There are other methods for saving time in the kitchen that result in delicious and healthy food. You just need the right tools. Two of these tools are rice cookers and slow cookers.Rice cookers are a great way to ensure your rice is done perfectly every time. When you cook rice in a covered pot, just one minute can make the difference between fluffy rice and dry, burned rice that you have to scrape off the side of the pot. Therefore, constant vigilance is required. If you cook rice in a rice cooker all you have to do is add the rice and water, hit a button, and go relax. Many rice cookers are able to sense the weight that you added to them and use that information to calculate the perfect cooking time. When that time is up, the rice cooker beeps and goes into warming mode until you are ready to eat. Many rice cookers also come in attractive designs so that you can carry the entire cooker over to the table and not worry about dirtying a serving bowl. Some rice cookers can even be programmed like your coffee pot, so all you have to do it add the rice and water prior to leaving the house and your rice will be cooked by the time you return. Talk about a time saving device.Slow cookers operate on the same principle of cooking great food with minimal effort. Soups and stews are some of the healthiest food choices available, but a really good stew needs to simmer for hours. Hardly anyone has the time to watch a gas range for that long. Slow cookers, on the other hand, work unattended. You can turn them on and leave the house. As long as the cooker is on a non-flammable surface, such as your kitchen counter, you are in no more risk of a fire than if you left on a couple of light bulbs. With a slow cooker the juices and spices have a chance to seep through the entire stew, giving it a delicious, homemade taste. Chilies and hot dips are also great in a slow cooker. You can bring your entire cooker to a get-together and keep your food hot for hours. Slow cookers are also easy to clean up. The exterior just needs to be wiped down, while the interior has a non-stick removable pot. These pots are often even dishwasher safe.So even though you are pressed for time, you should still be able to create amazing home-style meals in your rice cooker and slow cooker.