If you don’t have a rice cooker – get one. I love brown rice, but hate to cook it on the stove. I can never seem to get it to come out right. But, since I purchased a rice cooker – perfect brown rice every time. I make the full amount and divide and freeze to make quick meals.
Dovetailing Tip: Make as much rice as your cooker will hold. You will use 1 1/2 cups today, and 1 1/2 cups for Meal 3. Divide and freeze the rest, if you have leftovers.
Yield: 6 cups cooked rice
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 50 minutes
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Rinse and drain 2 cups of brown rice.
Put it in the rice cooker. Instead of filling the cooker with water to the “2 cup” mark, fill it to the “3 cup” mark in your rice cooker. That usually means 3 cups of water for the 2 cups of brown rice.
Add a ½ teaspoon of sea salt.
Turn cooker on.
Here are calculations for various amounts or rice.
1 cup of rice + 1.5 cups of water = 3 cups cooked rice
2 cups of rice + 3 cups of water = 6 cups cooked rice
3 cups of rice + 4.5 cups of water = 9 cups cooked rice
This method of cooking brown rice makes exactly what it says: fluffy and tasty brown rice in a rice cooker! So easy and delicious!
I’ve resisted switching from white rice to brown for a long time. Even though we all know that brown rice is so much healthier than white, I always thought of brown rice as one of those “healthy foods” with the inferior taste. Until one day my husband (who is much more health conscious about food than I am) convinced me to give brown rice a try, and I was pleasantly surprised!
Most of the times brown rice is improperly cooked (even in restaurants), resulting in a mushy texture and grains that are clumped together. If you based your opinion of brown rice on trying a bad version of it, please give it another try and you might reconsider.
One restaurant that consistently gets the brown rice right is Chipotle – it’s perfectly cooked with the fluffy texture and separate grains. Try Chipotle brown rice and if you like it, then you can cook brown rice the same way at home with your rice cooker.
If you ever tried cooking brown rice in a rice cooker, only to end up with a mushy or undercooked mess, follow the instructions below for a perfectly cooked brown rice.
How To Cook Perfect Brown Rice In A Rice Cooker
1) What kind of rice cooker do you have?
The first question to consider: what kind of rice cooker do you have? Does your rice cooker have a “brown rice” setting or only a standard “rice” or “white rice”?
If your rice cooker has a “brown rice” setting, you are in luck! It is already designed to cook brown rice correctly, so all you need to do is use the rice cooker instructions for brown rice. If not, don’t give up – you can still cook brown rice, just keep following my directions below.
2) Do you have the measuring cup that came with your rice cooker?
Most of the time, rice cookers come with their own measuring cups that are not the same size as regular cup (they are about 2/3 to 3/4 of a cup). Why they do it this way is beyond me 🙂 I’m sure tons of rice were ruined because people used the regular measuring cup to measure rice and filling the water to the labeled water marks in the rice cooker, resulting in the wrong ratio and bad tasting rice!
Rice cooker have lines inside the bowl labeled with the numbers. Those lines indicate how much water to put inside the rice cooker based on the number of cups of rice. For example, if you put in 2 cups of rice, fill the water up to the line that has the number 2 on it.
However, the water level lines of the rice cooker are only accurate if you use the cup that came with your rice cooker ! If you use regular measuring cup, do not use the water level lines to determine the amount of water needed! Instead, use the brown rice to water ratio for rice cooker below.
3) Brown rice to water ratio for rice cooker
If you don’t have the measuring cup that came with your rice cooker, just use the following ratio:
1 cup of brown rice to 2 cups of water
4) Do not use less than 1 cup of rice
Quantities less than 1 cup of rice won’t cook well in a rice cooker.
The best quantity to cook is 2 cups of rice with 4 cups water. If this is your first time, that’s what I recommend you start with.
5) Add salt
Salt makes a huge difference in the brown rice taste, so don’t forget to add it. I always add salt directly to the rice cooker, right after adding rice and water. I use 1/4 tsp of salt for each 1 cup of uncooked rice. If it’s not salty enough for you, just increase the salt amount next time to 1/2 tsp.
6) Cook in the rice cooker
Set the rice cooker to cook 🙂 If you have the “Brown Rice” setting, use that. If you only have the “Rice” or “White Rice” setting, just use that – if you used the brown rice to water ratio above, it should turn out just fine.
Make sure to never open the rice cooker while the rice is cooking, or it will mess up the rice! Be patient and wait until the cooking cycle is done.
7) Fluff with fork after cooking
When the rice is done cooking in the rice cooker, it won’t look like the fluffy rice on the above picture. In order to get it to be fluffy, you have to fluff it with a fork! Just get a regular fork and stir the rice with it, separating the grains until is looks tasty and fluffy.
8) Add optional seasonings
You can eat your brown rice as is, or to kick the flavor up a notch you can use extra seasonings. You can add a dab of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice, as well as a sprinkle of your favorite spices to season the brown rice. Enjoy!
Everyone knows brown rice is healthier than white rice but can you cook it up in your new rice cooker?
Unfortunately, many people assume brown rice tastes inferior and don’t give it a chance. Today, then, we’ll be breaking down how you can start eating more healthily by switching to brown rice.
Before you get started, though, you’ll need to consider these two questions:
- What type of rice cooker do you have?
- Do you have the original rice cooker measuring cup?
Some rice cookers have a single standardized rice setting. Other appliances come with a dedicated brown rice setting. This, of course, makes life much easier. If you don’t have this brown rice setting, don’t panic. All you need to do is follow our guidelines below.
How about that measuring cup, though?
Well, for some reason, the measuring cups bundled with most rice cookers are non-standard sizes equating to perhaps 2/3 or 3/4 of a cup. Also, the water lines marked inside the rice cooker for your convenience are only accurate if you use the correct ratio of rice to water.
If you don’t have the measuring cup that came with the rice cooker, use this ratio:
- 2 cups of water to 1 cup of brown rice
With that groundwork laid, then, we’ll walk you through how to cook brown rice in a rice cooker.
Table of Contents
Using a Rice Cooker to Cook Brown Rice
Here’s what you need as well as your rice cooker.
2 cups of rinsed brown rice
3 cups of water
Pinch of salt (optional)
Splash of vinegar (optional)
What To Do
Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be enjoying a much more nutritious accompaniment to your meals.
- Measure the rice you need
- Rinse the rice with cool water
- Add rice to the rice cooker
- Add the right amount of water
- Activate the rice cooker
- Allow the rice to rest
- Fluff the rice before you serve
- Clean your rice cooker
Measure the rice you need
First of all, measure the amount of rice you need, ideally in increments of whole cups. Stick with even quantities and it makes the math easier when you’re working out the rice/water ratio.
Before you get started, bear in mind that rice doesn’t keep well. Don’t cook more than you plan on eating. Leftover rice is a trap for bacteria when it’s reheated. Do yourself a favor and stick to what you need.
Use a dry measuring cup and portion out the quantity required.
Next, it’s time for some rinsing in order to remove excess starch. Don’t skip this step or the grains will be too sticky when they’re cooked.
Rinse the rice with cool water
Pop your rice into a sieve or strainer.
Open the cold faucet and rinse the rice, circling your strainer as you go. The water should have a slightly milky appearance as it drains off from the rice.
You should continue washing your rice until the water runs clear.
Before you go any further, carefully shake off all excess water.
Now, it’s time to get down to business.
Add rice to the rice cooker
Pop your freshly washed rice into your rice cooker. Ensure the rice is evenly spread so that it cooks consistently.
At this stage, add a pinch of salt or splash of vinegar to taste. This is entirely optional.
Make sure you don’t overfill the rice cooker. You should only cook what you need anyway. If you routinely find yourself needing to cook more than one batch, it’s time to upgrade to a large rice cooker.
Next, it’s time for water. Getting the ratio of water/rice is key to cooking brown rice the right way.
Add the right amount of water
If you’re cooking brown rice, consider using 50% more water than recommended for cooking white rice.
Well, brown rice is a lot tougher than white rice so needs proportionally longer to cook. They still have a fibrous layer of bran in place. This prevents water from penetrating as easily.
Use 1.5 cups of water for each cup of rice.
Note: Feel free to soak brown rice for 30 minutes before popping it in the rice cooker. This will expedite the process.
Activate the rice cooker
All you need to do now is hit the COOK button on your rice cooker and wait for fluffy brown rice to die for.
Follow instructions for your particular brand of rice cooker.
If you’re hunting for a new rice cooker and you’re not sure what to buy, you can’t go wrong with a Zojirushi.
Allow the rice to rest
Cooking brown rice properly is far from instant. Pack a little more patience now as you need to let your rice rest a while.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes before uncovering the rice. This allows it to absorb any residual steam.
The rice also starts cooling down to a temperature perfect for eating. In this sense, waiting for rice to rest is not time wasted. It’s simply too hot to eat.
Fluff the rice before you serve
Before serving, use a spatula or spoon to stir and fluff your rice like a pro.
Move inward from the edges and break down any clumps.
Under no circumstances use metal utensils to stir your rice. They can scratch and permanently damage your rice cooker.
You’re almost done, but there’s one crucial step you shouldn’t skip…
Clean your rice cooker
Once you’ve served your rice and enjoyed your meal, it’s time for the all-important clean-up. Neglect this, and your appliance will let you down prematurely.
Leave the lid off and allow the rice cooker to cool down completely.
Scrape away any vestigial rice with a plastic utensil.
Finish by wiping the inside down with a damp cloth.
Well, with any luck, you should now have a solid understanding of how to best create fluffy and healthful brown rice the easy way.
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How many times have you failed at cooking rice? Rice to water ratio for a rice cooker matters, learn how to match it correctly in this brand new post!
Rice Cooker 115 volts By Hans Haase
Throughout its evolution, rice cookers really make our lives easier. We can cook perfect rice in just a matter of a push-button process.
This genius kitchen equipment works so simple that it doesn’t even require much education or training on how to use it. We only need the right rice to water ratio for a rice cooker.
However, the path to perfect rice lies mainly on understanding how rice cookers do the job. Rice cookers are basically based in the principle of heat absorbing wherein it needs to reach a certain maximum temperature (212° F/100° C) vaporizing the water and once all the water is gone, it switches to a low temperature which we call the “warm” setting.
By understanding this principle we can conclude that rice cookers depend on how much water we put into it. Which means, the more water we use, the longer the cooking process is.
Read the Manual
Every rice cooker comes handy with a manual or a leaflet wherein it briefly explains how the machine works and other operational and maintenance advises. Although most rice cookers advice, 1:1 water ratio or equivalent to 1 cup of rice to 1 cup of water, take note that the rice to water ratio for a rice cooker varies on the following:
- Type of rice (what grain and type you are cooking)
- And Rice Cooker brand
There is a golden rule for rice cooking throughout ages, culture and religion, that the fresher the rice grain you have, the less water is needed. This is because newly harvested rice has more moisture compared to aged rice grains which require more water to absorb.
Know your Rice
The best thing about rice cookers is that you can just plug and go after putting in the correct rice and water ratio. When you have fully understood how your rice cooker works, next thing is to know your rice.
We have explained several varieties of rice already from our previous posts and if you notice, each of them requires different water levels. Here are the most common:
: 2:1 : 1.1:1 : 1.5:1 : 1.5:1 : 4:1, (immediately wash with cold water and drain)
Types of Rice
Apart from rice varieties, there are also different rice types which need to have correct rice to water ratio for a rice cooker to have fluffy and perfect rice.
I have the list below for the different rice types commonly used for cooking:
- Short grain
- Medium grain
- Long grain
The amount of rice and water also depends on the measuring cup that you are using. Some brands particularly, Zojirushi, has its own cup included in the box as well as line measurements or water levels inside the inner pots.
Rice to Water Ratio for a Rice Cooker
To better get a clear idea of how much water is needed per type and variety of rice, I have researched and compiled the top 3 brands with Neuro-fuzzy logic, Micom type, and IH (induction heating) technologies plus their recommended water ratios.
These top brands listed below have multi-function settings that are able to cook different rice varieties such as white, brown, sushi and more… You only need to put in the right amount of water and select your desired option.
Zojirushi is one of the most reliable rice cookers today with modern technology which is tagged as the ‘genius’ of all kitchen appliances.
Below is the rice to water ratio for a Zojirushi NSZCC18.
Note that the cup meant here is not the standard US measuring cup but rather its own included rice cup.
Some people swear by sushi rice, while others prefer brown rice as it is healthier. In contrast to white rice, brown rice has its bran layer and germ intact resulting more nutrients.
Making brown rice isn’t complicated, but there are a few tips to keep in mind when cooking it.
Step 1: Measuring your Rice
First, how much rice should you make? If you’re just cooking for yourself or a small family for the night, then 4 cups (a rice cooker cup) of rice should be sufficient. To be clear, this is 4 cups of uncooked rice, which should result in 8 cups of cooked rice.
For larger families, or for enough rice for leftovers, you may want to go with 8-10 cups of rice.
Step 2: Rinse Your Rice
This is the one step that you should do, regardless what type of rice you’re cooking. Wash your rice over cold water, or ideally through a mesh strainer 3-4 times.
This should wash away the excess starch from the rice that’s responsible for producing clumpy and sticky rice. It also helps prevent the rice from bubbling up in the rice cooker pot as it is this excess starch that ends up expanding and generally causing a mess.
Step 3: Using the Correct Amount of Water
Another important thing to keep in mind when making brown rice is the moisture levels. Brown rice requires more moisture than does white rice since it is a tougher grain and doesn’t absorb water as quickly due to its additional bran layer.
Precise water levels may differ depending on your rice cooker, but generally speaking you want to increase the amount of water you typically use for cooking rice by 50%. So you should use a 2 cup to 1 cup ratio of water to rice, for example for most cookers.
Again, this is the cup that came with your rice cooker, NOT a standard US cup size, which is about 30% bigger.
Note: A rice cooker that has a “brown rice” setting, such as a Zojirushi or Aroma Cooker should make cooking brown rice even easier. Better yet, a rice cooker with logic that can automatically adjust the water levels to appropriately compensate for the type of grain being cooked is even better.
Step 4: Add salt
Bonus tip, adding a bit of salt or additional seasoning can give your rice a hint of flavor and additional taste. A ¼ teaspoon of salt for every 1 cup of brown rice should be enough.
Step 5: Cook
Work on other parts of your meal. Go for a walk, watch TV and let the rice cooker do its thing.
Step 6: Wait 15 minutes
Once done cooking, keep the lid on and let your rest site for about 15 minutes in order to fully absorb the moisture evenly throughout the pot
Step 7: Fluff your rice
Using the spatula that came with your rice cooker, fluff your rice in order to help separate the grains even more. A good rice cooker will probably have already done this, but it doesn’t hurt to manually stir your rice as well.
Step 8: Seasoning (Optional)
This step is optional as palettes and taste preferences differ. I like to add a bit of butter and/or a squeeze of lemon juice to spice things up a bit.
Step 9: Enjoy
You’re done. Scoop up the rice with your spatula and enjoy great tasting brown rice as a complement to your meal.
Best Japanese rice cookers for brown rice
Zojirushi NS-TSC Rice Cooker
The Zojirushi NS-TSC 10 5.5 (uncooked) Cup Rice Cooker has long been a fan favorite and Amazon’s choice because it has consistently been turning out great tasting rice of all grains for over a decade.
It has all the features one could ever need, from extended keep warm settings, delay timers, and most importantly, cooking logic to ensure that your food comes out perfectly each and every single time.
Tiger JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker
This is another excellent Japanese rice cooker with a one touch setting for cooking brown rice. Moreover, you can use the provided upper tray to steam vegetables and protein as well for a complete meal.
You can read more about this Tiger rice cooker here.
Aroma ARC-914SBD 8 Cup Digital Rice Cooker
A popular (10K+ reviews on Amazon) and economical choice is the Aroma ARC-914SBD Rice cooker.
Now, you really can’t beat this price and it does a good job of making most types of rice. That said, cooking brown rice isn’t easy and only the best rice cookers do a good job making restaurant quality brown rice so you may want to invest in a higher end model if you’re particular about brown rice.
You can read more about this Aroma Rice Cooker here.
Why is Brown Rice Special?
If you’re serious about getting healthy, you may have heard of the Big Shift to whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice.
While quinoa has yet to be accepted by the majority as a daily replacement for bread and other carbohydrate staples, brown rice has been around for decades and is actually a favorite choice both in homes and restaurants.
Brown rice is a step above white rice because it contains much higher amounts of vegetable protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.
In short, you’re not just getting carbohydrates for energy when you eat brown rice. You’re getting plenty of fiber for a healthier colon, trace elements for normal functioning of your organs and of course, protein for cutting fat and building lean muscle mass.
It’s no small wonder that fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders are opting for brown rice when they need to load carbohydrates for prolonged and intense workouts.
Brown rice offers plenty of energy for high intensity movements and a much higher level of essential nutrients for better physical performance.
With nearly every scientific study showing that healthy eating can potentially help with the prevention of diseases, millions of Americans have shifted to better feeding habits. The big trend in healthy nutrition is to go for high-fiber, whole-grain as well as less-processed food. Typically, brown rice fits into all these three categories. If you are an individual who loves the polished rice, you probably have to adjust your feeding habits.
So what is brown rice?
Before white rice passed through the refining process, it at one point looked exactly like the brown rice. Simply put, brown rice still has the layers of bran and hull. These layers contain the natural wholeness of the grain and are rich in magnesium, proteins, fiber, naturally occurring oils, selenium, thiamine as well as potassium. This implies that brown rice boasts of lots of potential health benefits, including reduction of the arterial plaque buildup, weight control, regulation of cholesterol levels, heart disease prevention, colon cancer prevention among others. What’s more, it is rich in anti-oxidants.
Can you cook your brown rice in a rice cooker?
So you have just bought some brown rice from your local shop, and you are wondering if is possible to cook your delicious meal using a rice cooker? You can perfectly cook brown rice just as easily as the white rice, but it will only need a little more water as compared to the white rice. Bearing in mind that the brown rice is relatively much higher in fiber, it would be entirely wrong to simply follow the white rice cooking instructions on your rice cooker. It is imperative to note that brown rice will need longer time to cook fully because every single grain is surrounded by a layer of bran. This layer contains nearly all the nutrients in the brown rice but slows down the absorption of moisture during the process of cooking.
How to cook brown in a rice cooker
First and foremost, it is critical to note that unlike the white rice where you’ll need to add equal amounts of both rice and water, with brown rice it’s entirely different. Kindly use the various calculated quantities of both rice and water below.
- One cup of rice, add 1.5 cups of water
- Two cups of rice, add three cups of water
- Three cups of rice, add 4.5 cups of water
The cooking procedure:
Rinse your brown rice under cool water: Put the rice in a fine mesh strainer and thoroughly rinse it under the cold running water for thirty seconds. Your strainer should feature very fine mesh since if the gaps between the wires are extra large, you may lose an enormous amount of your rice. However, most cooking experts do not recommend the rinsing process since it is deemed to be an outdated practice. This is simply a cleaning process and necessary if you believe that your rice was mishandled during the bulk storage.
Next, soak your rice for about forty minutes in hot water: Transfer your brown rice to the cooker and the ideal amount of water to the basin and allow it to soak and soften to the desired level. If you didn’t know, soaking is extremely beneficial because it reduces the stickiness of your cooked rice. Besides, it allows your rice to expand into relatively longer and thinner grains. You can now add some salt and stir the resulting mixture using a wooden mixing spoon to help distribute the salt evenly.
Turn your rice cooker on and set the timer as well: If the cooker of yours has a brown rice setting, use that functionality. However, if it only has the timer, set it to thirty minutes. Close the cooker appropriately and check your rice after thirty minutes. If you realize that your rice still seems somehow tough, you can as well add little water and set the timer for another ten minutes.
Let your brown rice stand: after the timer shuts off, allow your cooked rice to settle for ten minutes. This helps the rice to absorb all the remaining moisture in the bowl and you can then serve your deliciously cooked brown rice.
The Bottom Line
This is the basic procedure of cooking brown rice using a rice cooker. However, it should be noted that rice cookers vary from model to model, and this implies that to prepare the best food, read and understand the instructions that come with your individual rice cooker.
Rice can be used as a side dish for tasty recipes like spiced pork, as the base of a rice bowl topped with fresh and cooked ingredients, and any leftovers can be turned into fried rice. It’s great to keep around for emergencies because it lasts for a long time in the pantry. You may not need a rice cooker to cook rice, but the appliance provides an easy, hands-off cooking method that produces consistent results. Rice cookers are also good for cooking in bulk, and some models keep rice warm until ready to serve. Follow these tips for making fool-proof rice with a rice cooker every time.
How do rice cookers work?
Simply add rice and water to the cooking pot, select the corresponding program (if applicable), and press the start button. Stir it all together and spread it in an even layer before closing the lid — this will help it cook the most evenly. Once all the water boils off and the temperature starts to inch above 212°F, the rice cooker automatically turns off, no matter how advanced or basic the model. Cooking times vary based on the type of rice and amount being made.
Sometimes, rice cookers may splatter due to starch build-up. To prevent this, rinse the rice before cooking and observe the maximum capacity guidelines. Adding fat, like butter or oil, to the cooking pot with the rice also helps mitigate splattering.
What is the ratio of water to rice in a rice cooker?
The general ratio of water to rice in a rice cooker is 1:1. That means 1 cup water to 1 cup rice. During our testing, we determined that this ratio works best for long-grain white rice; it also seems to work well for other long-grain white rices, like basmati and jasmine, but we recommend referring to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific ratios as they can vary based on the model. The general ratio recommendation for brown rice is 2 1/4 cups water to 1 cup brown rice.
While almost all rice cookers come with a measuring cup, some have markings on the cooking pot so you always know how much rice and water to add, no matter how many cups you’re using or what type of rice. Keep in mind that rice cooker cups are typically smaller than your standard measuring cup. They usually measure 3/4 cup, which does not make a difference when it comes to ratios, but should be taken into account when following a standard recipe.
How do I make fluffy rice in a rice cooker?
The best way to make fluffy rice in a rice cooker is to let the cooked rice sit undisturbed in the cooking pot, with the lid on, for 10 minutes after cooking. This additional time will allow excess water to be absorbed gently without overcooking. It will also allow the rice to cool slightly and firm up a bit. After 10 minutes, use the included rice paddle, to fluff the rice, layer by layer. Since most rice cooker pots are nonstick, using the plastic rice paddle is recommended instead of any metal utensils that can scratch the bottom or sides. The rice paddle is also dimpled, which helps prevent the rice from sticking.
Why is my rice sticky?
Cooked rice can feel sticky for a couple of reasons: too much water may have been used and it may have not been rinsed before cooking.
The Cuckoo Rice Cooker is a rice cooking product manufactured by Cuckoo Electronics. The cooker is pressurized during the cooking process which helps the texture and speeds up the cooking process. The cooker can cook between two and ten cups of rice at a time. It also comes with a computerized display and touch panel so you can select the type of rice you are cooking. A hard plastic rice scoop is included and it makes getting cooked rice out of the cooker easy and prevents the cooker from getting scratched.
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Measure the amount of brown, white or mixed rice you want to use with a measuring cup.
Place rice into empty perforated bowl.
Wash rice until water runs clear. The water will appear dark white or milky until clear.
Place washed rice into "inner pot" of the Cuckoo Rice Cooker.
Place "inner pot" on flat surface and read the marked labels to determine how much water you need to add to the "inner pot". For example, if you are making eight cups of white glutinous rice, then you would find the "fill to line" marked for glutinous rice that reads eight cups.
Fill the "inner pot" with water until the water level reaches the combined "fill to line" as displayed on the side of the "inner pot".
Push the "Select" button on the rice cooker menu display until the rice type you are using is displayed. The first press will display glutinous or white rice and each push will display the following in sequential order: turbo glutinous rice, sushi, mixed rice and GABA or brown rice.
Insert "inner pot" with combined rice and water into the main body of the Cuckoo Rice Cooker.
Close lid of the rice cooker and turn handle to lock.
Push the "Pressure Cook" button. The time for cooking the rice will display on the menu panel. The device will automatically determine the pressurized weight of the rice and water and will adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Open lid of pressure cooker with an oven mitt on your hand after the cooker has alerted you that the rice has finished cooking. Make sure to open the lid with your face away the opening of the device to prevent being burned from the steam.
Stir the rice completely after opening the lid with the rice scoop.
Remove desired amount of rice from cooker with rice scoop and close lid.
Things You’ll Need
Make sure to wash the rice cooker after each use to prevent the build up of bacteria and left of rice in the cooker container. Also empty remaining water from the dew tray after each use.
The "fill to line" measurement is not a measurement of just water but a measurement of combined rice and water needed for that amount of rice. It is imperative that the rice be placed in the “inner pot” before filling it with water or there will be too much water.
Keep your hands and face away from the pressurized steam release mechanism during cooking and when opening the device.