Rice That Is Nice

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times – perfect sushi requires perfect rice.

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There’s an art to making sushi rice, but using a rice cooker can help to ensure great results every time. The Yutaka test team had a look at what’s around.

Cheap & Effective – Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer

What a great product! The Sistema 2.6 L microwave rice steamer makes cooking rice really simple, but you can also use it for things like polenta and couscous. The steamer comes with a pressure chamber plate, a lid that’s cool to touch even after heating, easy-to-lift tabs and a non-stick rice spoon. It’s made from BPA free plastic too!

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There’s a steam release vent in the lid for splatter-free heating. You can also stick it in the top of the dishwasher to clean, freeze stuff in it if you made too much!

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But the most awesome thing about this product is its price – at £8.00, it’s perfect for students cooking for themselves as well as friends. You can find it here.

Mid Range – VonShef Rice Cooker

The VonShef Rice Cooker ensures perfectly sticky, fluffy rice featuring a 155° thermostat for delicious results every time.

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Not only is it just the job for cooking plain rice, this versatile appliance is also ideal for creating mouth-watering paella, risotto, pasta and rice or oat-based desserts.

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With a large capacity of 1.8L it produces enough rice for up to ten people – great for cooking family meals. A lock-tight lid with a heat insulated cover keeps the rice fresh and moist until you’re ready to tuck in and a keep warm function automatically kicks in once cooking is complete. The removable power cord means it’s easy to store. At £15.99, what’s not to like? You can find it here.

More Than Rice – Judge Electric Rice Cooker

If you’ve got a large family and / or you make a lot of rice on a regular basis, this is the rice maker for you as it cooks enough for as many as ten people with a 1.8L capacity.

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It also features a steamer tray, which means that you can cook meat, fish and other vegetables at the same time you are cooking rice.

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What’s particularly useful is a keep warm feature, so if you have a family where people eat at different times or you need to make something in advance, this is the rice cooker for you. At £49.00, it’s good value for people with lots of mouths to feed.

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You can find the Judge Family Rice Cooker here.

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