How to Cook Brown Rice in a Rice Cooker

Making brown rice in a rice cooker is one of the easiest things you can cook. It is also consistently good since your rice will be perfect every time you make it using the same recipe.

For healthy eating, brown rice is always a great choice, as its high in fiber and beneficial whole grains. At dinner, it can be paired with fish or poultry as a protein or tofu for vegetarians or added to veggies, condiments, and fruits in a new-age rice bowl. Or substitute brown rice for white in a Hawaiian poke bowl.

There are endless uses for this inexpensive and easy-to-make household staple, and once you master the skill of making brown rice in a rice cooker a whole new world of cooking opens up for you. The key to making great brown rice is measuring out the correct amount of water and understanding the ratio of water to rice. Once you get the ratio correct, your rice won't have any problems cooking well.

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Cook Brown Rice - Steps

1. Measure out the amount of brown rice you'd like to cook. Be sure that your measuring cup is level and that the measurement is correct. A cup of uncooked brown rice will grow in size to about 1.5 cups of rice once cooked.

2. Rinse your rice. This will help to get rid of any extra starch, pesticides or other contaminants which could have been used while growing it. You can do this easily by pouring the rice into a strainer. Then place the strainer under running water. Not all brands of rice need to be rinsed; check your packaging to find out for sure.

If you don't have a strainer on hand, it's also fine to rinse rice by adding water to the rice in the rice cooker bowl itself. Using your hand or a spoon, mix the rice and water.Then tilt the bowl and catch any rice that tries to spill out with your hand. Continue to rinse until the water is fairly clear.

If you have the time, you have the option to soak brown rice for 30 minutes before cooking to help it cook faster and improve its nutritional content. A study found that soaking for 30 minutes greatly reduced the amounts of phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that decreases the bioavailability of beneficial minerals in rice.

3. Measure out the amount of water you'll need for your chosen amount of rice. Many rice cookers come with water levels marked on the bowl's inside. So all you have to do is fill to the level you want. If your rice cooker doesn't include measuring labels, don't worry.

4. Once both rice and water have been added to the bowl, put it into place in the rice cooker and simply press 'start. From here on out, the rice cooker will take care of everything. Want to add extra flavor to your rice as it cooks? You can measure out spices or salt, sauces, oil or butter into the bowl before cooking, in step 3.
If you have time once it's done the cooking, let your rice stand in the cooker for up to 10 minutes before serving. This allows the decreasing levels of heat in the rice cooker to cook the rice just a little bit more, making it perfect.

Don't Yet have Your Own Rice Cooker?

They're easy to find when you know what to look for A good rice cooker can be used in a kitchen, a dorm room, a shared room in a house or even a garage. Not only that, but they can also cook other types of food if you get just a little clever. You can search online for a specific model or just a basic rice cooker.

Here's how to pick the best one for your cooking needs. It's generally agreed that the best rice cookers are Japanese-made appliances. When you're researching or choosing one, pay attention to the rice cooker size, as some large cookers can produce as many as fourteen cups of rice. Be sure, however, that you don't overfill a large rice cooker by filling it more than 3/4 of the way full. This will ensure that the rice you make is optimal quality.

Different Kinds of Rice Cookers:

Basic on/off models- Rice cookers with a 'keep warm." setting- "Fuzzy logic" models, which come with different settings to allow you to easily make soup or different types of rice.

Who Can Benefit From a Rice Cooker:

College students can especially benefit from a rice cooker, particularly a small one that prepares just three to four cups. This is the perfect size for a single person who doesn't always eat meals at home.

People who live alone - Anyone who lives in housing with limited kitchen access. You! Literally, anyone can benefit from adding a little more simplicity to their life.

Rice Cooker Tips:

Be sure you remember that Japanese cups are six ounces. While American cups contain eight ounces. Don't forget to adjust your recipe accordingly. Do you like steamed vegetables? If so, you can find a rice cooker that has a steamer basket, place vegetables in it. And cook vegetables at the same time as your rice. 

For a savory flavor, add bouillon cubes to the water before turning on the rice cooker. They'll dissolve and add extra saltiness to the rice. Switch it up by adding a can of drained beans to the rice. When the whole dish is done, the beans will be cooked just the right amount.

What will you make next in your rice cooker? Hopefully, perfect brown rice. Enjoy this healthy staple and don't forget how easy it is to make. You'll be happy to see how much time and effort you save.

  • Updated May 7, 2018
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