|Rice Steamers Review|
Review of Aroma Digital Rice Steamer
|Aroma Digital Rice Steamer|
The third and final reason I chose the Aroma brand was the price. It's not the cheapest one on the market, but it's certainly affordable and fit nicely into my tight budget.
A feature of the Aroma Digital Rice Steamer that I didn't think I would need is a delayed timer setting. WOW - that has turned out to be the feature I most enjoy. If I want to serve dinner at 6, I just start the rice steamer at 3, set it for 3 hours delayed and the perfect rice is ready when the rest of dinner is finished. The delay cycle is long enough that you can set it before leaving for work if you want.
Cooking Different Grains in the Aroma Rice Steamer
Since I've cooked different grains and a variety of rices, I can offer you a few tips to make them perfectly every time. For grains like quinoa and millet, I've found that a little bit less liquid makes a perfectly cooked grain. The Aroma rice steamer comes with a measuring cup for the grains. Per each cup of grain, I use 1 1/2 cups of liquid. For wild rice, I use 2 1/4 cups of liquid. For stickier rice, I use about 2 cups of water and for long grain rices, I use about 1 3/4 cups of liquid.
This may seem a little picky, but it matters. You want the rice or grains to turn out to be perfect for the recipe you're making so a little pickiness works wonders. All the water is absorbed into the rice so the amount does matter.
Onion Wild Rice Recipe
One of my family's favorite recipes is Onion Wild Rice. And it's so easy to do. This recipe makes 4 servings.
- Finely chop about half of a yellow or white onion.
- Add the onions and the dry wild rice to your rice cooker.
- Add 2 1/4 cups of broth, vegetable, chicken or beef broth works.
- Add in a dash of salt and pepper to your own taste.
- Stir the mixture up and turn on the rice cooker to the brown rice setting.
Coconut Almond Grains
This is another easy recipe using quinoa and millet together. They are similar grains, but have slightly different flavors. To your rice cooker add:
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened dry coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup almond slivers or chopped almonds
- 1 cup of mixed quinoa and millet - can be equal portions or not
- 1 1/2 cup of liquid - water works just great, as does broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
Choosing a Rice Steamer
The market has many different rice steamers. Nearly every small kitchen appliance maker makes one. So you will need to make a choice. The Aroma brand is not as well known as others, which is why I felt it needed a review after all my years of using it.
Companies like Oster and Cuisinart also make rice steamers. You may be more comfortable with a brand you recognize. Besides the brand name, you also want to consider capacity. Make sure you can make enough cooked rice to feed your family. For many price is a major consideration. You need to balance how often you will use the rice steamer, the features, the capacity, and the price. See more about how to choose a small kitchen appliance for your own needs.
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