Well, that's what I thought. Finding it at the Women's Club semi-annual sale, I imagined it being used in the commercial kitchen steeping a gigantic pot of tea for large ladies functions, no that doesn't sound right, I mean functions with a large number of ladies.
Well the jokes on me, because when I got it home I discovered inside the directions for making, can you guess ... a rice ball. Yep, this is a rice ball cooker. I haven't used it for rice because it's so fun displaying it with my other tea bells.