The past two days of my life have been the busiest ones I have ever had. I was surfing the internet and roaming the supermarkets. You might think that why I am calling it busy as it is fun. But I say that I have been doing it for almost 10 hours a day, then? Well, I had to buy a rice cooker for myself and was so confused and appalled by the number of choices and varieties, that it took me almost forever to zero down on one. Now, the purchase has been made and my knowledge in the field has grown immense. So, I thought to share it with all my readers.
The very first thing which should be considered while purchasing the rice cooker for your kitchen is to buy one which confirms to your budget and your family size. For great rice cooker options, check out Chef Brazil’s picks for the best rice cookers. Their site will help you get the most bang for your buck. You should also give a thought to the complexity of rice cooker. If you are an occasional cook, then simple rice cooker with promise for quality will be the one for you. On the other hand, if you like cooking and experimenting with your groceries, then there are various fuzzy logic cookers with multiple numbers of functions which can be chosen.
Yield of the rice cooker:
The capacity of the cookers is measured in terms of cups. The cup size for the US and Japanese cookers are different. The US cup size (240 ml) is bigger than the Japanese one (200 ml). The cup size means the amount of cooked rice prepared by the cooker.
Types of Basic Cookers:
The On/Off rice cookers don’t have any intelligent features, don’t have the steamer baskets or the non-stick pans. You add rice and water and switch the unit on. Once the rice has been cooked, the cooker will go for the automatic off. There is no keep warm feature in them. Keep Warm cookers work pretty much in the same fashion but they have this extra feature which is great if you have a family that eats at different times. The cooker will maintain a warm temperature once the rice is cooked so that the rice doesn’t become cold. This keep-warm feature will remain on until the machine is not plugged out. Steamer baskets and non-stick pans come with the keep warm cookers. The other variant of the keep warm are the ones that keep the ‘keep warm’ feature on for 12 hours only.
When everything else in the world is getting smarter day by day; you can expect the rice cookers to get smart too. The Induction Heating rice cookers and the Fuzzy Logic Cookers belong to the category of the smart cookers. The Induction Heating Cookers are the best ones. They tend to ‘adjust’ to the measuring errors and deliver the perfect rice every time. Needless to say, the induction rice cookers come at a very high price.
Fuzzy Logic Rice Cookers are also a type of smart cookers and come in different variants. The fuzzy logic rice cookers employ the fuzzy logic or artificial intelligence which makes them to not stick to the perfect figures but have the ability to understand maximum and minimum. Owing to their ability to understand the ‘ranges’, these cookers can cook various types of rice.
Other features to look for while buying a rice cooker are the Non Stick pan, porridge cycle in the rice cooker, reheat cycle and the steamer trays which are used to steam things such as veggies, soya chunks, meat etc. in the steam generated during the rice cooking.
Some people have an extra liking for some particular rice texture. They can go for the cookers with the cycles for different rice textures.