If you are small camper camping, you know how important it is to have the right equipment, especially if you are using solar or battery power. One piece of gear that can make a big difference in your camping experience is a mini rice cooker. Using the Dash Mini Rice Cooker for Camping is a good choice for cooking in your van on a rainy day, or just making a quick pot of rice for a nice meal in your camper.
At just 2 pounds, and using about 200 watts, the Dash Mini Rice Cooker is lightweight and efficient, making it perfect for camping trips. The nonstick pot is removable, making it very easy to clean, which is a must when you are outdoors or car camping. The rice cooker is available in a variety of colors to match your camping gear, and it comes with a measuring cup and a spatula. For more ideas on your Camper Galley Essentials Click here.
Why Choose the Dash Mini Rice Cooker for Camping?
There are many reasons why the Dash Mini Rice Cooker is the best choice for camping. First and foremost, it is incredibly easy to use. Simply add rice and water to the cooker, turn it on, and let it do its thing. The rice will be perfectly cooked every time, without any fuss or hassle.
The Dash Mini Rice Cooker is also very versatile. In addition to making rice, you can use it to cook other grains, such as quinoa. You can even use it to make oatmeal or soup. With the Dash Mini Rice Cooker, you can cook all kinds of delicious meals while you are camping. In the video below, I use it to steam broccoli and heat up smoked salmon for a quick meal perfect for camping.
Another great feature of the Dash Mini Rice Cooker is its size. It is small enough to fit in your camping gear or camper van.
How to Use the Dash Mini Rice Cooker to cook rice
Making rice with the Dash Mini Rice Cooker is incredibly easy. Here are the basic steps for making rice:
- Measure out the rice and water using the included measuring cup.
- Add the rice and fill water to the line marked in the rice cooker pot.
- Push the lever so the light goes from “warm” to “cook”. Wait until it clicks back to “warm”.
- When the rice is finished cooking, use the included rice paddle to fluff it up and serve.
That’s it! In about 20 minutes with the Dash Mini Rice Cooker, you can have delicious, perfectly cooked rice in no time at all.
Cooking with Dash Mini Rice Cooker and Goal Zero Yeti
Using a Mini Rice Cooker with a Solar Power Station
You can use a Dash mini rice cooker with a battery or solar power station such as a Goal Zero or Jackery as long as the rice cooker’s power requirements are within the limits of the power station. Read more here about The Best Goal Zero Power Stations for Camping.
The Dash mini rice cooker typically uses around 200-300 watts of power, in my testing it was 225 watts. The Yeti 400 has a capacity of 400 watt-hours, which means it can power a device that uses 400 watts of power for about one hour, or a device that uses 200 watts for two hours, and so on. In my video, I was down to about 87% power in the Goal Zero after about 10 minutes. Cooking Rice takes about 20 min, so keep that in mind when rationing your power.
To make sure that an appliance is compatible with your power station, you should check the power requirements of the rice cooker (usually listed on the label or in the manual) and compare it to the maximum power output of the power station. If the appliances power requirements are lower than the power stations maximum power output, then it should work just fine. If an appliance has a large power surge when starting, this will also impact the usage. This rice cooker did not. Additionally, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines when using any electrical appliance with a power source.
Overall, the Dash Mini Rice Cooker is an excellent choice for camping off grid. Its compact size, low price, and ease of use make it the perfect addition to any camping gear.
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