|A guide to buying an electric rice cooker for your family|
Electric rice cookers come in a range of styles and this guide will help you find or determine the most ideal electric rice cooker for your needs.
What is an electric rice cooker?
An electric rice cooker is a marvellous, easy way to cook rice to perfection. Electric rice cookers are quick, and there's no worries of rice burning onto the bottom, which can happen with a saucepan. No draining needed either.
If you follow the directions and add the correct amount of rice and water, you will get perfect, fluffy rice, ready to use- every time!
What type of electric rice cookers are there?
Electric rice cookers come in various sizes, from the smaller 4 cup models- great for just a small family- right up to huge 16 cup models- ideal for a banquet!
Who would use an electric rice cooker?
Families, couples or singles who enjoy stir fries, risotto's, rice desserts... and just about anything else you choose to make with rice.
Electric rice cookers are ideal for busy people as they take the hassle and guesswork out of cooking rice. You don't have to keep checking it either- just set and forget.
Most electric rice cookers have a keep warm setting, which allows the rice to be cooked earlier, and kept warm until needed.
Where can you get an electric rice cooker?
Electric rice cookers are available in almost any department store, as well as specialist kitchen shops.
Shop around and compare features and price.
Prices of electric rice cookers also vary greatly, from quite cheap to seemingly exorbitant.
Rice Cooker Recipes anyone?
Try one of these recipes using the rice cooked in your new electric rice cooker...
600g thinly sliced steak
2 thinly sliced onions
2 spring onions, chopped coarsely
2 tspn finely chopped fresh ginger
2 finely chopped cloves fresh garlic
1 red capsicum chopped coarsely
1 tsp crushed Sichuan peppercorns
1 tbspn crushed black peppercorns
2 tspn sugar
1 tbspn soy sauce
1 tbspn oyster sauce
2 tbspn rice wine vinegar
1 tspn sesame oil
oil for cooking
- In a bowl, combine the steak strips, onion, garlic, ginger, peppercorns, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to marinate for 2 hours (or overnight) in fridge.
- After marinating is complete, drain excess liquid.
Stir in capsicum and spring onion.
- Heat wok to a high temperature.
- Add oil (about 1-2 tblspns) and coat wok sides by swirling.
- Add stir fry mixture and stir fry for about 6 minutes, or until cooked to your preference. If you prefer, stir frying can be done in 2 or 3 lots, rather than all at once, especially if your wok is small.
- Serve immediately over cooked rice.
Pork and Egg Spicy Rice
4 cups cold cooked rice
6 lightly beaten eggs
200g finely chopped cooked pork
1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas
1 finely chopped onion
5 large, thinly sliced spring onions
2-3 seeded, and finely chopped, red chillies
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tblspn grated fresh ginger
1/3 cup chopped coriander
salt and pepper
2 tspn seasoning sauce
2 tblspns ghee or oil
- Heat the wok to a high temperature.
Add the ghee/oil and coat sides of wok.
- Over a medium heat, stir fry the capsicum, onion, spring onion, peas, chillies, garlic and ginger, for approximately 2-3 minutes.
Add the pork, and combine.
- Turn down the heat then add the beaten eggs.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir eggs gently until almost set and creamy.
- Add rice and gently stir to combine ingredients and heat through.
- Add seasoning sauce and coriander. Stir into mixture.
- Sprinkle with onion flakes to garnish, and serve immediately.
Consider looking for electric rice cookers on the internet too... it's likely you may find an even better deal!