A lot of people ask me how to use rice cooker properly. Many of us purchase the rice cooker and we think it's not working; however, we're missing on some things.
Today, we're going to cover how to use rice cooker, which brand rice cooker is best & how to pick rice cooker.
And, later on, we'll dedicate a whole article on how to pick rice cooker.
So, let’s get started…
First off, using a rice cooker is very easy and simple, and most people don't need instructions on how to use it. Lots of us would normally go to the basic rice cooker. Undoubtedly, rice cookers appear to be simple, but, on the inside, they are amazing pieces of sophisticated technology.
And, because using a rice cooker is so damn easy, hardly does anyone read the instructions in details.
Now, that you've decided to cook your rice, rinse the amount of rice you want to cook in a big bowl. Generally, most rice cookers out there come with a removable bowl! You can use this bowl to rinse your rice by filling the container with water and swirl the rice around.
As the water becomes cloudy, pour it out and rinse it again. Keep repeating this, until the water you rinse the rice in is clear. Make sure that the water is above the rice by a couple of inches.
Secondly, and most importantly, you need to give the rice a chance to rest before you serve it. Most of us think that the moment the rice cooker is done, then you should g ahead and serve the rice.
Wrong! You should keep in mind that you should leave the rice for 5-10 minutes (without opening the lid) to fully complete the cooking process. Also, this will give a chance for the water level to stabilize.If you want to enjoy perfectly cooked rice, then, I strongly advise you to be patient.
Don't rush and remove the rice cooker plug right after the rice is done. You're going to miss on your rice cooker's best feature!
The modern rice cookers are amazingly designed to maintain the moist after your rice is done. This helps keep your rice nicely cooked and warm until you're ready to serve it.
Now, we all worry about the cleaning part, however, I'm going to tell you my secret to easily clean your rice cooker. I figured that if I leave the rice cooker on and remove the lid after you've served all your rice, it'll make so much easier to clean
Basically, this is a rice cooking rule that you should be familiar with. You can always read the instructions of the rice cooker you purchased to know the perfect amount of water for each cup of rice.
However, the thumb rule here is:
1 cup of rice = 1 cup of water
So, now you know that each cup of rice you'll cook add one cup of water for the best results.
Although I've just recommended rinsing the rice before cooking, however for every rule, there are some exceptions. Well, for rice, you shouldn't rinse basmati or jasmine rice.
First of all, the basmati and jasmine rice are known to be a "fragrant rice" that are rich in flavors that can be washed away as you rinse it.
Lastly, you don't need to open the lid of the rice cooker unless your rice is actually done. It's always a bad idea to keep checking on the rice during the cooking process because you'll lose the moisture. So, I'd advise to keep the lid on for as long as possible, and only remove when you absolutely should (when serving).
Which Brand Rice Cooker Is Best?
Finally, we've searched for lots of days, and tested lots of brands and models to bring to you the best rice cooker brand on the market. We strongly recommend Hamilton Beach 37548 Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker as your go-to rice cooker.
This super rice cooker will offer you delicious, white rice really quick. It’s really inexpensive and delivers perfect results compared to other rice cookers that are 10 times more in price.
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