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How to use a Japanese Rice Cooker?

arguably the most important food in
Japan is rice it is a staple in the
Japanese diet and is definitely the most
important crop here in Japan and so the
Japanese know how to cook it to
perfection and make it easy to do so
even for guy gene this is a rice cooker
the most useful kitchen appliance in
Japan in Japanese it is called AC hunkee
now before you cook the rice it is
important to wash it
most rice comes pre washed in America
that’s generally not the case in Japan
show you how it’s done I’ve put a cup of
rice or cocoa may as the Japanese call
it into the removable rice cooker pot
and now I’ll give it a good rinse
notice how the water turns cloudy those
are tiny little particles that you’re
washing off of the rice
three or four times is fine now that
it’s rinsed off use the measuring guide
on the inside of the pot to figure out
how much water to add there are three
different measurements this one is for
sushi mushy or sushi rice Oh Caillou is
to make rice porridge and this last one
is for everything else since we are
using one cup of rice we fill the water
up to the line with the one if we are
making two cups we’d fill it up to the
two etc notice there’s a five cup limit
now put your pot in the soy honky and
it’s time to pick a cook setting there
are several different settings and
buttons and when they’re all labeled in
Japanese it can seem daunting to use but
once you know the basics it’s quite
simple first these three buttons on the
left this top one is Muhsin my if you
happen to have pre washed rice press
this button I’ve never used it this
middle one is the Menu button when you
press it this little black arrow moves
to the different settings I’ll tell you
what they are in a minute home Senkaku
turns on the warming setting it will
keep your cooked rice heated for several
hours now back to the settings futsuu
means ordinary or usual it’s the
standard setting and I usually use this
one mochi mochi is a setting to use if
you are planning to make mochi which is
a Japanese rice cake Shakti means crisp
for ice that’s well done Haku my Q so Q
means rapid rice this is the Express
setting it cuts several minutes off the
cooking time useful for when you’re in a
hurry
you might see a congee that looks like
this
taki Komi is a fun one it means
something cooked with rice you can put
your entire meal in the rice cooker meat
seasoning veggies and all it saves on
prep time then on the right you have
sushi mushy for sushi
ice Oh Caillou for porridge Okoye is
rice with red beans or perhaps another
similar ingredient this one here is get
my four brown rice and finally this one
means brown rice activity it’s another
one that I haven’t used and I’m not
quite sure what it’s for these three
buttons on the right are for yo-yo COO
they operate the delayed start timer
using these you can set your rice cooker
to have freshly made rice just as you
wake up in the morning or when you get
home from work it’s incredibly handy
when everything is set how you want it
press the big red button and you’re done
till the rice is ready your rice cooker
will let you know every time it starts
and when it’s finished
once your rice is cooked it will remain
in the warming mode indicated by this
light if you use all the rice right away
press the toe Takeshi or off button if
you have leftovers or if you don’t get
around to eating your ice for a while
just leave the Suey honky on remember
the rice will begin drying out after a
few hours so I would turn it off within
12 and that’s it we’ll be showing you
how to start using rice to make other
delicious foods in our next Japanese
food videos

Japanese Rice Cooker Buyers’ Guide

How does rice cooker work?

When you use a rice cooker, you start by putting water and rice into a metal bowl, under which is a heater and a temperature sensor. When the rice cooker is switched on, the heater starts heating the bowl, conducting heat into the water, and the rice. The mix heats up until it begins to boil, and the heat becomes steam that rises from the bowl. The rice grains start to absorb the water while becoming less connected to each other, so you need to add enough water for the rice to absorb and swell, but not enough to break them down completely into goo. When all the water is absorbed by the rice, the heater will still be pumping heat into the bowl, but it won’t have any loose water left to remove, so the temperature of the bowl quickly rises and the mechanism inside the rice cooker turns the heat off.

How to cook sticky rice in a rice cooker?

This recipe is very easy and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. The first step to cooking sticky rice in a rice cooker is gathering all the ingredients, which are Thai sweet rice, salt, and water. Place two cups of the rice into the rice cooker, then add 2 ½ cups of water to the rice and stir. Let the rice sit at least 40 minutes and to a maximum of 4 hours. Sweet rice has a hard shell that needs to soften for it to be sticky. Afterward, add ½ teaspoons of salt and stir well. Turn on your rice cooker and let it cook. When the machine indicates the rice is done, let the rice sit inside for at least 5 extra minutes. Sticky rice gets stickier the longer you let it sit, so plan ahead if you want it extra sticky.

How to clean the rice cooker?

Before starting to clean your rice cooker, make sure to read the manual to see which parts are removable for easier cleaning, and what you should pay attention to. You can always find manuals online with the model name. Let your rice cooker cool down and unplug it from the wall. Take the inner pot out and soak it in hot dishwashing detergent either overnight or until you see all the food come off. Rinse it until there is no soap and dry with a soft towel. Soak the cups, spatulas, streamer tray, and anything else that can come loose from the cooker. Be sure to clean the lid gasket too. Clean the heater when it is completely cooled. Then, wipe the inside of the cooker, the control panel, and the lid with a soapy sponge or cloth. Do not scrape or use abrasives. Let everything air dry for a few hours before storing it.

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Author: Emily Howard

I have about 300 different recipes in my collection, and I try to look for new tastes every week. I love to learn dishes from around the world and pamper my big family with a signature Italian cheese pie and my favorite Ukrainian borsch.