoa. If not for me, then for the many people who email me each week in search of the perfect fluffy quinoa and not the soggy mush they have been creating.
I really never thought I would find the answer…but I finally have!
Allow me to introduce you to the 3 Squares TIM3 MACHIN3 .
First up, full disclosure: I was given a Tim3 Mathin3 to review. But in the back of my mind I kind of doubted that review would be talking about anything other than that it was a convenient way to steam veggies or cook rice. Personally, I’ve never found a rice cooker that could cook quinoa to the same level that I could do on the stove top. But this baby does!
The cooker has eight settings: White Rice, Brown Ric, Quick Rice, Quinoa!, Steam, Slow Cook, Oatmeal & Yogurt. There is also a delay timer and a keep warm function.
I haven’t tried making yogurt yet (that is next on my list) but I can say I’m a huge fan of the rest of the settings.
The first time I used the Tim3 Machin3 was to cook two cups of tri-color quinoa. After turning the machine on and selecting quinoa, you start off the cooking process by toasting your quinoa. This adds a nice nutty richness that I’m a big fan of. Next up, add your liquid – in this case it was 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth. Close the lid….and forget it. When the timer went off to signal it was done, I was thrilled to find perfect quinoa. Apparently the machine has something called fuzzy logic 2.0 which monitors the heat to make sure that there is no burning.
We made wild rice in it and were thrilled with the results of that as well. This is a huge score because Alex loves wild rice but refuses to eat it if there is so much as a hint of burning on the bottom of the pot. I am forever forgetting to check it because I get tied up with Skye so now he can make his own rice without me having to keep an eye on it.
On my third run, we used the steamer function for some veggies. Nothing complex and it got the job done. Hubby is going to try steaming fish in it next.
Lastly, I used the Slow Cooker function to make chicken for BBQ chicken sandwiches. I’ve got to say – I was REALLY skeptical. What is a crock pot with no crock? Truthfully I was blown away. I can tell no difference from my normal crock pot meaning there will be one less gadget to haul around in our travels.
I will have to say that this is my favorite rice cooker I’ve ever owned because it cooks rice perfectly and does so much more. In fact, it may be one of my favorite kitchen gadgets ever.
I should mention that this machine is great for our family of five, but does require that you cook 2 cups of quinoa or rice at a time. The good news is that there is a Kickstarter in the works now for a smaller machine that will be perfect for households of 1-3 people. You can get information on that here.
Disclosure: I received a free machine for review. All opinions are my own.