Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: I bought a TIM3 MACHIN3, and I love it

Note: I bought this product with my own money and was not asked to write a review. I just think it is really cool and wanted to share. 

No, it's not a Hot Tub Time Machine, but it's still kind of fun. I bought this updated rice cooker from Kickstarter. And yes, I had a rice cooker before, but just like the TIM3 MACHIN3 ad said, it always burnt the bottom of the rice, was hard to clean, and generally just was a waste of space and money.

This one is different, because it stops cooking and holds the rice at the perfect temperature for up to 12 hours. I made brown rice in it first, and it came out like that perfectly plump, beautiful rice you get at Chinese restaurants.  The next morning, I set it up so that I had steel-cut oats waiting for me for breakfast.

It's easy to make extras and have leftover grains ready, too, so this morning I just warmed my leftover oats in the microwave, and for dinner tonight we will have the leftovers of the brown rice with chicken.

I can't wait to try their quinoa recipe, which has a special toasting cycle.  They also said on their Facebook page that they would be posting recipes for other whole grains soon. I'm not sure I'd bother trying to make my own yogurt because I like the Greek kind.

Obviously, if you're following a Paleo plan, there's nothing to see here. It does also steam and work like a slow cooker, but there are much cheaper options for those functions. If, like me, you're someone who wants to substitute whole grains for than processed ones without spending a lot more time cooking, the TIM3 MACHIN3 might be for you. The Kickstarter campaign is over but it is now available for pre-order.


  1. Is the liner/pot teflon coated aluminum? (They used to make rice cookers with ceramic liners. I have been looking for one for several years now.)

    1. The pan is metal (aluminum or steel, not sure which) and has a nonstick coating.

      I have never seen or tried the ceramic kind.


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