Electric rice cookers make it easier to properly cook rice. They are available in a variety of sizes and can be purchased either online or in stores, both in home and commercial versions. Read on to learn about some of the features and capabilities to look for when purchasing electric rice cookers, as well as details on where to buy them and recipe books specific to these appliances…
Rice cookers generally range from three-cup models suitable for home use to large fifty-cup units which can be used commercially and in other situations where large amounts of food need to be prepared. Many electric rice cookers have capacities in between these two, such as five, seven, eight, or ten cups. The price usually increases as the capacity is greater, but other features and characteristics also influence the price. Some electric cookers have very simple controls, while others (usually more expensive) have digital displays and several buttons with settings for different types of rice. Be sure to carefully check the capacity details of a cooker before purchasing it; some are advertised by the number of uncooked cups of rice they can accept, while others use the maximum number of cooked cups they can produce.
A wider variety of electric rice cookers can be purchased on the internet than in stores, although shipping costs are usually at least $10. Countless models of new and used cookers can be bought on eBay.com. Wal-Mart’s web site offers several different cookers which can be shipped to the nearest Wal-Mart free of charge (then picked up at the store), including both home and commercial models from brands such as Rival, Hamilton Beach, and Oster. An interesting offering available from Wal-Mart and Target.com is the Aroma ARC-3946, which is a twelve cup electric rice cooker with a sixteen-piece Sushi preparation kit. Electric cookers with clear glass lids, such as the Salton RA7A or Elite Gourmet ERC003ST, conveniently allow the contents to be viewed as they cook (without removing the lid).
Store chains which sell electric rice cookers include Sears, Target, and Macy’s. Many manufacturers (in addition to the above-mentioned brand names) make them, including Panasonic, Black & Decker, Elite Cuisine, and Breville. Recipe books specific to them are available for preparation of more complex meals; some titles offered at barnesandnoble.com include “New Recipes From Your Rice Cooker”, “Cooking With Rice Cookers For Today’s College Students” (some college dorms allow them), and “Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook.”