Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by River Tree Farms
Rice cookers are no longer luxury items reserved for the wealthy. In fact, they are the ideal appliances for preparing rice in most homes. With a Rival rice cooker, the processes of cooking rice and keeping your rice warm are simplified. The result is fluffy and healthy cooked rice. Whether you like to cook regular basmati rice or brown rice, a Rival rice cooker will come in handy. It works for all types of rice. Here is how to use a Rival rice cooker for fluffier rice.
What Will You Need?
You don’t need much when preparing rice with your Rival cooker. Here are a few of the essentials:
- Uncooked rice
- Some water
- Your Rival rice cooker
- A measuring cup
- A rice ladle
- A mixing bowl
Follow these steps to complete the process:
- Start by measuring rice based on your needs and family size. Usually, you will find 2/3 cup measuring cups in your cooker. If you want to cook two cups of rice, fill up one of the cups. Pour some water rice into the rice bowl and rinse. After rinsing, pour out the water.
- Put the rice into the cooker’s inner pot and add water to the rice bowl. The water level has to match the appropriate number marked on the pot. If, for example, you used two cups of rice, the water has to reach mark ‘2’ in the rice bowl. Wipe off any water that may drip outside the pot.
- Place the inner pot into the rice cooker, ensuring that your pot is in contact with the heating plate.
- Put the lid on the cooker and plug it into a power source
- You can initiate the cooking process by pressing ‘Cook.’ Check to ensure that the indicator light is on. Once evaporation is complete. The light should turn off. An indicator with the words ‘Keeping Warm’ will light.
- For fluffier rice, let the rice sit for about 20 minutes with the lid on
- Remove the lid and serve your rice as preferred. Use a ladle as it preserves the nonstick surface of your pot.
Tips When Trying Out Rival Rice Cooker Recipe
Your Rival rice cooker instructions are included in the manual. They should guide you on the most appropriate steps to take. Generally, it all depends on the kind of rice you want to cook. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
- Always follow your cooking pot markings for the best outcome. Do not make assumptions about the Rival rice cooker ratio. You may end up ruining the texture and taste of your rice
- Always soak your Basmati rice before cooking. Failure to soak could hinder the grains from growing at full length
- Wash your cooker after every use to prevent bacteria build-up.
- When cooking brown or Arborio rice, you’ll need more water than with Basmati rice
- Keep a safe distance from your cooker to reduce the risk of injury.
- Dump the water left from your dew tray after use
What Is the Best Ratio of Water to Rice?
The surest way to have delicious and well-cooked rice is by getting the rice: water ratio right. If you use a cup of rice, for example, you’ll need one cup of water. The perfect ratio is 1:1. If you use too much water, you are unlikely to achieve a fluffy texture. If you don’t use enough water, your rice could remain uncooked.
Steaming With Your Rival Rice Cooker
The Rival rice cooker may be great for steaming your veggies. It is perfect when you want to reheat or prepare a healthy meal. With the steamer basket, you can cook rice and vegetables at the same time. Follow these steps to steam your vegetables.
- Clean your vegetables and chop them
- Measure water based on your cooking time. If they will be cooking for about eight minutes, you need approximately four ounces of water. Your pot comes with a guide to direct you
- Add water to match the inner pot guide. You need about ten minutes to cook with carrots, green beans, and asparagus. Cauliflower, zucchini, and Brussel sprouts cook for 11 to 13 minutes. Smaller veggies like mushrooms and peas cook for approximately six minutes.
- Put the inner pot into your heating unit and the steaming basket on the rim
- With your veggies in the steaming basket, put the lid on
- Turn on your unit and start steaming
What Foods Can You Steam In Your Rice Cooker?
The steam function on your Rival rice cooker isn’t just for vegetables. You can use it to steam almost anything else. Pumpkin and squash, for example, should be turned flesh down. You can also steam chicken, fish, pork, or beef. Wrap the food in aluminum foil to preserve flavors. Using foil will also ensure that meat flavors don’t seep into the rice.
Steaming Vegetables Over Rice
You also have the option of steaming your vegetables over rice. This is ideal when you are cooking a small batch of rice, and there is enough room for your vegetables in the steamer basket.
Since some vegetables steam faster than others, you must know how to pair them. When cooking white rice, for example, steam vegetables that cook fast. They may include cauliflower and zucchini. Since brown rice cooks double the time, it goes great with dense vegetables like carrots. You can always take the steamer out and let your rice cooker when your vegetables are done.
Rival rice cookers are ideal if you enjoy rice and want to make it tastier and fluffier. They are affordable and durable. Do you want to learn how to use the Rival rice cooker? Consider referring to the user manual. The cookers are easy to use and don’t require much effort in maintenance. With the above tips, you can cook all kinds of rice and steam your veggies with your Rival rice cooker.