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When it comes to cooking rice, nothing beats the quality and authenticity of a high quality, standalone rice cooker. Especially one from Zojirushi or another Japanese brand. But for some of us, gourmet perfection has to come second to timing and convenience, as well as price. In all of those areas, a microwave rice cooker definitely gives an electric one a run for its money.
Microwave rice cookers require no electric parts since the microwave is used to produce and emit the heat required for cooking. The cooker itself is a simple pot. This eliminates redundancy for people who already own a microwave oven, and saves you from spending some unnecessary cash. They are commonly available in the price range of under ten dollars.
Microwaves are known for their speed in cooking food, and this is no exception. The average microwave rice cooker cooks white rice in around 12 minutes. Of course there are different kinds of rice such as brown rice which require a longer cooking time. And there are different methods of preparation depending on how you like your rice, but for simple white rice to accompany your main dish, about 12 minutes will suffice. Compare that to say 30 minutes for an average electric unit.
They are also known for being non-stick and easy to clean. The rice doesn’t burn and harden at the bottom of the pot like it often does in electric cookers. The convenience and ease of cleaning them adds to their time efficiency. Another convenient aspect of them is that they don’t take up any extra space in your kitchen. All you homemakers out there know that counter space is at a premium, and that it’s a pain in the neck to dig a heavy appliance out of a kitchen cupboard. But a simple light pot and lid is easy to store and retrieve.
If you are a rice connoisseur and really need a lot of fancy functions as well as gourmet subtlety of flavor, then an electric cooker might be better for you. But if you already have a microwave and time, convenience, and price are your priorities, then a microwave rice cooker is a great option.