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I know this is slightly crazy, but I am a minimalist.

I try to get by on as little "stuff" as possible.

Basically I want a rice cooker that can steam my vegetables and chicken for a meal all at the same time, and it would be nice if the same appliance could be a deep fryer the few times I need one or a slow cooker.

Anything like this?

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I've wondered for years why companies didn't mix all of the functions together, particularly how they're all just containers with heat. (and rice cookers are smarter than slow cookers, as they cook 'til the liquid's boiled off, not for some set number of hours). In the last couple of years, I've seen rice cooker / steamer / slow cookers, but I haven't yet seen one that includes a deep fryer. –  Joe Sep 12 '10 at 14:36

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I have this rice cooker, although it's branded "National", not "Panasonic". It has a perforated platform that you can put in after the rice and water, and it sits about an inch above the bottom of the pot. Perfect for steaming salmon filets. It's not a deep fryer nor a slow cooker.

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Yes, there is something like a slow cooker which will double as a steamer and a deep fryer, as well as cook rice. NOT all at once, obviously, but a really good quality, heavy-bottomed large stainless steel pan + lid + a steamer inset + a rice ball like this:

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should fulfil all your requirements without too many gadgets or "stuff" cluttering your kitchen and/or your life. This combination also can be used on any type of stove top. It is important the base is thick, so the heat distribution is even. I used an old pressure cooker with a rice ball and stainless steel cullender for years. This combination takes "one-pan cooking" to a new level.

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Deni combo cooker fryer deep fryer slow cooker rice cooker steamer all in one http://www.uvip.com/as-seen-on-tv/kitchen/deni-combo-cooker-fryer-deep-fryer-slow-cooker-rice-cooker-steamer-all-in-one.html you will love it I do

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I get the Chrome "this page is not available" message when I try your link @pac Do you have another link you could share please? –  Piglet Nov 24 at 1:01

You could be interested to the Presto® Kitchen Kettle™ multi-cooker/steamer.

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Based on my recent experience I can recommend at least for your short-list (or as an addition given the comments above which seem to suggest you can get all in one except the deep-fry part), the Tefal Actifry.

Replaces a deep-fat fryer and can do most of the things you can do in an oven and stove-top, and when frying it uses only the amount of oil that's left on the food at the end (i.e. about a tablespoon to do say a kilo of chips).

But also does quite a lot besides the obvious chips and meaty things like hot-wings and sausages; some examples posted here: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/L?content=noticeboard/recipes/actifry.htm (stews, curries, fried rice etc)

Some reviews have posted concerns about reliability (clips break, fans burn out), which are supposedly fixed in more recent iterations of the design (users reporting that replacement lids have thicker clips; 'Which' a consumer group in the UK has a response from Tefal saying they've fixed the fan issue..), but to guarantee I had one of the newer models I went for the only-recently introduced 'Family' version which also has 1.5x the capacity of the original model. No issues so far, but I've only had it a few weeks..

Overall got it probably mainly as I just generally have a weakness for gadgets, but it's proved a great/very versatile addition to my tiny corner-of-the-studio-flat kitchen and my friends are loving the chips it makes :) And when cooking just for myself I also really like the way you can set the timer and go watch TV while it does its thing..

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I think you will have difficulty in finding one that will also deep fry.

I have a 4 in 1 electric cooker that does rice (with a vegetable steaming insert), porridge (it has a seperate button for this), slow cooking and steaming - no deep frying though.

Its a tefal 4 in 1 fyi.

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I want a car that can fly. :P

I say you have two options:

  • A quality dutch oven . This can do it all, although steaming might be difficult unless you can find a steamer insert for your dutch oven. It's certainly the closest you're gonna get to a slow cooker.

  • A quality stock pot with a steamer insert (or two). I have a great 12 qt stock pot with 2 steamer inserts. I deep fry in it often, the high sides contain spatter. The only thing it doesn't do well is slow cook.

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First time seeing this old question/answer; I use my cast iron casserole pot as both a dutch oven and a steamer (the latter using an ordinary foldable metal steaming basket). I don't use it for rice, but personally, I've always found rice cookers to be rather pointless. –  Aaronut Oct 27 '10 at 14:19

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