You do love eating rice every single day and can’t even imagine spending just a week without making rice, right? But you don’t know how to cook rice with your electric rice cooker. That’s pathetic!!! Because using a rice cooker, you can easily make the fluffiest rice within a few minutes.
And a recent study has shown that, in 2019, approximately 4.47 million rice cookers were sold over retail channels in the United State, which are worth approximately 130.6 million U.S. dollars. That’s incredible, huh?
But, don’t worry my friend!!! Just sit tight and read on!!! In this article, I’m going to walk you through the simple 9-step process of how to use an electric rice cooker, which will make you an expert at cooking rice within the next 10 minutes without getting the rice or pot burnt.
So, without further ado, let’s get straight into the business!!!
HOW TO USE OF ELECTRIC RICE COOKER
Measure the correct amount of rice with a cup and put it in a cooking bowl. Brown rice, white rice, black rice, or basmati rice- no matter whatever it is. This rice cooker knows its job very well, trust me. So often rice cookers come with a measuring cup that can fit 3/4 cup (180 mL).
Otherwise, use an ordinary measuring cup. As one cup of uncooked rice can generate from 1 1/2 cups to 3 cups of cooked rice, depending on rice type, so keep enough space for this expansion to prevent the rice from spilling over from the cooker.
Rinse off the rice to remove any kind of pesticides or contaminants that might be present in rice. And do it until the water turns clear.
Though this step is optional, it gives you fluffier rice for sure what you’re certainly looking for, right?
To rinse the rice, just pour drinking water into the bowl. Or, hold the rice under the faucet. Add water until the rice is fully immersed and stir gently to wash off.
Drain water through a colander slowly and catch fallen rice grains with your hand. If the water still looks unclear, rinse for a second or third time until the water looks clear.
Put the rice from the bowl to the inner pot of your rice cooker and close the top. Reusable rice napkins can also be used to make your afterward cleanup easier.
Add the required amount of water to the cooker. But how much? It depends on the type of rice you’re cooking and how moist you prefer. But use the same amount of liquid as you’d use for stovetop cooking.
You may often notice graduated marks inside of a rice cooker. Which points out how much water and rice you should add. Or, you can get instructions on the package of rice as well.
Use only 1 to 1 if you rinsed off the rice previously. You can also add cardamom, bay leaves, oil, or butter directly to the rice cooker to improve the flavor.
You can add flavorings at this step. Flavorings should be added to the water before turning on the rice cooker so that the rice can absorb these flavors while cooking.
A little bit of salt could also be used to add extra flavor at this time. Butter or oil is another common option.
If you are cooking Indian-style rice, you may want to add a few bay leaves or cardamom seeds. That’s aromatic!!!
Now it’s time to put on the lid. Switch the cooker to BOIL or COOK. And you should read the cooker’s directions before cooking if possible.
Plug your rice cooker in and turn the cooker on. Most cookers have an on/off switch. Use a plastic or wooden utensil to move any rice grains around the pot or above the water surface back into the water.
Let it cook. How long does it take? Well, it completely depends on your cooker, and how much water you’ve added.
If water spills over the edge, wipe off the outside of the pot with a clean cloth. No need to stir the rice under the water level. As it may release excess starch and result in stickier rice.
Listen and look. Don’t lift the lid off, again and again, to check on the rice. Because this can let the steam escape from the inside of the pot. And that may result in improperly cooked rice.
Once your rice is ready, the light of the cooker will change or the switch will click, like a toaster. Or, the cooker will inform you by making a sound, or flipping the switch up. Some cookers will beep or even play a song. Though many rice cookers will be warmed until you switch off the cooker.
When your rice is ready, leave it to rest for at least 15 minutes in the Keep Warm mode before removing the lid. Because it will help excess moisture evaporate and absorb the water fully.
This is optional but is commonly recommended in rice cooker instructions.
Now take off the lid and check it out. It’s done, trust me. Oh, ho ho, that’s magic, right? The fluffy and delicious rice’s staring at you and at just the right temperature you prefer.
Use rice paddles or other utensils to stir the rice after cooking. This will help the rice clumps break up and release steam, preventing the rice from overcooking.
Serve beautifully and enjoy your meal!!!
HOW DOES AN ELECTRIC RICE COOKER WORK?
A rice cooker works simply but mysteriously as well. It typically has an inner cooking bowl that holds the rice, a thermostat, and an electric heating component. The bowl is thin and made out of aluminum that operates electricity well.
When the electric rice cooker is switched on, the heater heats the bowl at full power, which runs the heat into the water and the rice. And the water reaches and sticks around at boiling point 100 °C or 212 °F.
Because of a thermostat, rice cookers can easily identify the absorption of water. And that’s why the liquid in the bowl can’t exceed more than 212°F if it’s mostly water.
But when the liquid vanishes, the cooker’s heating element increases gradually. Which triggers the thermostat to switch the unit to WARM as no more boiling is needed.
Doesn’t make any sense? Don’t worry!!! Because, no matter how it works, what matters most is how you work it. And that’s a piece of cake!
IS RICE COOKER HEALTHY?
Yes, food made in the electric rice cooker is conducive to health. In fact, it is healthier than normal boiled rice. Because it’s loaded with protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and other essential vitamins.
Plus, the rice cooked in a rice cooker remains free from any type of fungal infection. Hence it’s totally safe to keep the rice there for hours and hours in a warm setting.
BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC RICE COOKER
Trust me, I had trouble cooking rice, but after getting a rice cooker it’s been so easy to cook rice and to manage my time, as well.
Out of the many advantages of using a rice cooker, I’m going to go over some common ones. So, here we go:
- It’s easy to use, and the procedure is effortless as well. You just get to fill the water and rice content in the pot, turn it on, and leave.
- Most cookers come with a measuring cup for the rice and markings inside the bowl. That indicates how much water you need to add.
- With rice cookers, manual interference isn’t needed during cooking rice.
- Rice cookers stop automatically when it’s done cooking. So the rice will be neither under-cooked nor overcooked.
- With rice cookers, you can have uniform cooking. On the other hand, with a gas stove, oven on low heat, you may find a layer of overcooked rice at the bottom.
- Perfectly cooked rice will come out every single time, even when you’re distracted.
- It automatically turns off while done and keeps the rice warm till required.
- Its cleanup process is easier than others.
- What’s more with a rice cooker is that you can keep it warm for hours without damaging the cooked rice. So when you are out of home for jobs and get back home, rice is nice and warm.
- It doesn’t burn or doesn’t spoil. It’s fresh and hot to serve.
- Some models also allow you to cook all kinds of grains, such as white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and even oatmeal.
- Some models have programmable settings for steaming vegetables, fish, soups, and stews.
- The keep-warm option helps you keep the rice warm, from 20 minutes to 12 hours, depending on the model.
- They come in different sizes, from 3 to 5 cups.
DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRIC RICE COOKER
- The rice you cook in rice cookers absorbs all the water and starch which is there. Which is injurious to health as it causes obesity among people.
- Brown rice doesn’t cook evenly in the rice cooker. It either gets burnt or gets too sticky.
- There is much of a cleanup involved rather than simply washing a bowl.
- Besides the bowl, you need to wash the lid, steaming vent, and the outer surface of the cooker if steam has condensed anywhere. Which may prevent you from buying a rice cooker.
- A rice cooker might not work in a kitchen with limited cabinet space. As it occupies much space.
- Less amount of the rice can be cooked in an electric rice cooker than in a pressure cooker.
- It takes more time to cook in an electric cooker than a pressure cooker
- Rice sticks around more at the bottom of an electric rice cooker.
FAQS, ABOUT ELECTRIC RICE COOKER
1. Is it better to cook rice in a rice cooker?
For sure, a rice cooker is a must-have appliance to cook rice perfectly, neither too hard nor too soft. Just forget about sticking.
To have proper fluffy and delicious rice, you need to maintain the right water-to-grain ratio. No matter even if you’re distracted, it will turn off automatically. A rice cooker is easier to clean, as well.
2. Do you need to put water in a rice cooker?
Yeah, in general, the water to rice ratio in a rice cooker is 1:1, indicating 1 cup water to 1 cup rice. As almost all rice cookers offer a measuring cup and some have markings inside the cooker, so you will always be able to know how much rice and water you should add.
3. How long does it take to cook rice in an electric rice cooker?
Well, different types of rice require different amounts of water and time to get cooked perfectly. The interesting thing is your cooker can measure when your rice is done cooking and turns off automatically.
But usually, cooking a large amount of rice in a rice cooker might take between 25 and 35 minutes.
4. How much water do I use for 2 cups of rice?
The basic ratio of water to white rice is 2:1. That’s to say, two cups of water to one cup of rice. But, you can double or even triple the recipe with ease. Just ensure you are using a bowl large enough so it can hold the rice while cooking and expanding.
5. What else can you use a rice cooker for?
Let’s get to some other cookery benefits of your electric rice cooker:
- To make a hot and instant breakfast.
- To make soaps, stews, or beans.
- To steam vegetables.
- To make risotto without stirring and so on.
6. Is it worth buying a rice cooker?
For sure, it’s worth the money. No matter if you only make use of it for cooking rice. I personally use it only for cooking rice a lot. Because it saves space on the stove and makes rice better than I do. It can easily handle brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, and even quinoa, too.
Note: Though the rice cooker we’re using today has been around for decades and was first invented in Japan, its appeal is still in no way decreasing.
Okay, now that you’ve come to know nothing can be more essential than a rice cooker for your kitchen. And, hopefully, you’ve got a crystal clear idea about how to use an electric rice cooker from these simple guidelines, helping you cook the best rice constantly without any hassle.
Not to mention, a rice cooker is unbelievably affordable, quick-to-use, and convenient for cooking a large quantity of rice at once, making them a must-have appliance for homes or restaurants.
All you have to do is to learn the proper ratio of rice and water to serve the best and fluffiest rice to your guests.
And, do let us know if you have any other questions in the comment box below. We would love to hear you. Happy cooking, thanks!!!