Big W Rice Cooker Persons Cooking Outdoor Camping Cookware. A rice cooker or rice steamer is an automated kitchen appliance designed to boil or steam rice. It consists of a heat source, a cooking bowl, and a thermostat. The thermostat measures the temperature of the cooking bowl and controls the heat. Complex rice cookers may have many more sensors and other components, and may be multipurpose.
The term rice cooker formerly applied to non-automated dedicated rice-cooking utensils, which have an ancient history (a ceramic rice steamer dated to 1250 BC is on display in the British Museum). It now applies mostly to automated cookers. Electric rice cookers were developed in Japan, where they are known as suihanki.
The cooking bowl is filled with rice and water. During cooking, the rice/water mixture is heated at full power. The water reaches a temperature of 100 °C (212 °F); it cannot get hotter than its boiling point (all the energy goes into vapourizing the water). At the end of cooking there will be no free water left; most will have been absorbed by the rice, and some boiled off. As heating continues, the temperature can now rise above boiling point; this makes the thermostat trip. Some cookers switch to low-power “warming” mode, keeping the rice at a safe temperature of approximately 65 °C (150 °F); simpler models switch off. This means that if more water is added, the rice will cook for longer.
Cooking rice has traditionally required constant attention to ensure the rice was cooked properly, and not burnt. Electric rice cookers automate the process by mechanically or electronically controlling heat and timing, thus freeing up a heating element on the cooking range that had to be otherwise occupied for rice cooking. Although the rice cooker does not necessarily speed up the cooking process, with an electric rice cooker 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 cooker is set to cook, the rice will be cooked with no further attention.
Big W Rice Cooker Persons Cooking Outdoor Camping Cookware
Fire Maple 4-5 Persons Cooking Pot Outdoor Camping Cookware Set.
- Using imported anodizing aluminum, the cookset is heat and friction resistance,
- Including :1 big pot 1 middle pot 1 frying pan 1 coffee kettle 4 bowls 2 dishes 1 rice spoon 1 soup spoon 1 cleaning sponge
- Purpose: Outdoor Cooking Pot,Camping Cooking Pots Sets,Camping Food Cooker
- Material:Hard anodizing aluminum
- Packed in mesh bag &color box.
Great set of pots!!!! even comes with small cups and a tea infuser. used it once but definitely tell it will last awhile. don’t recommend over campfire not built for extreme heat. These are what you would expect them to be. from china. wish the handles clipped together and that the bowls and such that come with it were bigger/better quality.
How To Select A Rice Cooker
A rice cooker can be a very useful and versatile kitchen appliance. In addition to being one of our favorite household pieces of equipment it is one of our top 10 must have appliances for dorm room cooking. Learn how to select a rice cooker; our article lists features and tips on how to find the right rice cooker for you.
A rice cooker can be used to cook rice, hot cereal, desserts and even steam vegetables and cook soups and stews. Not every rice cooker can perform every task so make sure you to select the right cooker for your needs.
The best quality rice cookers are still made in Japan. You can purchase less expensive machines made in other countries but you won’t get the same amount of use out of them.
Basic Rice Cooker Features
Rice Cooker Size
Rice cookers measure capacity by the cup and range from 3 cups to 10 cups. Don’t buy a large unit than you need because the rice cooker is designed to operate properly with a specific amount of rice and water. You also want to avoid overfilling your cooker because it will cause it to boil over which is quite messy.
Japanese vs US Cup Size
When you buy a rice cooker by Japanese manufactures, be aware that one Japanese cup is 200 ml in compared to one American cup is 240 ml. Save the plastic measure cup that comes with your rice cooker. If you use recipes that don’t state if they are referring to “rice cooker cups”, then you may need to adjust your recipes.
Rice Cooker Yields
- Yields – One cup of uncooked rice yields to about 1 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
- Small 3 – 4 cup
- Medium 5 – 6 cup
- Large 8 – 10 cup
- Larger – Jumbo 14+ cups
Types of Rice Cookers
Although there seem to be many options out there there are only a few basic types of cookers:
Cook and turn off – The rice cooks and the unit shuts off automatically. This is the least expensive yet highly flexible machine. There is no light that indicates the rice is done. The on/off switch flips to the “off” position when the rice is done. These basic cookers don’t normally offer non-stick pans or steamer units but if all you want is “rice” they do a very good job. You can find these cookers for as little as $20.00.
Cook and keep warm
The rice cooks, reduces the heat when the rice is done then maintains it at a “warm” temperature (duration varies). The way you shut these off is to unplug it. We find these cookers to be some of the most flexible at a reasonable price. Shop to find special features like non-stick pan, steamer baskets. Plan to spend $40 to $70.00.
Electronic Cook and Keep Warm
A sensor in the unit keeps rice warm for up to 12 hours. These machines are more expensive but if your household eats a lot of rice all day long it is a worthwhile investment. Priced at $100 and up.
Fuzzy Logic Cookers
Basic Fuzzy Logic
A very sophisticated machine with some great features like settings for soup or porridge, brown rice, rice texture (hard or soft) and even a sushi rice setting. These machines are great but very pricey and way more machine than the average US household would use. If you have a small budget then this is not the machine for you but if money is no object, get one! The least expensive model is about $170.00
The most state of the art machine available. The induction system can actually compensate for you measuring errors and still deliver evenly, properly cooked rice. These are the best cookers do the best job with types of rice other than standard white rice. Prices start around $200.00.
More Feature Basics
Choose one with a non-stick pan. My theory is if you don’t like to take a lot of time to cook then I really doubt if you want to take a lot of time to clean.
If you don’t have to pay a lot extra for it get a clear glass or clear plastic lid. Basic models come with a metal lid.
Some rice cookers are designed specifically for steaming vegetables. Steaming can either be done as the rice finishes, or you can use the pan in the steamer to do only vegetables. Depending on the model you may find units with multiple steamer baskets or perforated metal tray that sits above the rice so you can steam as the rice cooks. Other versions have a small tray that sits at the bottom of the rice cooker right about the cooking element. Although there units cost more than the very basic models if you are looking for a highly flexible, safe machine this is a good feature to look for.
Surprising Things You Can Make in a Rice Cooker
Despite its name, the rice cooker is not a single-minded kitchen unitasker. Sure, it is the easiest way to make perfect rice, but it’s also a convenient way to cook a wide variety of foods. Here are a few examples that might just convince you to invest in a rice cooker or use yours more often.
If you think about it, the rice cooker works similarly in principle as the slow cooker (another versatile set-and-forget meal-making appliance): it uses moist heat over a period of time to cook food, trapping the flavors in the pot. Some rice cookers even have a “slow cook” setting, which means you can potentially replace your slow cooker with a rice cooker.
Even if you have the most basic rice cooker, one with just two settings—cook and warm, as Roger Ebert recommended—you can still “trick” your rice cooker to make more than just rice.
Your rice cooker might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you want to make breakfast, but many breakfast foods can indeed be made in the rice cooker.
Boiled eggs: There are approximately a billion techniques for making the perfect boiled egg. The rice cooker is another one. Although I prefer using a pressure cooker, the rice cooker has similar benefits: cooking many eggs at once and producing easy-to-peel eggs. The rice cooker, admittedly, won’t save you any time over just doing it on the stove, but it’s pretty hands-off. Also, technically, the eggs aren’t boiled, they’re steamed, but eggs will come out like soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs in the rice cooker.
Frittatas: Perhaps you prefer a frittata to boiled eggs? Pre-cook some vegetables or whatever ingredients you want in your frittata (you can microwave the veggies), then whisk some eggs right in the rice cooker bowl and add your ingredients to the egg mixture. Cook on the regular rice setting and when it’s done, you’ve got a quick breakfast (or dinner) for at least two people, depending on your rice cooker size. Here’s a recipe from Just Bento.
Oatmeal and other hot breakfast cereals: Just like you can cook oatmeal overnight in a crock pot, you can make oatmeal in a rice cooker. Let the oats soak overnight in the rice cooker, then turn it on in the morning for a hot breakfast in about half an hour (or set the timer, if available, for the oatmeal to be done when you drag yourself out of bed). Compared to a crock pot, the nonstick rice pot is easier to clean and you can make smaller amounts of oatmeal without worrying about the oatmeal crusting on the bottom.
The Kitchen suggests using 1 cup of regular old-fashioned oats to 1 3/4 cups of liquid or 1 cup of steel-cut oats to 2 1/2 cups of liquid (water and milk, for example), then cooking it on the lower-temp porridge setting. (Sorry those of you who have the basic on/off rice cooker, this meal seems to require the porridge setting.) You can make other hot breakfast cereals this way—such as breakfast barley, breakfast grits, and breakfast rice pudding—and/or mix in fresh fruit, cinnamon, and other flavorings.
Giant pancake: And then there’s the epic made-in-a-rice-cooker pancake—a giant pancake cake that’s fit for a big breakfast or dessert.
Whole Meals and Side Dishes
One of the best things about the rice cooker is that you can mix in ingredients for a one-pot meal and basically walk away.
Steamed meats and vegetables: While you cook your rice, why not steam vegetables and meats at the same time? As a bonus, the meats/vegetables enhance the flavor of the rice or you could use broth to cook the rice and up the flavor of the entire dish. Your rice cooker should have instructions for using the steaming tray (if it came with one).
Start the rice first and then insert the steaming tray with your vegetables/meats towards the end of the cycle. If you don’t have a steaming tray or rack, you might be able to buy one from Amazon or directly from the rice cooker manufacturer.
You can even steam a whole fish in a steamer basket lined with vegetables for a full one-pot meal. Or try steaming fully cooked sausages on a bed of sauerkraut and potatoes (30-40 minutes cooking time).