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Having a rice cooker at home makes cooking rice any time of the day more convenient. Aside from the rice cooker itself, there are a couple of tools and accessories that everyone must have to get the most out of cooking rice.
Any rice cooker will have a specific set of accessories included in it. These are necessary in order to have the best rice cooking experience.
When cooking any amount of rice in a cooker, it’s vital to use the correct water-to-rice ratio. This is to ensure that the rice cooks perfectly. While the rice cooker will do all the guesswork for you, the rice may not turn out fluffy if you use too little water. On the other hand, too much water can make the grains sticky.
This is where the rice measuring cup is used. Most, if not all, rice cooker packages come with their own measuring cups in the box. Use it to measure the cups of rice you’ll need to cook, and then use it once more to get the right amount of water for your grains.
You might be thinking, “Why would I need a rice spatula when I can use a spoon instead?” Yes, sure, you can always use a spoon to scoop rice out of your cooker but a spatula, or a rice paddle, makes things so much easier. Unlike a spoon, rice grains don’t stick to a rice paddle. It makes scooping and serving rice more efficient than a spoon. It’s also very sturdy, and able to withstand the heat that a rice cooker may emit. Most rice cookers will come with a spatula of their own.
A rice cooker doesn’t only cook rice, but it can also be used as a steamer. This is why most rice cookers include a steam tray in the box. If your cooker doesn’t have a steam tray included, don’t fret, you can always buy one that will fit right in your cooker’s inner pot. Use the steam tray to steam vegetables, fish, or meats as your rice cooks in the pot.
This is a small accessory that’s included in most modern rice cookers but many forget it exists. A condensation collector collects the water or liquid that drains off the rice cooker lid when you open it up. It’s pretty small in size and usually located at the back. It’s important to remove the water collected in it after cooking as it may turn moldy if not cleaned.
Making rice is less of a hassle when you have a rice cooker. All you need to do is put your rice grains in the pot, add the right amount of water, press the cook button, and you’re all set! To make the entire experience even more convenient, there are a couple of accessories that already come in the box of your purchased rice cooker.