Cooking rice before rice cookers were available was never a chore anyone looked forward to. There were so many variables that could ruin the rice – the water could boil over, the rice could burn if forgotten, too much water might have been added to begin with and the result was soupy rice, too little water had been put in and the rice was hard. Additionally, rice cooked in a pot on a stove had to be watched almost constantly. It first had to be brought to a boil, then stirred and covered with the heat lowered. The cook had to keep checking to make sure everything was going well, and make adjustments if they were needed. All these inconveniences are a thing of the past when a rice cooker is used.
A Zojirushi rice cooker will not only simplify the work involved in cooking rice, but it will also produce rice that is far superior in taste and texture from that cooked in a pot. Rice that tastes better will be more likely to be eaten by your family, so will contribute to good nutrition and dietary habits. The varieties of rice that can be prepared in a Zojirushi rice cooker quickly and easily will also help to add variety to your meals.
When preparing rice in a rice cooker, it is only necessary to measure the correct amount of rice and water. Set the timer on the cooker and let the machine do the rest. In about 20 minutes, your white rice will be ready to eat. If the time is not right for dinner or there is any other reason to delay, the Zojirushi rice cooker will keep the rice at just the right temperature until you are ready to serve it.
Rice cookers can also cook other foods than rice, and a visit to the website of the company that made your cooker will often provide recipes and hints to get the most out of your rice cooker. Vegetables can be steamed while your rice cooks in many of the better rice cookers. A separate basket is provided for this. You will also find that some rice cookers are able to cook soup as well as rice, grits, and risotto. A little experimentation will allow you to do even more with your rice cooker.
With people so busy today, the rice cooker will provide a way for even the busiest families to enjoy healthy, nutritious food that tastes great. Saving time and energy is important and the time that used to be spent fussing over a pot of rice can be put to better use.