This cooker has a small vent in the lid to release steam. I don't know whether the cooker just uses a timer to decide when the rice is done or some kind of steam sensor. Anyway I was wondering if anyone else had encountered something like this and has figured out how to get good brown rice.
I was thinking of setting the cooker to 'Warm' for twenty minutes or so before actually cooking the rice. Any thoughts?
I cook mine in a pot. 1 cup rice, 2 cups water. Bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes, do not peak!
Works everytime for me :) Hope this helps... although it doesn't use a rice cooker....
My grandma adds a little rice vinager and sugar (she is japanese).
I also like to saute an onion in olive oil, add the dry rice for a few minutes after the onion is clean and then add the water and cook as above.
Perhaps I'll have a regret given a response...
I like to cook my rice, let it sit for like 10-15 minutes then add butter or spices to it at this point, it really separates the rice well and makes it so tasty. Much better than the sticky stuff that comes from the stove!
Another trick is to spray the pot with olive oil or the likes prior to adding the rice so it doesn't stick.
I also purchased an Aroma Rice Cooker/Food Steamer, Model ARC-998 earlier this year and cooked/steamed white rice many times without any problems. However, I had to set my own timer as the cooker/steamer timer never beeps or go off to alert for doneness (not good).
In July I tried cooking brown rice for the first time but no luck; after 40 minutes I checked and found the brown rice and liquid were barely warm and the brown rice very raw. This was especially incontinent because I had company over for a fish dinner. I quickly had to switch to steamed white rice instead for the sake of time to complete my meal.
I returned the cooker/steamer back to Target where I originally purchased it, on 8-20-10 for the same cooker/steamer ARC-998. This afternoon I decided to cook brown rice with full confidence it would work this time. I figured the other cooker/steamer must have been defective (how could this ever happen again). Wouldn’t you know; my timer went off (not Aroma’s timer on cooker/steamer) after 45 minutes. I opened the lid only to find my brown rice and liquid barely warm and the brown rice very raw again… Unbelievable!
There is definitely a problem with the Brown Rice feature on these Aroma Rice Cooker/Food Steamers and also a problem with the Timer mechanism. I will be contacting www.AromaCo.com as soon as tomorrow. This could be a great tool in any kitchen if only it were reliable. &nb sp;
Matty in the NW
Gee, I never have problems. I've cooked rice (white & brown), kamut, barley, spelt, & regular wheat grains in mine. I found as long as I had the right amount of water the product was cooked to the right consistency as the "rice" cooker flipped from cook to warm once the water was absorbed.
ETA: I have 2 here. A Black & Decker & a Cuisinart.
We just recently bought a new rice cooker (hadnt had one in quite a while) I cook brown rice in it all the time but dont use water...I put a can of chicken broth and it cooks great....i find that cooking brown rice in water is very bland