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Started by mememe on Nov 7, 2018 9:04:34 AM
Rice cooker

I had a £30 Amazon voucher, and now I have a rice cooker. I have only used it once so far, to make rice for a nasi goreng.

Today I'm going to step it up a gear and cook some sushi rice so I can make poké bowls.

That is my rice cooker story. What is yours?

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carterbrandon - 07 Nov 2018 21:50:26 (#1 of 58)

Mine is that I got given a peculiar little plastic pressure cooker for microwaving rice in for Xmas by a Japanese relative, and I had a whole 2 month saga trying to track down a little Japanese company in the middle of nowhere, then find a way to get the instructions off them in English.

The relative has her own dedicated breadmaker-sized one. And her kitchen has a butch-looking transformer specially for it in the kitchen, because it can't do 240V. And I can't read the buttons.

There you go. 2 stories and both cool, bro.

HorstVogel - 07 Nov 2018 21:52:26 (#2 of 58)

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Verdigris - 07 Nov 2018 21:55:45 (#3 of 58)

Put two volumes of water to one volume of rice in a pan. Put on (glass) lid and leave on low heat until water disappears and craters appear. Serve perfect-every-time rice.

Lately I have fallen in love with Laldi micro-waveable rice pouches. Perfect egg-fried or Pilau rice in 2 minutes. No washing up. Only 45p versus several quid fro the same thing from a takeaway.

Antimatter - 07 Nov 2018 21:56:41 (#4 of 58)

I use an instantpot. I make up large batches of rice then freeze individual portions in Ziploc bags. From frozen, they reheat in the microwave in 5 minutes. Cuts down on steaminess in the kitchen that way.

dreams99 - 07 Nov 2018 22:02:10 (#5 of 58)

Bought a rice cooker/steamer about 7 years ago and use it almost every day, for rice or veg.

Pentecost - 07 Nov 2018 22:08:43 (#6 of 58)

Laldi micro-waveable rice pouches.

I always find a trace taste of the packaging in them. Even if you scrape into a bowl and then zap.

Verdigris - 07 Nov 2018 22:12:21 (#7 of 58)

I clearly don't possess as refined a palate as you. Pente.

If I start noticing traces of packaging taste I know who to blame!

mememe - 08 Nov 2018 08:42:11 (#8 of 58)

The poké bowls were great. Even my 11 year old enjoyed his.

mememe - 08 Nov 2018 08:55:30 (#9 of 58)

Put two volumes of water to one volume of rice in a pan. Put on (glass) lid and leave on low heat until water disappears and craters appear. Serve perfect-every-time rice.

I used to use a 3:5 ratio of rice to water on a very low heat for 12 minutes and got similarly good results. Bit of a faff though - and another thing to time. Also I don't have glass pan lids.

thisonehasalittlehat - 08 Nov 2018 09:13:06 (#10 of 58)

I thought reheating rice was not advised

GrrrIbdis - 08 Nov 2018 09:16:12 (#11 of 58)

I love my rice cooker because it keeps the rice hot and safe to eat as and when people arrive. It is one of those 'welcome home' indicators in our house!

What is a poké bowl?

mememe - 08 Nov 2018 09:19:25 (#12 of 58)

I thought reheating rice was not advised

It's not. But keeping it warm isn't reheating.

A poké bowl is a bowl of sushi rice with various toppings - usually fish, various greeneries and quite often some fruit. Little bit hipster, but originally from Hawaii I believe.

GrrrIbdis - 08 Nov 2018 09:23:16 (#13 of 58)

Another reason to love rice cookers is that they cook things like buckwheat, quinoa and millet brilliantly, too. And one-pot kedgeree!

Poké bowls sound like home-cooked sushi! Yum. Thanks, Mememe.

thisonehasalittlehat - 08 Nov 2018 09:26:24 (#14 of 58)

I was thinking of the freezing above.

mememe - 08 Nov 2018 09:30:30 (#15 of 58)

Poké bowls sound like home-cooked sushi!

That's exactly what they are. Without the faffing about. I suspect this is why they are popular at the moment: less difficult to put together and bang out for £10 a pop.

Loads of recipes online: I made mine with sashimi salmon, avocado and pickled cucumber. Season your rice with a bit of mirin and rice wine vinegar, then toss your salmon in soy sauce, sesame oil and a bit of mirin, put the rice in, put your toppings on then whack over some toasted sesame seeds.

mememe - 08 Nov 2018 09:30:55 (#16 of 58)

I do apologise Hatters. Whoever is freezing rice deserves their eventual painful death.

SheikYerbouti - 08 Nov 2018 09:52:04 (#17 of 58)

I thought reheating rice was not advised

Nonsense, that is. It is not possible to make fried rice without reheating cold cooked rice. As ever, the key is to not do anything stupid.

mememe - 08 Nov 2018 09:55:15 (#18 of 58)

I think the point is not to keep it for very long.

RosyLovelady - 08 Nov 2018 10:01:02 (#19 of 58)

Cooked rice for re-heating is available in a variety of forms in supermarkets, often with a reassuringly distant best-before date.

Dayraven - 08 Nov 2018 10:03:48 (#20 of 58)

A poké bowl is a bowl of sushi rice with various toppings

Seems like the Hawaiian dish has been crossed with Japanese chirashi-zushi — the latter sticks more closely to toppings used in other sushi and doesn’t have sauces on it, but it’s not so different.

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