Dear Home-Ec 101,
I need help cooking rice. I can’t do it-brown rice, white rice, minute rice, not-minute rice. I just can’t seem to get it to the right texture. Help me?
Riceless in Reno
Rice can be tough. I cannot begin to tell you how much rice I have messed up in my time. Now I make perfect rice every time. Believe me, if I can make rice perfectly, so can you- I’m a general all-around failure in the kitchen unlike the fab Ms. Heather, who probably has never burned water, as I have.
My secret? I have a veggie steamer/rice cooker. Now, the make-it-from scratch purists are probably groaning, but using a rice cooker is absolutely the easiest way to make rice, and why make things harder than they need to be?
This is the model I have. Heather has it as well- she recommended it to me and I am so glad she did. It was 30 bucks, shipping was free, and it is one of my most used kitchen gadgets, by far. When it’s too hot to cook, I throw some chicken in the bottom and rice in the top and make chicken and rice. I can make enough rice to feed onigiri to every kid in the neighborhood. Well, every kid is probably an exaggeration, but I certainly can and have fed a lot of kids with it.
Get yourself a rice cooker, you will *not* regret it.