Get The Best Out Of Your Rice Cooker

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Now that you’re the proud owner of a rice cooker, you have to learn to use it in a good way, in order to impress your family and close friends.

Let’s start at the beginning, your new rice cooker will help you in the kitchen, helping you cook delicious rice, simply and efficiently, not to mention all the time that you will save for yourself.

In that case, you should learn how to cook rice first, don’t you think?

How to cook white rice

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, we’ll teach you how to create that rice you’ve always dreamed of preparing.

The most important rule you should learn is the rice cooker ratio, which says that the amount of water needed in a rice cooker is 1 cup of water for every 1 cup of rice.

First, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of clean rice (rinsed).
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth (plain or 1 tablespoon of powdered broth well dissolved in water).
  • 1 small onion quarter.
  • 1 clove garlic.
  • 1 sprig of parsley (optional).

Now the first thing you have to know is that the cup used to measure the rice must be the same for the water. Measure the rice and then rinse it thoroughly with water in a strainer.

Then pour the rice into the rice cooker, add the water or chicken broth, the onion, the garlic clove, and lastly the parsley branch. Put the pot lid on, connect it and close.

At the end of 20 minutes you will have appetizing rice. As soon as it is finished you can lightly stir it using a spoon so that it fluffs a little.

How to take good care of your rice cooker

But after using your rice cooker, you will surely wonder, how can I take maximum care of my product? And you are right in thinking about that, so here you have some recommendations.

First and basic: if you are using the rice cooker for the first time, do not try to experiment with it. Read the manual carefully before operating it to avoid making any mistake.

Also keep the cooker plugged into the outlet only when cooking or heating, you should keep the bottom of the container and the resistance or heating plate clean and dry.

Leave the steam escape hole in the lid free to guarantee optimal rice cooking; avoid touching the outside surface of the appliance when using it. Also stay away from hot steam because it can cause severe skin injuries.

Try to impress your family

Stir fry chicken, sweet peppers and green beans

Let’s try a simple recipe first: homemade rice with noodles.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 bowl of rice (rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup of noodles (Angel hair)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Garlic paste

In the rice cooker, fry the noodles with the oil, stirring constantly to avoid burning, and take care that the red button on the pot does not pop out.

When the noodles are golden brown, add the onion and garlic paste. Stir-fry a little. Pour in the washed and drained rice, add the salt, stir and fry a little more.

Then add the water, stir and cover the pot. Make sure the red button is active. Once you press the red button, wait 3 to 5 minutes and with a plastic or wooden spoon stir all the rice to make it soft. 

Recipe for friends

Do not forget that you can also prepare meals for meetings with friends, to have a good time or for dinner with those closest to you. Just follow this recipe.

  • 100 grams of Rice.
  • half chicken breast.
  • 100 grams of mushrooms.
  • 1 Tomato.
  • 1 Onion.
  • 1 cup of white wine.
  • 1 pinch of salt.
  • 1 dash of olive oil.

Wash the mushrooms and cut them into small slices. Tomato and garlic must also be minced. In the rice cooker pour a little olive oil, and when hot add the onion and garlic with a little salt to make them taste better.

Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Then the chopped chicken should be added to brown it a little. The next step is to add 1 cup of white wine and allow it to be consumed.

Pour in the rice and then continue cooking, checking that it cooks little by little and, if necessary, add water until it gets the right consistency. Finally, cover the rice cooker and let the dish cook for 5 more minutes off.