Choosing a Rice Cooker

Until fairly recently the only way you could cook rice was properly using the traditional method of boiling it in a pan. However over the past few years many people have discovered that electric rice cookers are the easiest and simple way to get perfect rice every time. Now there are so many models on the market you really are spoiled for choice. This article will take a look at a few things that need to be borne in mind when choosing the rice cooker for you and finding the right rice cooker for your needs.

The first thing to think about is whether you want a totally automatic rice cooker or what you want to have a manual cooker. The main difference is that a manual version can be used to do things that an automatic version sometimes can not, such as cooking rice in a certain way so that you get a hard crust on the rice that is needed for certain types of cuisine. Most people will choose the automatic version and this is the one that is the easiest to use.

The next thing you need to consider is whether or not the rice cooker is programmable. If you can program the rice cooker it means you can set the cooker to turn off at a certain time so that the rice is ready when you come home after a hard day at the office. Most rice cookers are programmable in some way or other, so if you want total control it is best to go for one of the more expensive models that give you more programmable options.

The final thing to think about is whether you want your cooker to simply cook rice or whether you wanted to be able to cook other foodstuffs such as vegetables. Some rice cookers have a steam function which enables them to be used as a vegetable steamer and this can come in really handy when you have different types of cuisine that you want to create.

Take time to look at the various types of rice cooker that are available on today's market and do your research before making a proper choice.