I love rice, but I always hated the mess on my stove-top created by the sputtering pan. I have several friends who have commented over the years, that their rice would burn on the stove if they cooked it according to the package instructions.
On the stovetop, Riceland Rice, the brand I prefer, should be cooked on a low boil, covered for 15 minutes. You are not supposed to lift the lid or stir the rice for 20 minutes. I have always believed my rice did not burn simply because of my brand of cookware, and not because my friends were doing anything wrong.
Regardless of the cleanup required, I cook rice frequently. After all, cleanup is just a part of cooking and I do enjoy cooking.
When my children were in school, there were mothers who found their solution by buying a rice cooker. However, it wasn't until this last Mother's Day that I discovered the real beauty of a rice cooker in my own kitchen when my son gifted me with a Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker.
Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker Review
Hamilton Beach (37518) Rice Cooker,
4 Cups uncooked resulting in 8 Cups Cooked
Comes with Steam & Rinse BasketI want to start by saying, I really love this rice cooker and I wish I had it decades ago. It is so easy to cook and clean with this fabulous little cooker. Plus, it doesn't take up very much storage room. Because I use it often, I leave mine out on the counter, but it would be small enough to store in a standard kitchen cabinet.
I have yet to experiment with all that this beauty can do for me, but cooking the rice without a mess is enough for me to recommend this cooker to anyone. It came with a small steamer basket, which I look forward to testing soon by steaming fresh vegetables. The basket can also be used as a colander for rinsing.
You can cook white or brown rice, beans, hot cereal, hot soup and grains in the cooker, in addition to steaming vegetables.
The cooking pot has a nonstick coating and is dishwasher safe.
To Cook White Rice in the Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker
- Simply add 1 cup white rice, 1 teaspoon of butter, dash of salt and 2 cups boiling water into the cooker pot.
- Set the pot into the cooker and close the lid.
- Plug in the Rice Cooker
- Select Warm, then Select White Rice
When it has finished cooking, the cooker automatically switches over to a warming cycle to keep the rice warm until you are ready to serve.
Rice Cooker Vs. Instant Pot
I want to note that I do have an Instant Pot, which I also love. The 8 cup rice cooker is perfect for rice or sides. It is smaller and lighter-weight than my Instant Pot, which makes it much easier to store. However, I could never cook my Minestrone Soup in it. I need my Instant Pot for complete dinner size meals.
If you have space for both, I highly recommend having both the 8 cup Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker and the 6 Qt. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Note: A few days ago, I needed a housewarming gift and thought this would be the perfect gift. However, I noted that my model (37518) was no longer available "new". Therefore, I purchased (37519 - shown on the far right below). Other than a slightly different color control panel, it is exactly the same in size and function.
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