If you are like many people, the process of cooking rice on the stove is intimidating. First, you have to get the proportions right, remember the order of operations and then make sure that you don’t burn everything. At the end of it, you probably feel lucky if you get most of the steps right and get rice that is mostly edible. Not to mention, making rice on the stove takes pretty constant vigilance to make sure that it turns out without sticking to the bottom of the pan. If you already make lots of rice at home, chances are good that you have already bought a rice cooker. If you don’t regularly cook rice at home, but plan to start introducing this healthy grain into your diet more often, you are probably weighing the pros and cons of bringing a new specialized appliance into your home. Options like a Panasonic rice cooker bring features that will help you to make delicious rice, every time.
When broken down to their basic components, a rice cooker is just a rice cooking pan housed in a metal or plastic body, heated by a plate at the bottom of the body and regulated by a thermometer. The most basic rice cookers are used by doing nothing more than flicking a switch; the rice cooker does the rest. In no time at all, you get a pot of rice that required no monitoring or fiddling.
For more bells and whistles, you can always invest in a rice cooker that does more. If you know that you will want to cook different kinds of rice, from wild rice to basmati to black rice and beyond, it’s going to pay to buy a rice cooker with multiple settings to get the right texture every time. If you like having rice available to you for more than one meal in the day, getting a pot with a warming feature that lasts for several hours is going to be helpful. Investing a non-stick interior is also going to be helpful for easy cleanup that doesn’t waste rice. If you have a big family, you are also going to need to pay for a rice cooker size that fits your needs; a three-cup rice cooker is great for individuals and couples but a larger size is going to cut down on work for the family. Treat yourself to an appliance that will make your life easier!