If you like making rice but you would like to take the hassle out of the process, then you might consider investing in a rice cooker. There is a wide variety of rice cookers available, too, so chances are you will be able to find one even if you are on a budget. However, if you have never used a rice cooker before, here are some easy-to-follow instructions.
First of all, your rice cooker should come with a user guide and manual. Always make sure that you read this information before you try using the rice cooker. Keep in mind that the instructions will vary slightly depending on what type of rice you are using. For example, you will not use the same amount of water for long grain rice as you would with short grain rice. This is an easy mistake that can be corrected if you carefully pay attention to the type of rice that you are using.
Place the rice cooker on a flat, level surface free from any disturbance. All rice cookers will have a steam spout. Getting any part of your body accidentally near the steam spout will result in an injury, even if slight. Some rice cookers have a spout dial that you can turn away from any path of bodily movement.
Place the rice into the removable rice cooker bowl and rinse thoroughly, once. You do not have to wash the rice until the water runs clear. If you want to add any spices or seasonings to the rice, you should do so now because the rice cooking process will help to infuse the rice with those seasonings. Add water, according to directions of your recipe. Typically, every cup of rice requires almost double the amount of water. Next, wipe off the outside of the bowl completely. Doing this will prevent damage to the rice cooker’s hot plate. Place the rice cooker bowl into the rice cooker and replace the lid. Make sure that the lid is completely on the bowl, otherwise the rice will not cook evenly. Only the steam hole should allow steam to escape.
Most rice cookers have two cooking options: “Cook” and “Warm.” Turn on the “Cook” function after you have replaced the lid onto the bowl. Now, all that you have to do is wait for the rice cooker to flip the cooking switch to “Warm.” Normally, you will hear some sort of sound to signal that the rice is done cooking. For best results, do not open the rice cooker immediately. Wait at least 10 minutes or until most of the steam has dissipated.
As you can see, using a rice cooker is not difficult. Although rice cookers may look unfamiliar, you can easily learn how to use them!