How to Use a Rice Cooker

How to Use a Rice Cooker

Looking to cook rice quickly and consistently?
Does your rice cook uneven or stick to your pots and pans? Well, look no further! With
our wide selection of cookers, warmers, combination cooker/warmers, and sushi rice containers,
you’ll have no trouble finding the right unit to suit your needs. Plus, we have accessories
that can make using your rice cooker even easier. This video will show you step-by-step
instructions on how to cook rice in our Panasonic 23-cup rice cooker. Rice cookers can be used
to cook all types of rice, including but not limited; white, brown, parboiled or rice in
the husk, Indian-style such as basmati or jasmine and quinoa. We offer a great selection
of rice and rice cooking accessories. Cooking rice in your rice cooker is easy and consistent.
Follow these simple steps and tips for the perfect steamed rice every time! The first
step when using a rice cooker is to measure the correct amount of rice into a bowl. If
your recipe calls for standard U.S. cups, you will want to adjust your measurements
accordingly, but otherwise, you should use the rice cup that came with your rice cooker.
This measuring cup is based on a Chinese cup measurement and is equal to about 3/4 of a
standard U.S. cup measurement. For most types of rice, the second step is to thoroughly
rinse the grains until the water runs clear. The purpose of rinsing is to remove any pesticides
that may be present, give your rice a more consistent texture, and lessen the chance
that your rice cooker will bubble over. Do note that while rinsing your rice is generally
the rule, it’s important to read the packaging. Some rice comes enriched with water-soluble
vitamins and minerals such as iron or thiamin that will dissolve if it is washed prior to
cooking. After rinsing, transfer the rice from the bowl to the inner pan of your rice
cooker. Before transferring the rice, you might want to line the pan with one of our
reusable rice napkins as they can greatly reduce cleanup time and maximize water drainage
for fluffier cooked rice. The next step is to add water to the pan using the same measuring
cup you used to measure the rice. Many rice cookers come with graduated marks on the inner
pan indicating how much rice and water should be added. However, the general rule in U.S.
standard cups is to add 1 ½ cups of water per 1 cup of rice, or in the case of unwashed
rice, 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice. This can vary based on the type of rice you’re
cooking and how moist you prefer it, so for more specific measurements, check out the
chart in our rice cooker buying guide. Place the inner pan in the cooker. At this point,
some people will let their rice soak for 30 minutes. You can also add a bit of butter,
salt, oil, or even bay leaves or cardamom pods to your cooker to enhance the flavor
of your rice. Once the inner pan is in place, plug in your rice cooker. Press the switch
to turn it on. Generally, there will be a light on the front of the unit that turns
on when cooking is in progress. While your rice is cooking, do not remove the lid as
this may cause your rice to dry out. When this particular unit is finished cooking,
the switch will pop up and the light on the front of the unit will go out. At this point,
you should let your rice rest inside the cooker for at least 15 minutes in keep-warm mode.
This will allow your rice to finish cooking and stabilize the water level so that excess
moisture steams out of your rice. After 15 minutes, your rice is ready to be served and
you can unplug your cooker! Since the inner pan is made of a non-stick material, it’s
best to use plastic serving utensils when serving your rice. Try one of our rice ladles
that are designed specifically for use with rice and rice cooking equipment! If you used
a rice napkin, cleanup takes no more than a minute. If not, you can soak the inner pan
in hot water to loosen cooked-on rice, and then clean it with a non-metal brush or sponge.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use abrasive cleaners or steel wool on the pan because
you will ruin its non-stick surface. And that’s it! Now you know how easy it is to cook rice
in a rice cooker. As always, thanks for watching, and if you have questions, feel free to use
our live chat button.

61 thoughts on “How to Use a Rice Cooker

  1. Why can't all tutorials have him in it? He was so loud, clear, and concise! I feel like I'm super ready to do this myself. Thank you for this.

  2. I prefer to sauté the rice in butter or olive oil in the rice pot so pre washing the rice out of the question. 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of liquid. Either chicken bullion or water water. Before adding the liquid, I add a splash of of white wine, a pinch of white pepper and a scant teaspoon of salt if using bullion or more to taste with water. Add the liquid to the hot rice. Bring to a boil, cover the pot and turn the heat down to low. The rice should will be done in 30 minutes. Do NOT remove the lid whilst the rice is cooking. When done remove the lid and stir to fluff The rice.

  3. Are there any removable inner pot rice cookers out there with NO AUTO KEEP WARM function. My rice cooker now is very old and has a switch that disables the keep warm mode and I love it. But the its going to die very soon so I need a new one. I dont want it to switch to keep warm and I dont want to turn the cooker off everytime it goes into keep warm. Please let me know! Thanks:)

  4. Panasonic automatic rice cooker keeps rice warm for 5 Hours ,Food Warmer ,Please show how to keep warm for 5 hour

  5. I have sencor rice cooker i don't know whats wrong it stays in cooking mode for 30 minutes this is what its manual also say then goes to keep warm but the rice i use cook much earlier than that i have to manually turn it off otherwise rice sticks to the bottom badly help needed should i get some other brand

  6. I've read that it holds rice for up to two hours is there anyway to stretch the warming time? I have a foodtruck and need more warming tired

  7. can I cook the rice with oil ,salt an water without washing the rice? just like the way I do on gas cooker, fried the rice with oil an salt for 2minutes then add water.

  8. procedure i understood. But when i swithed to cook position light is not glowing. It have any issue it self or what ? Yesterday only i purchased this one ?

  9. Bought my Crockpot Rice cooker a few months ago and couldn’t be happier. I’m no genius in the kitchen but this thing definitely is! When I manage to follow the instructions to the letter I get fluffy separate grains no problem. And it cooks brown rice so nicely. Then I threw in some chopped veggies and olive oil using the “sear” function. lovely stir fried veg was the result! I’ve even cooked pasta in it just by keeping an eye on the time.
    Everyone should have a rice cooker!

  10. In this generation why is it still so difficult for me to use a rice cooker of all technologies I've used. I guess I'm scared of cooking. This tutorial gave me a confodence boost

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