Rice cooker or just use microwave?

(35 Posts)
multitask Mon 22-Apr-13 13:12:26

I've always had great success making rice in the microwave but lately I am always needing the microwave while the rice is cooking. Do you have a rice cooker and if so was it worth the money? What model? Does it just sit in the back of your cupboard or do you love it? Have you converted from microwave to rice cooker or is there really no difference? Thanks everyone smile

VenusRising Tue 23-Apr-13 13:53:34

This will make a big difference to my life!
Thanks ladies, no more scraping my hob top of cooked on rice water concrete!

brew and flowers all round smile

pregnantpause Tue 23-Apr-13 14:14:38

Although it's not the consensus, I have bought a rice cooker today as all stove top methods fail me . I blame stupid electric hobs. They are in lidls promotion this week for 12.99. Can't go wrong for that price!

multitask Tue 23-Apr-13 19:50:33

pregnantpause that is tempting but I don't see it listed on my Lidl website was it only a store offer?

pregnantpause Wed 24-Apr-13 09:29:22

I don't know, I bought it in store so perhaps.

rushingrachel Wed 24-Apr-13 10:40:22

I bought a rice cooker when DS was small on a recommendation from a friend who said it would free me up. I love it. Very trouble free and quick. And I cook couscous in it which also comes out perfect. And it washes in seconds. Never looked back. Enjoy yours!

samuelwhiskers Wed 24-Apr-13 10:56:51

I've learnt a full proof way to cook rice without rice cooker or microwave, just on the stove in a non stick saucepan with lid. First rince the rice (preferably Basmati) until clear, takes about three times with lots of water in the saucepan, if you are using approx a mug full of rice, then leave enough water to cover the rice up to the first little joint of your index finger (can be approximate!). Then boil the rice until the there is only a bit of water left in the bottom. Put on lid, turn down cooker to as low as it goes, leave for half an hour - no peeping or stirring. Perfect rice every time.
I have thrown my rice cooker out as just cluttered the shelf.

tigerlilygrr Thu 25-Apr-13 10:45:22

Hi pregnantpause!

OP, once you've tried a decent rice cooker, you can't go back! I used to live in Japan and I am a total convert now, to the point where I schlepped to a distant suburb of Tokyo to find a uk compatible model I could bring home. None of my Asian friends can cook rice without them. And they're so good if you have kids as the rice stays good for UP TO FIVE DAYS. Although my limit is 24 hours really!

multitaskmama Thu 25-Apr-13 23:37:36

You can't go wrong with this method for cooking basmati rice:
Boiled Basmatic Rice

I will try the microwave methods mentioned above smile

DownyEmerald Thu 02-May-13 21:22:55

My partner has had his rice cooker longer than he's had me - so must be 20 odd years old and its still going well. And we eat a lot of rice!

multitaskmama Mon 20-May-13 11:18:03

I always do it on the stove.
Remember to wash thoroughly before cooking to remove starch.
Boil with lots of water and a little salt, drain when almost done.
Then leave on stove for 2 mins on lowest heat for any remaining water to evaporate. No need to measure water quantities.
Also long grain basmati rice comes up really nice and fluffy

Cooking rice

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