Rice Cooker Sourcing Guides – import from China
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.
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
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.
A stay-cool exterior. The outside of your rice cooker shouldn’t burn your fingers when the appliance is on. If you plan to serve rice directly from the rice cooker, make sure any handles stay cool to the touch.
An included measuring cup and rice spatula. At a minimum, your rice cooker should come with a rice measuring cup and rice spatula. A spatula holder on the side of the rice cooker is a nice bonus.
A compatible steamer basket. A steamer basket or tray is nice to have, though not necessary if you don’t want to cook meat or vegetables at the same time your rice is cooking.
A removable or retractable power cord. This convenient feature makes your rice cooker easier to store. It also lets you turn your rice cooker into a portable server without dragging a long power cord behind.
An automatic keep-warm setting. Many rice cookers will automatically keep your rice warm after it’s done cooking. It’s a nice feature to have if you don’t want to eat right away.
A quick-cook setting. If you’re opting for a more advanced, fully featured rice cooker, make sure it has a quick-cook setting you can use when you’re pressed for time.
Specific modes for different kinds of rice. If you rarely eat anything other than white rice, this might not be necessary. However, if you’re a real rice lover, you’ll want a rice cooker that takes the guesswork out of cooking different kinds of rice. Find quality rice cooke manufactures, please see www.e-cantonfair.com.