Small multi-use automatic cooker for oatmeal?
In the evenings, I'd like to set up for having 1 or 2 servings (sometimes more) of steel-cut oatmeal automatically ready first thing in the morning (so I don't have to depend on little instant packets for a fast breakfast).
Would also like an excuse to get rid of my c1975 (~3 qt) slow cooker and c1967 (4 or 5 qt) Nesco oval roaster. (They're too big for my normal needs. When I need to cook large quantities, I have other cookware for that.)
Need help in identifying and comparing new options for a versatile appliance that will get used often for small quantities.
Have been looking at (1) the 5-1/2-cup SANYO MICOM RICE COOKER / SLOW COOKER combo
( http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-ECJ-HC55S-2-Cup-Micro-Computerized-Cooker/dp/B000X8VBWU/ref=pd_sbs_k_title_16 )
for steaming veggies as well as making brown rice and oatmeal.
Also (2) the 5-1/2-cup SANYO MICOM RICE COOKER / PRESSURE COOKER combo
( http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-ECJ-PX50S-Micro-Computerized-Pressure-Steamer/dp/B000SNWJ3A/ref=pd_sbs_k_title_5 )
for pressure cooking whatever in addition to having the above functionality, but it's REALLY pricey.
Does anyone know if I'm correct in assuming the capacity of both the above choices is about 2 quarts of total "cooked stuff"?
Does anyone know the MINIMUM feasible amount of oatmeal that can be cooked in one of the above?
Am also looking at (3) the 3-cup ZOJIRUSHI MICOM RICE COOKER
( http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-KCC05-Programmable-Cooker-Warmer/dp/B00004S57C/ref=pd_sbs_hg?ie=UTF8&qid=1198378003&sr=1-28 ).
Is the total capacity of the above about 1 quart? Anyone know the minimum amount that can be cooked?
Does anyone have any experience with or other wisdom to impart about these or similar models or brands? Is the quality & dependability comparable? Does one brand have a superior (least likely to wear or flake) nonstick surface? Anyone got better options?
Again, my main requirement is for 1 or 2 servings of steel-cut oatmeal first thing in the morning. My secondary need is for an automatic small slow cooker. Any additional functionality, including rice cooking, veggie/entre steaming, soup making, poaching, roasting, baking, etc., is in the "nice to have" category.
Thanks for any advice!