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Bamboo Rice Cooker

Bamboo Rice Cooker

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Bamboo Rice Cooker

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Bamboo Rice Cooker
by Bob Gillis, Adam Zwicker, and Dino Labiste

Bamboo is an ancient plant that has been utilized in the East by countries like India, China, Vietnam, and many other Asian nations for centuries. Its uses are numerous from housing material, fuel, baskets, ropes, boats, tools, food, musical instruments to furniture. Bamboo is much less known in the West and it's importance as a versatile resource is often overlooked. One of the uses for bamboo was creating a simple cooking implement that allowed you to boil rice. The following photos take you through the process of using the bamboo as a rice cooker. Ideally, you want to use a species of bamboo that has a thick wall, large diameter, and long sections between the nodes. The species that was used in the demonstration was commonly called Giant Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys bambusoides). The interior diameter was 2 1/2 inches. The length was 12 inches. A section of the bamboo was cut with the closed node on one end and a open section on the other end.

First, you will need to gather a banana leaf from a banana plant.

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com/bamboo_rice_cooker. Wrap the rice in the banana leaf creating a tubular bundle. http://primitiveways.Bamboo Rice Cooker 4/28/05 4:08 PM Place the rice kernels on the banana leaf.html Page 2 of 6 .

http://primitiveways.com/bamboo_rice_cooker. Place the bamboo upright in hot ashes or coals.html Page 3 of 6 .Bamboo Rice Cooker 4/28/05 4:08 PM Stuff the banana leaf bundle into the open end of the bamboo and fill the entire chamber with water.

Bamboo Rice Cooker 4/28/05 4:08 PM The fire will begin to heat up the bottom end of the bamboo.html Page 4 of 6 . http://primitiveways. the water will start to boil. As the bamboo begins to heat up.com/bamboo_rice_cooker.

Bamboo Rice Cooker 4/28/05 4:08 PM When the rice is ready. sweet taste to the rice.com/bamboo_rice_cooker. Create a pair of chopsticks from the bamboo and have yourself a nutritious meal. http://primitiveways. take the bamboo out of the fire and split the chamber to remove the banana leaf bundle.html Page 5 of 6 . Unwrap the steaming rice from the banana leaf bundle. The banana leaf imparts a mild.

E-mail your comments to "Bob Gillis" at shelter@best.com/bamboo_rice_cooker.com The PrimitiveWays™ Book The PrimitiveWays™ CD PrimitiveWays Home Page © PrimitiveWays 1998 . bottom chamber will hold more water for the cooking process. the split. you can split the bamboo lengthwise and stuff the chamber with rice. When cutting the bamboo for this procedure. Fill the chamber with water and tie the two halves with thin bamboo splits.html Page 6 of 6 . be sure to include the closed nodes on both ends. instead of in the middle. Place the bamboo lengthwise on the coals and let the water boil.Bamboo Rice Cooker 4/28/05 4:08 PM If you do not have access to banana leaves. NOTE: If you split the bamboo further up towards the top.2003 http://primitiveways.

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