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Making perfect rice recipes every time with the best rice cooker

Updated on April 16, 2012

Tasty rice recipes using the best rice cooker

If you want to create perfect rice time and time again you are going to need the best rice cooker. Many people think that cooking rice is easy and simply involves steaming or boiling it for a few minutes and then simply plating it up. These are common rice cooking methods however they don't always lead to the best rice dishes and in order to cook rice properly you are going to need a specific rice cooker or a rice steamer.

The best rice cooker for home use

Regardless of the quantity of rice grains you are cooking the easiest and most efficient way of cooking rice at home is to use an electric rice cooker. Electric rice cookers are made in a variety of different sizes which is often referred to as ‘cups’. The higher the number of cups the larger the rice cooker and the larger the quantity of rice grains you can cook at any one time. So, a two cup rice cooker is ideal for a couple and a 10 cup rice cooker is ideal for a large family. Obviously, these are the two extremes and there are sizes in between.

Rather than buying a rice cooker that is just big enough I would always recommend buying the biggest rice cooker you can afford and fit in your kitchen, which allows you to cook up large batches of rice and freeze to use at a later date. It is possible to keep rice in the freezer for a couple of months and frozen rice is great to use in pork fried rice recipes.

Many different manufacturers make electric rice cooker, so finding one is not going to create any problems and the most common ones include Breville rice cookers, Panasonic rice cookers, Judge rice cookers and Tefal rice cookers. All of these companies make some great quality products and neither one is better than the other, which means you are going to be happy with a rice cooker from any one of these companies.

Electric rice cooker

"Electric rice cookers are, arguably, the best rice cooker for home use. If you want light and fluffy rice with minimum hassle you need one of these"

An electric rice cooker is dead easy to use and it will produce light and fluffy rice time and time again. All you need to do is follow the instructions, which are enclosed with the rice cooker at the time of purchase and you will get great tasting rice that is the perfect consistency each and every time. When using an electric rice cooker you don't need to rely on trial and error to get the perfect rice, oh no. Make sure you follow the instructions to the letter and use the exact quantity of rice, add the exact quantity of water and cook for the exact time at the exact power level and your rice will be perfect - guaranteed.

The only disadvantages of electric rice cookers are the size and having to clean up after use. Electric rice cookers can be large, especially the higher cup models, and will require quite a bit of storage space. This is fine if you have a large kitchen but if you are not fortunate enough to own a big kitchen you may struggle somewhat. You need to keep in mind the amount of available space before you actually buy an electric rice cooker.

Even though electric rice cookers have a non stick bowl, which on the whole works very well, you are still going to have to deal with the odd spare rice grain stuck to the bowl. Electric rice cookers consist of numerous parts, all of which you have to clean thoroughly after each and every use. Cleaning a rice cooker can be tiresome and real drag however it is something you have to do to keep the electric rice cooker in full working order.

The best rice cookers - Breville rice cooker

Breville BRC350XL Gourmet Duo 10-Cup Rice Cooker
Breville BRC350XL Gourmet Duo 10-Cup Rice Cooker

If you want a rice cooker that will last you need to take a look at those made by Breville. These rice cookers are exceptional quality and will produce perfect rice time and time again.


The best rice cooker - Other rice cookers for sale on Amazon

None of the recommended electric rice cookers take your fancy? Never mind......... Take a look at the products below or use the Amazon search facility to find the best rice cooker for you.

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best rice cooker - rice on a plate
best rice cooker - rice on a plate

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The best rice cooker for non home use

We all know that dried and quick cook foods that are easy to cook and create little mess are best for camping vacations. Basmati rice has all of these features and makes an excellent meal for family camping trips however cooking it to perfection can be problematic.

Obviously there is no electricity in the great outdoors therefore an electric rice steamer or rice cooker is not an option. The only way of overcoming this is to boil the rice, which is fine however straining the rice can create a few issues. Pouring the boiled rice through a sieve or colander is the obvious way of overcoming this but this can lead to rice grains falling through the holes and blocking plugholes of camping sinks, which can be a real headache to clear.

Rice ball

"The rice ball is the best rice cooker for non home use, such as camping. Rice balls are cheap, dead easy to use and create little mess".

The best rice cooker for camping is what is known as a rice ball, which is simply a stainless steel sphere colander that opens up. In order to use the rice ball you simply open the ball, fill one side full of rice grains such as basmati rice or long grain rice, close the sphere and immerse in a pan of boiling water. Once the rice grains are cooked you simply pull the rice ball out of the water, shake out the excess water, open the sphere and plate up. It really is that simple.

There are many advantages associated in using a rice ball. Rice balls are cheap and readily available, so getting hold of one is not going to create too many problems. Rice balls are easy to use, as detailed above, and quick and simple to clean. Rice balls can be used for portion control purposes, which means you will never cook to much basmati rice, which makes them perfect if you are on a calorie controlled diet.

The best rice cooker - Stainless steel rice ball

Rice Ball 6" Rice Cooker Soup Infuser Pierced Ball
Rice Ball 6" Rice Cooker Soup Infuser Pierced Ball

Rice balls are cheap, versatile and great for cooking rice when it is impossible to use a conventional electric rice cooker. Rice balls allow for quick and hassle free cooking and are mess free. A rice ball is an excellent product that all campers should have.


Useful rice ball gadgets for sale on Amazon

These accessories and gadgets are essential for all rice lovers. Can't see any products of interest? No worries, use the Amazon search facility and you will find loads of great products to buy.

Perfectly cooked rice using the best rice cooker

If you need some video proof of just how good rice cooked in an electirc rice cooker is you need to check out this video.

How to boil rice without a rice cooker

Don't have a rice cooker? Never mind, although I strongly suggest you think about getting one. Check out this video to see how to cook rice in the microwave.

300 Best Rice Cooker Meals

300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes: Also Including Legumes and Whole Grains
300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes: Also Including Legumes and Whole Grains

A great book devoted to rice recipes, 300 of them infact. All recipes are nicely laid out, easy to follow and require easily accessible ingredients. What's more is you don't need a batchelor's degree in cooking to be able to make these meals. If oyu love rice you will live the rice recipes in this book.


Rice Cooker Meals

Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People: How to feed a family of four quickly and easily for under $10 (with leftovers!) and have less ... up so you’ll be out of the kitchen quicker!
Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People: How to feed a family of four quickly and easily for under $10 (with leftovers!) and have less ... up so you’ll be out of the kitchen quicker!

Many people live hectic lives and argure there aren't enough hours in the day to be able to cook. I used to be like this and then I discovered this book, which taught me this statement simply isn't true. This book is full of rice recipes that is ideal for those people on the go. So, if oyu live a busy life but still wnat to enjoy some tasty and nutritious rice recipe dishes this is the book for you.


Other rice recipe cook books

For a selection of other rice recipe cook books check out the items below. Can't see what you are looking for? Use the Amazon search facility for even more ideas.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Rice cookers are one fancy appliance that are really worth the money.


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