rice cookers are straight up magic, okay? they always cook rice perfectly, always (i mean, as long as us lowly humans don’t get the water to rice ratio wrong…) but they can also cook so much more than that! for example:
and that’s just a few of the recipes out there! sure, crock pots are the versatility hero of the culinary world, but rice cookers are SUPER easy clean up, and come in super cute colors like the one above (seriously, can someone buy me that one for my femme dream house?).
so, here’s to you, rice cooker, you unsung hero. you will always hold a special place in our kitchens.
Why would you need a seperate cooker for rice?! How could anyone fuck up cooking rice?
How? I am genuinely confused. It’s a case of heat water, insert rice, wait, serve.
No, but like, rice cookers are /brilliant/. They don’t exist to avoid messing up rice, they exist to make the daily preparation of rice much easier, in places like Japan where rice is the main part of nearly every meal (breakfast meals included). Having a rice cooker means that you can set the timer to start cooking the rice, say, an hour before you get home from work (if it’s a large amount of rice), and when you get back, it’ll be waiting for you. The ‘warm’ function on the cooker means that when the rice is done, it stops cooking but is kept warm, so neither burns nor goes cold. It means that when you soak and wash your rice, you can leave it in the same bowl-pan thing that inserts into the cooker, and not have to mess around with awkwardly shaped saucepans or microwave proof bowls. It means you save a hob space (or microwave space, but I know many people don’t trust the quality of rice produced in a microwave - it’s a raised on belief in quality and the sacredness of rice (I jest a bit but the idea is there) thing), when cooking at any time during the day, and it means that you can cook rice when you don’t have access to a kitchen. It means that you can put a scoop of rice and the corresponding amount of water in, close the lid, press the button, and know that it will cook perfectly, without any need to select a temperature, or change temperature partway through, or account for a dodgy saucepan’s uneven base thickness, or keep an eye on the time.
It also means that I can cook basically whatever I want, in my room in Russia, including bacon, stir fry, fish fingers, cake, soup, pasta and porridge.
They are glorious.