Stainless Steel Rice Cookers and rice steamers have taken the guesswork and the drama out of cooking rice in the kitchen. When you cook with a Rice Cooker you will never again wait in trepidation, wondering just how the rice is going to turn out. Companies such as Zojirushi, Aroma, Tiger and National/Panasonic have a range of rice cookers that will produce perfectly cooked rice every time.
While gas powered rice cookers are available, for domestic use most are electric, of which there are two main types. The first, simply known as an electric rice cooker, cooks and then in most case keeps your rice warm and fresh for anything between 4 and 24 hours. The second type, and this is where hi-tech electronics comes to the paddy field, are microprocessor controlled and are know as fuzzy logic rice cookers.
What’s the difference between the two you ask? Well price and convenience for a start. Besides that, an electric rice cooker is designed and calibrated mainly for easily cooking white rice and cooking it to a medium texture. Simply throw in a measured quantity of washed rice with the appropriate amount of water, switch to cook and Bob’s your uncle, 20 to 30 minutes later you will have perfect white rice.
You can very the texture of the cooked rice by varying the amount of water you cook with. Adding a little more water than is recommended results in a softer rice, a little less water, a harder, crunchier rice. Electric rice cookers will also cook other types of rice, such as brown and mixed, but you will need to follow your recipe book carefully and experiment with water levels.