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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on May 2, 2019 1:36:17 PM
Are YOU still boiling rice rather than steaming it? How old-fashioned!

In the great war between kitchen gadget fanciers and kitchen gadget cynics, one thing rarely comes up: the rice cooker. I’ve heard more domestic arguments about Brevilles than I have about these wonders, even though the toastie is a much less aspirational foodstuff than perfect, fluffy rice. Rice cookers don’t have to be expensive, and you can do plenty of things in them that aren’t rice, such as vegetables and even meat. But still, they are pretty niche.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/may/02/still-boiling-rice-rather-than-steaming-it-how-old-fashioned

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JohnIlly - 02 May 2019 13:37:44 (#1 of 384)

Trigger warning: it's Zoe Williams.

mememe - 02 May 2019 13:39:27 (#2 of 384)

You really ought to buy a rice cooker.

WibbleAgain - 02 May 2019 13:39:45 (#3 of 384)

Old fashioned? Boiling rice has been going on for thousands of years. In fact, eating rice is very very very old fashioned.

Don't eat rice if you don't want to be old fashioned.

End of.

dreams99 - 02 May 2019 13:40:01 (#4 of 384)

I have a rice cooker, but it boils rice, it doesn't steam. It steams vegetables though, which is very handy, especially for stuff such as asparagus, which you don't want to overcook.

WibbleAgain - 02 May 2019 13:40:35 (#5 of 384)

Rice cookers are very very old fashioned. The first one my mum bought must've been about 60 years ago - it was whatever Panasonic was called before it was Panasonic.

Tadagee - 02 May 2019 13:41:39 (#6 of 384)

We had a rice steamer that produced a big lump of sticky white gloop.

It was about £30 though so possibly a factor.

That is my rice steamer experience.

mememe - 02 May 2019 13:43:30 (#7 of 384)

The first one my mum bought must've been about 60 years ago - it was whatever Panasonic was called before it was Panasonic.

National? The Japanese economy was built on rice cookers like that: no exaggeration.

WibbleAgain - 02 May 2019 13:44:03 (#8 of 384)

That's it, National! Well done.

dreams99 - 02 May 2019 13:44:25 (#9 of 384)

Mine's a Tefal, had it for about 10 years, use it almost every day for rice or veg.

lammaMia - 02 May 2019 13:45:07 (#10 of 384)

Is steaming better in texture, nutrition or cooking efficiency?

Arjuna - 02 May 2019 13:51:46 (#11 of 384)

Poor old Zoe, still eating rice, all the cool kids own a quinoa steamer.

LippyPongstocking - 02 May 2019 13:52:22 (#12 of 384)

which suggests that while no one wants help from a machine, a lot of us don’t really trust ourselves to cook rice.

Which sorry souls can't cook rice? In terms of ease it's right up there with boiling an egg.

JohnIlly - 02 May 2019 13:53:31 (#13 of 384)

Boiling an egg accurately is much more difficult.

uranrising - 02 May 2019 13:53:43 (#14 of 384)

Are YOU still boiling rice rather than steaming it? How old-fashioned!

Oh, good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFkLUBBJzO4

Tadagee - 02 May 2019 13:54:29 (#15 of 384)

Rinse uncooked rice with cold water, add to plenty of salted boiling water, cook, drain and rinse with boiling water.

how difficult can it be?

mememe - 02 May 2019 13:55:02 (#16 of 384)

That's a way to make extremely mediocre rice.

JohnIlly - 02 May 2019 13:55:55 (#17 of 384)

Cooking by absorption sort of boils it then steams it.

WibbleAgain - 02 May 2019 13:56:40 (#18 of 384)

#15

Quite. I haven't had a rice cooker for 20 years. Why have an extra appliance when all you need is a good saucepan? I've used one with stone coating for the last 5 years or so and it's simply perfect.

Tadagee - 02 May 2019 13:56:53 (#19 of 384)

That's a way to make extremely mediocre rice.

Really? Is it? Well let me bow in your majestic rice making presence.

Perhaps if you would descend from Mount Rice Perfection for a few moments to bestow your wisdom on the unworthy...

WibbleAgain - 02 May 2019 13:58:06 (#20 of 384)

Rice cooked on the electric hob in my Salter stone coated saucepan is always perfect.

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