Today I want to talk about a common appliance in our kitchens, the rice cooker. This world-renowned grain is a favorite dish for many of us. If you fall in this category, you might want to invest in a rice cooker if you want your rice perfectly cooked every time. This handy appliance will eliminate some embarrassments such as undercooked, burnt, wet and mushy results. I will give you some valuable tips to help you purchase just the right rice cooker for you and your family.
Before you go shopping
I have seen people dumping their rice cookers after a short period of usage simply because they made the wrong choice. I would you advise you to take into account several consideration before you drive to the shop. How often do you cook rice? If you only cook rice occasionally, I suggest you buy a simple cooker, but if you are a rice fanatic go for an advanced cooker with a microprocessor and induction heating.
I would also suggest you determine the capacity of rice cooker you need. Are you single or do you have a small family or big family? Generally, how many people are you feeding? I would also advise that you evaluate your usage. How else do you want to use the rice cooker? Keep in mind that rice cookers can also be used to cook soup, cereals and steam vegetables. Not every cooker can do these additional tasks, make sure you select one that meets your needs.
The features to look for
The capacity of rice cookers is measured by cup and they range from 3 to 10 cups. Avoid buying units bigger than you need if you want to reap maximum benefits from the cooker.
Always buy a unit with a non-stick pan. My argument is that if you don’t like to take much time cooking, I really doubt if you want to take much time cleaning.
If you are more of a vegetable person, I would refer you to a rice cooker with a steamer tray. The steamer can either sit above the rice or below the rice, the choice is yours.
Multiple menu settings
Am sure you do not like to repeat the same menu you had yesterday. If yesterday you had white rice then today you can have brown rice or glutinous rice or even mixed rice. If so you have to look for a rice cooker with fuzzy logic advantage – menu select key.
Some rice cookers will automatically change to the keep-warm mode once the rice is completely cooked. It prevents your rice from getting cold and also from burning.