Rice Maker

Rice Maker AKA Rice Cooker

A rice maker, more usually called a rice cooker or rice steamer, is a kitchen appliance dedicated to cooking rice.

Rice makers may be divided into several categories – rice cookers, rice steamers, ceramic or plastic containers for microwave oven, and gas and electrical rice makers. Most home rice makers are electric. In commercial or industrial use, there are many varieties, such as large gas or electric rice makers, a large-scale rice maker that is called “rice boiler”, and fully automatic versions which automate the complete rice cooking process from washing rice to the end of the rice cooking cycle.

Different types of rice cookers offered for sale

Different types of rice cookers offered for sale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cooking rice has traditionally required attention to make sure the rice was properly. An electric rice maker automates this process by electronically controlling the heat and timing. Although the rice maker does not necessarily speed up the cooking process, with an electric rice maker the cook’s involvement in cooking rice is reduced to simply measuring the rice, preparing the rice properly and using the correct amount of water. Once the rice maker is set to cook, the rice will be cooked with no further attention. Many modern rice cookers have heat insulating casing and a warming mechanism. When the rice is fully cooked, the unit will automatically switch to the “keep warm” cycle, preventing the rice from being overcooked and keeping the rice warm until it’s ready to be served.  There are many rice cooker recipes that allow you to cook much more than simply rice in a rice maker.

 

One rice maker or rice cooker option that is becoming more popular today is the stainless steel rice cooker as concerns about the health risks of cooking in aluminum or teflon coated cookware grow.

Learn more about rice makers on Rice Cooker Fetish.

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