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Rice Cooker?

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by Gimpymoo, May 19, 2019.

  1. Gimpymoo

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    Are they worth it or just a gadget which will get shoved in the cupboard?
     
  2. robfosters

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    I bought the sistema microwave rice cooker off amazon for £9. Works just as well as an electric one and can be popped in the dishwasher.
     
  3. robj20

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    What's wrong with boiling rice?
     
  4. JOSH

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    You spelt pan wrong...
     
  5. Raymond Lin

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    They are quite versatile, can cook more than just rice, if you know how to use them properly.

    I often use mine to reheat buns and bread or gyozas. It's essentially a heat box, like an low heat oven with a hot plate underneath.
     
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  6. montymint

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    Location: Newcastle, UK

    I have an instant pot for pressure cooking a wide variety of foods, including rice.

    I love the fact that I can 'set it and forget it', as they say
     
  7. 2004typer

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    Definitely worth getting a rice cooker - measure portion out, add correct amount of water, turn on and forget. Will switch from cook mode to warming mode once the rice is finished.
     
  8. Jasoncmor

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    I bought one from lidl a few weeks ago, it was £13, really good piece of kit, and worth the money imo.
    As said you can also use it for other tasks, not just cooking rice, you can use it to steam pancakes for example.
     
  9. tamzzy

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    Being ethnically Chinese, a rice cooker is a must :p
    #casualracism
     
  10. JBuk

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    The fuzzy logic ones are awesome, my mate lives in aus with his Chinese wife and they have a few Asian brand models , put rice in before work, tell it what time you want it ready for , get home later than expected? No worries , rice will stay warm and good, no clumping , drying out or burning
     
  11. jpaul

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    still in my basket from the last thread ~£30
    how are you getting on with that ?


    these are still expensive ~£100 - no ? and I have yet to find a good explanation of what the AI/fuzzy-logic buys. ... just monitoring water vapour ?

    ...as we discussed in earlier thread, and others concurred, uwave ones are unpredictable
     
  12. Kemik

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    Went for a Panda Mini Fuzzy Logic Ceramic Rice Cooker for £80 and use it every other day. One of the best kitchen purchases I've made. Wash the rice, throw it in the cooker and walk away. Keeps warm for 12 hours so don't needto worry about when I need to start cooking.
     
  13. D.P.

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    Use one every time, sure you can use a pan but what is nice with the rice cooker is you set it and forget it while you get on with cooking the rest of the dinner.
     
  14. JunglistE

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    Was going to recommend this. Literally use my pressure king pro for everything, it's amazing. It can cook rice in about 4 minutes but I've never bothered to use that function so no idea how it would compare to a traditional rice cooker or even a pan.
    Have to admit, I've become a microwave rice convert. That Vetee basmati rice is just as good as the tilda stuff.
     
  15. jpaul

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    A proper rice cooker, is a kichen appliance, where in addition to convenience, it begs the question of whether the taste/texture will give a new level ?
    if many japanese folks have them, that must say something ... a toaster might be the european equivalent appliance.

    our uwave'd (raw - LOL) rice, like, I suspect, pressure king in 4 minutes, usually overcooks/macerate it, loss of texture/bite; maybe I need to return to a recipe like this
    https://www.justonecookbook.com/how-to-cook-rice/
    so a pre-soak, the lecreuset they use there, would definitely help it not to stick, and to finish up steaming too, with residual heat.
     
  16. kayomani

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    I have both an instant pot and a steamer but tend to use the steamer. I'd suggest either and they are a bit more reusable for other items.
     
  17. robj20

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    Wash the rice really well.
    Pan of boiling water little bit of salt in.
    Add the rice, cook until it still has bite then drain.
    Add more boiling water simmer for a minute or two turn off the heat and leave.
    Drain and serve.

    I only have that second step because i prefer the taste of jasmine rice but it can be too sticky.

    I don't like the measure the water out method never works perfectly for me, i don't like overcooked rice either.
     
  18. Gimpymoo

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    Got one and first attempt, rice was a little sticky but not sure if that was the rice I used or need to tweak the water measurements :D

    It stir fried well.

    I can see rice becoming a staple in this house :D

    The best thing was, I did the batch at around 1pm, took out what I needed.

    6pm, take it out, just like it had just been cooked :D
     
  19. jpaul

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    maybe I don't pay enough for rice too ... usually waitrose brown - regular(sic) or basmati at ~£1/kg
    .. is it just the sweepings off the floor and lowest grade/grain-size, and cooks less cleanly/more stickily, than a more expensive tilda, .... ?
     
  20. JAYZ303

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    I use my rice cooker all the time. It can take a little while but it's worth it. Make sure to rinse the rice first.