Wikipedia defines this appliance as “A rice cooker or rice steamer is a self-contained tabletop kitchen appliance for cooking rice. There are electrical and gas-powered versions. The term can also refer to a container designed for cooking rice in a microwave oven...The preparation of rice has traditionally been a cooking process which requires attention to ensure the rice is cooked properly.
Electric rice cookers automate the process by mechanically or electronically controlling heat and timing, while at the same time freeing up a heating element on the range. Although the rice cooker does not necessarily speed up the cooking process, the cook's involvement in cooking rice with an electric rice cooker is reduced to simply using the correct amount of water. Once the rice cooker is set to cook, the rice will be cooked with no further attention.”
Arguably there is a third category of rice cooker which is the most basic of all, and that is a solar cooker. Not only does the solar cooker cook rice absolutely perfectly and without any supervision, it also does it without any fuel source at all, except for the free and abundant sunshine. It literally uses neither gas nor electricity. You have a simple translated equation, perfect rice, no supervision and at no cost.
To use this highly effective solar approach you will need an appropriate solar cooker, one solar pot with a tight-fitting lid, water at ambient conditions, a clear sunny day and rice. To cook the rice you will initially need to full the solar pot with about 5-6 cups of water at ambient temperature. Close the lid and place the solar pot with the water in a pre-heated solar cooker exposed fully to the sun.
Allow the water to heat up until it is extremely hot (close to boiling or just starting to boil). This should take about 2-3 hours maximum. Carefully open the lid of the pot using protective gloves (caution is needed at this step as both the water and pot will be extremely hot). Add 1 cup of rice (for 3-4 people) and salt and/ or spices to taste (1 teaspoon of turmeric in the case of Spanish rice). Close the lid and close the solar cooker and expose once again to full sunshine.
The rice should be completely cooked within 30-40 minutes. Open the solar cooker, remove the lid from the pot to confirm the rice is cooked. Remove the pot carefully and drain the water, allowing the rice to cool slightly. Serve and enjoy.
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