Rice Maker

Rice Maker AKA Rice Cooker

A rice maker, more usually called a rice cooker or rice steamer, is a kitchen appliance dedicated to cooking rice.

Rice makers may be divided into several categories – rice cookers, rice steamers, ceramic or plastic containers for microwave oven, and gas and electrical rice makers. Most home rice makers are electric. In commercial or industrial use, there are many varieties, such as large gas or electric rice makers, a large-scale rice maker that is called “rice boiler”, and fully automatic versions which automate the complete rice cooking process from washing rice to the end of the rice cooking cycle.

Different types of rice cookers offered for sale

Different types of rice cookers offered for sale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cooking rice has traditionally required attention to make sure the rice was properly. An electric rice maker automates this process by electronically controlling the heat and timing. Although the rice maker does not necessarily speed up the cooking process, with an electric rice maker the cook’s involvement in cooking rice is reduced to simply measuring the rice, preparing the rice properly and using the correct amount of water. Once the rice maker is set to cook, the rice will be cooked with no further attention. Many modern rice cookers have heat insulating casing and a warming mechanism. When the rice is fully cooked, the unit will automatically switch to the “keep warm” cycle, preventing the rice from being overcooked and keeping the rice warm until it’s ready to be served.  There are many rice cooker recipes that allow you to cook much more than simply rice in a rice maker.


One rice maker or rice cooker option that is becoming more popular today is the stainless steel rice cooker as concerns about the health risks of cooking in aluminum or teflon coated cookware grow.

Learn more about rice makers on Rice Cooker Fetish.

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Graco Travel System

Graco Travel Systems

Graco has a range of travel systems all designed to make sure you have just what you need when you go on an outing with baby. Explore the world in style with your baby without sacrificing convenience!  Graco Travel Systems have it all.

Graco Spree Travel System

Consider the Graco Spree Travel System which comes complete with the stylish Spree Stroller, the top rated Graco Snug Ride Infant Car Seat, and a stay-in-car base.  The Graco baby stroller features a one-hand, easy to fold and easy access drop-down basket and parents storage tray with two deep cup holders designed just for you. And for baby, it offers a multi-position reclining seat and a child’s tray with cup and snack holder that pivots open for easy stroller entry.  Graco stroller features include the top rated Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat Stroller holds child up to 50 lbs. for years of comfortable strolling.   The baby umbrella stroller folds up easily in a one hand operation with no bending necessary.  Padded, multi-position reclining seat keeps your baby comfy.  With lockable front swivel wheels and suspension for convenience and superior maneuverability.  Extra-large, drop-down storage basket lets you reach in without disturbing your sleeping child.  The included Graco car seat is  top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications.  Rigorously crash test to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards with EPS, energy absorbing foam liner and a 5-point harness to keep baby secure Removable infant head support cradles childs head and neck

Graco Spree Travel System Specifications


Graco Travel Systems

Graco Spree Stroller and Car Seat

Stroller weight: 18.5 lbs Car Seat weight without base: 7.5 lbs Car Seat weight with base: 12.7 lbs Stroller Height: 40″ Stroller Width of Handle: 15.75″ Stroller Length (wheels front to back): 27″ Stroller Length (wheels left to right): 19.5″ Car Seat Dimensions: 24.2H x 17.5W x 26.7D”

Graco Travel Systems have everything you need to get out there with baby!  Take a look at all the Graco Travel Systems available on Amazon.  Free shipping is available.  Other items you may want to consider for a new baby are a baby monitor system and a breastfeeding pillow.

Cyber Monday 2011

Cyber Monday Online Shopping

The Monday right after Thanksgiving has become known in recent years as Cyber Monday.  Holiday shoppers go online and snag the best deals on a variety of items. If you’ve ever found yourself standing in long lines and dealing with crowded shopping centers on Black Friday, why not decide to skip all that hassle this year and do your holiday shopping online.  The deals are just as good, if not better and most major online retailers like Amazon offer free shipping and even gift wrapping on most items.  Cyber Monday has become the biggest shopping day of the year – and with good reason.

While most retailers don’t announce what big bargains they’ll offer much in advance of Cyber Monday itself, you can do a little research now and determine which items you really want to buy for your Christmas gift list or other shopping.  Since Amazon is by far the largest online retailer, it pays to check them out first.  If you can beat their price elsewhere that’s great, but at least you have a good guideline as to what the price should be.  You can also make a holiday wish list of your own on Amazon.  If you choose to make it public, it can be searched by those shopping for Christmas gifts for you – and you just might get what you really want this year.

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TVs and laptops have been known to be offered for up to half off the original sales price. Several online retailers in addition to these discount prices offer free shipping on Cyber Monday. If you want to steer clear of  long lines on Black Friday but still grab the bargains, then Cyber Monday is the best time for you to get the best holiday discounts.