Advantages Perfect rice every time,
Disadvantages Don't cook 'quick cook' rice in it as it comes out as a sticky mess
We eat quite a bit of rice, some we cook at home and some we get from the Indian and Chinese takeaway. Our Friday night treat is a Chinese take out and our midweek 'can't be bothered to cook' treat night (usually a Tuesday for some reason) is usually an Indian takeout. On a recent economy drive we worked out how much we would save by not buying takeout rice; it comes to about £10 a month which doesn't sound a lot till you work out we spend around £120 a year on take out rice. Buying a rice maker then became a perfectly reasonable investment.
The exterior of the body is finished in stainless steel trimmed with black plastic. It is well made and sturdy. The stainless steel finish doesn't pick up a lot of fingerprints which is very pleasing. The interior bowl is aluminium with a non-stick coating. There is a large spatula/spoon and holder, measuring cup and steaming dish included with the cooker. It also has a condensation catcherThe control panel is petrol blue and is easy to use with minimal buttons, just mode, time and start and the display panel is clear and easy to see.
When using it as a slow cooker you get the best results by starting it off in a saucepan as you would a stew. If you bring it briefly to the boil you will kill of any bacteria so they don't multiply during the slow cooking. You tip it in the cooker straight after it has boiled. I have cooked stews, bolognaise pasta and chilli in it but we now have a separate slow cooker as it is more convenient and we can have the rice and the meal cooked at the same time. I don't use it much as a steamer as I prefer to use a bamboo steamer over a saucepan.The aluminium bowl is removable and when replacing it you need to rotate it left and right to ensure it is seated in the correct position and has good contact with the hotplate underneath. The steam shield and condensation collector should be checked to make sure that is in the correct place too you then add the food ad liquid, replace the lid, and click it locked and that's it.
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