Perfect rice every time: my favourite rice cooker
This is how I love to cook rice...
Just recently our daughter gave us a rice cooker as a gift, not knowing how she was about to change my life. Some people would call this a one-trick pony, as if that's a bad thing. But I say if you do one thing and you do it very well, that can only be a good thing.
We used to have big rice cookers when the house was full (six of us); then, as the kids all moved out we went with a small rice cooker. This is what we are using today, and it makes perfect rice each time.
When choosing a rice cooker, pick a size that fits your family. They are so easy to operate; most only have one button.
I'm not intimidated by much in the kitchen, but cooking rice has always been a challenge for me. After many attempts, my rice never seems to come out right. Sometimes it's too wet; sometimes the bottom of the pan burns and creates a not-so-pleasant taste (not to mention a difficult cleanup afterwards).
I love rice and could eat this flavorful grain at most meals. To overcome my fear of bad rice I used to do what most people do in this situation: I just didn't cook it without the rice cooker. Don't get me wrong, I have been introduced to the proper rice cooking method. Like a good student, I paid very close attention to the grain to water ratio, when to wash or not to wash – and, most importantly, never taking the lid off, etc.
With all this new knowledge I gave it a good try, and I can now cook rice without a rice cooker – but just because you can do something doesn't mean you do it, right? Back to square one. Remember, I love rice so I quickly fell back into old habits. When we have rice at dinner my wife always takes on this task.