Q. Why does the rice stick to the bottom of the rice cooker and how can I clean it?
Rice sticking to the bottom of the pan is normal and one of the reasons that Teflon became so popular. Unfortunately, Teflon rice cookers are unhealthy and unsustainable (you can read more about this on our rice cooker page). Our rice cooker is made of stainless steel -- the only non-reactive cooking surface. Stainless steel is recyclable and a great conductor of heat and does not leach any harmful chemicals into your food. So, although it may take one more step to clean, we believe it is the best, most healthful option.
Here are our suggestions for easier cleaning:
- Try putting some oil, such as peanut oil, on the bottom of the pan before cooking your rice.
- If the rice has already stuck to the bottom of the cooker, add an inch of water and put the cooker back on cook. Let the water come to a boil. Shut the cooker and leave standing until the water cools. This loosens the cooked rice and makes it easy to clean.
- Put a cup of water in the rice cooker and let it re-cook. Then turn it to warm, or turn it off, and strain the rice tea into a cup and drink it. This is a favorite drink in Madagascar that they make after cooking rice. It is delicious and nutritious.
- Simply soak the rice bowl in hot water and the water will will loosen the rice and make it easy to clean.