Cooking brown rice in a rice cooker is so easy anyone can do it. There are a few simple steps you need to follow to cook rice perfectly every time guaranteed.
Now you might think that you don’t need any instructions on how to cook rice. However, rice can be a fickle thing if you don’t get the water to rice ratio correct. Many people don’t know how to cook brown rice and have never been taught.
You will need to measure the amount of brown rice you want to cook using a measuring cup. It is vital that you get an accurate measurement. One cup of uncooked rice is approximately one and a half cups of cooked rice.
Rinse the brown rice. Most rice needs to be rinsed to eliminate the excess starch and possible pesticides or contaminants that may have been used in the growing process. Certain brands of rice do not require rinsing. Check the package and if in doubt, rinse the brown rice until the water begins to run clear. A strainer is excellent for this process.
The rice cooker bowl can also be used by filling the bowl with water until it covers the rice. Stir continuously while you add the water. Tilt the bowl and use your hand to catch any rice that may escape while you pour out the water. Keep rinsing until the water runs as clear as possible.
You may like to soak the brown rice for 30 minutes however this is not necessary if you don’t have the available time.
Measure the amount of water required. Most rice cookers will have water levels marked on the inside of the bowl, making it foolproof to fill the bowl to the desired level. For example, if you have put in 1 cup of uncooked rice, then you will fill the bowl to the level marked “1”. If the bowl does not have this, then you will have to refer to the instruction booklet supplied with your cooker.
Place the bowl in the rice cooker and simply press “start.” Let the cooker do the rest; it’s as easy as that.
Some people like to add certain things like butter, oil or salt to the bowl during the cooking process to add flavor to their rice dish. This can be added at step three.
Let the brown rice stand for up to 10 minutes after the rice has finished cooking, this allows it to be cooked to perfection and just finishes it off, so it is not still crunchy. Most cookers will have a warming function, so there is no danger of your rice being cold when it comes to serving your meal.
If you don’t have a rice cooker, then the Zojirushi rice cooker is an electronic rice cooker that is considered to be the best on the market and has all the ability to cook a variety of rice, including Gaba brown rice The Zojirushi is an induction rice cooker with a warming function.
How To Pick A Rice Cooker
One of the most useful small appliances that you will ever buy is a rice cooker. A rice cooker can do much more than cook rice and is useful in both the kitchen and the dorm room. Of course, rice cookers make perfect rice, but they can also be used for cooking hot cereals, desserts, stews, and soups. They can also steam vegetables to perfection, even while cooking rice.
The best rice cookers are made in Japan. Other models may be less expensive from other countries, but you will enjoy using the Japanese rice cookers the most.
Rice cookers come in several sizes, some cooking over fourteen cups of rice at one time. You should choose the cooker that corresponds to the amount of rice you normally would cook. Large cookers can be used to cook smaller amounts, but they work best when three-quarters of all the way full. Be careful not to overfill a rice cooker.
Additionally, you need to know that a Japanese cup is six ounces as compared to the American cup size of eight ounces. Be sure that you adjust recipes by remembering that the cups from the rice cooker are only three-quarters of an American cup. Most Japanese households favor the mid-sized rice cookers.
A non-stick cooking pan in the rice cooker makes cleanup very easy. Rice cooker manufacturers use a high-quality non-stick surface that works perfectly with rice. Be sure that you only use the plastic rice paddle to remove food from the pot.
There are three basic types of rice cookers, the on/off models, the keep warm models, and the fuzzy logic models. The least expensive models of rice cookers simply turn off when the water has been absorbed into the rice. These cookers are still very versatile and do a great job when cooking rice. The next in price range of rice cookers both cook the rice and then turn to a keep warm setting. They do not have an off setting so be sure to unplug the unit after use so that you do not create a fire hazard.
Some of the more expensive rice cookers have fuzzy logic. This means that they have differing settings for soup or brown rice. Some of these machines even allow you to choose the texture of your finished rice. The most expensive (over two hundred dollars) rice cookers offer induction heating. These rice cookers make perfect rice every time. They can compensate for variations in measurements in rice or water.
If you enjoy steamed vegetables with your rice, be sure that the rice cooker you choose has a steamer basket. You can steam vegetables as the rice cooks. For extra flavor in your rice add a couple of bullion cubes to the cooking water. If you have a college student who will be living in a dorm room a small (three to four cup) rice cooker is the perfect gift. It allows the student to have brown rice, steam vegetables, and warm soups. It is a great way for the student to have healthy meals and avoid eating only fast food.