Confused About A Rice Cooker?
Many people say they can’t cook rice to a desired texture. A rice cooker is a special electrical appliance that cooks rice to perfection every time and learning how to use a rice cooker is easy.
Rice cookers work by bringing the liquid to a boil very quickly. This happens because the bowl of the cooker is sealed and as such reduces the air pressure over the liquid, so the liquid boils faster. A temperature sensor monitors the heat inside the cooker. When it starts to rise above the boiling point of water this means that the rice has absorbed all the liquid, and it switches to a ‘keep warm’ setting.
It is important to read the instruction manual that came with your rice cooker and follow instructions to the letter. These instructions were developed by the manufacturer so you will get good results every time.
Remember that different types of rice have different textures. Short grain rice, such as Arborio rice and sticky rice in Asian cooking has a lot of starch and tends to stick together. Hence the rice will always be sticker and less fluffy. Long grain rice should be fluffy and not stick together. This is because it has a different starch molecule that is long and straight, so it doesn’t “clump” together when the rice cooks. Medium grain rice should be fluffy but with a slightly stickier texture.
Rice Cooking Mastery
Choose the rice you use for a recipe based on the finished texture you want.
What You Need
- 1 cups rice (use the serving cup included with the Kitchen Genie rice cooker)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. salt
How to Make It
- Total cooking time: 25 mins
- Preparation time: 5 mins
- Cooking time: 20 mins
- Yield: 6 servings (serves 6)
Follow the instructions that come with your rice cooker. Use the gradient marks inside the bowl to judge the water or liquid needed.
- Use 1 to 1.5 cups of water or liquid with 1 cup of rice.
- This yields approximately 3 cups of cooked rice, or enough for 6 servings.
- Turn the rice cooker on and let it cook according to the instructions.
- The smaller amount is for drier long grains of rice. The larger amount results in rice that is stickier. Most rice cookers can keep the cooked rice warm for hours without burning.