How a Rice Cooker Works

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Rice cookers are very versatile tools that are also very easy to use. Find out about how a rice cooker works with help from the co-founder and corporate chef of Goose Valley Natural Foods in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Chef Barbara Mattaliano from Goose Valley Natural Foods. Today, I'm going to show you how a rice cooker works. Rice cookers are very versatile, not just for cooking rice but for making pilaffs, stews and soups. So let me show you the basic parts of the machine. You have here the main unit and then here's the lid and here's the seal. Here's your inner pot. It's always best when you are purchasing one to look for a non-stick inside pot and then really important, down here is the heating plate. I'll show you from the inside, so that's the heating plate and in the middle is the thermometer. So you just need water and heat to cook rice. There are four steps to cooking rice. There is soaking, boiling, steaming and resting. So another great feature, some rice cookers come with this steam pan. I really love this feature because you can just insert it, put your chopped vegetables, you put some water on the inside pan, put the vegetables and when you turn it on, it steams your veggies. So it's really a nice feature. Water boils at 212 degrees. So what happens is when the rice begins to heat up in the water and it begins to boil, it cooks and then the steam evaporates the water and when that happens, this inside thermometer, senses that and it will automatically click the cook switch to the warming function. It will automatically turn that. So that's in essence how a rice cooker works.


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