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Tips On Buying The Best Rice Cooker

[ 0 ] July 18 |

What size of rice cooker is best? A single portion of rice ranges from 1/2 to 1 cup. So, if you are a single person or a couple you don’t need a huge rice cooker unless you are the social type who regularly has parties. Typically the smallest sizes available outside of Asia are 3 cup rice cookers. The largest range upwards of 80 cups for commercial cookers. Personally I would recommend purchasing something larger than a 3 cup cooker since you may wish to cook for friends or family on occasion or use your cooker for something other than rice, such as breads or cake recipes which would necessitate a larger rice steamer in most cases. A 5.5 cup cooker is a common size and works well for many people. Most cookers from good manufacturers like Zojirushi, Panasonic, Toshiba, Aroma, etc. all do well cooking smaller amounts of rice in their larger-capacity cookers. Also give some consideration to counter top space issues.

How much should I spend on a rice cooker?

If you plan on using your rice regularly, it’s definitely worth spending a little more. This holds true for most any appliance in my opinion. How often will you be making rice? If it’s everyday or even once or twice a week then make sure you get a good one. You’ll save money in the long run buying a rice steamer of good quality rather than buying a cheap one and having to replace it in the near future. Most cookers from the top manufacturers come with a warranty or guarantee.

Should I get a rice cooker that can cook other types of grain?

Most rice steamers will do well cooking other types of grain such as quinoa, millet, amaranth, etc. even if they don’t have a specific setting for it. Many people, particularly those that require a gluten free diet, use their cookers to cook grains other than rice such as quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, oatmeal and more. If you will be cooking these grains often, you want to find a model with the appropriate cooking settings. Otherwise, you may just have do a little experimentation in the beginning to get the correct ratio of water to grain and you’ll be an expert in no time.

What rice cooker features should I look for?

* Ease of use! You want to able to set it without thinking twice after you’ve read through the manual once.

* A durable, teflon or other non-stick coated inner pot – (you may want to consider a stainless steel cooker due to possible health concerns about teflon)

* A beeper or alarm to tell you when the rice is ready.

* A steamer tray or basket which can be used in the at the same time you are cooking rice. This is very handy for cooking a variety of things, steaming vegetables, etc. other than rice.

* Keep-warm feature – to keep the rice warm until you are ready to serve it.

Do I even need a rice cooker at all?

Yes, you do. You really do. Trust me.

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