Benefits of Rice Cookers and Food Steamers
Electronic rice cooker or also known as "rice maker" is a kitchen countertop appliance that takes the guess work out of making perfect rice each and every time. Many people have difficulty cooking rice on the stove because the burner cannot be turned down to a low enough simmer for the steaming portion of cooking rice. This normally results in the rice being scorched or burned. With our rice cookers, rice will be fluffy and delicious. Plus, you won't have to stand over the stove while it cooks. Just set it and leave it. Some models can do a lot more than just cook rice; they are combined with a steamer which also can be use to steam vegetables, pilafs, risottos, polenta, chili's, soups, porridges, cook white and brown rice recipes, puddings and more automatically.
Picking the Right Rice Cooker Warmer and Steamer
We carry the best rice cookers and steamers from Zojirushi, Aroma, Sanyo, Panasonic, Tiger, and Sunpentown plus more of most popular brands and models available with many different features to suit everyone's needs, the best rice cooker price ranging from $20 to over $300. The basic models of electric rice cookers are the conventional electric cookers. These simply heat up to cook the rice, turns off when it's done and keeps the rice warm. The more advanced family of rice cookers is the micro computerized rice cookers. These rice cookers utilize microcomputer chip technology and are programmed to change the heat and cooking time to the type and style of rice being cooked. Because of the microcomputer chip, it cooks brown rice and rice porridge without overflowing or overcooking. The next family of rice cookers is the IH (Induction Heating) rice maker, which utilize advanced induction heating technology to heat the entire inner cooking pan, in effect making the cooking pan itself the heating element. Because of its quicker response time, IH rice cookers can adjust the heating temperature and time quicker for better tasting rice. Once you have determined your price range, you will need to think about your storage space, how often and what kinds of rice you will be cooking, and will you be using the additional features.
How to determine which rice cookware is right for you and your family?
It depends on what you're looking for in a rice maker. Will you be cooking brown rice? Porridge? Do you need a automated timer function to ensure your rice is ready when you get home from work or wake up in the morning? If you don't need all those features, a non-micro-computerized conventional rice cooker is the right one for you. If you are looking for something more sophisticated, Micom or even an IH rice cooker would be the smart choice with its brown rice and porridge functions, reheating cycle, timer and other features.
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The History of Electric Rice Cookers and How They Work?
Dedicated rice cookers date from long ago in human history. A ceramic rice steamer dated to 1250 BC is on display in the British Museum in London, England. Before the electric rice maker was invented, rice was cooked on a kamado, a large stove built in a corner of the kitchen. To boil rice on a kamado, first a fire is started using firewood. Next, a pot containing the rice and water is placed over the fire. The taste of the rice depends on the strength of the heat used to cook it, but controlling the fire in a kamado is tricky. Cooking rice used to be quite a chore; one would have to watch over the fire from early in the morning in the smoky air.
The development of electric rice cookers began in the Taisho era (1912-1926), but it wasn't until 1955 that the first automatic rice cooker for household use went on sale in Japan. Toshiba was the company that made this cooker which spent five years developing it. By creating a system which they called "double-pot indirect cooking" by heating a cup of water which is poured into the outer pot, and the machine to turn off once all the water has evaporated signaling the rice was ready. It absorbs a great deal of water in the process, expanding its volume and using up the cooking water. The moisture and heat gelate and soften the starch granules in the rice. The cooking time for raw rice ranges from about 15 minutes up to an hour, depending upon type such as either white or brown along with the freshness of rice, and desired cooked results,
In 1960, the first rice cookers that could keep rice warm after it was cooked went on sale, as did some models with timers. With such advancements the kamado disappeared from homes, there became less housework to do, and the lives of Japanese homemakers had changed tremendously. As manufacturers produced better and better electric rice makers, these appliances quickly became a household fixture.
In 1979 in effort to make rice taste delicious manufactures introduced micro-computerized controlled rice cookers in which are program to change the temperature and cooking time to the type of rice being cooked all controlled by a micro computer chip.
The next big turning point for electric rice cookers came in 1988, when home appliance maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. currently known as Panasonic Corporation, a longtime leader in the development of rice cookers, created the first induction heating (IH) rice cooker in hope of making electric cookers better then gas ones. This utilizes advanced induction heating technology to heat the entire inner cooking pan by having an electric current passed through coils around the pot, in effect making the cooking pan itself the heating element. Because of its quicker response time, IH rice cookers can adjust the heating temperature and time quicker for better tasting rice. Unlike other types of cookers there's no need to pre-soak the rice in water before cooking it. All you need to do is add the right amount of water using the lines inside the inner cooking pot.
In 2003, Panasonic developed a high-temperature-steam induction heating cooker that brings out the sweetness and aroma of rice by using very hot steam at 130 degrees Celsius (266 degrees Fahrenheit). Other technologies developed by manufacturers include pressurizing the rice with the steam that's generated during cooking, which gives the rice a stickier, fuller consistency, and applying ultrasonic vibration to help the rice absorb water better. There seems to be no end to the race to develop better and better rice makers.
The quest for better taste continues today, and various manufacturers keep coming out with new models. Electric rice cookers can now do many things besides cooking rice. With a rice cooker, it's easy to make cakes and breads, stewed dishes like beef stew, and steamed dishes like dumplings. There are even cookbooks full of recipes that use the rice maker. Rice cookers have grown into versatile cooking devices.
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