The past experiences with cooking rice in an ordinary pot turned out to be quite unnerving for many of my acquaintances and myself as well. It either gets totally undercooked or turns into an overcooked mush that frequently has the tendency to make a nasty mess on my stovetop. In the worst case scenario, it completely burns the bottom of the pot which makes it wholly useless for any subsequent cooking chore. Whiles I am well cognizant of the fact that pots and saucepans will always be indispensable cooking utensils, I have always lived with the thought that there must be something more advanced, more useful that would save my nerves, time, money and still succeed in making wholesome and appetizing meals. And then, quite by chance, I heard my colleague bragging about a remarkable appliance she got from her cousin as a wedding gift. It could obviously be seen that she could not possibly hide her intense and eager enjoyment about having it; it was a sort of revelation to her. As you have probably guessed, I decided to treat myself to one of those smart kitchen machines since I am so eager for new experiences, and here’s what I’ve discovered:
The purchasing choice was far from easy as every single of Bilablau Rice Cookers had superior features, I’ve finally resolved to buy one by Tristar company, Rice Cooker RK-6117 being its official name. Although I know I would not go wrong with any of their products as their technical characteristics are so akin and they operate using almost identical principle, I had no regrets investing in this particular one. That being said, I must say that I absolutely love it! You’d be surprised but the number of dishes you can prepare in this cooker is verily huge. Knowing that I could cook beans, lentils, soups, pasta, vegetables, meats and seafood in it has awaken my interest, making me realize that cooking could really become something that I can find genuine pleasure in.
This Rice Cooker model has the capacity of 0.6 liter, i.e., it prepares small portions of perfectly cooked rice, which is ideal for the needs of my family, although there are plenty of others with larger capacity like Rice Cooker RK-6126 of 1 liter or RK-6129 of 2.2 liters, also manufactured by the Tristar firm. Putting all other advantages aside, it goes without saying that the best part of it is that the cooking is so simplified with this product that every family member would be able to do it consistently: the preparation method is entirely hassle-free and all you have to do is put in the adequate amount of water and rice and devote yourself to other household chores without having to monitor the cooking progress. To everyone’s liking, it turns off automatically when the food is ready. Rice Cookers typically have a removable inner pan with non stick coating, exhaust outlet that helps the boiling water escape, boil-dry protection, non-slip feet and keep warm function. The majority of them include a measuring cup and spoon that could be of a great assistance during cooking. The ultimate and the most significant advantage to some is improved nutrition. Given that rice is considered as one of the healthiest and most beneficial food, it largely helps with digestion, provides instant energy and stabilizes blood sugar levels which are all compelling reasons for placing the rice maker amongst my essential household appliances.
As previously mentioned, the manners in which you can make good use of the opportunities offered by Rice Maker are interminable. Here are a few simple yet mouthwatering recipes I’ve recently tred that you’ll relish immensely.
Chicken Chili is a famous fall/winter meal that you can whip up in a matter of seconds. Plus, the nutritional values are tremendous! The ingredients needed:
- 500 g ground chicken
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup tomato sauce (plain)
- 1/2 packet of chili seasoning (of your choice)
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- Salt and pepper
- Place the raw ground chicken in the Rice Cooker and cook entirely.
- As soon as the chicken gets brown and fully cooked, drain excess fat.
- Add beans, tomato sauce, tomato paste and stir.
- Then, add in all seasonings and let it simmer for another full cycle on the rice cooker.
And now something incredibly easy that certainly doesn’t require any special culinary mastery: simple boiled eggs. Whether you cook one or a dozen, the result will be exactly the same: perfectly boiled eggs that you don’t have to watch over at all: just let the Rice Cooker do its job and come back in 25 minutes when the eggs are completely boiled. The subsequent peeling process is ridiculously easy, saves time and produces tasty, creamy eggs every time.
- 12 eggs (or less)
- 2 cups water
- Pour water into the Rice Cooker
- Place the eggs in the inner pan
- Turn the Cooker on, cover and cook for 25 minutes
- When they’re done, immediately rinse cooked eggs in cold water.
- Peel and enjoy!
- Optionally, boil them with rice.
Given that the cheese consumptions is incessantly growing all around the world. Macaroni and Cheese is widely recognized as the ultimate childhood/comfort food that can be easily made in the Rice Cooker.
- 2 cups pasta
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
- Put the first 3 ingredients in the Rice Cooker and cook for 15 minutes.
- Open the lid, add milk and cheese, stir, close the lid and cook for another 20 minutes (25 if you want a crust on the bottom).
- Optionally, add a cup of finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, butternut squash or frozen peas.
- Enjoy your meal!
Finally, something for fervent gourmets that will tickle your taste buds. Rice puddings demands for the following ingredients:
- 3 3/4 cups whole milk or coconut milk, divided
- 1 cup uncooked white rice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Combine 2 ¾ cups of the milk, rice, sugar, and cinnamon in the Rice Cooker.
- Cover and cook for about 20 minutes/one cycle.
- Stir in the remaining milk, and chill.
- If desired, season with additional cinnamon and serve
As you could see, this reliable appliance is way more than just a Rice Cooker. You are presented with the possibility to use it for whatever you can possibly think of. Plus, this device has set-and-forget, configured setting: just measure the ingredients, place them in the cooker and set the timer accordingly. I’ve already chosen my own, so take your time and pick out the one that best corresponds to your needs.