Make Risotto, Sushi and Porridge With A Cuisinart Rice Cooker
My best friend actually had a rice cooker in his room and I soon formed the habit of being at the right place at the right time when perfectly cooked rice would emerge just around 7.30. He taught me much about Chinese food and its extraordinary variety which was nothing like the ‘I’ll have a 41, and 36 and a bag of prawn cracker’ fare I had grown up with. Initially I was skeptical about the efficacy of adding a rice cooker to the vast array of kitchen gadgets I owned, that could potentially be used once, then pushed to the back of the cupboard. But having seen how with the addition of a little butter, a beautiful golden crust would form at the bottom of the cooker, I was quickly converted and have never been without one in one form or another since. Therefore I was more than happy to road test the Cuisinart Rice Cooker CRC. As far as good looks are concerned it certainly beats my battered version. Made of stainless steel and weighing in at 2.89 kg it has a height of 31cms, width of 28 and depth of 26cms and is a very cool customer it must be said. I noted its 5 year warranty, 650 watt energy expenditure, added some butter and then a cup of fragrant Thai jasmine rice, added water, replaced the lid and switched on. Being in a decadent mood I stir fried some Tiger prawns with a beautifully tart sweet and sour sauce, home-made of course; perked the whole thing up with some home grown chilli just as the light informed me my rice was done. The intense perfume of the rice as steam wafted from the cooker was a pleasure in itself. Having poured a glass of Pinot Grigiot the pleasure was further intensified and I tucked into fluffy rice with sweet and sour prawns. It turns the dirty business of cooking rice into a discrete art form and no burnt-on starch rings to battle with on the hob after the meal is over either. Being non-stick this rice cooker obligingly shrugs off the food like a silk scarf falling from bare skin lol! I have to confess to cooking nothing more adventurous in my old cooker than home-made savory rice which is a great mid-week standby so I decided to test out porridge. The highest quality rolled oats, organic milk and water mix, a slight sprinkle of salt and a quick shower and all was ready. I topped off with some Jersey cream and a splash of Maple Syrup and have decided my Cuisinart Rice Cooker CRC can live on my worktop as this Autumn I feel rice, porridge and risotto are going to feature significantly on my menus. I may even venture into sushi rice . So, if you are in a hurry or like your cooking to take care of itself this rice cooker will certainly add value to your kitchen. You can check out the Cuisnart rice cooker for yourself here on Amazon. Cuisinart prides itself on having the ability to produce products finely honed for customers’ cooking needs. For 30 years Cuisinart products have been winning plaudits for the simplicity of their design, ease of use, quality and long life. Click here to begin your love affair. Being educated at boarding school can throw up some interesting experiences! Being introduced to a rice cooker was one of them. I boarded with a number of Chinese pupils who would excitedly plan their evening meals through break time and did everything in their power to replicate the food for which they were obviously homesick.