Using a rice cooker to cook rice is a very easy and convenient procedure. Rice is a rich resource of carbohydrates which is a good energy source. It is low in sugar, low fat, no preservatives or additives. It is also gluten-free so it is a superior replacement for wheat, oats or barley. Furthermore if cooked correctly it tastes pretty tasty. Unfortunately, most persons are intimidated by the process of cooking rice. Fortunately, modern rice cookers have made this rice cooking process very easy. Read on further as I will outline a simple guideline on how to use a rice cooker so that you can avoid burnt rice and prepare delightful rice every time.
Do you need to prepare the bowl before cleaning?
Almost all rice cookers come with a non-stick pan so you do not need to prepare the bowl. Just you have to wash the bowl with regular dish soap and water after every use.
1.How much amount of rice do I need per serving?
The amount of rice can vary depending on the person but generally, you would need about a 1/2 cup of uncooked rice per person. Most rice cookers will come with their own cup and advisable amount. A good idea is, to begin with the advisable amount and then adjust the amount as needed next time. It is also important to note is that the cup size that comes with a Japanese rice cooker is much smaller than in an American model.
2.Rinsing or washing the rice
This is an optional process as rinsing will remove the redundant starch agent off the rice and remove any dirt impurities. I found that it made the rice less viscous and sticky when it has been washed and it tasted better. The process is very simple, once you have the rice in a bowl swarm regular tap water into the bowl and then use your hand to splash the rice around while it fills. You will observe the water become very cloudy once the inner bowl is filled up. Then you have to carefully pour the excess water out into the sink until only the rice is left. Repeat the same steps 2-3 times until the water becomes clear and then the rice is almost ready to cook.
3.Water to rice ratio
This brings us to probably the most crucial part of cooking rice. Which is how much water should we use for cooking rice? Most cooking manuals would recommend a 2:1 ratio of water to rice but this can vary. If you like your rice drier then use a lesser amount of water but if you like your rice on the moist side then use a bit more. Many rice cookers now come with measuring lines on the bowl to mark how much water you required. The first line for 1 cup, the second line for 2 cups and so on. If you are uncertain then you should always read the owner’s manual for recommendations.
4.Cooking the rice
Once the rice is cleaned and you have the perfect amount of water in the bowl then you are almost to cook some rice. Just close the lid and press the switch on and the rice cooker will do rest. Once the rice starts cooking it normally will take about 20 minutes before it is done so this would be a good time to cook some side dishes. You will know that the cooker is done when the switch pops back up and once it is done you can have the delicious rice.
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