The Best Rice Cooker Recipes And How To Get The Most Out Of Your Cooker
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Learning To Cook Rice In A Rice Cooker
Growing up as a typical American, I didn’t cook rice, had never had steamed rice, and didn’t know what a rice cooker was until I was 21 and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. I quickly discovered how much better it tasted from a rice steamer or rice cooker. I soon learned how to use a rice cooker and it turned out perfectly every time after buying a small no-frills Hitachi model there. I’ve had several since including an Aroma, Hanabishi and a Zojirushi rice cooker – my current favorite and cook rice in them often.
There are many types of rice cookers, coming in different sizes, shapes, materials, and of course price. Some appliances are just for cooking rice and others are multi-taskers and will perform as a slow cooker, food steamer, or pressure cooker. While not usually advertised, a cooker is more than capable of cooking a variety of grains including gluten free grains such as millet, quinoa and amaranth in addition to many other rice cooker recipes including hot cereal, desserts, soups, stews, or steaming vegetables. Check with the individual manufacturer as some rice cookers are not able to perform these tasks.
The rice cooker can not only cook other grains, it can go well beyond that. It’s capable of preparing whole meals, making bread, soups, stews, cakes and more. There are many great rice cooker recipes. Making cornbread with the rice cooker is an especial favorite of mine. Check out more ways to use your rice cooker.
Rice cookers are generally sized by how many cups of rice they make. They can make anywhere from 3 cups up to industrial size portions. Nearly have automatic shut off features. The cooker will keep the rice warm after it has cooked and some models will keep the rice warm for up to 12 hours. If that is a feature you find attractive, then be sure to get a model that has that function. If you happen to be on a gluten free diet, a rice cooker is particularly handy. Try to find a model such as zorjirusi which offers porridge settings. This is ideal for cooking gluten free grains. There are many easy gluten free recipes you can make in the cooker.
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