Cleaning, Maintaining, Using your Rice Cooker

Cleaning tips

Tools;

  • Cold water
  • Hot water
  • Soap
  • Soft brush

And

  • Always cool down first, at least 30 minutes is good
  • Consult the manual to double check this
  • Remove any rice stuck to the pan (if it is stubborn, soak it in cold water)
  • Don’t try to scape it, just use a soft spatula to remove any grains
  • Hot water just cooks it more and makes it more stubborn
  • Clean the lid carefully and let it air dry
  • Clean the outside of the rice cooker gently with a soft sponge and let that dry
  • Clean as soon as you can
  • Aluminum pots can be scoured if anything is burnt on

Take care

  • 71d28FusjRL._SL1500_Read the instruction manual
  • Take care of the heat
  • Beware of steam as it may not be hot to touch but some steam is inevitable
  • Always place it on a level and stable surface
  • Never allow it to be immersed in water
  • Never fill above the maximum level
  • Don’t plug it in until you are ready to cook
  • Check the cord for damage regularly
  • Disconnect it when not in use
  • Disconnect it when you clean it
  • Use twin gloves when you lift the lid and stand back a bit
  • Avoid dishwashers
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners
  • Rinse and dry the bowl before placing it back

And the cover

  • Don’t use it if it becomes cracked
  • Let it cool down before you clean it
  • Never use sharp utensils
  • Soft clothes, cold soaking is better than scouring or scrubbing

Actually using your rice cooker

  • 201241143659265I do know some people do not bother with preparing their rice in terms of rinsing but here is the correct way of getting it all ready
  • Measure the amount of rice you need with the measuring cup
  • Rinse the rice in a sieve under running water to remove excess bran and starch
  • Pour the rice into the inner bowl, spread the rice nice and evenly
  • Measure your water with the cup or up to the level indicated in the bowl
  • Place the inner bowl into the rice cooker
  • Place the lid on, check instructions for this, some will have a catch which must be secure
  • Connect the cooker to the electrical socket
  • Press the cook mode, the cook light should come on
  • Make sure it is on, and not just on warm, that would take forever but is easily done if you hurry
  • Once it is cooked it will automatically go to warm or off depending on the model
  • If it is a keep warm model the warm light will come on, the cook light will be off
  • If it is more basic it will just stop cooking, no light
  • Keep the lid closed for a further 10 or 15 minutes
  • Stir the rice and serve as quickly as possible
  • Disconnect the rice cooker

And sterilizing

It will not do any harm to sterilize your pot now and again, using gentle baby sterilizing solution to get rid of any lingering odors

What kind of rice?

201241143659265That is a difficult question and a lot will depend on where you live and availability but assuming you have internet it is better to look around locally or at http://www.ricecookersportal.org/.  If you are very fussy you can probably find a good health food store and they can advise you.

Look for locally grown rice wherever possible.

Of course some people will only ever cook a certain type of rice, for instance basmati rice and that is fine.

If you want to experiment with different types of rice you probably do not want to purchase a huge bag of rice, try a smaller batch first and then you can   go for the bulk buy.

Caution

I have come across advice concerning cooking rice, refrigerating and keeping it for later.  Although it is good to have some pre-cooked rice for stir frying I do not recommend keeping rice for too long once it is cooked.  Cooked rice can harbor bacteria and if you are not used to that it can cause upset.

So always go for freshly cooked rice, not using it as a standby from the fridge unless you need it for the stir fry option.

Some rice cookers even have a quick reheat option but again I would be cautious.

If you take care of your rice cooker it can last you, but nothing lasts forever.  Just taking care not to misuse it will help it to last a long time.