As a homemaker and cooking enthusiast, I know how important it is to have a rice cooker in the kitchen. And if you want a reliable, easy-to-use rice cooker, look no further than the Rival rice cooker. Today I will share my experience with the Rival rice cooker and help you follow its instructions.
As an avid fan of rice cookers, I’ve tried and tested many different brands and models over the years. And I can confidently say that the Rival rice cooker is one of the best. It has an elegant and intuitive design. But after a few uses, you will love its easy interface and precise capabilities to make perfect rice every time. Plus, the added steamer function was a game-changer for you regarding meal prep.
The instructions may initially seem daunting when you are new to an appliance. But fear is not! In this guide, I’ll take you step-by-step through the procedure and give a few tips to make your experience with the Rival rice cooker successful!
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Unboxing and Setting Up Rival Rice Cooker
My old rice cooker was worn out, so I tried the Rival rice cooker. I ordered the Rival RC616 cup rice cooker from eBay. The glass lid with a plastic handle is first placed at the top of the box during unpacking. Then there is a basic steaming tray and a measuring cup. Then, the main part of the rice cooker is the inner pot with a nonstick coating. It was similar to the Aroma rice cooker. All the items are protected through Styrofoam to prevent any accidental injury. A little spatula was identical to the Aroma and Black and Decker rice cooker. Then we got the cooker’s main body, which was also quite durable.
If you also own an Aroma rice cooker, then find out Aroma rice cooker instructions for perfect cooking and Aroma’s cleaning guide.
How to Use Rival Rice Cooker for Meal Preps
Rival rice cookers are another convenient option for cooking large batches of rice ahead of time, which is a base for various meals throughout the week. Let’s check out how to prepare your meal in this rice cooker.
Things You’ll Need
- Measuring Cup
- Salt & Pepper (Optional)
- Cleaning cloth
A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Rice
Are you done gathering all the ingredients? Here are the steps to make perfect rice in the Rival rice cooker.
Step:1 Measure the Rice
To start making rice, measure how much rice you want to cook. Most smaller Rival rice cookers (with a capacity of less than 10 cups) come with a 2/3 cup measuring cup. Fill this cup once for every two cups of cooked rice you want to make.
Step:2 Rinse the rice
Next, place the rice in a mixing bowl and fill it with cold water. Use your hand to gently move the rice in the water for a few seconds. After that, drain the water using a fine-mesh strainer and repeat the process until the water runs clear. This process helps to remove excess starch and improve the texture of the cooked rice.
Step:3 Add Rice & Water
Now Add rice and water to the inner pot of the rice cooker. Look for numbered marks on the pot inside corresponding to the amount of uncooked rice you use. If you use 4 cups of uncooked rice, fill the pot with water until the “4” mark. If your rice cooker doesn’t have numbered markings, use this ratio: for every cup of uncooked rice, add 1 1/2 cups of water.
Step:4 Wipe away excess water
After adding the water, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any water dripping down the inner pot’s sides. It helps to prevent the rice cooker from becoming wet and potentially causing a short circuit.
Step:5 Insert the inner pot
Place the inner pot into the Rival rice cooker to ensure it fits the heating element completely. Rotate the inner pot to ensure it’s fully seated, depending on the rice cooker model.
Step:6 Start Cooking
Close the glass lid of the rice cooker and plug it in. Some rice cookers have a single button that you press to start cooking, while others have multiple settings (e.g., “white rice,” “brown rice,” “quick cook”). Select the appropriate setting based on the type of rice and press the button to start cooking.
Step:7 Fluff the rice
When cooking is complete, fluff the rice with a rice paddle or fork. Add some salt and pepper, and serve!
A Step-by-Step Guide for Steaming Vegetables
The Rival rice cooker also comes with a steaming tray; you can steam vegetables to prepare the whole meal in this rice cooker. Steaming vegetables is a quick and easy way to make flavorful side dishes. Here are the steps to cook vegetables in a Rival rice cooker:
1. Fill water in the Inner pot
The first step is simple, like making rice and filling the inner pot with water. The amount of water you’ll need will depend on the size of the rice cooker and the number of vegetables you’re steaming. As a rule of thumb, fill the pot with enough water to reach just below the level of the steam basket.
2. Place the steam basket in the pot
You will find the steam basket in the package of the rice cooker. Place the steam tray on top of the water in the pot and make sure it sits securely.
3. Prepare the vegetables
Next, wash, prepare and place the vegetables you want to steam. You can steam various vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and green beans. After you add the vegetables, close the glass lid on the rice cooker.
4. Turn on the rice cooker
Then, turn on the rice cooker and set it to “steam” mode. It takes different times to steam the vegetables. After a few minutes, check the vegetables to see if they’re done. Use a fork or tongs to test the vegetables for doneness. They should be tender but still firm to the touch.
5. Serve & Enjoy
Once the vegetables are done, turn off the rice cooker and use oven mitts or a towel to remove the steam basket. Then transfer the steamed vegetables to the dish and season with olive oil, salt pepper, and other toppings.
Safety Notes When using Rival Rice Cooker
You may know these safety notes, but people often take them lightly. However, if you take care of these points, you will securely make meals and avoid injury and accidents.
Cooking rice is easy. It may seem not accessible to some, but with some practice and the right tools, anyone can learn the art of cooking rice. Rice cookers, like the Rival rice cooker, make the process even easier by taking the guesswork out of cooking and ensuring perfectly cooked rice every time.
If you’re interested in trying new rice dishes, check out our other blogs on recipes, such as making congee in a rice cooker. With some creativity and experimentation, you can create delicious and nutritious meals for yourself and your loved ones.
Can I cook other foods besides rice in my Rival rice cooker?
Some Rival rice cookers come with a steaming basket, which allows you to steam vegetables, fish, and other foods.
How do I clean my Rival rice cooker?
To clean your Rival rice cooker, unplug and let it cool down. Remove the inner pot and wash it with soap and water. Wipe down the outside of the cooker with a damp cloth. Do not immerse the cooker in water or use abrasive cleaners.
Is 1 cup of rice enough for 2 servings?
Generally, one cup of dry rice is sufficient to make enough cooked rice for two to three adult servings.