If you make rice on a regular basis, then the convenience of a rice cooker cannot be ignored. You just measure the correct amount of rice you wish to cook, add some water or broth, and then a little butter or oil. When the rice cooker cycle has completed, you’ve got fluffy rice to enjoy.
Here are some of the pros and cons to consider when owning a rice cooker.
List of the Pros of a Rice Cooker
1. It cooks the rice for you automatically.
You’re not required to fuss over the rice cooker like you would in a saucepan or other cooking vessel. Just measure the rice and liquid, set the lid, and turn the machine on. The rice cooker will then shut off its cook mode when the cycle is complete.
2. It keeps your rice warm.
Once the rice cooker finishes its cooking cycle, most models offer a warming feature. That allows you to keep the rice warm without overcooking it while you finish up the rest of your meal.
3. It is easy to clean.
Although there are some exceptions, many countertop rice cookers offer components that are safe to put in the dishwasher.
List of the Cons of a Rice Cooker
1. The bottom rice can burn if you’re not careful.
Once the rice begins to cook, it is a good idea to stir the rice every 2-3 minutes until the cooking cycle is complete. It isn’t necessary, but if you stir a few times, you’ll prevent the bottom layer of rice from being burnt.
2. It uses non-stick technologies.
Because the container for the rice uses non-stick technology, you must use specific utensils when scooping out the rice. If you use metal utensils, the surface may be scratched, which then leads to an inferior cooking experience over time.
3. It may not turn off.
Some of the entry-level rice cookers will turn on when you plug them into a receptacle, then turn off when you unplug it. If you forget to remove it from the power source, then the unit will always stay on.
These rice cooker pros and cons are easy to manage with some proactive efforts. Keep them in mind as you shop to make sure you purchase the best model to fit your needs.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.