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With the best rice cooker, rice is always perfect.
My personal story will give you an answer: I bought my rice cooker to make sushi rice. Read any method to cook Japanese rice and you will understand that it’s more complicated than inventing the wire to cut butter. Try to follow those methods and you will see that it is especially easy to miss everything.
The cooker adapts itself to all rice varieties. For example, cooking brown rice is no longer a full-time activity: it often takes more than 25 minutes in a pan where the water evaporates, and the result is poor.
The message is clear. An automatic cooking: Cook rice alone and it allows you, during this time, go to the hairdresser. Take a bath. Read the blog of girlfriends. You only have to start cooking, it will stop by itself. Once rice is cooked, cooking is stopped, and the unit switches to “keep warm”. This feature, present in all the pressure cooker, works very well. No risk of “flambé” the house (except failure of the device or your electricity), no risk of burning rice. It is awesome.
The rice cooker does not cook only rice!
And yes. Its name is misleading. We can cook:
– Mixed rice: adding soy sauce and small vegetables (peas, carrots tips, …)
– Grain: bulgur, quinoa, various cereals, etc.
– Legumes: lentils, …
– Vegetables, along with your rice
– Eggs: omelettes
– Cakes and Bread: Recipes on the Internet
It’s not bad, right?
Frequency of use?
That is the question. The answer: it depends….
Advice: if rice-cooker allows you to cook a variety of foods, base your buying decision on your rice consumption. The rest is still anecdotal. Unless you live in a dorm room, but then I would advise a microwave, which makes more things including excellent rice.
If you only eat rice once a month, forget it. If you are in this case, maybe a rice-cooker will change your practice of eating rice. Many people eat mostly rice since they bought one.
You should use it at least once a week. Sometimes two. Many people are extremely vigilant on appliance purchases, because the kitchen is very small, with few closets, already filled to the brim. The two golden rules: the need for something (having the rice-cooker in serve at least once a week) and versatility (the blender, for example, is also used to grind coffee every day). And the rice-cooker meets these two rules.
There are different unit sizes ranging from mini to Industrial: everyone will find his account, from family-mono-parental-without-child to the Chinese restaurant.
Generally, the rice is measured in “cup”. Your machine will be delivered with its pod, cup, so don’t panic. And if that is not the case, my advice, do not buy it. It also comes with its rice spoon. The capacity of a cup is depend on the manufacturer and the common unit of the country, for example, 180ml in Europe, Japan 200ml, 240ml and 220 to the United States.
Depending on your appetite and food (rice main course, side dish, entrance …), a dose for a person goes the half-measure to the measure. Generally, you can asked the seller to give you an idea.
The common measure is 8 cups or 1.5 liters. For two people, you should put 2 cups in general, and get rice for two, for bento the next day, and sometimes more.
Each unit is designed for an optimal amount. For example, the 8 cups of water will do the best rice between 4 and 6 small cups of rice. At the same time, you should not worry if you cook little of rice, a cooker can cook even at 2 or 1 cup of rice, which often happens to many single person.
- Breakfast: 3-4 cups
- Medium: 5-6 cups
- Grand: 8-10 cups
- Giant / professional: 14+ cups
Significant price variations: which to choose?
You can well imagine that the cheaper its price, the more basic it is, and the more expensive, the more sophisticated. Users of Japanese brands also state that the highest price categories are the strongest and durable.