Rice is a staple food in many cultures, and it one of the most versatile foods to prepare meals with. For the kitchen connoisseur, it is a fun and challenging food to experiment with. You can add spices, herbs, vegetables and even fruit to make a unique and mouth-watering dish.
Rice can be tricky to cook though. Although minute rice is quick, it can turn out clumpy and sticky. Brown rice is among the healthiest but it can take more than 30 minutes to cook, and it can also turn out clumpy and sticky. So what’s the answer? A rice cooker of course! If you eat a lot of rice and like to experiment with flavors, this small appliance could become your best friend in the kitchen.
There are several types of rice cookers on the market today and each comes with its own set of diverse features. Here are just a few brands to consider if you’re in the market for a good quality product.
BUFFALO Smart Cooker New Generation: This is a versatile product that not only does rice, but oatmeal, soup, porridge and other foods as well. You may well find yourself using this small appliance more than your stove! Some of the features include a multi-layered stainless steel insert (easy to clean), intelligent control panel, and a 24-hour pre-set time. There are settings for both brown and white rice (including varieties such as basmati), quick cook, porridge, bake, stew and soup.
Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart 1000-Watt: This 6-in-1 multi-functional pressure cooker allows for quick and easy cooking. Features include a large control panel with several settings include an automatic keep warm function, and 3 temperature settings that allow you for slow cook and browning options. It also has a delay cook function of up to 24 hours. That means you can put your ingredients in before you go to work, have the cooker turned on at a certain time, then come home to fragrant rice or soup!
As to which pressure cooker you should choose, it really comes down to how much you are going to use (like most anything else!). It will also depend on the types of foods you are going to use it for; just rice, or a variety of soups, stews and porridge? Of course, there are other varieties of cookers on the market, and you will have to do your own research to decide which one suits you best. Ask friends and family with pressure cookers what they like and don’t like about theirs. Consider your own needs and then make an informed decision of which one to choose. Never choose based on price alone – consider other factors like features, ease of use and safety measures.